German Jesuit Missionaries as Founders of Sonora/Arizona, presented by University of Arizona professor Dr. Albrecht Classen, is also sponsored by the Arizona Humanities Council and is also a program celebrating Arizona’s Centennial.
Description: It is commonly thought that the early history of Pimeria Alta (now Sonora/Arizona) was determined by Spanish colonizers.
Dr. Albrecht Classen explains how in reality, the Jesuit Order can be credited with having had the greatest impact on the entire region. An example is Padre Eusebio Kino. A surprisingly large number of his successors hailed from German speaking lands and left a huge impact on the early history of the Southwest. This presentation illuminates the historical background of the Jesuit Order and traces the path of major representative of German Jesuit missionaries to the Pimeria Alta.
Moreover, it will bring to light some of the most recent research that is intensifying as major collections of original texts/letters are being translated into English. The audience will have a chance to gain insight into the global role which the Jesuits played, and how important the Sonoran province was for the international Jesuit Order.
When: Monday, February 27, 2012 from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.
Where: Himmel Park branch Library
1035 North Treat Avenue (SW corner of Treat and E. 1st St, south of Speedway)
Tucson, Arizona 85716
This talk is by my husband, who has published about a dozen scholarly articles about Padre Kino and other Jesuits in Arizona, has given this talk at libraries in Pima County and Arizona, at Agua Caliente Park‘s Historic Lecture Series, and to other civil groups. He has also published an online translation of letters by Jesuit Father Philipp Segesser, and is now working on a book about the German speaking Jesuits. He will be a presenter at an upcoming November, 2012 symposium on Padre Kino, hosted by the Kino Heritage Society in Tucson.