Davíd Carrasco
Professor, Writer, Lecturer, Activist

Davíd CarrascoA man of our time...

Davíd Carrasco is “a man of our time, a man of enormous vitality and value,” (Carlos de Icaza, the Ambassador of Mexico), who holds the inaugural Neil L. Rudenstine Professor of the Study of Latin America at Harvard University with a joint appointment at the Harvard Divinity School and in the Department of Anthropology of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Carrasco is an award winning author and editor and has received outstanding teaching awards from both the University of Colorado and Harvard University.

Carrasco's creative work in the history of religions has been lauded for its “existential oomph” which has resulted in the celebrated Cave, City and Eagle's Nest (with Scott Sessions) Gold Medal from Publishers of the West, and City of Sacrifice, lauded by Carlos Fuentes as a “brilliant, provocative, timely and eternal book”. He is a leading interpreter of Latino/a cultures and the executive co-producer of the film “Alambrista: The Director's Cut” which puts a human face on the ordeal of undocumented immigration into the United States.

Carrasco lectures widely in the United States and abroad and was awarded the Mexican Order of the Aztec Eagle for his contributions to understanding the history and cultures of Mexico.

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October 30, 2014

Dr. Carrasco was the subject of a featured profile in this month's EPIC magazine, the magazine of the Independent Physicians Association.

Read the article as a PDF.

October 29, 2014

Russell Banks, whose work has distilled blue-collar dreams into moving, sometimes violent, portraits of struggle and loss, will deliver Harvard Divinity School's 2014 Ingersoll Lecture on Immortality Nov. 5 at Sanders Theatre. Read more...

October 19, 2014

Jorge I. Domínguez, the Antonio Madero Professor for the Study of Mexico and University vice provost for international affairs, acknowledges and puts Carassco's work on the Mapa de Cuauhtinchan No. 2 in context.

Harvard's Mexico Connections in the Harvard Gazette
October 3, 2014

The first in a series on Harvard's longstanding ties to Mexico by Corydon Ireland discusses Davíd Carrasco's contribution including a course he's co-teaching with William L. Fash Jr. called “Moctezuma's Mexico: Then and Now.”

Archaeology Magazine Cover Story Features Carrasco Interview
July-August, 2014

Contributing Editor of Archaeology magazine, Roger Atwood, interviewed Dr. Carrasco in 2012. The resultant article was published in the July-August issue of Archaeology Magazine and relies on Carrasco's contributions.

Read the Archaeology Magazine cover story: Under Mexico City.

Harvard student body singles out Carrasco
February, 2014 (updated April, 2014)

Davíd was chosen as “one of the favorite Harvard professors” by the Harvard Class of 2014.

Read the full text of Davíd's letter to the class of 2014 to be printed in their yearbook.

Carrasco's article The Paradox of Carnival in Harvard's ReVista
April, 2014

Find Carrasco's article The Paradox of Carnival in the Spring edition of ReVista: Harvard Review of Latin America.

Carrasco featured in Harvard Magazine
April, 2014

Carrasco's teaching is featured in this Harvard Magazine article on active learning.

Carrasco featured in The New Yorker magazine
December 23, 2013

Davíd Carrasco lecturing at the School of American Research in Santa Fe, New Mexico
Davíd Carrasco is featured on page 91 of James Carroll's profile of Pope Francis Who Am I to Judge in the December 23, 2013 issue of the New Yorker.

In a series of interviews and speeches in the first few months after his election, in March, Pope Francis unilaterally declared a kind of truce in the culture wars that have divided the Vatican and much of the world. Repeatedly, he argued that the Catholic Church's purpose was more to proclaim God’s merciful love for all people than to condemn sinners for having fallen short of strictures, especially those having to do with gender and sexual orientation. His break from his immediate predecessors is less ideological than intuitive, an inclusive vision of the Church centered on an identification with the poor.

University of Chicago names Davíd Carrasco Alumnus of the Year 2014
January 2014

From the University of Chicago:
Every year, the Baptist Theological Union presents the Divinity School Alum of the Year Award to a Divinity School graduate. The award recipient is chosen with the following criteria in mind: excellence of work and continued contributions to the person's field; recognition and influence beyond the person's immediate sphere; and embodiment of the Divinity School's goals and values, and the range and extent of its educational programs.

Our 2014 Alumnus of the Year is Davíd Carrasco (ThM 1970, MA 1974, PhD in the History of Religions area, 1977). He will give his Alumnus of the Year address on Thursday, April 24, 2014, at 4:30 p.m. in Swift Lecture Hall with a reception to follow. He will also deliver, at noon that same day, the Spring Quarter Dean’s Craft of Teaching Seminar.

Read the complete announcement.

Corporation for Public Broadcasting to fund 3 hour Documentary on Mexican cultural contributions
January 2014
Carrasco will be involved in the production of a Cruce de Caminos 2–3 hour documentary on Mexican cultural contributions. The project recently announced a development grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

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