Oct 11


Nicolas Shumway

This lecture series looks at six key topics in the evolution of modern Mexico. You will first get a short overview of the indigenous civilizations prior to the European invasion and the Spanish-Aztec war that eventually led to Spanish domination of what now forms modern Mexico and much of the Southwestern United States. Then we will lecture considers key events and characteristics of Mexican colonial culture. Focusing on the early decades of the nineteenth century, the third lecture examines Mexico’s tortuous route to independence and key elements of the country's efforts to create a liberal modern nation. The fourth lecture considers the accomplishments and failures of Mexico under the nearly thirty-year rule of Porfirio Díaz. The fourth lecture studies the Mexican Revolution, its causes, its ideologies, and its aftermath. The fifth lecture looks at the seventy years that Mexico was ruled by a single party, the Institutional Revolutionary Party (the PRI), which Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa characterized as the perfect dictatorship. The final lecture considers problems and promises of contemporary Mexico and its evolution since the PRI was voted out of power in 2000.

This class will be held onsite at WIH and simulcast via Zoom.

Six Week Course Schedule | Tuesdays
Oct 11 | 10:00 AM
Oct 18 | 10:00 AM
Oct 25 | 10:00 AM
Nov 01 | 10:00 AM
Nov 08 | 10:00 AM
Nov 15 | 10:00 AM



Class Tuition

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Price is per student. Class tuition is non-refundable.