Thursday, Nov 29, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. ASA Great Room: 
Session 1: “Introduction and Legacies of Spanish Colonialism”:   

The headlines scream that Mexico in the new millennium has become a lawless state riddled with political corruption, drug violence, and extreme inequality, which push its citizens to seek economic security across the international border in the United States.

In this four-part series, Dr. Michael Brescia will take you beyond the media headlines and political soundbites and introduce you to our southern neighbor by examining the manner that history, geography, and culture have shaped modern Mexico since its independence from Spain in 1821. You will learn about the tumultuous nineteenth century, when Mexico experienced four foreign invasions and routine civil discord; the violent upheaval of the world’s first social revolution in the twentieth century; and the challenges and opportunities associated with sharing a nearly 2000-mile border with the so-called Colossus of the North, the United States.

Dr. Brescia is Curator of Ethnohistory in the Arizona State Museum with faculty affiliations in the Department of History and the College of Law at the University of Arizona.  His courses include Mexican History, Comparative History of North America, and Natural Resources and the Law in the Spanish Borderlands. Michael has co-authored two books examining the broader historical forces shaping our continent from Pre-Columbian times to the present: Mexico and the United States: Ambivalent Vistas (2010), and North America: An Introduction (2009). He has also been lead curator of three museum exhibitions: Many Mexicos: Vistas de la Frontera; Intimacy of Faith: Retablos and Ex-Votos from Mexico; and The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo.

Dr. Brescia will lecture in the Great Room from 2:30-4:30 on November 29, and December 6, 13, and 20. Session 1 is titled “Introduction and the Legacies of Spanish Colonialism in Mexico.” Session 2: “Culture as an Explanatory Factor and the Wars for Mexican Independence.” Session 3: “The Elusive Search for Stability in Nineteenth-Century Mexico.”  Session 4: “Revolution and Modernity in the Twentieth Century.” Each lecture is self-contained.

Written by Marna Broekhoff, Academy Village Volunteer

Nov 29: Making (Historical) Sense of Mexico