College of Liberal Arts

Discussion Forum Examines Shared History of Texas and Mexico on Cinco de Mayo

Wednesday May 5, 2010 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM | Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River Street

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On Cinco de Mayo, historians and community leaders come together to explore the rich, often complicated history shared between Texas and Mexico over the past 200 years. The panel—featuring scholars Martha Cotera, Andrés Tijerina, and Emilio Zamora—will focus on the role Texas played during the period 1810–1821, when Mexico declared its independence from Spain, fought for sovereignty, and struggled to build a new nation.

Martha Cotera is a librarian and community activist who has written extensively on Latina and Chicana history. Andrés Tijerina teaches Texas and Mexican American history at Austin Community College and is author of Tejano Empire: Life on the South Texas Ranchos (1998) and Tejanos and  Texas under the Mexican Flag, 1821-1836 (1994). Professor of History Emilio Zamora coedited the recently published anthology "Beyond the Latino World War II Hero: The Social and Political Legacy of a Generation" (2009). Jesús F. de la Teja, professor of history at Texas State University, will moderate.

The Mexican Center of the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies has organized the series "Many Mexicos, 1810–2010: Reflections on Independence, Revolution, and the Making of Modern Mexico" to commemorate the bicentennial of Mexican Independence (1810) and the centennial of the Mexican Revolution (1910). Running through Nov. 2010, the series features an international group of scholars who will address key topics related to economic development, independence and nation-state formation, religion, indigenous peoples, and the politics of commemoration in Mexico from multiple perspectives.

Additional events in the series will take place throughout the year. Check the LLILAS Mexico 2010 Web site for updates. 

For more information, contact the Mexican Center at 512.232.2423 or mexctr@uts.cc.utexas.edu. Sponsored by the Mexican Center of LLILAS, UT Center for Mexican American Studies, Department of History, and the Consulate General of Mexico in Austin.

Reception to follow: 7:30–8:30 p.m. Events are free and open to the public.

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