Lectures on Mexican, Latin American cultures to take place April 7 & 8

GETTYSBURG, Pa. - Lectures on Mexican and Latin American cultures will take place April 7 and 8 at Gettysburg College.

The April 7 lecture, "Borderland and the 'Biblical Hurricane:' Stories and Images of Latino/a America," will take place at 7:30 p.m. in McCreary Hall's Bowen Auditorium. The April 8 lecture, "Cave, City and Eagle's Nest: Interpreting a Recovered 16th Century Mexican Codex," will take place at 4 p.m. in Breidenbaugh Hall's Joseph Theater. Both lectures will be presented by David Carrasco, a religion historian specializing in hermeneutics, Mesoamerican religions and the Mexican-American borderlands. The lectures are free and open to the public.

Carrasco is director of the Moses Mesoamerican Archive and Research Project, founded by the University of Colorado. He taught there from 1977 to 1993. He also taught at Princeton University from 1993 to 2001 prior to Harvard University, where he is currently the Neil L. Rubenstine Professor of the Study of Latin America at Harvard Divinity School and a professor in the department of anthropology. His work has focused on the symbolic nature of cities in comparative perspective, utilizing his 20 years of research in the excavations and archives associated with the sites of Teotihuacan and Mexico-Tenochtitlan. He is editor-in-chief of the award-winning, three-volume "Oxford Encyclopedia of Mesoamerican Cultures." Carrasco has received the Mexican Order of the Aztec Eagle, the highest honor the Mexican government gives to a foreign national.

Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with approximately 2,600 students. It is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania. The college was founded in 1832.

Issued: 3/20/08

By: Justin Brower, class of 2010 

Posted: Thu, 20 Mar 2008

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