Cultures of the Americas Colloquium

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Prior Events

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Beyond Quetzalcoatl: New Prospectives on Toltec Art

Flyer for CAC Event:Beyond QuetzalcoatlNovember 29, 2012
Madden Library Room 3212
11:30 - 12:30 p.m.


Keith Jordan
Department of art and Design


Since its rediscovery in the 20th century, the art of ancient Tula, the capital of the Toltecs in Hidalgo, Mexico, has been interpreted in terms of the legend of Topiltzin Quetzalcoatl, the god-ruler of the site according to later Aztec histories, and through Aztec art and religion in general. Recent research exposing much of the Quetzalcoatl legend as post-Spanish Conquest propaganda and new archaeological discoveries pushing the origins of Tula back by several centuries create more problems for this approach. In this presentation, Professor Jordan highlights these difficulties and proposes alternative ways of interpreting Toltec art, including use of its connections with northern Mexico and the Maya.

What Died with the Rosenbergs? 
Losing Hearts and Minds in 1950s Latin America

CAC flyer: What Died with the Rosenbergs?October 31, 2012
2 PM to 3 PM
Madden Library Room 3212


Professor Lori Clune
Department of History


In 1950, the FBI arrested Julius Rosenberg and charged him with conspiracy to commit espionage.  Weeks later they arrested Julius' wife, Ethel.  Convicted and sentenced to death for passing the secret of the atomic bomb to the Soviet Union, protests propelled the condemned couple into the world spotlight.  As dissent spread throughout Latin America, the Eisenhower administration managed an inept propaganda campaign that left lingering resentment long after the grisly executions in June 1953.


From Cantina to Concert Hall:
Mariachi and the Transformation of a Tradition

CAC flyer: From Cantina to Concert Hall September 27, 2012
Madden Library Room 3212
12:30 - 1:30 pm


Donald Henriques
Department of Music


In the late 1930s and early 1940s, the mariachi tradition was dramatically transformed by the record, radio, and film industries. Changing aesthetics and notions of identity created the conditions for a new mariachi sound and image. As a result, mariachi became linked with transnational media industries that popularized the tradition throughout the Americas.