American Southwest Expert Presents Edmondson Lectures March 8-9

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March 2, 2004

by Judy Long

Dr. David J. Weber, The Robert and Nancy Dedman Professor of History and director of the William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies at SMU, will give the 26th annual Charles Edmondson Historical Lectures on March 8 and 9 in room 100 Morrison Hall on the Baylor University campus. The theme of the series is "Spanish Bourbons and Wild Indians."

A specialist in the American Southwest and Mexico, Weber will speak on "Spaniards and Their Savages in the Age of Enlightenment" at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 8 and "How did Spaniards Convert Indians? Missions in the Age of Reason" at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 9. The lectures are free and open to the public.

Weber received his doctorate from the University of New Mexico and taught at San Diego State University before joining the faculty at SMU in 1976. He also taught at the Universidad de Costa Rica as a Fulbright Lecturer in 1970 and was a visiting professor at Harvard in 2002.

In May 2003, he was named to the membership in the Real Orden de Isabel la Católica by the King of Spain and was knighted in a special ceremony. Weber is author or editor of 21 books and more than 60 articles.

The Edmondson Historical Lectures, sponsored by the history department, are made possible by an endowment established by Dr. E. Bud Edmondson of Longview to honor his father, Charles S.B. Edmondson.

For more information, contact the department of history at (254) 710-2667.

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