Early Spanish in the Circum-Caribbean: New Findings

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*Early Spanish in the Circum-Caribbean: New Findings

13 February in DM 370, 10:00-1:00

Early Spanish in the Circum-Caribbean: New Findings

10:00-10:40 Consuelo Varela – The First Interpreters and Their Significance

10:40-11:20 Juan Gil – Juan Ponce de León: Explorer, Settler, Dreamer

11:20-12:00 General Discussion: Tips for Success Conducting Archival Research on America in Spain

12:00-1:00 Refreshments provided by DOHGSA

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Dr. Juan Gil (Ph.D. University of Bologna, 1963) is Professor Emeritus of the Universidad de Sevilla and is now active as a life-time member of the Real Academia Española (Madrid). He was trained as a classical scholar, with focus on linguistics, especially Latin and Medieval Spanish. His teaching career spanned three decades. He has published dozens of books, including a five volume opus on the history of the conversos (Christianized Jews) of Seville. Also noteworthy are his two volumes regarding the Mozarabes, and several books on Spain’s early contacts with the Far East. He and Dr. Consuelo Varela have authored many books on Columbus and other explorers of Spain’s Age of Discovery. Most recently he published two monographs on the discoverer of Florida, Juan Ponce de León. Most recently he participated in the preparation of the newest edition of the Diccionario de la Lengua Española.

Dr. Consuelo Varela (Ph.D. University of Sevilla, 1986) has been a permanent research professor of the Escuela de Estudios Hispano-Americanos (CSIC) in Seville, and was its Director. She has also been the Editor of the Anuario de Estudios Hispano-americanos, one of Spain’s leading journals and a Contributing Editor of the Revista de Indias (CSIC, Madrid) and Colonial Latin American Review. She has taught paleography at several major universities and institutes in the US, especially in summer NEH sponsored programs for college and university teachers. She has authored and edited over twenty-five books, and many more articles and book chapters. Her focus is on Columbus, the Age of Reconnaissance, and early modern cultural and economic exchanges in the Mediterranean and Atlantic Worlds.

Program sponsored by the Departments of History and Modern Languages, LACC, SIPA, and the GSA.​