Faculty Lecture series continues on October 1

(09-18-2014)

nick saenz

The Adams State University Fall 2014 Faculty Lecture Series continues with "The Black Legend and Hispanic History: Then and Now," by Nick Saenz, assistant professor of history, begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1, in Porter Hall room 130.

Religious conflict and the early history of Spanish conquests in the Americas defined English views of Spain in the sixteenth century. In the context of ongoing imperial competition, a "Black Legend" of Spanish bigotry, cruelty, and ignorance circulated about the English-speaking world. During the nineteenth century this narrative was broadened to include an account of Spanish backwardness amid Spain's loss of colonies in the Americas and defeat to the United States in 1898. Well into the twentieth century these narratives continued to define English-speaking America's view of the Spanish-speaking world. This lecture will explore the ways in which the Black Legend has influenced the history of the San Luis Valley and continues to influence the politics of immigration at the national level.

All talks are free and the public is invited. Complimentary light refreshments will be offered. For further information on the series of lectures, contact Dr. Kristy Duran, assistant professor of biology, at 719-587-7767, or klduran@adams.edu.