Exploring Identity in Spanish California - Part Two


Wednesday, February 7, 2018 6:00PM

Exploring Identity in Spanish California - Part Two





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Join California Historical Society (CHS) for the second event in its two-part series, Exploring Identity in Spanish California. This event will feature three speakers who will focus on men and women who were representative of their era, Pio Pico and the Pico family, Toypurina, and Eulalia Perez. Guests will hear short presentations from the speakers followed by a Q and A with the audience. CHS’s North Baker Research Library will be open for a special collections viewing after the Q&A organized around theme Family/Families.

About the Speakers:

Carlos Manuel Salomon received his Ph. D. at the University of New Mexico in Borderlands and Latin American History. He is an interdisciplinary scholar and activist who works in the area of borderlands, memory, migration, and oral history. Dr. Salomon is the author of Pio Pico: The Last Governor of Mexican California and editor of Routledge History of Latin American Culture.

Dr. Cutcha Risling Baldy is an Assistant Professor of Native American Studies at Humboldt State University. Her research is focused on Native feminisms, California Indians, and decolonization. She received her Ph.D. in Native American Studies with a Designated Emphasis in Feminist Theory and Research from the University of California, Davis; her M.F.A. in Creative Writing and Literary Research from San Diego State University; and her B.A. in Psychology from Stanford University. Her forthcoming book on the revitalization of women’s coming-of-age ceremonies will be released by University of Washington Press in 2018. Since 2009, she has served as Executive Director of the Native Women’s Collective. She is the author of a popular blog that explores issues of social justice, history and California Indian politics and culture, www.cutcharislingbaldy.com/blog; is an enrolled member of the Hoopa Valley tribe; and has ties to the Yurok and Karuk peoples.

Rose Marie Beebe is Professor of Spanish Literature at Santa Clara University. She and her husband, Robert M. Senkewicz, Professor of History at Santa Clara University, have collaborated on a number of books on the history of Spanish and Mexican California, including The History of Alta California, Lands of Promise and Despair: Chronicles of Early California, 1535–1846; Testimonios: Early California through the Eyes of Women, 1815–1848; "To Toil in That Vineyard of the Lord”: Contemporary Scholarship on Junípero Serra; and Junípero Serra: California, Indians, and the Transformation of a Missionary. Their current project is translating and annotating Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo’s five-volume “Recuerdos históricos y personales,” for which Beebe received a year-long fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Beebe and Senkewicz have received numerous teaching and scholarship awards at Santa Clara University. In 2015, they were recognized with the University Award for Sustained Excellence in Scholarship. They have also received awards from The Bancroft Library, the Historical Society of Southern California, the California Mission Studies Association, and the California Council for the Promotion of History.

This event is a part of our exhibition program series for Alexander Hamilton: Treasures from the New-York Historical Society and Meanwhile out West: Colonizing California, 1769-1821 and generously supported by the Yerba Buena Community Benefit District.


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