2009 Cundill Prize Lecture
Cundill Prize Lecture 2009 by Prof. Stuart B. Schwartz
Against the Tide: The Individual Defiance of Authority and the Origins of Liberty
Monday, November 2, 2009, 11:00 a.m. / McGill Faculty Club (3450 McTavish St., Montreal)
Professor, Department of History, Yale University & Winner of the 2008 Cundill International Book Prize in History for his book All Can Be Saved: Religious Tolerance and Salvation in the Iberian Atlantic World
Stuart B. Schwartz is the George Burton Adams Professor of History at Yale University. He was educated at Middlebury College and the National University of Mexico and then received his MA and PhD from Columbia University. He taught previously at the University of Minnesota. He has been a Guggenheim Fellow, a Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton), and twice an ACLS Fellow. His first book, Sovereignty and Society in Colonial Brazil(1973), received Honorable mention for the Bolton Prize in 1974 and his book Sugar Plantations in the Formation of Brazilian Society(1984) won the Bolton Prize. He is the co-author (with James Lockhart) of Early Latin America(1983) now in its 17th printing. He has also published Slaves, Peasants, and Rebels(1992), Da América portuguesa ao Brasil(2003), and most recently All Can Be Saved: Religious Tolerance and Salvation in the Iberian Atlantic World(2008). In addition, he is editor of Implicit Understandings: Observing, Reporting, and Reflecting on the Encounters Between Europeans and Other Peoples in the Early Modern Era(1994); Tropical Babylons: Sugar and the making of the Atlantic World(2004); and A Governor and His Image in Colonial Brazil(1976). He served with F. Salomon as editor of the Cambridge History of Native Peoples of the AmericasV. 3, South America (2 vols. 1999). He has published over seventy articles in scholarly journals and anthologies. He has been active in the profession and has been President of the Conference of Latin American History, member of the Council of the AHA, Presidential candidate for the AHA (2002); and co-editor of the Hispanic American Historical Review(1996-2001). He presently serves on the editorial board of 12 scholarly journals in seven countries. He is the editor-in-chief of the book series “New Approaches in the Americas” for Cambridge University Press. In 2000, he received the Order of the Southern Cross, Brazil’s highest decoration for foreigners.