The fourth–annual Charles A. Hale Lecture in Latin American Studies will explore “Public Festivals and Performative Feasts: Aztecs and Allegory in Colonial Mexico.” The lecture will be given by Rolena Adorno on Thursday, Oct. 3, at 4 p.m. in 2520D, University Capitol Centre.
This presentation will take you back in time to a November afternoon in 1680, when a new Spanish viceroy made his formal entrance into the capital of New Spain (formerly MÃ©xico–Tenochtitlan). Triumphal arches were erected for the viceroy’s celebratory arrival, bands played and companies of dancers performed. But the ceremony’s main event eschewed the customary gods and heroes of Greco–Roman antiquity to celebrate Aztec myth and history. Portrayed not as lords of ritual human sacrifice but as exemplars of civic virtue, these allegorical Aztecs invite us to reconsider the artistic complexities and political conundrums of the New World Baroque.
Adorno is Sterling Professor and Chair of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Yale University. She has received numerous awards and fellowships for her research, and was appointed to the National Council on the Humanities by President Obama in 2009. She holds degrees from the University of Iowa and Cornell University.
The Hale Lecture honors the memory of Professor Charles A. Hale (1930–2008), a specialist in Latin American liberalism and intellectual history. He was a distinguished scholar and faculty member at the UI from 1966 to 1997.