Mexico Working Group
The Mexico Working Group is a multidisciplinary group co-chaired by Kellogg Institute Faculty Fellows Allert Brown-Gort and Jaime Pensado. With the goal of strengthening the presence of Mexico and Mexican Americans at Notre Dame, the group brings together faculty and students to present work in progress and discuss relevant issues related to Mexico.
The Mexico Working Group:
Supports academic discussions, conferences, talks, and monthly works-in-progress lunches, as well as cultural events. Its new series, Diálogos: Conversations with Mexico, bring together renowned international visitors and Notre Dame faculty to discuss events that affect Mexico.
Fosters academic and cultural exchanges to link the University with Mexico and Mexican Studies institutions.
Coordinates a biennial Undergraduate Research Conference focused on Mexican and Mexican American issues, bringing together undergraduates to present their research in panels organized and run by graduate students. A “Best Paper on Mexico” prize is awarded. In Spring 2013, the working group published its first Journal of Undergraduate Research on Mexico featuring the papers of the three 2011 winners.
Hosts visiting fellows who contribute to the scholarship on Mexico at Notre Dame. During Spring 2013, Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas, Hewlett Visiting Fellow for Public Policy at the Kellogg Institute, co-taught the class “Modern Mexican History: From the Porfiriato & the Revolution to the Present” with Jaime M. Pensado.
Mark Your Calendars—Events for the Fall 2013 Semester Include:
Friday, September 13 (Time: 12:00 pm – C103 Hesburgh Center). Mexico Working Group Workshop, Gabriela Soto Laveaga, Associate Professor of History, University of California, Santa Barbara “Sanitizing Rebellion: Doctors, Hospitals, and Social Unrest in late 1960s Mexico”
There will be a pre-circulated paper for this worksop. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your seat.
In fall 1964 medical interns and residents of Mexico's vast network of state hospitals and clinics threatened to walk off the job. Yet their demands for a living wage and better working conditions quickly transformed into broader claims for social justice across Mexico. The image of white-collar workers making similar demands to those of peasants and laborers mobilized other groups, including students. This talk examines the root of the medical movement by analyzing the role of physicians in carrying out Mexico's 20th century promise of “universal” healthcare.
Thursday, September 19 (Time: 7:00 pm – DeBartolo Performing Arts Center), Film screening and discussion: Serge Eisenstein's Que viva México (1932), Jaime M. Pensado (Carl E. Koch Assistant Professor of History)
Friday, September 27 (Time: 12:00 pm – Snite Museum), José Guadalupe Posada's influence on Mexico's New Left, Jaime M. Pensado (Carl E. Koch Assistant Professor of History)
Wednesday, October 16 (Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm - National Autonomous University of Mexico in Chicago, 350 West Erie Street, Chicago, IL 60654), "Rebel Mexico: Student Unrest and Authoritarian Political Culture During the Long Sixties"
Elena Poniatowska, journalist and author of La Noche de Tlatelolco
Jaime Pensado, Carl E. Koch Assistant Professor of History and Kellogg Institute Faculty Fellow, University of Notre Dame
Christopher Boyer, Associate Professor of History and Latin American and Latino Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago
Oscar Alatriste, Academic Dean, National Autonomous University of Mexico in Chicago
Cosponsored with the National Autonomous University of Mexico in Chicago
Friday, December 6 (4pm, Carole Sandner Hall) Book launch: Jaime M. Pensado, Rebel Mexico: Student Unrest and Authoritarian Political Culture During the Long Sixties (Stanford University Press, 2013)
With Talk by Gilbert Joseph, Farnam Professor of History and International Studies, Yale University
Undergraduate Research Conferences
The second undergraduate research conference, "¿México?," took place on April 27, 2013 as part of Mexico Week @ ND. Bruno Anaya Ortiz won the "Best Paper on Mexico” prize.
If you would like additional information about the working group, or if you would like to participate in one of our events, please contact Jaime Pensado email@example.com, Allert Brown-Gort firstname.lastname@example.org, or Rodrigo Castro Cornejo email@example.com.