Category Archives: Debate

  1. What has Claudio Lomnitz, Director of the Center for Mexican Studies, been up to:

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    May 10, 2016 by cfmsc

    In April, Claudio Lomnitz was interviewed by Fernanda Echávarri at NPR on the “History of racial Identity in Mexico.” Listen …
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  2. Leaders of Mexico Forum: The Humanitarian Emergency from South to North: Migration and Social Justice

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    April 23, 2015 by cfmsc

    Please join Columbia University’s Center for Mexican Studies for our public event Leaders of Mexico Forum. Two distinguished human rights and social justice activists in Mexico, Bishop Raúl Vera, 2012 Nobel Prize Nominee, and Priest Alejandro Solalinde, an eminent migrants’ defender, will deliver this special dual-lecture: “The Humanitarian Emergency from South to North: Migration and Social Justice”.

  3. “Ayotzinapa: A Public Discussion on Violence in Mexico” at Columbia University

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    November 13, 2014 by cfmsc

    This public discussion will show Columbia University’s support to the students of Ayotzinapa, their families, and other victims of recent violence in Mexico. Through an interdisciplinary discussion, it will also seek to put these tragic events into historical and regional perspective, and point towards possibilities of resolution.

  4. “Mexico’s First Lynching: Sovereignty, Criminality, Moral Panic”, by Claudio Lomnitz

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    June 9, 2014 by cfmsc

    In the first issue of Critical Historical Studies, Claudio Lomnitz, Campbell Family Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Center for Mexican Studies at Columbia University, offers a engaging examination of Arnulfo Arroyo’s attempt on the person of Porfirio Díaz in September 1897. As it turned into a media event, the article shows how it tainted the whole of Mexican society with a hermeneutics of suspicion, where criminality could no longer be contained to the marginal and lower classes. The “specter of criminality” that haunted the whole country, Lomnitz argues, is a key element to understand the “cultural origins of the Mexican Revolution”.

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  5. “Murders of Nota Roja: Truth and Justice in Mexican Crime News” by Pablo Piccato

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    April 29, 2014 by cfmsc

    In this issue of Past & Present, Pablo Piccato, Professor of History at Columbia University, offers a fascinating journey into the nota roja of mid-twentieth century Mexico, examining the genre in the context of the cleavage between truth and justice in the Mexican public sphere. This articles challenges prevailing understandings crime news as a minor and vulgar journalistic genre, arguing that a close reading of nota roja can shed light on how “the right to truth became separated from the right to justice” in Mexico.

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  6. What is happening in Michoacán?


    April 18, 2014 by cfmsc

    Join us for a round table discussion with specialists in history, anthropology and human geography from El Colegio de Michoacán. Their interventions will offer ways of reading and discussing the shattered peace in Mexico’s state of Michoacán resulting from the drug trafficking violence.

    April 25, 5 pm
    International Affairs Building, Room 802

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  7. The double burden of malnutrition

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    March 31, 2014 by cfmsc

    A text by Lucía Félix

    During the last two decades, countries like Brazil, Chile and Mexico have experienced a series of epidemiological, demographical and nutritional changes. The epidemiological transition is characterized by a shift from a high prevalence of infectious water-borne diseases such as diarrhea and cholera; to the preponderance of non-communicable chronic diseases like hypertension and type II diabetes. The demographic transition is observed in shifts from high to low fertility and mortality, as well as in population aging. Finally, the nutrition transition implies a shift in national diets, physical activity and body composition patterns.

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