Cagle to Give Al Mann Lecture

Written by Laura Paskin
October 1, 2013

Professor Hugh Cagle, University of Utah, has been selected to give the Al Mann Memorial Lecture on April 8, 2014. He will present “The Entanglements of Imperial Medicine: Three Lives in the Face of Death.”
“In the middle of the fifteenth century, Portuguese seafarers came into direct and sustained contact with the peoples and disease environments of the tropical world. Those encounters would pattern European imperial medicine for centuries to come,” Cagle said.

Cagle’s lecture follows a sailor, a physician, and a missionary out into Portugal’s empire to show how disease in the tropics challenged classical learning, tested the faith of colonists, undermined colonial authority, and strengthened the hand of native healers in both South Asia and South America.

 Cagle's research and teaching focus on the history of early modern science, colonial Latin American history, and the history of the Portuguese empire. His work has been supported by grants and fellowships from Rutgers University, Harvard University, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the University of Texas-Austin, the Center of Latin American Studies at the University of Kansas, Portugal’s Fundação Luso-Americano, and the Society for the Social History of Medicine.

The Al Mann Memorial Lecture, which is free and open to the public, takes place at 7 p.m. on April 8, 2014, in Casey Commons on the Seattle University campus.

The annual Al Mann Memorial Lecture commemorates the legacy of Asian History Professor Albert Mann, who taught at Seattle University for 35 years before his death in 1997. The Al Mann lecture is sponsored by the Department of History, the Asian Studies Program, and the Pigott-McCone Chair in the College of Arts and Sciences.

The College of Arts and Sciences, the largest college in Seattle University, offers 42 undergraduate major degrees, 37 minors, and 6 master's degrees.