Ben Vinson III, the Hiram C. Haydn Professor of History and Provost and Executive Vice President at Case Western University, will deliver the Charles Griffin Memorial Lecture, “Reflections on Afro-Mexico: Comments from the Career of an Historian,” on Monday, March 25. Open to the public without charge, the lecture will begin at 5:30pm in Taylor Hall, room 203.
Professor Vinson is a historian of colonial Latin America whose research focuses on African diaspora and Mexico. He is the author of several highly regarded books and articles on African and African-descended peoples in Latin America, including Bearing Arms for His Majesty: The Free-Colored Militia in Colonial Mexico (2002) and African Slavery in Latin America and the Caribbean (2007). His most recent book, Before Mestizaje: The Frontiers of Race and Caste in Colonial Mexico (Cambridge 2018), was awarded the Howard F. Cline Book Prize in Mexican History by the Latin American Studies Association.
The Charles Griffin Memorial Lecture, sponsored by the department of history, honors the former dean of the faculty and professor of history at Vassar.
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