The Program for Learning and Community Engagement (PLACE) at Texas A&M University-Texarkana will host one of the leading scholars in colonial Latin American history for a guest lecture on Thursday, October 19, on the A&M-Texarkana campus at 7101 University Ave., Texarkana, Texas.

According to a press release, Dr. Kris Lane, France V. Scholes Professor of Colonial Latin American History at Tulane University, will present “Worth a Peru: Silver, Technological Innovation and Environmental Degradation in 16th-Century South America” at 7PM in Eagle Hall of the University Center.

The event is free and open to the public.

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Prof. Lane examines the major events and phases of Potosi's technical development as it relates to the rise of the New Science as well as its exemplary role as a major site of heavy metals contamination and deforestation.

Lane is the general editor of Colonial Latin American Review and served as president of the Forum on European Expansion and Global Interaction from 2006 to 2008 and on the editorial board of Ethnohistory from 2002 to 2006.

He also is the author of a number of publications, including "Gone Platinum: Contraband and Chemistry in 18th-Century Colombia," which appeared in the Colonial Latin American Review in 2011.

PLACE is a faculty-led program designed to create a community of learners comprising A&M-Texarkana students, faculty, staff and the community at large. PLACE chooses an annual theme around which to organize a lecture series and other activities that provide focal points for learning and discussion. This year’s theme is “Science and Technology.”

For more information or to participate in the showcase, contact Dr. Corrine Hinton, PLACE chair, at Corrine.Hinton@tamut.edu and visit the PLACE website at tamut.edu/PLACE.