Harvard University Announces Spring 2019 Eduardo Matos Moctezuma Lecture Series

March 12, 2019

 In an effort to renew its commitment to in-depth research and educational collaboration with Mexico, Harvard University established the Eduardo Matos Moctezuma Lecture Series in 2017. This series celebrates the excellence of Mexican archaeology and history, represented by Professor Eduardo Matos Moctezuma, Mexico’s preeminent archaeologist, who delivered the inaugural addresses in both Cambridge and Mexico City. The Spring 2019 Lecture will be delivered by Javier Garciadiego Dantán, Professor of History at El Colegio de México. The lecture, “The Mexican Revolution of 1910: A Socio-Historical Interpretation,” will be held on Tuesday, April 16th, at 6 p.m. EST at the Geological Lecture Hall of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology.

Javier Garciadiego is a graduate of Mexico’s National University (UNAM) with a B.A. in Political Science,and holds Ph.D. degrees in Mexican History from El Colegio de México and in Latin American History from the University of Chicago. His research, which focuses on the political and cultural history of the Mexican revolution, covers the period spanning from the late 19th century to the mid-20th century. He has written or edited dozens of books on Mexican revolutionary and intellectual history: Pueblo en armas. La Revolución mexicana, 1910-1917 (ed., 1985); Así fue la Revolución mexicana (8 vols., ed., 1986); Rudos contra científicos. La Universidad Nacional durante la Revolución mexicana (1996); Porfiristas eminentes (1996); Alfonso Reyes (2002); La Revolución mexicana. Crónicas, documentos, planes y testimonios (ed., 2003); Introducción histórica a la Revolución mexicana (2006), Cultura y política en el México posrevolucionario (2006); Revolución y exilio en la historia de México. Del amor de un historiador a su patria adoptiva. Homenaje a Friedrich Katz (ed., 2010); Ensayos de historia sociopolítica de la Revolución mexicana (2011); 1913-1914: De Guadalupe a Teoloyucan (2013); Alfonso Reyes y Carlos Fuentes. Una amistad literaria (2014); Alfonso Reyes. "Un hijo menor de la palabra." Antología (ed., 2015); Autores, editoriales, instituciones y libros. Ensayos de historia intelectual (2015); El Fondo, La Casa y la introducción del pensamiento moderno en México (2016); and El mundo hispanoamericano y la Primera Guerra Mundial (ed., 2017). He has served as chair of the Center for Historical Studies at El Colegio de México, director of Mexico’s National Institute for the Historical Study of the Mexican Revolution, and President of El Colegio de México (2005-2015). In addition to El Colegio, he has taught at UNAM, the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México, and the universities of Chicago, Florence, Dublin, and Salamanca, as well as the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and the Fundación Ortega y Gasset. He is a member of the Academia Mexicana de la Historia, the Academia Mexicana de la Lengua, and El Colegio Nacional, Mexico’s most distinguished academy of scholars and artists. He currently serves as Director of the Mexican Academy of History and of the Capilla Alfonsina, a cultural institution dedicated to the study and dissemination of the work of Alfonso Reyes, a towering figure in Mexican 20th-century literature.

The Eduardo Matos Moctezuma Lecture Series is made possible thanks to the generosity of José Antonio Alonso Espinosa and the initiative of Davíd L. Carrasco, Neil L. Rudenstine Professor for the Study of Latin America at the Harvard Divinity School. This is the first lecture series named after a Mexican in Harvard’s nearly 400-year history and is the product of almost four decades of close collaboration between professors Matos and Carrasco on the excavation and research projects surrounding the Templo Mayor at Tenochtitlan. The Lecture Series comes out of a collaboration between DRCLAS, the Harvard Divinity School, the Moses Mesoamerican Archive and ResearchProject, and, for the Cambridge-based lectures, the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology of Harvard University. In Mexico, Harvard receives invaluable support for the Matos Moctezuma Lecture Series from the country’s Ministry of Culture through the National Institute of Anthropology and History, the National Museum of Anthropology, and the Templo Mayor Museum. A breath-taking painting by Mexican-American artist George Yepes titled “El Caballero Águila,” commissioned especially for the Matos Lecture Series, serves as the visual identity for the series. Professor Eduardo Matos Moctezuma will be in attendance at the lecture.

The Peabody Museum, founded in 1866 by philanthropist George Peabody, is among the oldest anthropology museums in the world, and still occupies its original nineteenth-century building.  The museum’s mission and operations, however, have changed considerably over the past one hundred and fifty years. The Peabody is well known for its significant collections of archaeological and ethnographic materials from around the world. The collections number some 1.2 million objects from cultures around the world, with a focus on the Americas.

Contact: Mauricio Benitez, mbenitez@fas.harvard.edu

See also: Mexico, Mexico