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Seth Garfield, Director GAR 1.104, Mailcode B7000, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-3261

IHS Workshop: "Untamable Elements: Protest and Repression During Nicaragua's 'Democratic Effervescence' "

Mon, January 14, 2013 • 12:00 PM • GAR 4.100

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The Institute for Historical Studies presents:

"Untamable Elements: Protest and Repression During Nicaragua's 'Democratic Effervescence' "

A workshop by Claudia Rueda
Ph.D. Candidate in History
The University of Texas at Austin

In the aftermath of several protests that nearly toppled his regime, the dictator Anastasio Somoza García closed Managua’s Central University. His actions were part of a larger effort to contain the wave of unrest that had arisen in the mid-1940s, as students, workers, and the political opposition demanded real democracy. This paper illuminates the ways in which students continued organizing against the dictatorship in spite of the repression that had shuttered their campus and threatened their leaders.  This paper looks at the foundation of the Free University of Managua, which would operate independently of the state and how the inclusion of women as well as its outreach efforts in the city’s barrios illustrate both the student’s expanded democratic ideals and the limitations of their vision. It then examines the aggressively anti-Somoza student newspaper, El Universitario, and further uncover the students’ reformist politics.

Arturo Arías, Commentator
Professor, Department of Spanish and Portuguese
The University of Texas at Austin

Lauren Hammond, Chair
Ph.D. Candidate in History
The University of Texas at Austin

Free and open to the public. RSVP required. To RSVP and receive a copy of the pre-circulated paper, please email Courtney Meador by 9 a.m., Friday, January 11.


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The Institute for Historical Studies' New Work in Progress Series highlights new research by advanced graduate students at the University of Texas and visiting graduate scholars from other institutions. The meetings are hour-long lunch workshops, each of which focuses on one pre-circulated paper. So come join us for lunch, share your insights, and help our presenters perfect their research projects! Workshops take place at Noon in GAR 4.100.

Sponsored by: Institute for Historical Studies, Department of History


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