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Examining Christopher Columbus: The Truths and Myths-Virtual Conversation


CHICAGO, Il-The Italian American Human Relations Foundation in conjunction with the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans is pleased to present a virtual conversation with Stanford professor emerita, Dr. Carol Delaney, on the legacy of Christopher Columbus on Tuesday, August 25th, 2020 at 10:30a.m. Central Time At Rago Brothers, 624 Western Avenue, Chicago. The conversation will be streamed on Facebook Live and will be accessible at the following link:

Hero or villain? Christopher Columbus statues around the country have been destroyed or removed and American cities have started to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples' Day. In this conversation, we will examine why, from the late 20th century to today, there is fierce critique about him with Columbus becoming a figure of such intense controversy as well as the symbol for everything that went wrong. We are left with deep, conflicting opinions about this Italian explorer who went across the ocean four times more than 500 years ago in small wooden ships with only a compass to guide his way - a feat that changed the course of history.

Carol Delaney is an American anthropologist and author. She received an MTS from Harvard Divinity School and a Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Chicago and is a graduate of Boston University. Delaney was the assistant director of the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard, and a visiting professor in the Department of Religious Studies at Brown University. She is now an emerita professor at Stanford University and a research scholar at Brown University.

Delaney is the author of several books, including Columbus and the Quest for Jerusalem, The Seed and the Soil: Gender and Cosmology in Turkish Village Society, Abraham on Trial: The Social Legacy of Biblical Myth, Naturalizing Power: Essays in Feminist Cultural Criticism, and Investigating Culture: An Experiential Introduction to Anthropology.



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