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2007.09.26 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@mail.unomaha.edu

History of First North American Travels Discussed at UNO

Omaha - Beth Ritter, associate professor with the Department of Sociology and director of Native American Studies at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO), will lead a discussion about one of the first Spanish expeditions across North America Friday, Oct. 12, at UNO.

Ritter’s discussion, which begins at noon in the Council Room of the Milo Bail Student Center, will focus on Paul Schneider’s 2006 book, “Brutal Journey: The Epic Story of the First Crossing of North America.”

In 1528, Pánfilo de Narváez led an expedition of Spanish forces in an attempt to conquer what today is Florida and the Gulf Coast of North America. Schneider’s book recounts the dangerous journey, where only four of the original 600 explorers survived.

The Friends of the Criss Library organized the presentation.

Call (402) 554-2762 for more information.

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