Image of two elephant ink drawings from Tractado sobre las drogas y medicinas de las Indias Orientales courtesy Universidad Complutense Madrid
Start: January 30, 2018 3:30 p.m.
End: January 30, 2018 4:30 p.m.

In the sixteenth century, European imperialists and intellectuals encountered real elephants after having read about them for centuries in ancient sources.  Used as sources of labor and ivory, elephants also became mirrors of human behavior because of their remarkable intelligence.  In the writings of natural philosophers like Oliva Sabuco and Cristóbal Acosta, elephants had much to teach us about compassion and restraint.

Dr. Abel Alves, Chair, Department of History, will explore this in detail in his talk to the Early Modern History Group. The talk is free and open to the public.

The Early Modern History Group welcomes everyone with an interest in the time period 1300 to 1700 CE. Created to open up the early modern world to a larger audience, this monthly event is an opportunity to encounter new research done by both graduate students and faculty. All visitors are encouraged to ask questions and offer suggestions to the presenter, but, most of all, come find out more about what life was like during the early modern period! Undergraduate & graduate students are welcome to attend, as are all faculty.


Burkhardt Building (BB) Room 222