About the Series
The Anthony Aveni Lecture Series in Native American Studies brings important scholars of the indigenous cultures of North, Middle, or South America to Colgate's campus. The lecture series honors Anthony Aveni
, Russell Colgate Distinguished University Professor of Astronomy and Anthropology and Native American Studies, Emeritus, who retired in spring 2017 after a fifty-four year career
at Colgate University. During that time, Professor Aveni taught thousands of students, many of whom have continued in the fields of physics, astronomy, archaeology, and Mesoamerican studies, as well as in other careers. He also produced dozens of scholarly books that have solidified the field of archaeoastronomy and inspired generations of students and scholars, as well as the general public.
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David Carrasco Neil L. Rudenstein Professor at Harvard Divinity School; Professor of Anthropology, Harvard University
About the 2018 Lecture
On April 5, 2018, Professor David Carrasco was the inaugural speaker in the Anthony Aveni Lecture Series. Professor Carrasco spoke on "Aztec Imaginaries: From the Codex Mendoza to Chicano Art." His lecture was based on decades of research and publications on the history of Mesoamerican religions, cities, and sacred space, as well as on Mexican-American borderlands.
This illustrated lecture considered the ways in which Aztec cities, with their alignments and labyrinths, were portrayed in symbolic maps by indigenous and Chicano artists. At the conclusion, Anthony Aveni joined Carrasco for a conversation about Aveni's views on the Aztec imaginary.