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In Search of the Spanish Past: Ships, Sailors and Sources in the Early Modern Period

Nov 03, 5:00PM - 8:00PM
In Search of the Spanish Past: Ships, Sailors and Sources in the Early Modern PeriodA Public Lecture by
Dr. Carla Rahn Phillips
Union Pacific Professor of Comparative Early Modern History [Emerita]University of Minnesota

Transatlantic trade routes, galleon fleets, sunken treasures, Caribbean piracy… These and other topics related to the Spanish seaborne empire continue to elicit the interest of the general public, but they remain largely enshrouded in mystery. This lecture addresses some of the myths and realities of Spanish ships and shipping on the transatlantic route during the Early Modern Period. The history of the sea has long focused on great naval battles and commanders. That is still an active field of study, but scholars are now paying more attention to what is often called the 'social history of the sea,' which looks more closely at seafarers and their families and communities on land. Without them, Spain's global network of trade, communication, military pursuits, and colonial administration from 1450 to 1800 would not have been possible. We learn about the ships and individuals in that global network by following the paper trail left behind in Spanish archives. The result is a
richly detailed portrait of seafaring and the ships that represented the highest technological achievement of their times.

Location:
Cost:
Free
Campus Sponsor:
History Department
Contact:
Madelyn Patlan, 512.245.2142
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Center for the Study of the Soutwest

The Perfect Game and Transcending Fairy Tales

Nov 18, 5:30PM - 8:30PM
The Perfect Game and Transcending Fairy TalesCenter for the Study of the Southwest
presents
Latinos and Sports in the Southwest
Lecture Series and Exhibit

"The Perfect Game and Transcending Fairy Tales" and viewing of The Perfect Game

William Winokur will talk about his novel and the movie, which is based on a true story that began in Monterrey, Mexico where a young group of boys in the slums of Monterrey try to escape the dismal conditions that surround them—hunger, dirt floors and cinder block houses.  A chance encounter with the Mexico City All-Star traveling team inspires them to form an organized Little League team. Their dream: to dress up in actual uniforms and play just one “real game.”

Location:
Cost:
Free
Campus Sponsor:
Center for the Study of the Soutwest, Wittliff Collections, Department of Modern Languages, Office of Equity and Access, Texas State Athletics, Center for Diversity and Gender Studies, Department of History
Contact:
Tammy Gonzales, 512-245-2224
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