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These recorded Master Classes are deep dives into specific subjects, given in installments.

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Painted stone slab bearing katsina imagery from Point of Pines. Photo (ASM Catalog No. A-5303) by Jannelle Weakly

THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF THE POINT OF PINES REGION

The Point of Pines region of east-central Arizona (on the San Carlos Indian Reservation, east of Globe) looms large in syntheses of the archaeology of the US Southwest. It was investigated by Dr. Emil W. Haury, ASM's second Director (1938-1964), who oversaw an archaeological field school based there from 1946 to 1965, following a survey of the area in 1945. At Point of Pines, Haury and his students refined the newly defined Mogollon archaeological culture. They also found robust and compelling evidence of an ancient influx of immigrants from the Kayenta region of far northeastern Arizona and southeastern Utah. Since 2012, Dr. Lyons has been studying the collections from Point of Pines Pueblo and their associated records in order to shed new light on the immigrant occupation. In this six-session Master Class, Dr. Lyons will tell the story of the Point of Pines field school, placing the results of Haury and his students' work, more than 60 years ago, in the context of what archaeologists know today.  

Session 1: An Introduction to the Point of Pines Archaeological Field School
This overview of the 1945-1960 archaeological investigations in the Point of Pines region will serve to orient students to the local geography, introduce key archaeological concepts, and provide students with an understanding of the local phase chronology. Special foci will include Emil Haury and the Mogollon archaeological culture. 

Session 2: The Mogollon Archaeological Culture and the Record at Point of Pines
This session focuses on the importance of the work at Point of Pines in supporting the validity of and refining the Mogollon concept. Key topics to be addressed include the controversy associated with Haury's definition of a Mogollon archaeological culture, the ways in which the fieldwork at Point of Pines built upon Haury's earlier work (particularly at Forestdale, in the context of a previous ASM/UA field school), and Joe Ben Wheat's magnum opus that synthesized Mogollon archaeology based on insights derived from his work at Point of Pines. 

Session 3: Haury's Inferences About Kayenta Immigrants at Point of Pines Pueblo
In 1958, Emil Haury published a paper about Point of Pines Pueblo that has become the US Southwest's classic case study in how to reliably infer ancient migrations. This session will recount Haury's conclusions, including his inference that deadly conflict erupted between members of the local population at Point of Pines and the immigrants from the Kayenta region, as well as the process by which he came to them. 

Session 4: The Kayenta Presence at Point of Pines Revisited
Newly compiled data, to be featured in a book now being written, lend strong support to many of Haury's conclusions of more than 60 years ago and cast doubt on others. A key focus of discussion will be the burning of a portion of Point of Pines Pueblo, previously interpreted as evidence of prehispanic violence and now understood as an act of ritual decommissioning.

Session 5: The Kayenta Diaspora and the Salado Phenomenon
The purpose of this session is to place the immigrant occupation at Point of Pines within the larger context of the diaspora from the Kayenta region. Key foci will include comparisons of the archaeology of Point of Pines with data from the San Pedro Valley, the Safford Basin, and other areas with robust evidence of Kayenta immigrants, and links between northern immigrants and the origin and spread of Roosevelt Red Ware (Salado polychrome pottery). 

Session 6: The Point of Pines Phase
This session addresses the final prehispanic interval in the Point of Pines region's phase sequence, ending sometime between A.D. 1400 and 1450. The discussion will emphasize the proper chronological placement of the phase and tantalizing clues suggesting connections between these latest prehispanic occupants of the Arizona mountains and the Zuni of west-central New Mexico. 
 

$90 for ASM members or $130 non members
Contact the ASM Marketing Office to purchase this Master Class: 520-626-8381 or dfl@email.arizona.edu

Amount paid over $70 is a tax-deductible donation
Proceeds support Dr. Lyons's ongoing research
One-month access to a Google Drive folder
 


 

FINDING THE WHOLE IN OUR PAST: EPISODES IN MODERN WORLD HISTORY
taught by Dr. Michael M. Brescia, Curator of Ethnohistory and affiliated Professor of History and Law

Legendary filmmaker and humorist Mel Brooks parodied western civilization and Hollywood efforts to glorify ‘the West’ in the now classic movie, History of the World, Part I.  This four-part series will differ from the more traditional ‘western civ’ approach to understanding the past and instead take the entire globe as its field of historical study.  Dr. Brescia will examine the history of the modern world since 1500 via the premise that political, economic, and cultural interconnections and dependencies among peoples of the world—nowadays called “globalization”—have deep roots in the past.  Societies and cultures around the world unfolded neither in isolation nor in a vacuum but rather as a  consequence of their relationships with neighboring and sometimes distant peoples.  To make sense of the world in which we live today we will cultivate our historical imaginations to critically view the globe and its peoples as a whole rather than as discrete and exceptional units devoid of contact and exchange. Broad coverage of the modern world includes the origins of global interdependence (1450-1800); the age of revolution, industry, and empire (1750-1914); and the so-called ‘short twentieth century.’

Session 1: Introduction and Patterns of Cross-cultural Contact and Exchange

Session 2: Print Revolution, Religious Change, and Europe's Transition to Modernity

Session 3: Cross-cultural Transitions and the Leap to Enlightenment

Session 4: Industrialization and its Global Impact on the 19th and 20th Centuries
 

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Emiliano Zapata, 1914. Public domain.

MAKING (HISTORICAL) SENSE OF MEXICO
taught by Dr. Michael M. Brescia, Curator of Ethnohistory and affiliated Professor of History and Law

The headlines scream that Mexico in the new millennium has become a lawless state riddled with political corruption, drug violence, and extreme inequality, which push its citizens to seek economic security across the international border in the United States. In this four-part series, Dr. Brescia will take you beyond the media headlines and political soundbites and introduce you to our southern neighbor by examining the manner in which history, geography, and culture have shaped modern Mexico since its independence from Spain in 1821.  You will learn about the tumultuous nineteenth century when Mexico experienced four foreign invasions and routine civil discord, the violent upheaval of the world’s first social revolution in the twentieth century, and the challenges and opportunities associated with sharing a nearly 2000-mile border with the so-called Colossus of the North, the United States.

Session 1: Introduction and Colonial Legacies

Session 2: Culture as Explanation and the Wars for Mexican Independence​​​

Session 3: The Elusive Search for Stability in Nineteenth-Century Mexico

Session 4: The Cost of Modernity and Revolution in Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth-Century Mexico

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A PESTILENCE SO GREAT AND UNIVERSAL: DISEASE AND THE STRUCTURES OF EARLY MEXICAN HISTORY
taught by Dr. Michael M. Brescia, Curator of Ethnohistory and affiliated Professor of History and Law

Amid the lethal toll of Covid-19 and the accompanying global economic downturn, historians are revisiting the role of diseases in world history and their larger impact on culture and society. Even a cursory glance at Mexican history tells us that Mexico is no stranger to the debilitating effects of disease on individuals, families, and communities, not to mention an epidemic's capability to transform the political, economic, and social institutions that fashioned daily life in the deep past. In search of clues to help us better grasp what has been unfolding around us today, ASM historian Michael Brescia will examine the multiple ways in which diseases defined the broader contours of early Mexican history, from Pre-Columbian times to Spanish conquest and colonization.

Session 1: From Cocoliztli to the Coronavirus: Toward an Understanding of Disease in Mexican History
Dr. Brescia establishes the Master Class's conceptual framework and identifies the challenges that historians face when they interrogate the evidence of historical diseases

Session 2: Written with Soft Chalk: Disease and Population Patterns in Pre-Columbian Mexico
This session examines the interdisciplinary scope of research into Mexican antiquity and discusses the varieties of the Mesoamerican experience before the arrival of the Spanish in the sixteenth century

Session 3: A Disease of the Heart: The Spanish Conquest of Mexico
Dr. Brescia evaluates Old World diseases as a crucial factor in Hernán Cortés's conquest of Moctezuma's Aztec confederation

Session 4: Remote Beyond Compare: The Long Haul of Colonial Epidemics
Participants learn about the regional dimensions of disease in colonial Mexico, from the arid stretches of its far northern frontier to the humid zones located in the southern reaches

Session 5: Quarantines, Vaccines, and How to Have a Good Death in Late Colonial Mexico
Dr. Brescia explores the last decades of Spanish colonialism at the intersection of medicine and religiosity

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$80 for ASM members or $130 for non members
Payment in excess of $50.00 qualifies as a tax-deductible donation
Proceeds support Dr. Brescia's ongoing research
One-month access to a Google Drive folder

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(Nobody Expects) The Spanish Inquisition: Old & New World Varieties
taught by Dr. Michael M. Brescia, Curator of Ethnohistory and affiliated Professor of History and Law

Even a cursory glance at modern popular culture reveals the degree to which the Spanish Inquisition continues to shape our historical imaginations. As we laugh at the antics of Monty Python or Mel Brooks, we see the same images: men in red robes preparing the instruments of torture and fanning the flames of the pyre. This Master Class subjects the Inquisition, as both a European and New World institution, to rigorous examination. We will explore the laws, procedures, and practices that fashioned the Inquisition into a religious, political, and cultural instrument of power that was wielded by the Church but often in support of an expansive State, from its origins in medieval Europe to its transfer to the Spanish colonies to its eventual demise in the early nineteenth century. We also will assess a series of case studies in order to identify what brought people before the Inquisition, including, for example, accusations of conducting Jewish and Muslim practices, idolatry, blasphemy, crimes against the Catholic sacraments, witchcraft and sorcery, as well as the illicit use of flora, fauna, and human matter, and, finally, publishing books and treatises that promoted heresy or political sedition.

Session 1: Introduction – The Inquisition in History and Popular Culture
Our first session introduces the major themes of the Master Class and establishes the conceptual framework for better understanding the Inquisition, trying to separate fact from fiction, history from myth. Issues of historical and cultural relativism will be examined, as well as the broader political concept of ‘inquisition’ and its evolution in modern world history (for example, Senator Joe McCarthy’s hunt for communists in the early Cold War). Finally, we will explore the Spanish Inquisition in popular culture and ask why we might find humor in its procedures.

Session 2: The Inquisition in Europe – Medieval and Spanish Iterations
We will assess the origins of the Holy Office of the Inquisition in medieval Europe, particularly in light of the so-called heretical movements that emerged in southern France and northern Italy but also as part of institutional efforts to curb ‘mob justice.’ We will focus on the Spanish Inquisition and its links to the union of the Crowns of Castile and Aragón under Isabella and Ferdinand. Spanish attitudes toward the Jewish and Muslim populations in Spain will be part of the discussion, as will conversos (Jews who had converted to Catholicism) and moriscos (Muslims who had converted to Catholicism). 

Session 3: The Inquisition Comes to Colonial Mexico
Despite the lack of Jews, Muslims, and Protestants in Spain’s most prized New World colony, the Inquisition was established in New Spain in 1571, although an inquisition run by the bishops of Mexico City and Yucatán had functioned there since the mid-1530s. We will examine the procedures that defined each step in the inquisitorial process, the legal parameters of using torture, and the grand public spectacles that followed Inquisition trials—what were known as autos-de-fé

Session 4: Inquisition Case Studies, Part I – Blasphemy, Crimes against Marriage, and Jewish, Muslim, and Protestant Practices
Employing case studies found in Mexican, Spanish, and U.S. archives and rare book libraries, we will evaluate the different accusations that neighbors leveled against neighbors, family members against other family members, and friends and lovers lodged against each other. These case studies will show us the complex web of social and political relationships that developed in colonial Mexico, where an ever-growing racially-mixed population used the Inquisition to forge local autonomy and wield cultural power. Efforts will be made to employ case studies from throughout the colony. 

Session 5: Inquisition Case Studies, Part II – Witchcraft, Sorcery, Superstition, and Print Culture
Our final session will utilize case studies that reveal other intimate dimensions of the accusations that landed people before the Inquisition, such as the use of love potions, local plants and animals, and bodily fluids to cast spells over potential lovers and enemies, both real and imagined. We also will examine change and continuity in the Mexican Inquisition caseload during the transition to Bourbon rule in the eighteenth century, as the new dynasty moved to reassert royal power in the Age of Enlightenment. Finally, we will assess the manner in which the Inquisition exercised censorship of religious and political tracts, as well as printed expressions of popular culture. The Master Class concludes by looking at the Inquisition’s role during the wars for independence from Spain (1810-1821). 

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$80 for ASM members or $130 for non members
Payment in excess of $50.00 qualifies as a tax-deductible donation
Proceeds support Dr. Brescia's ongoing research
One-month access to a Google Drive folder

 

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