The University of Iowa

Charles Adams Hale (1930-2008)

The Charles A. Hale Lecture in Latin American Studies at the University of Iowa is sponsored by the Latin American Studies Program (LASP), International Programs, the Department of History, and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese.  The Charles A. Hale Lecture brings distinguished scholars from a range of disciplines to the University of Iowa to share their knowledge and research.  The lecture nurtures teaching and scholarship in the field of Latin American Studies and builds connections among faculty, students, and community members interested in Latin America and U.S. Latinos.

Charles A. Hale Lectures at the University of Iowa

Francisco A. Scarano (University of Wisconsin-Madison) - September 24, 2019
"Blending Puerto Rico into Latin American History"

Maurico Tenorio-Trillo (University of Chicago) - September 18, 2018
"History's Autobiography"

Ann Twinam (University of Texas at Austin) - October 12, 2017
Pardos, Mulattos, and the Purchase of Whiteness in the Spanish Indies

Mary Louise Pratt (New York University) – October 29, 2015
"Linked In, Left Out, Uplifted, Downloaded:  The Ecology of Language in a Globalizing World"

Joseph D. Straubhaar (University of Texas at Austin) – October 16, 2014
“The Iberian Pre- and Post-Colonial Roots of the Latin American Television Regional Market: The Case of Brazil”

Rolena Adorno (Yale University) – October 3, 2013
"Public Festivals and Performative Feasts: Aztecs and Allegory in Baroque Mexico"

Barbara Weinstein (New York University) – April 26, 2012
"Race, Gender, and Brazilian Regional Conflict: the War of São Paulo, 1932

Pablo Piccato (Columbia University) – May 5, 2011
Nota Roja: Justice in the Golden Age of Mexican Police News

Steve Stern (University of Wisconsin-Madison) – March 4, 2010
The Paradoxes of Truth: Reckoning with Pinochet and the Memory Question in Chile and World Culture, 1989-2006

In Memoriam

Professor Charles A. Hale (1930-2008), a specialist in Latin American history, was a faculty member at The University of Iowa from 1966 to 1997.  During his 30-year teaching career, he served as Assistant Chair of the Department of History from 1970-1973 and Chair of the department from 1977-1980.  A founding member of the Latin American Studies Program (LASP), he directed the program for two terms, from 1982-1984 and 1989-1991, and co-directed the program from 1994-1996.  Professor Hale was an authority on Latin American liberalism and intellectual history. His three books were Mexican Liberalism in the Age of Mora, 1821–53 (Yale University Press, 1968), Transformation of Liberalism in Late 19th-Century Mexico (Princeton University Press, 1989), and Emilio Rabasa and the Survival of Porfirian Liberalism (Stanford University Press, 2008).  His work garnered some of the highest honors for historical scholarship in the United States and Mexico. He was inducted into the Mexican Order of the Aztec Eagle in 1983 and the Mexican Academy of History in 1985.  His first book was awarded the Sahagún Prize from Mexico’s National Institute for Anthropology and History, and his second received the Bolton Prize from the U.S.-based Conference on Latin American History.  On March 3-4, 2006, the Department of History and the Latin American Studies Program, in conjunction with International Program, held a Latin American History Symposium: “Liberalism and Its Legacies” to celebrate the work of Professor Charles A. Hale.


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