Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Sept. 30, 2015 - Historian Manuel Rosa will discuss the true origin and heritage of Christopher Columbus at noon on Thursday, Oct. 8, in the Carl Hansen Student Center, Room 225, 275 Mount Carmel Ave.
Rosa's lecture, sponsored by the Central European Institute at Quinnipiac, will present new evidence that shows Columbus was not Italian, but Polish royalty. In 1991, Rosa began a scientific investigation of the life of Columbus taking him to countries, including Portugal, Spain, Poland and the Dominican Republic. He was the only Portuguese historian involved with DNA studies of Columbus' bones at the University of Granada in Spain.
"We are very excited to host Mr. Rosa at Quinnipiac," said Christopher Ball, director of the Central European Institute. "His lecture on the true origins of Christopher Columbus looks fascinating indeed and typifies the kind of critical thinking and constant questioning we encourage here."
Rosa's first book, "The Columbus Mystery Revealed," was published in 2006. His latest book, "KOLUMB. Historia nieznana" (COLUMBUS. The Untold Story), was published in 2012 and was a bestseller in Poland.
Alexander Storozynski, distinguished scholar and Polish chair of the Central European Institute, said, "Thanks to much historical digging, Manuel Rosa offers a fascinating look at the roots of Columbus. His work has gained international attention. While the book has been published in several countries, it deserves to be picked up by a major American publishing house a well."
Rosa is the recipient of the 1976 Boston Globe's Art Merit Award and the Lockheed Martin Lightning Award. He currently works at Duke University.
The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, call 203-582-8652.
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