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Frank Safford Symposium

When: Friday, October 6, 2023
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM CT

Where: Harris Hall, 108, 1881 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Cost: 0

Contact: Margaret Sagan  

Group: Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Co-Sponsor: International Studies
History Department
Andean Cultures and Histories Working Group

Category: Academic, Lectures & Meetings, Multicultural & Diversity, Global & Civic Engagement


Author of some of the most influential scholarship on nineteenth-century Colombia and Latin America, Professor Frank Safford passed on June 16, 2022, leaving behind an enduring legacy. This symposium celebrates his scholarly contributions, pays homage to his important pedagogical work, and discusses the innovative methodologies he used to connect scholars in North and South America in enduring networks of collegiality.  

This one-day event is structured around the main historical questions and themes that Safford explored during his long career, and brings together some of his closest colleagues, as well as younger scholars whose works build upon his legacy.  

Co-sponsored by the Department of History, Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, International Studies Program, Department of Spanish and Portuguese.

It will take place on Friday, October 6th, 2023, at Harris Hall 108, Evanston campus, and via Zoom, in English and Spanish (simultaneous translation will be available in person and online).

-9:00 am, Opening Remarks, Lina Britto (Northwestern University)

-10:15 am, Roundtable- The Question of Development: Geography, Markets, and Business History: with Andrés Guhl (Universidad de los Andes); Ana María Otero (University of York); and Marcelo Bucheli (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign).

-2:00 pm, Roundtable- The Question of Class Formation: Politics, Elites, and the History of Education: with Víctor Uribe (Florida International University); Rafael Acevedo, (Universidad de Cartagena); and Ricardo Rivadeneira (Universidad Nacional de Colombia).

-4:00 pm, Roundtable- The Question of Legacy: Collegiality, Friendship, and Scholarship: with Brodwyn Fischer (University of Chicago); Ann Twinam (University of Texas); and Carlos Dávila (Universidad de los Andes).

-6:00 pm, Keynote, Jackson Lecture: with Marco Palacios (Colegio de México).

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