Open to the public, the conference—entitled “Teotihuacan to Tenochtitlan:
According to Professor Aguilar-Moreno, chair of the organizing committee integrated by students of the Art History Society of Cal State L.A., the conference is “a deserved homage” for Mexican scholar Alfredo López Austin for his lifetime of achievements in the study of the ancient Mesoamerican cultures of Central Mexico, especially the Aztecs.
“I dare to say that all Mesoamerican scholars in the world today have been influenced in diverse ways by the work of López Austin,” said Aguilar-Moreno. “The purpose of this symposium, besides honoring Dr. López Austin is to bring to the academic and community of Los Angeles a line-up of some of the best international scholars in the field of Mesoamerica, and to share their knowledge and research of the ancient cultures that shaped the history of the American Continent.”
He added, “This event, unique in the history of Cal State L.A., reflects the interest and efforts that faculty and students are doing for advancing the understanding of the pre-Columbian past.”
The two-day conference will also feature distinguished scholars in the field of Mesoamerica:
It will include panel presentations by other top archaeologists and art historians from Mexico, Europe and the United States, including art historian Eloise Quinones-Keber from City University of New York, anthropologist Ken Hirth from Pennsylvania State University, anthropologist Eric Taladoire from the University of Paris, anthropologist Frances Berdan from CSU San Bernardino, and Art History Professor Manuel Aguilar-Moreno from Cal State L.A.
López Austin will conclude the conference on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. with a keynote address, “La Tradición Mesoamericana a Ojo de Pájaro, a Ojo de Hormiga.”
López Austin was an established attorney in his hometown of Ciudad Juarez, México, before earning his doctorate in history from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). He quickly acquired a reputation as a brilliant scholar in the field of Mesoamerican mythology and cosmology. His emphasis is on the Nahua people.
Today, he is an emeritus professor of history at UNAM’s Facultad de Filosofía y Letras and an emeritus researcher at UNAM’s Instituto de Investigaciones Antropológicas.
The Friday program will be held in the State Playhouse, and the Saturday program will be in the Golden Eagle Ballroom on the Cal State L.A. campus. (General admission, $10; CSULA students, $5) For campus map and directions to Cal State L.A., go to http://www.calstatela.edu/
A conference schedule and other details are available here: http://csulaahsmesoamericanconference2012.wordpress.com/
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