Emeritus history professor Edmund “Terry” Burke III, director of the UCSC Center for World History, will deliver the 2014 Spring Emeriti Faculty Lecture on Thursday, April 17, at the UCSC Music Center Recital Hall.
Burke will speak on the topic “Models of Mediterranean Modernity: The Perspective from the Longue Durée,” beginning at 7 p.m.
“Today, the Mediterranean appears as a land of contradictions—not only the abode of vibrant cultures and histories, but also an economic and political basket case,” notes Burke. “Only a world historical perspective can help us to transcend such culturally-based views.”
Burke said that his lecture will weave together the story of how he became a world historian, and how his thinking about the Mediterranean region has evolved over his career.