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Duval Lecture features UC-Berkeley professor

Margaret Chowning, professor of history at the University of California at Berkeley, will present a lecture titled "Rebellion in the Convent: Why the Nuns of La Purisima Concepcion (San Miquel de Allende, Mexico) Defied the Bishop and Doomed the Convent," at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14, in Milton Hall Room 171 at New Mexico State University.


ual Duval Lecture is sponsored by the NMSU Department of History, the New Mexico Endowment for the Humanities and the NMSU Center for Latin American and Border Studies.

Chowning is a recognized scholar of Mexican history who has done innovative work on the transition from colony to modern nation-state in Mexico. Her forthcoming book "The Poor Convent: The Troubled History of a Mexican Convent (La Purisma Concepcion of San Miguel el Grande, 1754-1863)," published by Oxford University Press, examines the history of this convent at a time of modernizing reforms in Mexico. Her earlier work on Mexican elites, titled "Wealth and Power in Provincial Mexico: Michoacan From the Late Colony to the Revolution," was published by Stanford University Press in 1999.

For more information contact Inigo Garcia-Bryce, NMSU Department of History, at 505-646-2076 or igarciab@nmsu.edu.