Davíd Carrasco (Song for Cesar) is the first Mexican American to be tenured in the 200-year history of the Harvard Divinity School. He descends from several generations of El Paso educators, including his grandfather, Miguel Carrasco, who founded the Smelter Vocational School and his father, who is memorialized in the mural at the David L. Carrasco Job Corps Center.
Due to his award-winning teaching and writing, he holds an endowed chair named after Harvard University’s former president, Neil L. Rudenstine. Working with Mexican archaeologist Eduardo Matos Moctezuma, he has carried out research in the excavations and archives associated with the Pre-Hispanic capital cities of Teotihuacan and Mexico-Tenochtitlan, resulting in the best-selling academic book Religions of Mesoamerica.
He is co-producer, with other Chicanos José Cuellar and Alberto Camarillo, of the film *Alambrista: The Director’s Cut *(Criterion Collection), which puts a human face on the life and struggles of undocumented Mexican farm workers in the United States. 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. He was awarded the Petra T. Shattuck Excellence in Teaching Award at Harvard and was recently chosen as one of Harvard’s favorite teachers in the college. He was unanimously voted a Corresponding Member of the Academia Mexicana de la Historia (Mexican Academy of History). He was chosen as the University of Chicago Divinity School Alumnus of the Year in 2014. Carrasco recently was featured in the PBS series Native America and the award-winning Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am.
David Carrasco will appear with ‘Song for Cesar’ at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 31 in the Plaza Theatre.