History Department
History Department

Lecture: "Many Mexicos, 1810-2010: Actualidad del pasado: Reflexiones sobre doscientos anos de cambios y costumbres politicas de Mexico"

Thu, March 25, 2010 | Texas Union, Sinclair Suite 3.128

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM


The year 1810 marked the violent start of Mexico’s struggle to become an independent nation. Since the culmination of its war for independence in 1821, dramatic events have continued to shape the national identity of Mexico, profoundly altering the face of Mexican politics in the process.

Its first decades as an independent state, the Reform period of the late 1850s, the Revolution of 1910, and the advent of modern democracy in the twenty-first century rank among the important catalysts that produced the nation we know today. Héctor Aguilar Camín, one of Mexico’s foremost intellectuals, will explore how these events have influenced the making of modern Mexico. 

Hector Aguilar Camín is a journalist, historian, and writer, or, as he argues, “a historian by accident and novelist by vocation.” Born in Chetumal in the state of Quintana Roo, he studied at the Universidad Iberoamericana and holds a Ph.D. in History from El Colegio de México in Mexico City. He has been a Guggenheim scholar, as well as a visiting professor at Columbia University in New York. Some of his most renowned works include: La frontera nómada (1977), Saldos de la Revolución (1982), Morir en el Golfo (1985), La guerra de Galio (1990), A la sombra de la Revolución Mexicana (with Lorenzo Meyer, 1991), and El error de la luna (1995). His most recent novel is Mandatos del corazón (2002).

Reception to follow between 5:30- 6 p.m. in the Texas Governors' Room 3.116.

Presentation in Spanish. Simultaneous translation provided.

Free and open to the public.

For more information, e-mail the Mexican Center or call 512-232-2423.

Sponsored by: Mexican Center of LLILAS, History Dept., Consulate General of Mexico in Austin

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