Hernando Cortez, the United States, and the Second Great Encuentro

February 12 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Stager 102 Stahr Auditorium

February 2019 will mark the 500th anniversary of the invasion of Mexico by the Spanish Conquistador, Hernando Cortez in what became known as the "Great Encuentro (Encounter)."

As one of the preeminent scholars on the Aztec empire and the religious dimensions of the Latino/a/x experience, Harvard professor and world-renowned anthropologist, archaeologist, and historian David Carrasco will discuss this encounter and how the current demographic changes in the United States can best be characterized as a "Second Great Encuentro." In this talk, he will expound upon the idea of the Second Great Encuentro and its relationship to the ongoing discussion of race, ethnicity, politics, and what it means to be an American.

This event is sponsored by the Miller Humanities Fund, Anthropology Department, History Department, Spanish Department, International Studies, Latin American Studies, and Bonchek House.