Michael Brescia

Thursday, March 21, 2:30-4:30, The Arizona Senior Academy Building

Michael Brescia, Curator of Ethnohistory in the Arizona State Museum with faculty affiliations in the Department of History and the James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona, returns to the Arizona Senior Academy to examine how the fusion of Old and New World foods and diet transformed Mexico in the wake of the Spanish conquest and the establishment of Spanish colonialism in the sixteenth century. 

He will provide a food history of Mexico and discuss the cultural significance of a “mestizaje of taste,” or the blending of foodways and nutritional regimes that changed global palates. In a richly illustrated lecture, he will show how different cuisines and dishes reflect the broad sweep of the Mexican historical experience.

Dr. Brescia, who earned his Ph.D. 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: now in its fourth edition, Mexico and the United States: Ambivalent Vistas, with W. Dirk Raat (University of Georgia Press, 2010); and North America: An Introduction, with John C. Super (University of Toronto Press, 2009). He is the author of numerous journal articles on the living legacies of Spanish law in the western hemisphere. 

Written by Carol and Don Gilzinger, Academy Village Volunteers

Mar. 21: “Buen Provecho! A Multicultural History of Mexico through Food and Taste”