The Latin American and Iberian Institute and the University Libraries Inter-American Studies Program welcome visiting scholar Benjamin Reed, doctoral student in the Department of History at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Friday, April 29 at 12 p.m. in the Herzstein Gallery, located on the 2nd floor of Zimmerman Library.

Reed's presentation reviews research conducted in relation to a larger dissertation project examining the history of the Congregation of the Oratory in colonial Mexico City.

Congregation members, known as Oratorians or Padres Felipenses, practiced Catholicism guided by the precepts of their Italian patron, St. Philip Neri (1515-1595).  Reed makes use of UNM's unique and extensive holdings which cover the early modern Spanish empire and allow him to trace the connections among globally positioned Oratorian devotees within and beyond New Spain.

Reed was awarded the Greenleaf Visiting Library Scholar travel grant for April 1-30, funded by a generous gift to LAII from Dr. Richard E. Greenleaf. The grant is intended to provide faculty and graduate students who specialize in Latin America the opportunity to work with one of the largest and most complete collections on Latin America in the United States.

A reception follows the lecture.

For more information, contact Susan Tiano, (505) 277-2971; e-mail: