History Distinguished Speaker Series

CLIO AND CULTURE: HOW TO NARRATE THE WHOLE OF HISTORY

Felipe Fernández-Armesto

William P. Reynolds Professor of History, University of Notre Dame

Date: Thursday, April 25, 2019

Time: 6:00p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Place: University of Hawai‘i at Manoa

Art Auditorium (ART 132)

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Talk abstract: “The past is a mess. Providence, progress, dialectic, teleology, determinism of various kinds – every attempt to fit it into a simple story has failed. Efforts seem doomed to escape from the constraints of the historian´s own time and circumstances into an objective perspective, or to climb to the cosmic crow´s nest and see our past in a single glance.  The lecturer proposes a new approach – comparing humans with other cultural organisms – and argues that the result is a distinctive and surprisingly concise yet comprehensive narrative.”

Felipe Fernández-Armesto is an award-winning historian and author of bestselling books, including 1492Ideas that Changed the World; and The Americas. He is a regular BBC guest presenter and screenwriter, contributor to Tony award-winning BBC series Armada; and writer for CNN-BBC joint production Millennium: A Thousand Years of History.

The Oxford Illustrated History of the World, Felipe Fernandes-Armesto, editor

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