Oct 09 2013
In spring 2013, the Mexican Studies Group invited Roderic Camp (Claremont McKenna College) to give a talk, “Can Peña Nieto Change Mexico’s Future? A Discussion on ‘The Pact for Mexico.’” Since Peña Nieto’s recent election, great attention has been given to the return to power of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). The PRI famously held power in Mexico for 70 years prior to being ousted in 2000, leaving behind a controversial legacy. As a representative of the PRI, Peña Nieto has vowed to reduce political infighting and work for the Mexican people. Whether he will be successful is a topic of debate and was the focus of Camp’s lecture.
Other spring 2013 Mexican Studies Group speakers included Lance Ingwersen (Vanderbilt), Chris Boyer (University of Illinois at Chicago), and Silke Hensel (University of Münster, Germany). In September 2013, the Mexican Studies group sponsored a lunch talk with sociologist Arturo Santamaria Gomzez (Universidad Autonoma de Sinaloa, Mazatlan) entitled “Fútbol y Patria: La Nueva Identidad Mexicana.”
The Mexican Studies Group brings together faculty and graduate students from history, political science, literature, sociology, art, anthropology, music, pedagogy, and Latin American studies, with the aim of raising the profile of research related to Mexico on Vanderbilt’s campus.