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History Lecture Series

The Body as Offering: Making Meaning of Sacrifice in the Aztec Imperial Past

Wed. Jan. 22, 2020      7:30–9 p.m.

Kane Hall 130

Adam Warren, Associate Professor, History, UW

The Aztec Empire looms large in the popular imagination for its practice of human sacrifice. But how much did Spanish invaders exaggerate in their descriptions of its use? Explore how those living under Aztec rule made sense of the relationship between the living, the dead, and the divine.

Admission: $12–$15; students free with valid ID.

Special perks for series pass holders: Series pass holders are invited to a welcome reception with the speakers before this lecture. Pass holders also enjoy discounted admission and reserved seating at all lectures. The reception will feature remarks from UW history chair Glennys Young and  UWAA executive director Paul Rucker and will begin at 5:30 in the Walker-Ames room in Kane Hall.

Portrait: Adam WarrenAdam Warren is an associate professor of history. His research explores the history of science and medicine, the history of death and dying, and the history of childbirth in Latin America, focusing especially on Peru and the Andes. He is the author of “Medicine and Politics in Colonial Peru: Population Growth and the Bourbon Reforms” (Pittsburgh, 2010), and the co-author of “Baptism Through Incision: The Postmortem Cesarean Operation in the Spanish Empire” (Penn State, forthcoming in 2020). As a former student of a historian of Mexico, his teaching at UW includes courses on Aztec and Mexican history as well as general courses on colonial Latin America and the history of global health. Full bio.

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