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Indigenous Patrons and the Origins of Jesuit Education in Central Mexico, 1572 -1621

Speaker: Dr. Peter Villella
Date: February 15, 2024
Time: 3:30 - 5:00 PM

David Brading’s magisterial account explores the writings of Spanish conquerors, missionaries, and settlers across three and a half centuries to detail the deepest roots of patriotism and national identity in Latin America. Sweeping and erudite, it unpacks the diverse and often contradictory efforts of Spaniards and their American-born descendants to learn about and understand the lands, indigenous peoples, and folk cultures of their adopted countries. In doing so, Brading reveals how such thinkers communicated the essential symbols and ideas that would later shape nineteenth-century efforts to define nationhood and national belonging in Latin America.