Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies
Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies

Austin Lecture on Contemporary Mexico: "A Second Mexican Revolution? John M. Ackerman on AMLO's First Year in Office"

Tue, November 12, 2019 | Texas Union Building (UNB) Quadrangle Room, 3.304

5:15 PM - 7:00 PM

The Austin Lecture on Contemporary Mexico presents John M. Ackerman, "A Second Mexican Revolution? Assessing AMLO's First Year in Office."

On July 1, 2018, the Mexican people stood up both to their old corrupt political establishment and to Donald Trump. The victory of Andrés Manuel López Obrador in the Mexican presidential elections implies the beginning of a revolutionary shift both south and north of the Río Bravo. Mexico finally has a president who has legitimately arrived in office by earning the support of the majority of his people and who is also fully committed to achieving social justice and defending national sovereignty. What does this mean for the future of Mexican, Latin American, and North American politics? What has López Obrador achieved during his first year in power, and what are the key challenges that lie ahead?

One of Mexico's leading public intellectuals, John M. Ackerman is the director of the Research Program on Democracy, Justice and Society at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). He writes bi-weekly columns at both the daily La Jornada and at Proceso magazine, and hosts the weekly news analysis shows “Democratic Dialogues” on TV UNAM and “John & Sabina” on Channel 11. He also writes frequently on Latin American politics for the international press, including the Los Angeles Times, Le Monde Diplomatique, Suddeutsche Zeitung, The Guardian, Foreign Policy, The Nation, RT, and The Atlantic.

Ackerman is a professor at the Institute for Legal Research of the UNAM and has published numerous books and scholarly articles in English and Spanish on the Mexican political system. He is editor-in-chief of the Mexican Law Review, vice-president of the International Association of Administrative Law, and has served as a visiting scholar at American University in Washington, D.C., and at Sorbonne (Paris III) and Sciences Po in Paris, France. He holds an MA and PhD in political sociology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, as well as a PhD in law from UNAM and a BA in philosophy from Swarthmore College. In 2012, the UNAM awarded him the prize for the university’s leading young scholar in the social sciences. His most recent book is “El mito de la transición democrática: nuevas coordenadas para la transformación del régimen mexicano” (Planeta, 2015).

Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Paloma Díaz. To RSVP and receive event updates via Facebook, visit A New Mexican Revolution.

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