Celebrating the Latin American Centre's 50th Anniversary

The Latin American Centre is 50 years old this year.

To mark this event, the Bodleian Libraries are holding an exhibition of the Selden Roll, a 16th century indigenous painted roll from the Coixtlahuaca region of Mexico.  The roll was bequeathed to the Bodleian by John Selden and received by the Library in 1659.

The exhibition is in the Proscholium of the Bodleian Library till 1st November.  The exhibition is notable for both the beautiful, fascinating roll itself and the wonderful explanatory text written by Professor Maarten Jansen and Gabina Aurora Pérez from Leiden University, who gave a talk about the roll to LAC students and staff in the summer.

For more information about the exhibition, see: http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/whatson/whats-on/upcoming-events/2015/sep/the-selden-roll.

You can also read about the Centre and its history in the Anniversary issue of its newsletter, Horizontes: http://www.lac.ox.ac.uk/horizontes-newsletter.

The Centre was established at St Antony's College in 1965, following the publication of the report of the Parliamentary Committee on Latin American Studies, chaired by Dr JH Parry (1962-1964).  As a result of the report five centres were set up at Cambridge, Glasgow, Liverpool, London and Oxford.  The impetus for the committee and report was the Cuban Revolution and the British Government’s realisation of how little it understood the strategically important region.

Last but not least, the Centre’s library is forty years old this year, having started life as a couple of shelves of books.  The library became part of the Bodleian group in 2004.
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