Miguel León-Portilla and the Work of Eternal Return: Philosophy, Visions, Justice

with Davíd Carrasco


19 Nov. 2020 (15:00 - 16:30 Boston | 21:00 – 22:30 Madrid)

In tribute to anthropologist and historian Miguel León-Portilla, historian of religions Davíd Carrasco will give an illustrated lecture on the transformative scholarship of this Mexican sabio, one year after his passing. The session will include a discussion on Portilla’s insightful works on Nahuatl philosophy and archaeology, cultural justice for indigenous peoples, and his book Visión de los Vencidos: Relaciones indígenas de la conquista (published in English as The Broken Spears: The Aztec Account of the Conquest of Mexico), which translates Nahuatl-language accounts of the Spanish conquest into Spanish and English respectively in each version.

Davíd Carrasco is Neil L. Rudenstine Professor of the Study of Latin America at Harvard University. He is a Mexican-American historian of religions with particular interest in the religious dimensions of Latino experience, Mesoamerican cities as symbols, and the Mexican-American borderlands. He is editor-in-chief of the award-winning three-volume Oxford Encyclopedia of Mesoamerican Cultures as well as an award-winning educator. Carrasco has also received the Mexican Order of the Aztec Eagle, which is the highest honor the Mexican government gives to a foreign national.

Language: English

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