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  1. “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.

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  2. “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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  3. “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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