History Distinguished Speaker Series: Felipe FernÃ¡ndez-Armesto "Clio&CultureApril 25, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Mānoa Campus, Art Auditorium (ART 132)
History Distinguished Speaker Series
"Clio and Culture: How to Narrate the Whole of History"
Felipe FernÃ¡ndez-Armesto, William P. Reynolds Professor of History, University of Notre Dame
â€œThe past is a mess. Providence, progress, dialectic, teleology, determinism of various kinds â€“ every attempt to fit it into a simple story has failed. Efforts seem doomed to escape from the constraints of the historianÂ´s own time and circumstances into an objective perspective, or to climb to the cosmic crowÂ´s nest and see our past in a single glance. The lecturer proposes a new approach â€“ comparing humans with other cultural organisms â€“ and argues that the result is a distinctive and surprisingly concise yet comprehensive narrative.â€
Felipe FernÃ¡ndez-Armesto is an award-winning historian and author of bestselling books, including "1492"; "Ideas 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."
Our warm thanks to the anonymous donor whose generosity makes the History Distinguished Speaker Series possible.
Department of History, Mānoa Campus