Webb Lectures Focus on Impact of Mexican Revolution

The University of Texas at Arlington Department of History and the Center for Greater Southwestern Studies will present the 45th annual Walter Prescott Webb Memorial Lectures March 10 and 11. The series is titled “The Mexican Revolution: Conflict and Consolidation, 1910-1940.”

The Mexican Revolution was responsible for creating the modern Mexican nation-state, leading to broader democratization, land reform, anticlericalism and sweeping changes in Mexican business practices. It also had a profound impact on formal and informal relations between the United States and Mexico. The flight of hundreds of thousands of Mexican refugees into the United States energized Latino culture in North America and changed the demographics of the American Southwest, particularly Texas.

To commemorate the centennial of the Mexican Revolution, eight experts from across the United States and Mexico will present lectures. Most of the lectures will be in the sixth floor parlor of the Central Library, 702 Planetarium Place. The final lecture, scheduled at 7:30 p.m. March 11, will be in the Rosebud Theatre in the E. H. Hereford University Center, 300 W. First St. The schedule is:

Wednesday, March 10

10 a.m. “Wire me before shooting: the Texas-Mexico Border during the Revolution,” Don M. Coerver, Department of History, Texas Christian University
11 a.m. “The Rhetoric and Reality of Nationalism: Monterrey in the Revolution,” Miguel Angel Gonzalez Quiroga, College of Philosophy and Letters, Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, Monterrey, Mexico.
1 p.m. “Sons of the Desert: The Sonoran Dynasty,” Jurgen Buchenau, Department of History, University of  North Carolina at Charlotte.
2 p.m. “Back to Centralism, 1920-1940,” Carlos Martinez Assad, Institute of Social Sciences, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico

Thursday, March 11

9:30 a.m. “Refugees and Immigrants: The Obregon Administration and Mexicans in the United States, 1920-1924,” Linda B. Hall, Department of History, University of New Mexico
11 a.m. “The Mexican Revolution and the Mexican Immigrant Community: Memory, Identity, and Survival, 1910-1940, Francisco E. Balderrama, Chicano Studies and History, California State University, Los Angeles.
1:30 p.m. “Better Late than Never:  Chiapas and the (Imposed) Mexican Revolution, 1910-1940,” Steve E. Lewis, Department of History, California State University, Chico
7:30 p.m. Rosebud Theatre, “The Revolution is History:  One Hundred Years of Looking Back   (and Looking Forward,)” Thomas L. Benjamin, Department of History, Central Michigan University

(By SUE STEVENS, UT Arlington Media Relations)

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