Posted: 10/16/19

TAMIU History Professor Lectures on Curanderismo, Latinx Community Friday


Dr. Aaron Olivas

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) will hold a special lecture, “Curanderismo and Community: The Sociohistorical Roles of Latinx Spirituality,” Friday, Oct. 18 at 3 p.m. in the Sue and Radcliffe Killam Library, room 203.

The event is free and open to the community. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.  It also celebrates the 20thAnniversary of TAMIU’s Sue and Radcliffe Killam Library Special Collections and Archives.

The lecture will be given by Dr. Aaron Olivas, TAMIU assistant professor of History, and will examine the history of curanderismo, a traditional folk healing system commonly found throughout Latin America, and its relation to Latinx community.

Olivas joined the University’s faculty in 2014 and offers courses on the history of the Hispanic World, Spain and Latin America. He holds his Ph.D. in History from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He earned two master’s degrees from the University of Chicago and UCLA, respectively.

A former Fulbright Fellow and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellow at the Huntington Library in San Marino, CA, Olivas is also a UCLA Center for 17th- and 18th-Century Studies Postdoctoral Fellow. 

For more information on the upcoming lecture, contact Special Collections librarian Jeanette Hatcher at jhatcher@tamiu.edu or 956.326.2404.

TAMIU is celebrating its 50th Anniversary and its 25th Anniversary at its north Laredo campus throughout 2019-2020.  A dedicated website shares the University’s transformation from a hybrid upper-level university to a full doctoral degree-granting University. It includes a calendar of Anniversary events and more at tamiu.edu/50.

For more on the University’s story, contact the TAMIU Office of Public Relations, Marketing and Information Services at 956.326.2180, email prmis@tamiu.edu, click on tamiu.edu, follow social media channels on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter or YouTube, or visit offices in the Sue and Radcliffe Killam Library, room 268.