Inspired by the 500th anniversary of the conquest of Mexico, this symposium will explore how modern audiences can recover premodern Indigenous American voices and perspectives obscured by European colonization. A diverse group of researchers in art history, history, cartography, literature, and beyond will present items from the rich collection of colonial materials in the Edward E. Ayer collection at the Newberry Library. Through lightning talks and discussions, the symposium will contribute to a larger conversation at the Newberry about telling the stories of marginalized peoples to contemporary audiences. A keynote roundtable will open the symposium, reveal the history of the Ayer collection, and discuss its current state and its future development.
Co-hosted and cosponsored by the D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies at the Newberry Library.
Thursday, May 13
12-1 pm Keynote Roundtable
The Ayer Collection Past, Present, and Future
Moderator: Rose Miron, Newberry Library
Friday, May 14th
10:30-11:30 am Roundtable I: Space
Moderator: Lisa Voigt, Ohio State University
12-1 pm Roundtable 2: Legend
Moderator: Tatiana Seijas, Rutgers University
Emmanuel Ortega, University of Illinois at Chicago
"D. Ysidro Sariñan, y Cuenca, Oracion funebre, que dixo el doctor D. Ysidro Sariñan, y Cuenca, Chantre de la Santa Iglesia Metropolitana de Mexico, Cathedratico de Prima de Sagrada Escritura en la Real Universidad.... 1681."
2-3 pm Roundtable 3: Word
Moderator: Laura Leon Llerena, Durham University