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2012 Mesoamerican Conference at Cal State LA

Friday, February 10, 2012 to Saturday, February 11, 2012

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To pay homage to international Mesoamerican scholar Alfredo López Austin, the Art History Society of California State University, Los Angeles is hosting a conference Friday and Saturday, February 10 and 11, to explore the culture, history and art of ancient sites in Mexico--the cities of Teotihuacan, Xochicalco, Cholula, Tula and Tenochtitlan.

Open to the public, the conference--entitled "Teotihuacan to Tenochtitlan: Cultural Continuity in Central America"--features topics that range from archaeology to ulama, an ancient Mesoamerican ballgame. Other sessions will cover topics, such as Aztec and Teotihuacan new discoveries, codices, cosmology, architectural buildings, paintings and feather mosaic, and buried offerings.

The two-day conference will also feature distinguished scholars in the field of Mesoamerica: Eduardo Matos Moctezuma of the National Institute of Anthropology and History of Mexico and founder of the Templo Mayor Project; Diana Magaloni-Kerpel, director of the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico; Leonardo López Luján, current director of the Templo Mayor Project; David Carrasco, professor of Mesoamerican Religion at Harvard University; John Pohl, adjunct professor of anthropology and art history at UCLA; Karl Taube, professor of anthropology at UC Riverside; and Kevin Terraciano, professor of history at UCLA.

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/univ/maps/

Sponsored by: The Art Society of Cal State L.A.
Category Lecture
When Friday, February 10, 2012
   to Saturday, February 11, 2012
Where Cal State L.A.
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032
Admission Price: General, $10; CSULA students, $5.
Contact (323) 343-4054
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