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03/20/92

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Encounters between cultures in Renaissance conference topic

STANFORD -- To commemorate the quincentennial of Columbus' voyage to the New World, the Renaissance Society of America and Stanford University are sponsoring a conference on "Cross-Cultural Encounters in the Renaissance" March 26-28 at Stanford.

The conference, open to the public, will explore such topics as exploration and discovery, the conquest of Mexico, encounters between Christians and Muslims around 1492, the expulsion of the Jews from Spain, and women in the Renaissance.

Among the scholars who will address the conference will be Natalie Zemon Davis, discussing "Gifts and Misunderstandings: Forms of New World Exchange," and Norman Thrower, speaking on "Cartographic Images of the New World."

For information and registration, call 723-2758. Admission is $55 general, $20 teachers, and $15 students.

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