News Release| Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz; Cal State L.A.


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‘Seductions of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz’

Mexican American historian, scholar Carrasco at Cal State L.A. April 25

Los Angeles, CADavíd Carrasco, founder and director of the Mesoamerican Archive at Harvard University, will talk about the famed Mexican poet, playwright and colonial nun, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, at Cal State L.A. Monday, April 25.  

The lecture, entitled “The Seductions of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz: Hers, Yours, Mine,” will be presented at 6-8 p.m. in Salazar Hall E-184 on the CSULA campus. The event is free to the public. For more about Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, go to

Carrasco—who is also a Neil L. Rudenstein Professor of the Study of Latin America at Harvard University—is a Mexican-American historian of religions with a particular interest in religious dimensions in human experience, Mesoamerican cities as symbols, immigration, and the Mexican-American borderlands.

Working with Mexican archaeologists, he has carried out 20 years of research in the excavations and archives associated with the sites of Teotihuacan and Mexico-Tenochtitlan.

He is co-producer of the film, Alambrista: The Director’s Cut, which puts a human face on the life and struggles of undocumented Mexican farm workers in the United States, and he edited Alambrista and the U.S.-Mexico Border: Film, Music, and Stories of Undocumented Immigrants (University of New Mexico Press).

Additionally, he is editor in chief of the award-winning three-volume Oxford Encyclopedia of Mesoamerican Cultures. Carrasco has received the Mexican Order of the Aztec Eagle, the highest honor the Mexican government gives to a foreign national.

For more about Carrasco, go to

This guest lecture is cosponsored by the Center for Contemporary Poetry & Poetics, the Gigi Gaucher-Morales Memorial Lecture Series, and the Departments of Chicano Studies and English at CSULA.

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