November 14, 2003

Mesoamerican Mythology Expert to Speak at the SDSU Library

Professor Alfredo López-Austin, a world-class expert on Mesoamerican cultures, will deliver a presentation on Nahuatl culture and mythology on Tuesday, November 18, 4:00 p.m. in Room LA 2203 of the San Diego State University Library and Information Access. The presentation, titled “La Ubicación del Mito en la Cosmovisión Mesoamericana,” or “Mythology’s Place in Mesoamerica’s World View,” will be given in Spanish and is open and free to the public. A reception will follow the presentation.

López-Austin is a researcher and teacher at the UNAM in Mexico City. He is known for having created visual models for complex mythological ideas. Another conceptual feature of his work is the comparative discourse he has developed that links contemporary Mexican magical traditions with the broader Nahuatl mythology. Given the impossibility of universally defining mythology, López-Austin attempts to distinguish Mesoamerican mythological tradition and finds references to cosmic processes in the adventures of its divine characters.

López-Austin’s presentation is co-sponsored by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, the Center for Latin American Studies, the SDSU President’s Office, Library and Information Access, Chicana/Chicano Studies, Women’s Studies, Anthropology, Sigma Delta Pi, and the Grupo Literario Etcétera. For more information, please contact Professor Kathleen Kish at (619) 594-5156.

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