Michael Brescia

Dr. Michael Brescia,

Arizona State Museum &

University of Arizona

Monday, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

(2-hour lecture with break),

an ASA Zoom Webinar*

Even a cursory glance at modern popular culture reveals the degree to which the Spanish Inquisition continues to shape our historical imaginations. As we laugh at the antics of Monty Python or Mel Brooks, we see the same images: men in red robes preparing the instruments of torture and fanning the flames of the pyre. In this lecture, Dr. Brescia subjects the Inquisition, as both a European and New World institution, to rigorous examination, trying to separate fact from fiction, history from myth.

Dr. Brescia is Curator of Ethnohistory in the Arizona State Museum with faculty affiliations in the Department of History and the College of Law at the University of Arizona.   He has co-authored two books examining the broader historical forces shaping our continent from Pre-Columbian times to the present: Mexico and the United States: Ambivalent Vistas (2010), and North America: An Introduction (2009).  During his most recent sabbatical, Michael had appointments at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, as well as at El Colegio de San Luis in Mexico. Returning to the ASA by very popular demand, Dr. Brescia delivered five lectures on aspects of Mexican and World history here in 2018-19 and four Zoom lectures on disease and conquest in Mexico last summer during COVID. 

*For access to the Webinar, please write info@arizonasenioracademy.org

Written by Marna Broekhoff, Academy Village Volunteer

Feb 1: “The Spanish Inquisition”