The Mexican holiday Day of the Dead is a visually stunning explosion of color and design that honors the spirits of those no longer with us. This lecture will explore the rich artistic traditions behind making spectacular and thoughtful altars, paying close attention to the sugar skulls and exploring the history of sugar art and how it relates to this holiday. Dr. Heidi Saleh teaches Art History at Santa Rosa Junior College. She received her MA and PhD in Egyptian Art and Archaeology from the University of California, Berkeley, and her BA in Anthropology from the University of Texas in Austin. Her current research interests include exploring the similarities of the two very distinct ancient traditions of Egypt and Mexico and how those traditions have trickled down to modern times. Dr. Saleh has an upcoming sabbatical in Mexico City to do a close study of Mexican funerary art. RECEPTION begins at 6:30 p.m. The TALK begins at 7:00 p.m.