"Latin America in the Modern World," book talk by Virginia Garrard, University of Texas at Austin | Institute for Historical Studies

The History Faculty New Book Series presents:

Latin America in the Modern World
(Oxford University Press, 2018)
Co-Authored by Virginia Garrard, Peter V. N. Henderson, and Bryan McCann

A book talk and discussion with
Virginia Garrard
Professor of History, and
Director, LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections
University of Texas at Austin

Latin America in the Modern World is the first text to situate the history of Latin America within a wider global narrative. Written by leading scholars, the book focuses on five themes: state formation; the construction of national identity through popular culture and religion; economics and commodities; race, class, and gender; and the environment. Emphasizing the distinct experiences of each of the Latin American countries, the book provides students with an entry point into understanding this vital region. Instead of suggesting that all Latin American nations have an interchangeable heritage, the authors seek to clearly identify themes, topics, people, and intellectual currents that help to knit the history of modern Latin America into a coherent category of study. While providing in-depth coverage of the history of the three largest Latin American countries (Mexico, Brazil, and Argentina), Latin America in the Modern World also offers case studies from almost all of the countries, including Central American and Andean nations.

Virginia Garrard is Director of LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections and Professor of History at the University of Texas at Austin. She co-edited with Stephen Dove and Paul Freston the Cambridge History of Religions in Latin America (Cambridge University Press, 2016). She is the author of Terror in the Land of the Holy Spirit: Guatemala Under General Efraín Ríos Montt, 1982-1983 (Oxford University Press, 2010); Terror en la tierra del Espiritu Santo (Guatemala: AVANCSO, 2012); Viviendo en La Nueva Jerusalem (Guatemala: Editorial Piedra Santa, 2009), and Protestantism in Guatemala: Living in the New Jerusalem (University of Texas Press, 1998). She is co-editor, along with Mark Atwood Lawrence and Julio Moreno of Beyond the Eagle's Shadow: New Histories of Latin America's Cold War (University of New Mexico Press, 2013). She has also edited On Earth as it is in Heaven: Religion and Society in Latin America (Scholarly Resources, 2000) and co-edited with David Stoll, Rethinking Protestantism in Latin America (Temple University Press, 1993). Her new monograph Faces of God in Latin America, about indigenous interpretations of Christianity, will be published on Oxford University Press in 2020.

Please RSVP to cmeador@austin.utexas.edu to reserve your seat and receive a copy of the reading selection to be discussed. This discussion is part of the IHS' History Faculty New Book Talk Series.

Wednesday, November 13 at 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Garrison Hall (GAR), 4.100
128 INNER CAMPUS DR , Austin, Texas 78705

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