Alonso de Leon’s Expeditions into Texas Presented by Dr. Lola Norris, associate professor of Spanish and translation at Texas A & M International University, Laredo. Through her archival research, Dr. Norris has identified 16 manuscript copies of de Leon’s meticulously kept expedition diaries. Her groundbreaking work provides a fresh interpretation, correcting mistranslations that have persisted in historical texts for more than a century.
Norris’ book, General Alonso de Leon’s Expeditions into Texas, 1686 – 1690, is available for purchase in the museum store. A book-signing will be held immediately after the lecture. Lola Orellano Norris was born in Spain and raised in Switzerland, where she grew up in a multilingual, multicultural environment that fostered her love of languages and literature. She holds a Master’s degree in Spanish literature from Texas A&M International University and a Ph.D. in Hispanic Studies with a concentration in historical linguistics from Texas A&M University. Her research interests include Spanish Golden Age literature, translation studies, historical linguistics, Spanish peninsular literature, and Chicano literature.
The John W. Stormont Lecture Series is free and open to the public. Hear this lecture on Thursday, November 14 at 5:30 p.m. at the Museum of the Coastal Bend.