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Feb. 15, 2006

Hale Honored During Latin American History Symposium March 3, 4

Students, professors and those interested in Latin American history will come together to discuss the history of Latin America and celebrate the work of University of Iowa Professor Emeritus Charles A. Hale in a symposium Friday and Saturday, March 3 and 4, on the UI campus, with the theme, "Liberalism and Its Legacies."

Hale, a UI professor emeritus of Latin American history and long-time supporter of Latin American Studies on campus, was a faculty member from 1966 to 1998. During his 30-year teaching career, he served as assistant chair of history from 1970 to 1973 and chair of the department from 1977 to 1980. He directed the Latin American Studies Program (LASP) for two terms, from 1982 to 1984 and 1989 to 1991, and co-directed the program from 1994 to 1996. Hale is an authority on Latin American liberalism and intellectual history. His work has garnered some of the highest honors for historical scholarship in the United States and Mexico.

Most recently Hale received the Distinguished Service Award from the Conference on Latin American History at the American Historical Association meeting in Philadelphia Jan. 5-8. The award was etablished in 1969 and is conferred upon a person whose career in scholarship, teaching, publishing, librarianship, institutional development or other fields demonstrates significant contributions to the advancement of the study of Latin American history in the United States.

The symposium is made possible through a University of Iowa International Programs Major Projects Grant with additional funding from the UI Department of History in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS), the Latin American Studies Program, the UI College of Law, and with support from the UI Museum of Art and the UI Libraries.

All events are free and open to the public. Pre-registration is required for the second day's events, and the deadline to register is March 1. Visit the symposium web site at for more information about registration and a complete schedule of events.

"For Latin Americanists at UI, Hale has been an inspirational presence," said Claire Fox, UI associate professor of English in CLAS and International Programs, who is the symposium organizer. "In addition to directing dissertations in history, he served as a mentor to numerous graduate students in cinema and comparative literature, education, geography, and Spanish and Portuguese. It is very befitting that this symposium is named in his honor."

Fox added that Hale's dedication to LASP helped to lay the groundwork for Latin American Studies' successful Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Languages grant from the United States Department of Education on the topic of "Public Intellectuals in Latin America," which ran from 2000 to 2002.

The symposium will feature a keynote address by Eric Van Young, professor of history at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), entitled "Tales from the Dark Side: Conservatism in the Early Nineteenth-Century Mexico" on Friday, March 3, in the Lasansky Gallery of the UI Museum of Art. Introductions begin at 4:30 p.m., and the lecture begins at 5 p.m.

Van Young's research interests are in the areas of cultural history and the history of popular groups in the Mexican independence struggle (1810-1821). His current research project is a biography of Lucas Alamán (1792-1853), one of the great statesmen and public intellectuals of 19th-century Mexico and Latin America. Van Young served as chair of history at UCSD from 2000 to 2004 and associate director of the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies from 1997 to 2001. He has been president of the Conference on Latin American History and is active in numerous professional organizations.

Van Young's address will be followed by a reception, a musical performance by the UI Latin Jazz Ensemble and a gallery talk by UI Professor and Chair of Anthropology, Michael Chibnik, whose exhibition, "Oaxacan Woodcarving: The Creation of an Artistic Tradition," will be on display at the time. This exhibition highlights the involvement of Mexican artisans in the global economy and resonates with many themes of the symposium.

Day two of the symposium will feature panel presentations by Jeremy Adelman, chair of history and the Walter Samuel Carpenter III Professor in Spanish Civilization and Culture at Princeton University; John H. Coatsworth, Monroe Gutman Professor of Latin American Affairs and director of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University; Pablo Piccato, associate professor of history at Columbia University; and Josefina Zoraida Vázquez, professor emerita and former chair of historical studies at El Colegio de México in Mexico City. The panels will showcase contemporary scholarship regarding areas in which Hale has made distinguished contributions. These fields include the history of liberalism in Latin America; the history of U.S.-Latin American relations; Latin American legal studies and the relation of 19th-century Latin American liberalism to contemporary neoliberalism.

For more information or to arrange special accommodations to attend the keynote address, call Leslie Aktan, IP Projects Coordinator, at 319-335-3862.

UI International Programs consists of a number of offices, centers, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost and the dean of International Programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and community and to promote global scholarship, research and training.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026,; Program: Leslie Aktan, 319-335-3862,; Writer: Kelli Andresen