LAC History Seminar Series: Popol Vuh: A Retelling
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Convener: Professor Eduardo Posada-Carbó
Speakers: Ilan Stavans, Armhest College in conversation with Jorge Cañizares, University of Texas
Ilan Stavans is Lewis Sebring Professor of Humanities, Latin American and Latino Culture at Amherst College, the publisher of Restless Books, and the host of the NPR podcast "In Contrast." His latest books include The Seventh Heaven: Travels through Jewish Latin America, How Yiddish Change America and How America Changes Yiddish, And We Came Out and Saw the Stars Again, and A Pre-Columbian Bestuary: Fantastic Creatures from Indigenous Latin America. The recipient of numerous international prizes, his work, translated into twenty languages, has been adapted to the screen, TV, radio, and theater.
Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra is the author and editor of a dozen books, many of which have been translated into several languages. His book How to Write the History of the New World won several academic prizes and was also selected as one of the best books of the year by The Economist, The Independent, and The Times Literary Supplement. His articles have appeared in the most prestigious journals of the historical profession in the US, Germany, Italy, and Spain, including articles in the American Historical Review, The William and Mary Quarterly, Isis, Journal of Early Modern History, Archiv für Reformationsgeschichte, Ricerche di Storia Politica, and Revista de Occidente. He is also known for having co-authored the Hispanic Equity Report, a scathing sociological and statistical analysis of structural discrimination of Hispanic faculty at the University of Texas-Austin.