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Mexico 1810, 1910, 2010

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Morning Mass – 8:00 am

Holy Cross Chapel, Stinson-Remick Hall of Engineering (next to the Hesburgh Center)
Mass to commemorate the recent passing of Bishop Samuel Ruiz, Diocese of San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico
Rev. Robert Pelton, CSC, Celebrant

Conference activities will be held in the Hesburgh Center for International Studies

CallPanel - 9:00 am – 10:15 am
Collision or Fusion? On the Interplay Between Tradition and Modernity

1. Marisa RamónRural and Traditional Medicine in Mexico

2. Adriana Lizette GarciaLife After the Boda: From Mexico to the United States

3. Shelly BirchBiomedicine and Alternative Medicine in Mexico

Commentator: Víctor A. Hernández Huerta Kellogg PhD Fellow, Political Science

Panel - 10:30 am – 11:45 am
Democracy or What? On the Challenges of Nationhood

1. Thomas SchusterHecho en Rusia: Revolution in Mexico

2. Patrick SullivanA Revolutionary Kind of Expropriation

3. Joseph VanderZeeLooking Abroad for Answers: Mexico’s Foreign Embassy Communications Preceding the Tlatelolco Massacre

Commentator: Robert Palermo PhD Student, History

Lunch and Musical Workshop with Sones de México Ensemble - 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Many Mexicos: Music, Regional Identity, and Social Change in Mexico

Given the purview of the undergraduate student conference “Mexico: 1810, 1910, 2010” and its commemorative focus on the “importance, impact, and legacy” of the Mexican independence movement and revolution, Sones de México Ensemble will provide a workshop exploring the link between traditional music cultures, regional identity, and Mexican history—a truly rich addition to the gathering. The session will include a live music performance and discussion.

Internationally renowned and Grammy Award-nominated Sones de México Ensemble is Chicago’s premier folk music ensemble specializing in the Mexican traditional son music genre. Since 1994, Sones de México Ensemble has performed across the world and released critically acclaimed studio albums.  As a nonprofit organization, the ensemble has done much in the way of arts education across schools nationwide with specific focus on Mexican traditional music and dance. With a concern for the issue of cultural continuity and change amidst the cross-border landscape of Greater Mexico, the work of Sones de México Ensemble has been key in cultivating a vibrant space for promoting and revitalizing the music cultures of Mexico in the United States. Their concert will feature various styles from distinct regions throughout Mexico in addition to pieces specifically concerning the Mexican Revolution.

Panel - 1:15 pm – 2:30 pm
The Beholder’s Eye: On Mexican-American Immigrant Identity

1. Bridget FloresDeconstructing the Constructions: How US Media Shape Public Debate on Undocumented Immigration

2. Nicole Ashley, Cari Pick, and Elizabeth YoungGenerational Differences in South Bend’s Mexican Population: A Community-Literary Approach

3.  Nicholas OchoaMarginalization Among Gays in the Mexican Culture: The Acceptance of LGBT Individuals in the United States and Mexico

Commentator: Felicia Moralez PhD Student, History

Panel - 2:45 pm – 4:00 pm
Mexico Today: One Hundred Years After Its Revolution

1. Jaime MontesSanta Muerte: Mexico’s New Crisis of Identity

2. Ignacio ArangurenMexico: Where it Stands, Where it Can Go, and What Has To Be Done

Commentator: Esteban Manteca Kellogg PhD Fellow, Political Science

Award to the “Best Paper on Mexico”
4:15 pm – 4:30 pm

Keynote Address - 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Dr. Enrique Ochoa
Professor of History and Latin American Studies, California State University, Los Angeles
“‘Sin Maíz, No Hay País:’ Mexico’s Food Crisis and the Struggle for Food Sovereignty in Historical Perspective”

Reception & Concert with Sones de México Ensemble - 6:00 pm

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With generous support from

The Institute for the Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, the College of Arts and Letters, and the Boehnen Fund for Excellence in the Arts.




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