Charles A. Hale Lecture

                                     Charles A. Hale Lecture 2019


The UI Latin American Studies Program hosted the 9th annual Charles A. Hale Lecture entitled "Blending Puerto Rico into Latin American History" delivered by Francisco A. Scarano on Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019, from 3:30 - 5 p.m., in 1117 University Capitol Centre.

The Hale Lecture honors the memory of Professor Charles A. Hale (1930-2008), a specialist in Latin American liberalism and intellectual history. He was a distinguished scholar and faculty member at the University of Iowa from 1966-1997.

Francisco A. Scarano is professor emeritus of history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has published important studies on a variety of topics from all periods of Caribbean and particularly Puerto Rican history, including slavery and the plantation economy, reconstituted peasantries, and race and racialization processes.

For much of the twentieth century, Latin American historiography marginalized Puerto Rico as an American possession not adequately encompassed by Latin American studies. Specialists regarded Puerto Rico as somehow “not part of” Latin America, although it belonged to the Spanish empire longer than any other country in the region. This exclusion reflected core tensions in the field of Latin American history and of Latin Americanism in general, as they were elaborated and institutionalized in the United States in the first decades of the 20th century. Scarano's talk will discuss the origins of this tension and its eventual--if perhaps only partial--resolution. It will also discuss how, without much fanfare, Puerto Rico has provided important points of comparison for Latin American history, anthropology, and literature. 

This event is sponsored by Latin American Studies in International Programs, the Department of History, and the Department of Spanish & Portuguese.

Mauricio Tenorio-Trillo in 2018.
After the 2018 Charles A. Hale Lecture, Dr. Linda Kerber (UI professor emerita in the Department of History) speaks with the guest presenter Dr. Mauricio Tenorio-Trillo about the lecture "History's Autobiography."

Charles A. Hale Lectures at the University of Iowa

The Charles A. Hale Lecture in Latin American Studies at the University of Iowa is sponsored by the Latin American Studies Program (LASP), International Programs, the Department of History, and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese.  The Charles A. Hale Lecture brings distinguished scholars from a range of disciplines to the University of Iowa to share their knowledge and research.  The lecture nurtures teaching and scholarship in the field of Latin American Studies and builds connections among faculty, students, and community members interested in Latin America and U.S. Latinos.

Mauricio Tenorio-Trillo (University of Chicago) -- September 18, 2018
"History's Autobiography"

Ann Twinam (University of Texas at Austin) – October 12, 2017
"Pardos, Mulattos, and the Purchase of Whiteness in the Spanish Indies"

Mary Louise Pratt (New York University) – October 29, 2015
"Linked In, Left Out, Uplifted, Downloaded:  The Ecology of Language in a Globalizing World"

Joseph D. Straubhaar (University of Texas at Austin) – October 16, 2014
“The Iberian Pre- and Post-Colonial Roots of the Latin American Television Regional Market: The Case of Brazil”

Rolena Adorno (Yale University) – October 3, 2013
"Public Festivals and Performative Feasts: Aztecs and Allegory in Baroque Mexico"

Barbara Weinstein (New York University) – April 26, 2012
"Race, Gender, and Brazilian Regional Conflict: the War of São Paulo, 1932”

Pablo Piccato (Columbia University) – May 5, 2011
“Nota Roja: Justice in the Golden Age of Mexican Police News”

Steve Stern (University of Wisconsin-Madison) – March 4, 2010
“The Paradoxes of Truth: Reckoning with Pinochet and the Memory Question in Chile and World Culture, 1989-2006”

In Memoriam

Sepia toned image of Charles Hale speaking.

Professor Charles A. Hale (1930-2008), a specialist in Latin American history, was a faculty member at The University of Iowa from 1966 to 1997.  During his 30-year teaching career, he served as Assistant Chair of the Department of History from 1970-1973 and Chair of the department from 1977-1980.  A founding member of the Latin American Studies Program (LASP), he directed the program for two terms, from 1982-1984 and 1989-1991, and co-directed the program from 1994-1996.  Professor Hale was an authority on Latin American liberalism and intellectual history. His three books were Mexican Liberalism in the Age of Mora, 1821–53 (Yale University Press, 1968), Transformation of Liberalism in Late 19th-Century Mexico (Princeton University Press, 1989), and Emilio Rabasa and the Survival of Porfirian Liberalism (Stanford University Press, 2008).  His work garnered some of the highest honors for historical scholarship in the United States and Mexico. He was inducted into the Mexican Order of the Aztec Eagle in 1983 and the Mexican Academy of History in 1985.  His first book was awarded the Sahagún Prize from Mexico’s National Institute for Anthropology and History, and his second received the Bolton Prize from the U.S.-based Conference on Latin American History.  On March 3-4, 2006, the Department of History and the Latin American Studies Program, in conjunction with International Program, held a Latin American History Symposium: “Liberalism and Its Legacies” to celebrate the work of Professor Charles A. Hale.

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