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The Mexican Revolution of 1910–1920

Central OregonAs part of the 2016–17 Speaker Exchange project funded by our Osher Capacity Grant, summer term begins with a special four-session course taught by Eugene member, Ilene O’Malley. The Mexican Revolution, which began on November 20, 1910, and continued for a decade, is recognized as the first major political, social, and cultural revolution of the 20th-century. It claimed between one and two million lives and radically transformed Mexican culture and government. We are familiar with the names Emiliano Zapata and Pancho Villa, but do we remember what they were fighting for? Ilene’s presentation of the history of the Revolution consists of four parts: Part 1, the factors contributing to the revolution, the rise of prodemocracy and agrarian reform movements that brought down the 30-year dictatorship of Porfirio Diaz; Part 2, the factionalization (roughly along class lines) of the seemingly united revolutionaries; Part 3, the leftward pressures from campesino-based movements (most famously those led by Emiliano Zapata and Pancho Villa) and counterrevolutionary pressures from foreign interests; and Part 4, the gradual consolidation of a new “revolutionary” state and the emergence of a new national cultural identity, 1920–1940. Ilene O’Malley has worked on labor advocacy issues and is a former migrant farmworker attorney. Ilene has a PhD in history from the University of Michigan with a specialization in Latin America. She lived and studied in Mexico on a Fulbright Scholarship.

Mexican Immigration to the United States

Eugene/Springfield–Why are there so many Mexican immigrants in the United States, and why are so many of them undocumented? In this talk, Julie M. Weise, an associate professor of history at the University of Oregon, will help us answer this question. Her presentation will discuss the history of Mexican immigration to the United States, the factors that have brought so many here, and legal changes that have left so many vulnerable to deportation. She also will be happy to engage in conversation about the Trump administration’s policies towards Mexico and Mexican immigration. Weise received her PhD from Yale University and has been at UO since 2013.

The History of the Battle of Puebla on Cinco de Mayo

Eugene/Springfield–In the Battle of Puebla, the fate of Mexico as a democratic country and sovereign nation hung in the balance. A “bush league” Army of the Mexican Republic confronted the invading forces of the French Emperor Napoleon III, who thought the time had come to expand his empire to the Americas, while his promonarchist Mexican supporters saw the chance to destroy the fledgling Republic headed by Benito Juarez. Thus, the Battle of Puebla, on Cinco de Mayo, became one of the most significant dates in Mexican history.

OLLI-UO member Ilene O’Malley follows up on her highly successful short course on the Mexican Revolution with this single-session lecture. O’Malley has a PhD in history from the University of Michigan with a specialization in Latin America, and lived and studied in Mexico on a Fulbright Scholarship.

The Mexican Revolution and the Transformation of Mexico: 1910–1920

Eugene/–The Mexican Revolution was a major armed struggle that radically transformed Mexican culture and government. It is one of the seminal periods in the history of Mexico. This short course will cover the entire period of the revolution and will include the following modules:

  1. The start of the revolution: prodemocracy forces align with land reform movements to bring down dictator Diaz.
  2. Seemingly successful revolutionary forces factionalize along class lines, peasant-based movements, Zapata and Villa, against more moderate middleclass movements, Obregon and Carranza; this will be covered in two sessions.
  3. Mexican revolution in the global context: U.S., Germany, Japan, Britain jockey for influence.
  4. Gradual end to hostilities, moderate reformers compromise with peasant movements, consolidation of political power.

OLLI member, Ilene O’Malley, has worked on labor advocacy issues and she is a former migrant farmworker attorney. Ilene has a PhD in history from the University of Michigan with a specialization in Latin America. She lived and studied in Mexico on a Fulbright Scholarship.

Registration is required and class size is limited to 35. Register by calling 541-346-4231, or stop by the front office.

UO Research Presentation—Diabetes in Mexico: A Cultural Perspective on Effectively Managing This Growing Problem

Rescheduled to February 14, 3:30 p.m.

Eugene/Springfield–Type 2 diabetes has been found with increasing incidence across the world the past two decades; Mexico is no exception to this trend with incidence rates of 11.9 percent, with urban populations seeing a higher rate of incidence. Research has shown that this is partly due to shifts in lifestyles among urban populations, such as modernization of diets and an increase in sedentary lifestyles.

Diabetes is primarily thought of as a western disease and to be managed with biomedical techniques. However, biomedicine may not fully incorporate or reflect patients’ beliefs, which may result in ineffective care. This presentation draws on clinical and community observations and semistructured interviews conducted with 30 diabetic patients and five health providers at a public health clinic in Mazatlán, Mexico. Recommendations are made for staff providing primary care, as well as some to be implemented by the Mexican federal government.

Kate Stoysich recently finished her masters of art in international studies at the University of Oregon, with her research focused on public health and Latin America. Prior to returning to school, Stoysich has been exploring the world for the past decade through a variety of jobs, including working as a biologist, a community health worker, and serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Paraguay for three years. Ideally, her career will combine her passions of public health, social justice, and intercultural communication.

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Time and Testimony: Elena Poniatowska’s Crónica and Social Memory of the1985 Mexican Earthquake

OLLI UO Lecture Time and TestimonyOLLI UO Eugene/Springfield—How do culture and politics interact to further the democratization of the public sphere? What is the role of testimony and testimonial writing in creating social and historical memory? This talk by Dr. Lynn Stephen, analyzes prize winning Mexican author Elena Poniatowska’s crónicas about the 1985 Mexican earthquake, and a multimedia exhibit in Mexico City’s Museo de la Ciudad on the thirtieth anniversary of the earthquake, as windows on the relationship between time, testimony, and social memory.

A UO Distinguished Professor of arts and sciences, professor of anthropology, and director of the Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies, Stephen is a cultural anthropologist whose interdisciplinary research has been at the forefront of illuminating major challenges facing Mesoamerican indigenous peoples, including: out-migration, tourism, state assimilation programs and nationalism, economic development, violence and low-intensity war. Her research analyzes the spectrum of local and global responses they have developed including social movements, unique educational and knowledge systems, innovative forms of media and governance and rights claiming.

Stephen’s research over three decades has anticipated the ways that globalization is creating new forms of transborder social and political organization. She has also brought her research to a broad audience through innovative public education and multimedia projects.

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