TITLE: The Kislak Pirates Symposium: Panel II, part 1
SPEAKER: Kris Lane, Carmen Boullosa
EVENT DATE: 12/08/2007
FORMAT: Video + Captions
RUNNING TIME: 67 minutes
TRANSCRIPT: View Transcript (link will open in a new window)
Within some 50 years of its discovery, the Americas became a great and growing source of wealth for the Spanish crown. Silks, spices, precious metals and gems flowed across the Pacific to Mexico and Panama as silver and gold were transported across the Gulf of Mexico from Cuba to Spain. Pirates and privateers preyed on these vessels, often as commissioned agents sent out against the enemies of their sovereigns or as renegades for their own personal gain.
An all-day symposium, "Pirates and Corsairs of the Americas in History and Literature," was ponsored by the Rare Book and Special Collections Division and the Hispanic Division in conjunction with the "Exploring the Early Americas" exhibition.
Features speakers were Kris Lane, who discussed "Will the Real Pirates Please Stand Up? Provenance and Perspectives in the History of Piracy"; and Carmen Boullosa, who presented "Why I Love Pirates."
Speaker Biography: Kris Lane is associate professor of history at the College of William and Mary.
Speaker Biography: Carmen Boullosa is an award-winning Mexican novelist and writer-in-residence at New York University.