Flower Power

Studying ancient botanical drawings, Daniela Bleichmar is rewriting the history of the Spanish conquest of the Americas

(Cheryl Carlin)
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Actually, it wasn't hard. Malcolm Baker, then the department chair, was already recasting the curriculum to be "wider than what has conventionally been seen as the stuff of art history." For this, Bleichmar was ideal. "She sees things," Baker says, "in a very different way."

Rick Wartzman directs the Drucker Institute at Claremont Graduate University and is a New America Foundation fellow.


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