The Americas and the Generative Power of Fire

April 28, 2017 - 3:00pm

Please join us for "The Americas and the Generative Power of Fire," a special panel discussion and a feature of the IBES event What Fire Does. This discussion will be chaired by Associate Professor of History and Director of John Carter Brown Library Neil Safier and will feature presentations by Andrew Scherer ("Ceremonies of Smoke and Flame among the Ancient Maya"), Matt Liebmann ("When the Little Firekeeper Ran Away: Pueblo People, Franciscan Missions, and Wildfires in 17th Century New Mexico"), Guilhem Olivier ("The New Fire Ceremony: Religion and Power in Ancient Central Mexico"), and Alessandra Russo ("Fury and Beauty: Fire in the Limits of Conquest"). Following the panel discussion, Jake Frederick (Lawrence University) will present the exhibition The Americas on Fire, co-curated by Jake Frederick and JĂșnia Ferreira Furtado. A performance by Wendy Woodson (Amherst College) and reception will follow. The event is free and open to the public.


The Reading Room will close to researchers at 2:00 p.m.