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CLAS Lecture Series: "Black Saint of the Americas: The Life and Afterlife of Martín de Porres"

In May 1962, as the struggle for civil rights heated up in the United States and leaders of the Catholic Church prepared to meet for Vatican Council II, Pope John XXIII  named the first black saint of the Americas, the Peruvian Martín de Porres (15791639), and designated him the patron of racial justice. The son of a Spanish father and a former slave woman from Panamá, Martín served a lifetime as the barber and nurse at the great Dominican monastery in Lima. In this talk, Celia Cussen traces the images and writings that propelled the cult of this pious and industrious black man from the Viceroyalty of Peru into a hero of universal Catholicism.
Speaker: Celia Cussen, Professor of Colonial Latin American history at the University of Chile in Santiago.
Celia Cussen (AB ’79) teaches colonial Latin American history at the University of Chile in Santiago. She is the author of Black Saint of the Americas: The Life and Afterlife of Martín de Porres (Cambridge University Press, 2014), and the editor of Huellas de África en América: Prespectivas para Chile (Santiago, 2009). Celia Cussen is also a contributor to the She the People blog of the Washington Post. She is currently working on a new project to uncover and understand the role of African-descended slaves in the elite households of late colonial Chile.

Details

When:

Friday, October 31, 2014. 01:15PM

Where:

Bolivar House, 582 Alvarado Row

Sponsor:

Center for Latin American Studies

Contact:

(650) 725-0383
adoriala@stanford.edu

Admission:

Free and open to the public.