Dr. David Carrasco to be the next UTPA Distinguished Speaker
Posted: 02/12/2013
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Dr. Davíd Carrasco, a renowned professor with the Harvard Divinity School, will serve as the next Distinguished Speaker at The University of Texas-Pan American. Carrasco will present his speech Feb. 20, 7:30 p.m. at the Student Union Theater as part of the University's 2012-2013 Distinguished Speakers Series.

Dr. Davíd Carrasco, the Neil Rudenstine Professor of the Study of Latin America, with a joint appointment with the Department of Anthropology in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard Divinity School, will be the next UTPA Distinguished Speaker Feb. 20, 2013.

Carrasco is the Neil Rudenstine Professor of the Study of Latin America, with a joint appointment with the Department of Anthropology in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. He is a famed filmmaker, writer, scholar and expert on Mexican and Mesoamerican art and culture. He has a particular interest in religious dimensions in human experience, Mesoamerican cities as symbols, immigration and the Mexican-American border.

A recipient of the Mexican Order of the Aztec Eagle, the highest decoration that Mexico awards to foreigners, Carrasco is the author of numerous books, including "Breaking Through Mexico's Past: Digging the Aztecs With Eduardo Matos Moctezuma" and "Cave, City, and Eagle's Nest: An Interpretive Journey Through the Mapa de Cuauhtinchan No. 2," gold winner of the 2008 PubWest Book Design Award, recently featured in The New York Review of Books.

Carrasco also authored "City of Sacrifice: The Aztec Empire and the Role of Violence in Civilization," and was the editor-in-chief of the Oxford Encyclopedia of Mesoamerican Cultures.

Working with Mexican archaeologists, Carrasco has carried out more than 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 on the topics of race, culture, and religion in the Americas. His research has resulted in publications on ritual violence and sacred cities; religion and the Great Aztec Temple; and the history of religions in Mesoamerica.

The Distinguished Speakers Series is a free event open to the public, however seating is limited. UTPA students, faculty and staff will be admitted with a valid University ID at 7 p.m. while the general public will be allowed to enter at 7:20 p.m.

In its ninth year, the Distinguished Speakers Series offers students and the University community the opportunity to hear from respected speakers of the highest caliber. The series is underwritten by student fees, as recommended by the Student Affairs Advisory Committee. A Distinguished Speakers Committee composed of faculty, staff and students select prominent speakers representing a wide range of views and backgrounds.

Dr. Madeleine Albright, former United States Secretary of State, has also accepted an invitation to speak at UTPA on March 26 as part of the Distinguished Speakers Series. Past speakers have included television personality Larry King Live, Dr. Sanjay Gupta and New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman.

Those unable to attend can view the presentation live at

For more information or special accommodations, call (956) 665-7989.