The University of Iowa

Alias "Don Luis": The True Tales and Amazing Adventures of a Sixteenth-Century Algonkian

Who Traveled the Seas and Saw Three Continents...and why he came home boiling mad

What: A talk by guest lecturer Camilla Townsend
When: Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011, at 4:00 p.m.
Where: Schaeffer Hall Room 302
Sponsored by: LASP, UI International Programs and the UI Department of History

Camilla Townsend is Professor of History at Rutgers University in New Jersey. Her work on the relations between indigenous people and Europeans in the Americas has spanned Mexico, the Andes and the Chesapeake. She has been the recipient of numerous major grants, including a Guggenheim Fellowship for her work studying Nahuatl (the Aztec language) and writings left to us by Native American historians of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Among her books are Here in This Year: Seventeenth-Century Nahuatl Annals of the Tlaxcala-Puebla Valley (2010); Malintzin’s Choices: An Indian Woman in the Conquest of Mexico (2006); and Pocahontas and the Powhatan Dilemma (2004).

"From Manila to Mexico: the Art and History of Early Modern Trade with Asia"

What: Guest lecture presented by Dana Leibsohn
When: Wednesday, April 20, 2011, at 4 p.m.
Where: 1117 University Capitol Centre
Sponsored by: LASP, International Programs, the Department of Spanish and Portuguese (CLAS) and the School of Art and Art History (CLAS).

Abstract: What is the role of visual culture in current histories of global trade? What did it mean to desire objects from afar in the cities of Manila and Mexico? How was China bound to Spanish America in the past? These are the questions at the heart of Leibsohn's presentation. Focusing on silver and ceramics, consumers and craftsmen, the presentation will explore the role of trans-Pacific exchange in the early modern period. Of particular interest are the diverse meanings created by foreign things through their travel from Asia to the Americas.

Dana Leibsohn is Priscilla Paine Van der Poel Professor of Art at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. Her research and publications focus on indigenous visual culture in colonial Latin America, and include Script and Glyph: Pre-Hispanic History, Colonial Bookmaking and the Historia Tolteca-Chichimeca (2009) and the collaborative multi-media project Vistas: Colonial Latin American Visual Culture: 1520-1820 (2005).

“Nota Roja: Justice in the Golden Age of Mexican Police News”

What: The second Charles A. Hale Memorial Lecture
When: Thursday, May 5, at 4 p.m.
Where: 1117 UCC
Presented by: Pablo Piccato

Abstract: The talk will examine crime and police newspapers and magazines in Mexico between the 1930s and 1960s, when the role of reporters as detectives and criminals as public figures shaped social views of justice and the truth behind crime.

Charles A. Hale taught Latin American history at the University of Iowa from 1966-1998. His research focused on Mexican liberalism in the 19th and 20th centuries. He was a deeply admired presence on the University of Iowa campus and a crucial supporter of Latin American Studies.

Pablo Piccato is a professor of history and the director of the Institute of Latin American Studies at Columbia University in New York City.

Sponsors: Latin American Studies Program, International Programs, and the UI Department of History in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Author Cristina Rivera Garza

Cristina Rivera Garza, one of the most prominent Mexican narrators of the this generation, will present two events Friday, Nov. 4, 2011.

Reading in Spanish
1:30-3:00 p.m. in 1117 UCC

Conversation in English
4:00-5:30 p.m. in 315 Phillips Hall

Garza is a professor of creative writing at the University of California, San Diego, and the author of numerous books, most recently “Verde Shanghai” (2011). She publishes a weekly column in the Mexican newspaper “Milenio” and actively maintains her blog “No Hay Tal Lugar.”