“Dialogues on Color” will be a presentation of Aaron Fine’s work on color theory resulting in a book of that title. This book - being an inter-genre mixture of creative nonfiction, fiction, and coloring book pages – is available to read free online, or purchase at cost, at www.arenotbooks.com Providing an intellectual history of Western attitudes towards color, the organizing aim of the book is to reveal the ways cultural context shapes our theories of color, not excluding those we link to Newton’s work with the prism and think of as objective and universally true. For this presentation the author proposes to host a mixture of activities, mingling his own lecture style with staged readings done by theatre or debate club students in the voices of Newton, Goethe, Tom Sawyer, and others. There will also be opportunities for the audience to color in their own color theory coloring book pages, and to win a drawing for one of five complimentary copies of the book “Dialogues on Color”
For a fifty-year stretch in the seventeenth century, Spanish Franciscan missionaries lived on the Hopi mesas on a more or less permanent basis. The Pueblo Revolt of 1680 brought that occupation to an abrupt halt. Spanish documents recently translated as part of the Hopi Documentary History Project, and published alongside interviews in 2015 in the first volume of Moquis and Kastiilam: Hopis, Spaniards, and the Trauma of History (University of Arizona Press), offer new insights into what that period of Franciscan presence meant from both a Spanish and Hopi perspective. I will outline this tumultuous history from 1629 to 1680, discussing key documents and collective memories that clarify our understanding of the Hopi-Franciscan relationship while simultaneously raising new questions. I will also discuss work on volume 2 of Moquis and Kastiilam, expected to be completed by the spring of 2018.