The encounter between Amerindians and European mendicant friars raised questions about time and the proximity to the last age of world history. The Franciscans, in particular, were enamored of Joachim of Fiore's tripartite division of human history and his utopian Third Age of the Holy Spirit. Works of art by indigenous artists, the writings of New World pundits, and even architectural constructions confirmed that Joachim's prognostications and similar eschatological beliefs offered revolutionary ideas concerning time and society.
Dr. Jamie Lara presented his lecture as a part of the Latin American Research Cluster Series. Funded by the Institute for Humanities Research and supported by the School of International Letters and Cultures, the Latin American research cluster brings together a group of committed Latin America scholars from a variety of disciplines. The goal of the cluster is to forge connections and provide networking opportunities between faculty, students and multiple programs working on research about the rapid change of the Americas over the past two decades.