Matt O'Hara at the Stevenson College Lecture Series

May 11, 2012

Stevenson College Lecture Series

Universality and Difference in Colonial Mexico

Matt O’Hara
Associate Professor, History Department

Wednesday, May 16th 2012
Stevenson Fireside Lounge
Catered Reception at the Provost House

Even casual observers of colonial Mexico are struck by its diversity, and especially the ways that socially-constructed difference created and reinforced hierarchy. But this was not a world characterized solely by difference and hierarchy. Other colonial projects were inclusive and assumed human universality, including the long-term effort to evangelize native peoples. What are we to make of these two features of colonialism apparently so at odds? What implications would they have for independent Mexico?

Co-Sponsored by The Institute for Humanities Research & The Department of History