Friday, March 18, 2011

Spring 2011
California State University, Los Angeles

David Carrasco
Founder and Director of the Mesoamerican Archive
Neil L. Rudenstein Professor of the Study of Latin America
Harvard University

Title of Lecture:
"The Seductions of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz: 
Hers, Yours, Mine"

Place: Salazar Hall E-184
 Date:  April 25, 2011
Time:  6:00-8:00 p.m.

This lecture is Free and Open to the Public

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Sponsored by the Center for Contemporary Poetry and Poetics, the Gigi Gaucher-Morales Memorial Lecture Series, and the Departments of Chicano Studies
and English

Self-parking (meter) is available in Lot C, near the lecture site.  Note that University parking is enforced 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

For questions, contact  or (323) 343-2195

Interview with David Carrasco

Dr. Davíd Carrasco is a Mexican American historian of religions with a particular interest in religious dimensions in human experience, Mesoamerican cities as symbols, immigration, and the Mexican-American borderlands. Working with Mexican archaeologists, he has carried out 20 years of research in the excavations and archives associated with the sites of Teotihuacan and Mexico-Tenochtitlan. He has participated in spirited debates at Harvard with Cornel West and Samuel Huntington on the topics of race, culture, and religion in the Americas. This has resulted in publications on ritual violence and sacred cities; religion and transculturation; the Great Aztec Temple; and the history of religions in Mesoamerica and Latino/a religions. Recent collaborative publications include Breaking Through Mexico's Past: Digging the Aztecs With Eduardo Matos Moctezuma (2007) and Cave, City, 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 The New York Review of Books. His work has included a special emphasis on the religious dimensions of Latino 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 Díaz 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.

Coming this Spring 2011
to Cal State L.A.

Conference on Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz:
Her Work, Colonial Mexico, and Spain's Golden Age

Cal State L.A.
May 13-14, 2011

For conference information, visit:

Coordinator:  Dr. Romelia Salinas, Librarian 
John F. Kennedy Memorial Library
Cal State L.A.


David Carrasco with friends at Cal State L.A.
during the Conference on Mesoamerica
May 15-16, 2009

David Carrasco with friends at Cal State L.A.
after his lecture
"The Seductions of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz: 
Hers, Yours, Mine"
April 25, 2011

The IDIEZ Nahuatl Summer Institute at Cal State L.A.