Mexico Working Group

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About the Mexico Working Group

The Mexico Working Group serves as a venue for resident and visiting faculty and graduate and undergraduate students to consider issues related to Mexico. With the goal of strengthening the presence of Mexico at Notre Dame, the group supports conferences, talks, cultural events, and academic discussions. The group also fosters academic and cultural exchanges to link the University with Mexico and Mexican Studies institutions and coordinates a biennial Undergraduate Research Conference focused on Mexican issues.
Chair: Jaime Pensado

Upcoming Events

Past Events


Fall 2018

October 2 - 4, 2018 Film screening and discussion of Jorge Fons’s film Rojo Amanecer (1989)

Monday, November  5, 2018 Workshop: México Beyond 1968: Revolutionaries, Radicals, and Repression During the Global Sixties and Subversive Seventies,  Jaime M. Pensado

December  3  -  4, 2018 Public Diálogo on "Maoism in Mexico: From 1968 to the 1980s" with Adolfo Orive Bellinger and Jorge Puma


Spring 2018

Monday, February 26, 2018 Public Diálogo on “Journalism, Violence and Freedom of Speech in Mexico,” with Paul Gillingham (Associate Professor of History, Northwestern University), Katherine Corcoran (Visiting Fellow, Kellogg Institute), and Adrián López Ortiz (Mexican Journalist, Noroeste de Sinaloa).  

Friday, March 23, 2018 Public Diálogo on “Corruption, Impunity and Human Rights in Mexico” with Edward Meade (Director of the Trans Border Institute at the University of San Diego and translator of Javier Valdez’s The Taken: True Stories of the Dinaloa Drug War) and Guillermo Trejo (Associate Professor of Political Science and Kellogg Fellow). 

Fall 2017

Wednesday, November 15 - Thursday, November 16, 2017  Film screening and discussion of Canoa (Felipe Cazals, 1976) with Assistant Professor Gema Santamaría (Loyola University, Chicago)

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 Book discussion of A History of Infamy: Crime, Truth and Justice in Mexico with Pablo Piccato (Professor of History Columbia University). 

Spring 2017

Thursday, February 2, 2017 (Hesburgh Center C103; 4:30pm) Workshop: Ty West (Assistant Professor, St. Mary’s College) “Translation and Travel in Nineteenth Century Mexico.”

Thursday, February 22, 2017 (C-103 Hesburgh Center, 12:00 noon) Workshop: Óscar F. Gil-García (Assistant Professor, Binghamton University), “Indigenous and Refugees: Pageantry, International Migration, and the Reconstruction of Mayan Cosmology in Chiapas, Mexico.”

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 (C-100 Hesburgh Center Auditorium, 5:00pm) 
Lecture: Jean Meyer, Distinguished Research Professor, CIDE
“The Cristiada: Religion, War and Violence in Mexico, 1926-1938”
Join us for an exciting lecture on religion, war, and violence in Mexico by one of Mexico’s most prominent historians and intellectuals. Jean Meyer is the author of dozens of influential articles and books on the “Cristero Rebellion,” during which thousands of Mexican Catholics picked up arms against the revolutionary state and lost their lives in the name of “religious liberty.” This event is co-organized with the Latin American History Working Group (LAHWG).     
Complementing the lecture, “The Last Cristeros” (directed by Matías Meyer, 2011) will be available for streaming. To watch the film, contact Prof. Jaime Pensado at

Fall 2016

October 2-4, 2016 (C103 Hesburgh Center), Colloquium: "Confronting Mexico's Dirty War: Youth Radicalism(s), Repression, and Accountability"
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If interested in attending, please contact Jaime Pensado at

Participants include:

Jaime Pensado (University of Notre Dame) 
Enrique Ochoa (California State University, Los Angeles)
Wil Pansters (Utrecht University) 
Ariel Rodríguez Kuri (El Colegio de México) 
Eric Zolov (Stony Brook University) 
Michael Soldatenko (California State University, Los Angeles) 
Tanalís Padilla (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) 
Alex Aviña (Arizona State University) 
María Muñoz (Susquehanna University)
Gladys McCormick (Syracuse University)
Shane Dillingham (Spring Hill College) 
Fernando Calderón (University of Northern Iowa) 
Gema Santamaría (Instituto Tecnolólico Autónomo de México) 
Sandra Mendiola (University of North Texas) 
Adela Cedillo (University of Wisconsin Madison) 
Carla Villanueva (University of Notre Dame) 
Luis Herrán (The New School University)

Monday, October 24 at 4:30 pm (Hesburgh Center Room C104/105), Workshop: Paul Ramirez (Assistant Professor, Northwestern University), “Smallpox, Scabs, and the Enlightened State: The Promotion of Vaccine in Mexico, 1779-1804.” This event is organized by the Latin American History Working Group (LAHWG).

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 (Hesburgh Center C104/105; 1:45-3:30pm): Mary Kay Vaughan (Professor Emerita, University of Maryland), discussion of her book, Portrait of a Young Painter: Pepe Zúñiga and Mexico City's Rebel Generation (Duke University Press, 2014). This event is co-organized with the Latin American History Working Group (LAHWG).

Monday, November 21, 2016 (Hesburgh Center C103; 4:00pm): Lydia Dixon (University of California, Irvine), “La protagonista y la partera: Mexican Midwives and Narratives of Birth and Nation.”

Past Events

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

Journal of Undergraduate Research on Mexico