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Leo Africanus Discovers 'Comedy': A Mediterranean Adventure, Natalie Zemon Davis

February 8, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Time: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Location: Student Community Center, Meeting Room D
The Templeton Endowment for the Arts and Letters Distinguished Speaker Series at UC Davis
Renowned historian and writer Natalie Zemon Davis will give a talk “Leo Africanus Discovers ‘Comedy’: A Mediterranean Adventure”
Davis, history professor emeritus at Princeton University, stages a dialogue between the popular theater of the Arabic and Islamic world and the theater of Christian Europe at the dawn of the Renaissance through the eyes of Hasan al-Wazzan. Hasan al-Wazzan, who was called Leo Africanus, was a diplomat and geographer who was captured by Christian pirates in 1520 and spent several years in Rome before being freed and returning to North Africa. He was the author of the first geography of Africa to be published in Europe (in 1550).
Davis’ 2016 book Trickster Travels: A Sixteenth-Century Muslim Between Worlds examines his life.
Davis is also author of The Return of Martin Guerre and Women on the Margins: Three Seventeenth-Century Lives. She has been was awarded the National Humanities Medal and was named Companion of the Order of Canada.
This event is sponsored by TEAL Distinguished Speaker Series for Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures
For more information please contact: Noah Guynn, ndguynn@ucdavis.edu


February 8, 2017
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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