500 Years Later

Teaching the Conquest of Mexico through Indigenous Eyes

500 Years Later

Image 1: Mexica warrior, Book 12 of the Florentine Codex (“Of the Conquest of New Spain”). Ms. Mediceo Palatino 220, 1577, fol. 34 detail. Courtesy of the Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana, Florence and by permission of MiBACT. / Image 2: Chaos of “la noche triste,” Book 12 of the Florentine Codex. Ms. Mediceo Palatino 220, 1577, fol. 43 detail. Courtesy of the Biblioteca Medicea Luarenziana, Florence and by permission of MiBACT.

Monday, June 14, 2021
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM (Pacific Time)
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Approved for 2 LAUSD Salary Points (multicultural)

Deadline to submit Online Application: May 30, 2021    Space is Limited

The history of the Spanish-led conquest of Mexico (1519–1521) has until recently been told mainly from a Eurocentric point of view, ignoring or suppressing indigenous perspectives on a series of key events in world history. A collaboration between UCLA’s Latin American Institute (LAI) and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), this intensive five-day summer workshop explores indigenous perspectives on the conquest of Mexico. 

Participants will delve into recent scholarship and engage in teacher-training, peer-to-peer collaborations, and informative discussions about how Indigenous people experienced the conquest, not simply as a single event but as an extended process that continued for decades and in many ways continues to affect indigenous peoples today. Though the focus will be on central Mexico, participants will also develop a well-rounded understanding of the ethnic diversity of Mesoamerica and the Iberian Peninsula in the early sixteenth century. The workshop’s topics are arranged chronologically, beginning with the transatlantic world of the fifteenth century and ending in late colonial Mexico, on the eve of Independence in 1821. We will also examine representations of the conquest in histories, artworks, and popular media  from colonial times to the present. General themes will include the introduction of new institutions and ideas, the persistence of indigenous life-ways, ethnic and cultural interactions and exchanges, human-environmental transformations, and early-modern warfare. The goal of the workshop is to facilitate the introduction of new research on Latin America into K-12 classrooms and to help educators generate lesson plans through curricula-building exercises.


Eligibility: Open to K-12 educators from all disciplines. Space is limited, please register early.
Cost: $125
Registration Deadline: May 30, 2021

To apply click HERE 

For more details and to apply contact: 
Veronica Zavala, UCLA Latin American Institute | 

Download File: 500-Years-Later-ec-r3g.pdf

Sponsor(s): Latin American Institute, In collaboration with LACMA