Professor Brian D. Farrell, Director of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS), and Professor Davíd Carrasco, Director of the Moses Mesoamerican Archive, are proud to announce the formation of the “Eduardo Matos Moctezuma Lecture Series.” The five-year project, a joint initiative of DRCLAS, the Moses Mesoamerican Archive, and the Divinity School at Harvard University, will offer preeminent Mexican archeologists and anthropologists the opportunity to present their work both in their homeland of Mexico and at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
This historic forum honoring Eduardo Matos Moctezuma, Mexico’s foremost archaeologist and member of the Colegio Nacional, is made possible by the generosity and vision of José Antonio Alonso Espinosa. His mother, Angeles Espinosa, supported the recovery and analysis of the magnificent colonial pictorial codex, the Mapa de Cuauhtinchan No. 2. These efforts by Angeles Espinosa resulted in the publication of the unique, profound, and award-winning book, Cave, City and Eagle’s Nest: An Interpretive Journey of the Mapa de Cuauhtinchan No. 2, edited by Davíd Carrasco and Scott Sessions. This lecture series ensures their collaborative leadership in recognizing and celebrating Mexico’s cultural legacy and Matos Moctezuma’s vibrant leadership in scholarship and public archaeology there. The initiative forms part of efforts led by DRCLAS to strengthen the intellectual relationship between Harvard and the people and cultures of Mexico. The inaugural “Eduardo Matos Moctezuma Lecture” will be presented in Mexico City and at Harvard University in 2017.