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Release: Nov. 12, 2002

Latin American historian to speak at UI Nov. 20

The University of Iowa 18th and 19th Century Interdisciplinary Colloquium's lecture series, "European Empires," begins Wednesday, Nov. 20 with a presentation by Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra, assistant professor of history at the State University of New York at Buffalo. His lecture, "Whose Centers? Whose Peripheries? How to Write the History of the New World in the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic," begins at 7 p.m. in the Gerber Lounge, room 304 English-Philosophy Building. It is free and open to the public.

A scholar of Latin American history, Cañizares-Esguerra wrote "How to Write the History of the New World: Histories, Epistemologies, and Identities in the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic World," (Stanford University Press, 2002), which examines lively debates among early historians, naturalists and moral philosophers (including Thomas Jefferson) from Europe and the Americas over the formation of the "New World" that now forms Central and South America. It demonstrates how historical narratives and institutions created specific identities in Spain and Spanish America.

The book won such prestigious awards as The American Historical Association Prize in Atlantic History and the John Edwin Fagg Prize for Best Publication in the History of Spain and Latin America. His next book is tentatively titled "Nation and Nature: Nature Narratives and Identities in Latin American History, 1500-1900."

His lecture is co-sponsored by UI International Programs, Spanish and Portuguese and Latin American studies. For more information, contact Teresa Mangum, English, or Eileen Willingham, Spanish and Portuguese,

The European Empires lecture series will continue through the spring semester with at least three additional speakers. Priya Joshi, an English professor at Washington University will speak about Victorian British literature in India. Todd Porterfield, an art historian from the University of Montreal, will speak on, "The Allure of Empire: Art in the Service of French Imperialism 1798-1836." Wendy Heller, a music professor at Princeton University will speak about "Opera and the Roman Empire." Dates and times will be announced later.

The 18th and 19th Century Interdisciplinary Colloquium is an interdisciplinary group at the UI whose goal is to foster connections among scholars whose work focuses on the 18th and 19th centuries. Organizers include College of Liberal Arts and Sciences faculty members in art and art history, English, French, music and theater.