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Oct. 26: R.A. Kashanipour colloquium

FREDERICK, Md.—A historical anthropologist will give a lecture on one of Latin America’s earliest science fiction writers on Oct. 26 as the second event in Hood College’s fall colloquium series.

R.A. Kashanipour, Ph.D., will present his talk, “The Morality of the Moon: Science and Fiction in Enlightenment Mexico,” at 7 p.m. in the Marx Center. The presentation will examine the works of Manuel Antonio de Rivas, including his futuristic fable known as “Syzigias y quadraturas lunares,” which may have been the first work of science fiction written in Latin America.

Rivas was held prisoner by the Mexican Inquisition from 1773 to 1777 for his “perverse doctrines, infernal language, and acerbic wit,” and he outraged his colleagues for both his sharp tongue and interest in dangerous, unorthodox ideas in his writing.

Kashanipour is currently an assistant professor of Latin American history at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona. He is a cultural historian and historical anthropologist with particular interests in indigenous peoples in the Spanish Atlantic world. His research into the discourse of medicinal and botanical knowledge systems in colonial and contemporary indigenous communities has been funded by the Andrew Mellon Foundation, Wenner-Gren Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities and Max Planck Institut-für Wissenschaftsgeschichte.

The “Narrative at the Edge of the World” colloquium series will continue Nov. 16 when author J. Michael Martinez explores how certain historically diverse art works generate “time” and “space” for their reader and how a writer or visual artist may employ these techniques in their own creations.

For more information, contact Aaron Angello at 301-696-3211 or or visit