On May 10 at the University of Alabama, New Views on the Spanish Conquest of Alabama and the Americas will be presented.
Lead Scholar is Larry Clayton (Professor Emeritus, History, University of Alabama).
While Hernando de Soto led the first major expedition into Alabama in 1540, he was opposed in this endeavor of conquest by the Spanish Dominican friar, Bartolomé de las Casas.
Las Casas traveled over and lived in much of the early territories of the New World and in his work and writings was the most passionate and celebrated defender of American Indians. He was, in fact, what I have labeled an “anti-conquistador,” who reflected a powerful and deep commitment to Christian principles and teachings in the seminal sixteenth century.
This workshop will open up some new, and important, views for teachers.
Teachers will be reimbursed for a substitute teacher.
Coming June 18-22 at University of Mobile is Civil War in the American South.
Lead Scholars are Sean Patrick Adams (Associate Professor and Department Chair, History, University of Florida) and Lonnie Burnett (Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, and Professor, History, University of Mobile).
The American Civil War and Reconstruction radically reshaped the political, economic, and cultural fabric of southern states. Alabama, and the city of Montgomery, served as an early seat of Confederate government. The state remained a source of manpower and commanders.
Florida, meanwhile, was the third state to secede from the Union. Florida became a central supply for beef and salt. The state’s expansive coastlines resulted in blockade runners that fought to shift material and men around the union’s blockade.
The Florida Humanities Council and the Alabama Humanities Foundation, with generous support from the HTR Foundation, are partnering to create a five-day workshop exploring the Civil War’s impact on Florida and Alabama.
Educators from both states will experience an active combination of lectures and discussions with experts, and field excursions to relevant historical sites. Participants will tour Mobile’s Civil War architecture and examine manuscripts from the era; visit Pensacola’s antebellum sites, like Arcadia Mill; and explore Blakely State Park, site of the last major battle of the Civil War.