K. Brooke Anderson Lecture

The K. Brooke Anderson Lecture is an annual event co-hosted by the Department of Religious Studies and the Office of the Chaplains and Religious Life, and generously funded by the K. Brook Anderson family. Lectures focus on interfaith relations and world peace. Past presenters have included Eddie S. Glaude, Princeton University(2013); Dr. Rami Nashashibia, Director of the Inner-city Muslim Action Network (IMAN) in Chicago (2012); and Amy Hollywood, Harvard University (2011). 

The 2014 lecture will be presented by David Carrasco, Harvard Divinity School.

"Latino Springtime and the New Democracy: Deep Heritage, Disruptions, and Choices of Hope,"David Carrasco, Neil L. Rudenstine Professor of the Study of Latin America, Harvard Divinity School.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
6:30 - 8:00pm
Smith Buonanno 106

David CarrascoDavid CarrascoDavid Carrasco (Neil L. Rudenstine Professor of the Study of Latin America, Harvard Divinity School)  is a Mexican American historian of religions with particular interest in Mesoamerican cities as symbols, and the Mexican-American borderlands.  His studies with historians of religions at the University of Chicago inspired him to work on the question, "where is your sacred place," on the challenges of postcolonial ethnography and theory, and on the practices and symbolic nature of ritual violence in comparative perspective.  

Working with Mexican archaeologists, he has carried out research in the excavation and archives associated with the sites of Teotihuacan and Mexico - Tenochtitlan resulting in Religions of Mesoamerica, City of Sacrifice, and Quetzacoatl and the Irony of Empire.  An award-winning teacher, he has participated in spirited debates at Harvard with Cornel West and Samuel Huntington aon the topics of race, culture, and religion in the Americas.

Recent collaborative publications include Breaking Through Mexico's Past: Digging the Aztecs with Eduardo Matos Moctezuma (2007); Mysteries of the Mayan Calendar Museum (2012) with Laanna Carrasco; and Eagle's Nest: An Interpretive Journey Through the Mapa de Cuauhtinchan No. 2 (2007; gold winner of the 2008 PubWest Book Design Award in the academic book/nontrade category) recently featured in The New York Review of Books.  His work has included a special emphasis on the religious dimensions of Latin experience: mestizaje, the myth of Aztlan, transculturation, and La Virgen de Guadalupe.  He is co-producer of the film Alambrista: The Director's Cut, which puts a human face on the life and struggles of undocumented Mexican farm workers in the United States, and he edited Alambrista and the U.S. - mexico Border: Film, Music, and Stories of Undocumented Immigrants (University of New Mexico Press).   He is editor-in-chief of the award-winning three-volume Oxford Encyclopedia of Mesoamerican Cultures.  His most recent publication is a new abridgement of Bernal Diaz del Castillo's memoir of the conquest of Mexico, History of the Conquest of New Spain (University of New Mexico Press).  Carrasco has received the Mexican Order of the Aztec Eagle, the highest honor the Mexican government gives to a foreign national.  he has recently been chosen as the University of Chicago Alumus of the Year, 2014.