This seminar will provide an overview of the main events and historical actors of the 1910-1920 Mexican revolution, whose official centennial will be marked in 2010. Participants will discuss the causes behind the major rebellions and their political and social consequences. Other questions to be considered include: How some of the key players and famous events of the revolution has been commemorated, idealized, and in some cases distorted. How can we explain this mythification? What political and cultural uses do these myths fulfill? The second half of the seminar will make a historical excavation of the myths of the revolution – not so much to debunk them as to understand why they have become so powerful.
Seminar led by Christopher R. Boyer, University of Illinois at Chicago