Mexican Studies Seminar

 The Mexican Studies Seminar invites visiting and UChicago scholars to present their work in an informal atmosphere, providing Mexican studies faculty and students with the opportunity to debate and discuss scholarly research and inquiry on Mexico from a diverse range of disciplinary perspectives.

Please find below upcoming and previous Mexican Studies Seminars:  

Winter 2019 

Autumn 2018 


Spring 2018 

Winter 2018 

Autumn 2017 


Spring 2017 

Winter 2017 

Autumn 2016 


Spring 2016 

  • Agustín Escobar Latapí, Director General, CIESAS
    “La migración México-Estados Unidos-México más allá de lo laboral”
    April 19, 2016
  • Alejandra Leal , CEIICH, UNAM
    “Meters vs. Crowds: Technology, Citizenship and (Dis)order in Mexico City”
    April 26, 2016
  • Ana Diaz , IIE, UNAM
    May, 2016 

Winter 2016 

  • Alejandro Anaya Muñoz, CIDE
    “The State of Human Rights in Mexico: Crisis, Challenges, Solutions”
    January 12, 2016
  • Dennis Carr, Carolyn and Peter Lynch Curator of American Decorative Arts and Sculpture, Art of the Americas, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
    “Title TBA”
    February 2, 2016
  • Emily A. Sellars, Postdoctoral Scholar, The University of Chicago
    “Does Emigration Inhibit Political Reform? Evidence from the Mexican Agrarian Movement, 1916-1945”
    February 9, 2016
  • Froylán Enciso, Historian
    “Narrative for Drug Policy Reform in Mexico”
    February 23, 2016
  • Angela S. Garcia, Assistant Professor, The University of Chicago
    “Legal Passing: Navigating Undocumented Life and Local Immigration Law”
    March 1, 2016 

Autumn 2015 

  • Gerardo Esquivel Hernandez, El Colegio de México
    “Extreme Inequality in Mexico: Concentration of Economic and Political Power”
    October 6, 2015
  • Willibald Sonnleitner, Colmex Visiting Professor, University of Chicago
    “Title TBA”
    October 20, 2015
  • Claudia Agostoni, Instituto de Investigaciones Históricas, UNAM
    “Actors, Strategies and Vaccines: Smallpox Campaigns in Mexico (1920-1952)”
    November 3, 2015
  • Gerry Cadava, Visiting Professor, University of Chicago
    “Latin America and the Conservative Latino Imagination”
    November 10, 2015
  • Gustavo Gordillo, Tinker Visiting Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison
    “Title TBA”
    November 17, 2015 


Spring 2015 

  • Daniela Spenser, Investigadora, CIESAS
    “Biografía de Vicente Lombardo Toledo como una ventana sobre la turbulenta historia de México del siglo XX”
    April 21, 2015
  • Chad Broughton, Assistant Professor, University of Chicago
    “Boom, Bust, Exodus”
    April 28, 2015
  • Ignacio Sánchez Prado, Associate Professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies, Washington University in Saint Louis
    “The Golden Age Otherwise: Cosmopolitanism and Mexican Cinema, circa 1950”
    May 5, 2015
  • Manuel Barbosa, Retired Federal Judge
    “From Undocumented Child to Federal Judge”
    May 12 2015 

Winter 2015 

  • Jose Angel N., Author
    “Testimony of an Undocumented Immigrant”
    January 20, 2015
  • Paul Liffman, Research Associate, Rice University & Profesor-Investigador, El Colegio de Michoacán
    “Megaprojects and Indigenous Territoriality: New Scales, New Publics”
    February 17, 2015
  • Antonio Escobar Ohmstede, Profesor-Investigador, CIESAS-D.F.
    “Oaxaca frente el acceso, manejo y control de sus recursos naturales: los Valles Centrales, 1856 – 1936”
    February 24, 2015 

Autumn 2014 

  • Miriam Pawel, Journalist, author and independent scholar.
    “Cesar Chavez – Man, Myth, and Legacy”
    October 7, 2014
  • Luis Felipe Fabre, Susana Iglesias and Valeria Luiselli
    “New Mexican Literary Voices”
    October 16, 2014
  • Melissa Dell, Professor of Economics, Harvard University
    “Path Dependence in Development: Evidence from the Mexican Revolution”
    October 21, 2014
  • Gerry Cadava, Assistant Professor of History, Northwestern University
    “Standing on Common Ground: The Making of a Sunbelt Borderland”
    November 4, 2014
  • Eliseo Medina, Institute of Politics Fellow; Former SEIU International Secretary-Treasurer
    “From the Grape Fields of California to the University of Chicago: My Story”
    November 11, 2014 


Spring 2014 

  • Aurora Gómez Galvarriato, Investigadora Asociada, El Colegio de México
    “Industry and Revolution: Social and Economic Change in the Orizaba Valley, Mexico”
    April 22, 2014
  • Paul Ramírez, Assistant Professor, Department of History, Northwestern University
    “How the Bourbons Vaccinated Mexico”
    April 29, 2014
  • Erik Velásquez García, Investigador titular “A”, Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas de la Universidad Autónoma de México
    “Imagen y Tiempo en el Arte Maya”
    May 6, 2014
  • Rosario Granados, Post-Doctoral Lecturer, Center for Latin American Studies, University of Chicago
    “Remedies for Mexico City: Politics, Aesthetics, and Devotion in a Viceregal Capital”
    May 27, 2014
  • Guillermo de la Peña, Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social (CIESAS) – Occidente
    “Social Citizenship and Intercultural Communication: Indigenous Urban Families and the Oportunidades Program”
    June 3, 2014 

Winter 2014 

  • Ilan Stavans, Lewis-Sebring Professor in Latin American & Latino Culture, Amherst College
    “Spanglish and the Changing of America’s Language”
    January 28, 2014
  • Pablo Escalante, Profesor, Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
    “El Arte y la liturgia del siglo XVI en la Nueva España. La Política del sincretismo y el bi-culturalismo de la primera sociedad colonial”
    February 4, 2014
  • Paulette Levy, Investigador, Instituto de Investigaciones Filológicas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
    “Norman McQuown: A new look at his 1938-1940 Totonac texts. Linguistic documentation ahead of its time?”
    March 4, 2014
  • John Lopez, Postdoctoral Scholar and Lecturer, Dept. of Art History, University of Chicago 
    “The Aquatic Metropolis: Mapping Water and Urban Form at Viceregal Mexico City”
    March 11, 2014 

Autumn 2013 

  • David Huerta, Cátedra Cultura de México-Katz Lecturer (CONACULTA)
    “El Año 1914”
    October 15, 2013
  • Margaret Chowning, Professor of History, University of California, Berkeley
    “Catholic Ladies and Culture Wars: Gender, Church, and Politics in Mexico 1750-1920”
    October 22, 2013
  • Christopher Domínguez Michael, Tinker Visiting Professor, University of Chicago
    “Escribiendo una Vida de Octavio Paz”
    November 12, 2013
  • Lilia Fernández, Associate Professor of History, The Ohio State University
    “Brown in the Windy City: Mexicans and Puerto Ricans in Postwar Chicago”
    December 3, 2013


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