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CALENDAR ITEM: MU Hosts 7th Annual Distinguished Lecture on Religion and Public Life

April 7th, 2015

Story Contact: Jeff Sossamon, 573-882-3346,

WHAT: As part of the University of Missouri’s 7th Annual Distinguished Lecture on Religion and Public Life, David Carrasco, Neil L. Rudenstine Professor of the Study of Latin America at Harvard University, will present “Borderlands, Migrant Saints, Sacred Bundles: Latinos and the Remaking of American Religiosity.”

Carrasco, who holds a joint appointment with the Department of Anthropology in the Faculty of Arts and Science at Harvard, is a Mexican-American historian of religions with particular interest in Mesoamerican cities and the Mexican-American borderlands.

His work includes a special emphasis on the religious dimensions of the Latino experience. He is the author of Religions of Mesoamerica: Cosmovision and Ceremonial Centers, Quetzalcoatl and the Irony of Empire, and City of Sacrifice: The Aztec Empire and the Role of Violence in Civilization. Carrasco has been awarded the Mexican Order of the Aztec Eagle, the highest honor the Mexican government gives to a foreign national, for his contributions to understanding the history and cultures of Mexico.

Sponsored by the Department of Religious Studies at MU, the Distinguished Lecture on Religion and Public Life invites a distinguished scholar to campus each year to present topics of relevance to both religious studies scholars and the general public.

WHERE: 22 Tate Hall, MU Campus

WHEN: 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 7

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This event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow.