Clio's Short Takes: November

Commentary by Dr. Elizabeth Malpass

Dr. William Beezley

Dr. William H. Beezley, pre-eminent Latin American Historian and recipient of the 2017 Ohtli Award from the Mexican government will host the first History Student Forum program from November 7 – 10th at Stephen F. Austin State University. A renowned Latin American scholar who has authored over twenty-five books, Dr. Beezley will present a keynote lecture on “Object Lessons about Latin America: Eye Patches, Coffee Beans, and Ski Masks.” The lecture is scheduled for Thursday, November 9th at 7:00 p.m. in the Liberal Arts North building, Room 142.

Dr. Mark Barringer, Chair of the History Department stated that, “although the program is sponsored by students for students, the keynote address gives SFA students an opportunity to welcome the community into campus events.” Seating will be limited.

Dr. Beezley will hold a series of meetings for students and faculty ranging from classroom visitation to individual sessions on history as a field and professional developments for undergraduate and graduate students. He will be a visiting lecturer in Dr. Aaron C. Moulton’s Latin American history class, Dr. Jeana Paul-Urena in Latin American studies, and Dr. Randi Barnes-Cox’s senior seminar.

His works are internationally noteworthy and have been translated into Spanish and Mandarin Chinese. He received the prestigious Ohtli Award for 2017 bestowed by the Mexican government to persons who have made “significant contributions to the international image of Mexico.” In addition, he has authored the highly praised Oxford History of Mexico and is currently Editor-in-Chief of the Oxford Research Encyclopedia for Latin America.

Dr. Beezley is currently working on a documentary video on the African Runaway Slave Communities in Latin America. This project follows his expert commentary in the PBS Series, “The Desert Speaks” and “In the Americas with David Yetman.” He currently teaches at the University of Arizona and has held endowed chairs at TCU, Tulane, and visiting professorships at the Universities of Texas, Calgary, British Columbia, and the Collegio de Mexico

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