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Image of two elephant ink drawings from Tractado sobre las drogas y medicinas de las Indias Orientales courtesy Universidad Complutense MadridIn the sixteenth century, European imperialists and intellectuals encountered real elephants after having read about them for centuries in ancient sources. Used as sources of labor and ivory, elephants also became mirrors of human behavior because of their remarkable intelligence. In the writings of natural philosophers like Oliva Sabuco and Cristóbal Acosta, elephants had much to teach us about compassion and restraint. Dr. Abel Alves, Chair, Department of History, will explore this in detail in his talk to the Early Modern History Group. The talk is free and open to the public.