A sym­po­sium on crypto-Ju­daism in New Mexico

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The com­pli­cated 600-year evo­lu­tion of crypto-Jewish iden­tity is fleshed out in con­ver­sa­tions be­tween his­to­ri­ans, an­thro­pol­o­gists, ge­neal­o­gists, and mu­si­cians at a free sym­po­sium, Frac­tured Faiths: Span­ish Ju­daism, the In­qui­si­tion, and New World Iden­ti­ties. The gath­er­ing — which takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fri­day, Sept. 9, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Satur­day, Sept. 10, in the New Mexico His­tory Mu­seum au­di­to­rium (113 Lin­coln Ave.) — is held in con­junc­tion with the mu­seum’s ex­hi­bi­tion of the same name. Fri­day be­gins with “Ibe­rian Iden­tity Crises and Their Re­ver­ber­a­tions: 1391 and Be­yond,” by David Graizbord of the Ari­zona Cen­ter for Ju­daic Stud­ies at the Uni­ver­sity of Ari­zona, fol­lowed by “Vi­o­lence, Re­vi­tal­iza­tion, Ex­pul­sion: Jewish Life in Late-Me­dieval Ibe­ria,” by Gretchen Starr-LeBeau. John F. Chuchiak IV presents “Wa­ter and Fire: The In­qui­si­tion in New Spain and the Pros­e­cu­tion and Per­se­cu­tion of Ac­cused Ju­daiz­ers, 1570-1821,” and Em­manuel Ortega de­liv­ers “The Re­cep­tion of Au­tos-de-Fe in 18th-cen­tury San Bar­tolome Ot­zolote­pec: The Con­tex­tual Graph­ics of a Hege­monic Spec­ta­cle.” Paul Dun­can, a med­i­cal oncologist, of­fers Fri­day’s fi­nal topic, “A Ge­netic Link: Iden­ti­fy­ing a Sephardic Fin­ger­print.”

Satur­day starts with an ex­plo­ration of the in­fa­mous Juan de Oñate’s Jewish-con­verso lineage by José Esquibel, fol­lowed by a look into high so­ci­ety in early Santa Fe by his­to­rian Frances Levine in “Doña Teresa’s World: An In­ti­mate View into the Palace.” The penul­ti­mate pre­sen­ta­tion is “The Twen­ti­eth-Cen­tury Move­ment of Re­claim­ing Jewish Iden­tity,” by Ron Dun­can Hart of the Latin Amer­i­can & Ibe­rian In­sti­tute at the Uni­ver­sity of New Mexico, and the day con­cludes with a lec­ture and mu­si­cal recital in the Judeo-Span­ish lan­guage of Ladino. For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Josef Díaz at 505-476-5082. — Jen­nifer Levin

Stucco frag­ment from El Trán­sito, a 14th-cen­tury syn­a­gogue in Toledo, Spain; be­low, Li­bro Verde

de Aragón, 1507, which lists peo­ple ex­e­cuted for heresy dur­ing the In­qui­si­tion; both cour­tesy New Mexico His­tory Mu­seum

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