Las Casas Studies at Providence College

Welcome to the Bartolomé de las Casas Study Center at Providence College

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In keeping with the Dominican Order’s intellectual tradition, our goal is to create a space for scholarly inquiry into Las Casas’s life, labor, and legacy in the fields of theology, philosophy, law, literature, history, and anthropology.

Our purpose is to deepen knowledge about this broadly-invoked but poorly-understood 16th-century priest, friar, and bishop. In this quest, significantly, Lascasian Studies seeks to advance critical understanding of the long-term consequences of European expansion into Africa, the Atlantic world, the Americas and Asia, which complex and conflictual realities Las Casas witnessed and critiqued.

The protracted contact, conquest, and colonization raised debates and disputes especially in the denominated School of Salamanca (Peninsular School) through the lens of Second Scholastic deliberations about Indigenous rights, just-war theory, political sovereignty, international law, human enslavement, cultural diversity, social justice, and the inculturation of Christianity.

These juridical, political, religious and socio-cultural questions of the past continue to echo in the issues of our own time, and are valuable for our world today.

St. Dominic Chapel stained glass windows..Bartolome De Las Casas

Mission Statement

  • Lascasian Studies at Providence College is dedicated to academic excellence through study of Bartolomé de las Casas’s life, labor, and legacy. The goal is pursuit of knowledge about the past in the search for justice in the present.

Core Values

  • We will create an academic community of domestic and international scholars;
  • Debate significant past theo-philosophical and political-juridical issues;
  • Explore complex historical questions of contemporary importance;
  • Produce scholarship advancing knowledge about Las Casas and his era; and
  • Expand critical understanding of Las Casas’ past and ongoing impact

Contact Us

David T. Orique, O.P., Ph.D.

Professor of History; Director of Latin American and Latino Studies
Providence College

Rady Roldán-Figueroa, Th.D.

Associate Professor of the History of Christianity
Boston University