UCLA history professor to address “The Other 1492”


Renowned historian and professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, Teofilo Ruiz will deliver a presentation on Monday, February 18, in Kirby Learning Center, Room 6 at 7 p.m. regarding the year 1492 and the historic events that took place.

The year 1492 has long been seen as the "miracle year" of Spanish realms. This lecture addresses the importance of 1492 from different perspectives. Instead of examining the achievements of the Catholic Monarchs (their victory over Granada, religious and political unity, and the encounter with the New World), Ruiz will look at what the events of 1492 meant for those who bore on their flesh the brunt of a new centralized monarchy, religious intolerance and colonial expansion.

His focus is on the Jewish people, Conversos, Muslims, Moriscos and the natives of the New World for whom 1492 represented a radical and catastrophic change in their individual and collective lives. By examining this history during the transition from the Middle Ages to modernity, he describes the growing tolerance ushered in by military conquest, religious intolerance and political centralization.

Ruiz is a distinguished scholar that visits colleges and universities as part of the Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Program. The lecture is free and open to the public.
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Founded in 1829, Illinois College is a residential liberal arts college fostering academic excellence rooted in opportunities for experiential learning while preparing students for lifelong success. The college is located in Jacksonville, Ill. With an enrollment of about 1,000 students, the college offers over 50 undergraduate programs and a Master of Arts in Education degree program. In 1932 the society of Phi Beta Kappa established a chapter at Illinois College, and it remains one of only 11 in the state.

Illinois College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.

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