Library Spring Lecture

Hidalgo FBJoin us Wednesday, April 8 at 5:30 pm in the Library Conference Room to hear Alex Hidalgo, assistant professor of Latin American History, talk about the history of the Mesoamerican past.

Across notarial archives, households and cabinets of curiosity to the vaults and display cases of museums and libraries, pre-Colombian artifacts have lived obscure and turbulent lives. A recent acquisition by TCU’s Special Collections, Lorenzo Boturini’s Idea of una nueva historia general (1746) highlights the Italian traveler’s unprecedented assemblage of codices, books, maps, prints and alphabetic manuscripts used to write a history of the Mesoamerican past. This talk will contextualize Boturini’s violent encounters with authorities, pirates and aristocrats as he amassed his impressive corpus, and it will consider the significance of acquiring and safeguarding historical objects.

Alex Hidalgo (Ph.D. Arizona, 2013) specializes in the history of colonial Latin America with an interest in Mesoamerican ethnology, visual studies, and the Iberian Atlantic. He has co-edited special issues for Ethnohistory and the Journal of Latin American Geography that explore the intersection between empire, ethnicity, and space.  His research has won support from the Ford Foundation, the Fulbright Commission, the Library of Congress, and the American Historical Association.  In 2014, his current book project, “When Indian Maps Ruled Mexico: Colonialism, Cartography, and History,” an analysis of indigenous mapmaking in the Viceroyalty of New Spain, received the Lewis Hanke Prize from the Conference on Latin American History

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Friends of the TCU Library Dinner Event

 astoriaThis year’s speaker is adventure and exploration writer Peter Stark, author of Astoria: John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson’s Lost Pacific Empire, A Story of Wealth, Ambition and Survival.

“At a time when the edge of American settlement barely reached beyond the Appalachian Mountains, two visionaries, President Thomas Jefferson and millionaire John Jacob Astor, foresaw that one day the Pacific would dominate world trade as much as the Atlantic did in their day. Just two years after the Lewis and Clark expedition concluded in 1806, Jefferson and Astor turned their sights westward once again. Thus began one of history’s dramatic but largely forgotten turning points in the conquest of the North American continent.”



Event Location and Details:
Dee J. Kelly Alumni & Visitors Center
Texas Christian University
2820 Stadium Dr.
Fort Worth, TX 76109

Cocktails at 6:30 p.m. Dinner at 7:00 p.m.

Dinner: $30 per person. Reservations required. To RSVP, contact Shelda Dean at 817.257.6109 or via email at by March 6.

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“Restaurantes, rumba y más: A Gringo’s Guide to Latino Fort Worth” by Peter Szok

szok-gringos-guideJoin us for a lively evening, featuring Peter Szok author of Restaurantes, rumba y más: A Gringo’s Guide to Latino Fort Worth as he takes us on a cultural journey through Latino Fort Worth that will make your stomach—and heart—hunger for more.

Szok sets the stage for Fort Worth as more than just cowboys and cattle. With mouthwatering descriptions, Szok highlights the best Latino restaurants with foods like barbacoa, birria and elote.

For the dancers, Szok highlights the best dance spots while offering insight into Latino clothing traditions like the pointy boots (botas picudas) in style throughout dance halls like Escapada 2001 and OK Corral, where they play norteño, banda, cumbia and other Latino music. And for a taste of Latino history, Szok highlights churches, barber shops, botanicas and more. With so much to explore, the Gringo’s Guide will make any reader fall in love with Fort Worth.

PETER SZOK is a graduate of Tulane University, where he received a PhD in modern Latin American history and specialized in ethnicity, nationalism, and popular culture. Dr. Szok is an associate professor of history at Texas Christian University, where he teaches classes on Afro-Latin American history, indigenous movements and Central America.

Lecture Event is March 3, 2015 at 5 pm in the Library Conference Room

Books will be available for purchase.

For more information call 817-257-6109

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