Junipero Serra, book jacketJunípero Serra and the Native Peoples of the Californias

Book of the Quarter, Fall 2015
Saint Clare Room, 3rd Floor
Learning Commons, Technology Center, and Library
Thursday, October 1
4 - 5 p.m.

Rose Marie Beebe and Robert Senkewicz, portraitIn this talk, based upon the research that appears in their book, Junípero Serra: California, Indians, and the Transformation of a Missionary (University of Oklahoma Press, 2015), Professors Rose Marie Beebe and Robert Senkewicz will examine the ways in which Junípero Serra, founder of the California missions, approached the native peoples of both Baja California and Alta California. They will look at the dynamic between conversion and punishment that animated Serra's approach. They will also ask what the Spanish documentary record might begin to tell us about the ways in which the native peoples responded to Serra and his fellow missionaries.

About the Authors

Rose Marie Beebe is professor of Spanish literature and Robert Senkewicz is professor of history. They have collaborated on a number of books on the history of Spanish and Mexican California.

They have received numerous teaching and scholarship awards at SCU. They have also received awards from The Bancroft Library, the Historical Society of Southern California, the California Mission Studies Association, and the California Council for the Promotion of History.


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