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Reshaping the Past - The Seven "Secrets" of Christopher Columbus



Reshaping the Past - The Seven

This is the first of two talks -the second will take place in December and will be dedicated to "Memory, Monuments and Community"- on the political use of history. The animated discussion that in recent times has taken place about both the figure of Colombo and the presence of monuments dedicated to the representatives of the Confederates in the south of the United States has been developing in an unsatisfactory manner, comprised of immovable defenses and attacks without historical content.

In this first meeting we asked historian, and expert in the period of exploration and the conquests, Felipe Fernandez-Armesto to trace a portrait of Cristoforo Colombo beyond hagiography and denigration.


Felipe Fernandez-Armesto, William P. Reynolds Professor of History

College of Arts and Letters University of Notre Dame, Indiana

Research and Teaching Interests

Current research projects in the history of language and of cultural organisms; current or recent undergraduate classes on global environmental history, early colonial Native Mesoamerican source materials, and the history of wisdom; graduate supervision across a wide field, mainly in the early modern history of colonial societies.


Date: Thursday, November 30, 2017

Time: From 6:00 pm To 8:00 pm

Organized by : ICI

Entrance : Free


Italian Cultural Institute of New York