Prof. Zamora wins a Fulbright Fellowship to Mexico
Posted: February 19, 2007
His host institution will be the Centro de Investigaciones Humanísticas and the Laboratorio de Historia Oral at La Universidad de Guanajuato, in the capital city of Guanajuato.
Professor Zamora will be conducting a study of bi-national relations between Mexican communities on both side of the international border during the first decade of the twentieth century. His study will focus on Mexico’s 1921 centenary celebration at Dolores Hidalgo, Guanajuato (the historic birthplace of Mexico’s independence movement, 1810-1821), and the decision by Mexican officials to grant representatives of the Mexican community in the United States a place of honor during the festivities.
The official recognition resulted from a four-month campaign among Mexicans in the United States that collected well over $35,000 and built two public schools at Dolores Hidalgo named after Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla and Josefa Ortiz de Domínguez, two of the most prominent figures in the independence movement of Mexico (1810-1821). The schools are still in operation, offering instruction to elementary-age children in the morning and the afternoon and to adults in the evening.
Professor Zamora noted that "the schools stand as an enduring testament to the generosity of Mexicans living in the United States and as a significant reminder of cooperative transnational relations."
According to Professor Zamora, the fund-raising campaign and the recognition of U.S. Mexicans during the centenary celebration "will allow me to address broad experiences, including the relationship between nation-building in Mexico and community formation in the United States, migrations, the politics of 'el México de afuera,' the history of Mexicans in the United States, and inter-governmental relations."
Associate Professor Emilio Zamora