Just days after the national holiday celebrating Christopher Columbus, Connecticut College's Department of History and Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity (CCSRE) are co-sponsoring a Common Hour event to ponder his complex legacy.
Herman Bennett, professor of history at City University of New York, will give a talk, "The Archive of an Unimagined Past: The 'Black' Presence in New Spain's Recorded History," Oct. 14 at 11:50 a.m. in Blaustein Humanities Center Room 210. The event is free and open to the public.
Bennett, a distinguished scholar of the history of the African Diaspora, will discuss the hidden history of Blacks in Mexico. Bennett is the author of two books about Africans in Mexico and their encounters with Americans, Europeans and Native Americans throughout the colonial era.
The recipient of fellowships from the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Council of Learned Societies, Bennett has lectured throughout the U.S. and Europe.