Openings Available in Bj?rklunden Seminars

From June 14 – 19, Lawrence University’s Björklunden is offering this seminar: “Class, Caste, and Calidad: Race and Ethnicity in Latin America” with Jake Frederick.

The story goes that in 1492 the Spaniards arrived in the Americas, where they met the Indians, and soon thereafter started to import Africans. But the reality is a bit more complicated. In 1492, there was no such thing as Spain, the Americas had more than 360 different ethnic groups, and the Africans that would be brought over included peoples from dozens of kingdoms and ethnic groups. This course looks to understand how all these peoples came together into a “New World,” unfamiliar to any of those groups. Jake Frederick is an associate professor of history at Lawrence University. He earned a Ph.D. in colonial Latin American history from Pennsylvania State University. He has published on ethnicity and native unrest in colonial Latin America. His current projects include research on the history of fire protection in colonial Mexico and coauthoring a book, Minting the Nation: Value and Power in the Mexican-American Frontier.

Seminar classes meet weekday mornings and some evenings at Björklunden’s lodge, just south of Baileys Harbor. Each seminar includes meals prepared by Björklunden’s resident chef. For complete course descriptions, fees, and registration dates call 920.839.2216 or visit