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We invite you to join us for the second GLINT Talk of the academic year.
Professor Roger Martinez will speak on his European Commission Marie Curie Fellow project, Deciphering Secrets, which is about scholars and the public collaborating to better understand Jewish, Christian, and Muslim coexistence during the Spanish Middle Ages (500-1500 CE).
In his talk, Martinez will explore the challenges of implementing the ongoing project, which first started in 2014. He will discuss the use of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) to share the interreligious history of Spain (also known as Islamic al-Andalus and Jewish Sefarad).
Deciphering Secrets works alongside of archives and museums like the Archivo de la Catedral de Burgos, Archivo Municipal de Toledo, Museo Sefardi (Toledo), the Museo de Santa Cruz (Toledo), and the Museo de Burgos to present compelling cultural knowledge.
Further, the project's research efforts energize current and former MOOC students to assist with transcribing and investigating medieval manuscripts pertaining to medieval/early modern Jewish, Christian, and Muslim interrelations. The project teaches Spanish paleography (or, reading old handwriting) to students so that they can “decipher secrets” from medieval manuscripts.
Through the project's collaborations with Spanish cathedral, municipal, and national archives we are making new collections available for investigation. Presently, research is focused on interreligious affairs in the cities of Plasencia, Burgos, Toledo, and Granada, and their broader connections to the Iberian Peninsula.
Speaker Bio:
Dr. Roger Lous Martínez-Dávila is a European Commission Marie Curie Fellow at the Universidad de Carlos III de Madrid (Spain) and an Associate Professor of History at University of Colorado-Colorado Springs (USA). He is a specialist in Sephardic Jews and conversos, culture, and family history for the 12th through 16th centuries; medieval and early modern Spanish history; religious minorities and religious converts; and the 16th century trans-Atlantic migration of Spaniards to the Americas. Relying on his specialized training in Spanish paleography and Spanish and Portuguese language expertise, Dr. Martínez has conducted research in approximately fifty (50) local, ecclesiastical, provincial, and national archives in Spain, Vatican City, Mexico, Bolivia, and the United States. His recent text, Creating Conversos: The Carvajal-Santa Maria Family in Early Modern Spain (2018), is published by the University of Notre Dame Press. Roger served as Guest Curator for the Fractured Faiths: Spanish Judaism, the Inquisition, and New World Identities exhibition at the New Mexico History Museum (Santa Fe, NM), an exhibit that investigated the Sephardic Jewish community and culture before and after the Edict of Expulsion of 1492. More information at: www.rogerlouismartinez.com


Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at 12:00pm to 1:30pm
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1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway, Colorado Springs, CO 80918

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