CLAS Summer Institute for Teachers

"Empire to Empire: The Americas in the Age of Exploration"

July 14-16, 2008


Gallo Gallina, The Encounter Between Hernando Cortes and Montezuma II, from
"Le Costume Ancien Et Moderne."

The Age of Exploration was a complex period that fundamentally changed the world. European exploration and expansion — made possible by technical innovations in sea travel — were driven by a conflicting web of individual and national ambitions. These European socio-political dynamics played out in the “New World,” shaping the lives of incoming European settlers as well as indigenous peoples and imported African slaves. Nevertheless, European empire-builders did not stumble across a tabula rasa. In Spanish America especially, they encountered civilizations that — while differing wildly in the details — had hierarchical social structures very similar to those they had left behind at home. The effects of this clash of empires are still being felt to this day.

The institute is free and open to all educators. 

Applications are here or by calling Jean Spencer at 510-642-2162.

Monday, July 14 – Wednesday, July 16, 2008
2223 Fulton Street, 6th Floor
8:30 am – 4:00 pm Monday and Tuesday
9:30 am – 12:00 pm Wednesday

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