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The Mexican Revolution at 100: Historical and Literary Perspectives

An inaugural symposium commemorating the centennial of the revolution.

Monday, November 16, 2009
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
6275 Bunche Hall
(History conference room)
Los Angeles, CA 90095

One of the most important sociopolitical events of the 20th century, the Revolution changed Mexican society, setting the country’s political, socioeconomic and cultural path for decades to come. At the same time, the Revolution drew the attention of artists, writers and social thinkers worldwide as post-revolutionary reconstruction provided a natural social laboratory for new ideas and institutions. Despite recent economic and political reforms, the long term consequences of the Revolution are visible in Mexico in multiple arenas, including literature and the arts, social movements, labor relations and education.

Organized in collaboration with UNAM-L.A., this symposium brings together historians and literary critics working on the impact and legacy of the Revolution. This event launches the Center for Mexican Studies year-long series commemorating the 100 year anniversary of the Mexican Revolution. 


The program of this inaugural symposium is a follows: 

9:45-10:00: Introduction

10:00-12:00: Session 1: The Mexican Revolution: Prelude and Immediate Aftermath

  • Guadalupe Cecilia Gómez-Aguado de Alba, UNAM, “Antecedentes de la Revolución Mexicana”
  • David Hayes-Bautista, UCLA, “Latinos in Los Angeles on the Eve of the Mexican Revolution”
  • Joel Alvarez de la Borda, UNAM, “El Desarrollo de la Industria Petrolera y la Revolución Mexicana”

12:00-1:45: Lunch and Keynote Presentation

  • Presentation of the journal 20/10 Memoria de las Revoluciones en México.
    Presenters: Joel Alvarez de la Borda, deputy director of 20/10 Memoria de las Revoluciones en México 
                          Maylei Blackwell, César Chávez Dept. of Chicana and Chicano Studies, UCLA

1:45-2:00: Break

2:00-3:15: Session 2: The Mexican Revolution: Cultural and Literary Perspectives

  • Ariel Zatarain Tumbaga, UCLA, “Tambor y Sierra: In Search of an Indigenous Revolution in Mexican Literature”
  • Maarten Van Delden, UCLA, “The Many Mexican Revolutions of Carlos Fuentes”

3:15-3:30 Break

3:30-5:00 Session 3: The Mexican Revolution Today

  • Felipe Ávila, UNAM, "La Revolución Mexicana y su impacto en el México de hoy"
  • José Luis Talancón, UNAM, “Hacia una evaluación ciudadana de la Revolución Mexicana”


Cost : Free and open to the public

Gloria Tovar
(310) 8254571

Download file: programMRat100.pdf

Sponsor(s): Latin American Institute, UCLA International Institute, Center for Mexican Studies, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico in Los Angeles

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