Join NIAF: Examining Christopher Columbus: Truths and Myths

Aug 08, 2020 722

Join Us Virtually WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 12 | 6:30 P.M. EST. Examining Christopher Columbus: Truths and Myths. With Professor Emerita Carol Delaney. REGISTER. Not able to join us on Zoom, but want to tune in? All free NIAF virtual events will be streamed simultaneously on Facebook Live and posted on NIAF's Youtube page approximately one business day after the event has taken place.

Hero or villain? Christopher Columbus statues around the country have been destroyed or removed and American cities have started to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples' Day. In this free webinar we will examine why, from the late 20th century to today, there is fierce critique about him from the perspective of natives with Columbus becoming a figure of such intense controversy as well as the symbol for everything that went wrong.

We are left with deep, conflicting opinions about this Italian explorer who went across the ocean four times more than 500 years ago in small wooden ships with only a compass to guide his way - a feat that changed the course of history.

Join us for this important conversation with Stanford professor emerita and anthropologist, Carol Delaney, author of Columbus and the Quest for Jerusalem (Free Press, 2011) as she debunks the myths and lays out the truths about Christopher Columbus.

Carol Delaney is an American anthropologist and author. She received an MTS from Harvard Divinity School and a PhD in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Chicago and is a graduate of Boston University. Delaney was the assistant director of the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard, and a visiting professor in the Department of Religious Studies at Brown University. She is now an emerita professor at Stanford University and a research scholar at Brown University.

Delaney is the author of several books, including Columbus and the Quest for Jerusalem, The Seed and the Soil: Gender and Cosmology in Turkish Village Society, Abraham on Trial: The Social Legacy of Biblical Myth, Naturalizing Power: Essays in Feminist Cultural Criticism, and Investigating Culture: An Experiential Introduction to Anthropology.

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