Michael Brescia

Michael Brescia, Curator of Ethnohistory the Arizona State Museum

Monday, December 12,

2:30-4:30 pm

ASA Koffler Great Room & Zoom

Following up on Alex la Pierre’s recent lecture on the history of Sonoran cooking, and in a reprise and updating of his February 2020 lecture here at ASA, Michael Brescia will address the role of Native American diet and nutrition under Spanish colonialism, He’ll cover general role of chile and spice, plus the specific histories of mole poblano, chiles en nogada, and tamales.   He will supply us with a context for the legacies of multicultural foodways in Arizona and the Southwest today.

Dr. Brescia, who earned his PhD in Latin American History at the University of Arizona, is co-author of two books that examine the broader historical forces that have shaped our continent from pre-Columbian times to the present: Mexico and the United States: Ambivalent Vistas, with W. Dirk Raat (University of Georgia Press, 2010, now in its fourth edition); and North America: An Introduction, with John C. Super (University of Toronto Press, 2009). He is also the author of numerous journal articles on the living legacies of Spanish law in the western hemisphere. In addition to his position at the Arizona State Museum, Dr. Brescia holds faculty affiliations in the Department of History and the James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona,

Michael Brescia has been a very popular lecturer at ASA, with enthusiastically received series of lectures not only on Mexican History but World History, as well as on the Alamo, Water Rights in the Southwest, Frida Kahlo, and Vaqueros, and the Spanish Inquisition!  During the intermission of his talk on December 12, treats of Mexican cuisine will be served in the lobby of the ASA building.  Persons planning to attend are requested to RSVP to info@arizonasenioracademy.org.

Edited by Suzanne Ferguson, Academy Village Volunteer

This lecture is in the “Borderlands” series of ASA Lectures

You can connect to Zoom either by using the following URL: https://zoom.us/j/95456511620?pwd=OC9GcnJRNmJpMTdXdXFhaUpCUkx4QT09 or by opening a browser to zoom.com/join and typing in Meeting ID: 954 5651 1620 and Passcode: 85747

Dec 12: “¡Buen provecho! A Multicultural History of Mexico through Food and Taste”