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Tuesday, June 14, 2011
6 p.m.John Ford's The Fugitive: Antifascism into Anticommunism between Mexico and the United States
In 1947 John Ford went to Mexico to film Dudley Nichols's adaptation of Graham Greene's anti-anticlerical novel The Labyrinthine Ways (aka The Power and the Glory). The Fugitive was the first postwar undertaking of the director's independent production company. Drawn by the Mexican film industry's recent artistic and commercial development (as well as the country's peoples and scenery), Ford considered permanently locating his company Argosy Pictures south of the border. In fact, The Fugitiv…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, General Research DivisionAdults
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
6 p.m.Revolutionary Women Writers: Anarchist Representations of Latin America in the Early 20th Century
During the 19th and the early 20th century, Latin American intellectuals and writers revealed vital concerns about Latin American identity and the future of the newly independent nations after 400 years of Spanish colonial rule. Within the political discourse we find women’s voices which proposed a revolutionary future for the continent in essays and fictional texts. Not only did they help define the nation, but also conceived a radical strand: Anarchism as a new system for Latin America.…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, General Research DivisionAdults
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
6 p.m.The Flexibility of Sin: Mural Painting and Social Meaning in Colonial Peru
Mural painting was a long-standing artistic tradition in Peru, with the earliest known examples dating to about 2000 B.C. In the colonial period (1534-1824), murals covered the interiors of churches throughout the Andes, providing parishioners with didactic images depicting the tenets of the Catholic faith. Mural painting served as an important tool in the evangelization of native communities, many of whom were not literate in Spanish and therefore came to understand Christianity through sermo…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, General Research DivisionAdults
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
6 p.m.The Magical and the Everyday, or How the Aztecs Represented Plants
In the Aztec world, plants were medicine and food. They were symbols of origin stories and places of sacrifice. The sting of a cactus was the omen that led the Aztecs to found their imperial capital. Cacti also made great fences. Corn was made into tortillas, an Aztec dietary staple that was packed with nutrition. In one version of Aztec mythohistory, corn was also made into people. Squashes, pumpkins, and gourds were sacrificed to the gods. They also were eaten. Cacao beans were money. And caca…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, General Research DivisionAdults

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