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How French Intervention Changed Mexican History / Cómo la intervención francesa cambió la historia de México

El 4 de mayo de 2021, el Dr. Tony Zavaleta, Profesor Emérito de Antropología e Historiador de la Universidad de Texas Rio Grande Valley presentará una sinopsis de la constante agitación política y la guerra que azotó a México luego de la expulsión de los españoles en 1820. De la década de 1820 a la de 1860 México estuvo en constante agitación y sufrió invasiones de Inglaterra, Francia y Estados Unidos. El Dr. Zavaleta brindará una descripción general de las circunstancias sociales y políticas que alimentaron el conflicto, incluida la Batalla de Puebla el 5 de mayo de 1862, que se conoce como el Cinco de Mayo.

On May 4, 2021, Dr. Tony Zavaleta, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology and Historian at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley will present a synopsis of the constant political upheaval and warfare that plagued Mexico after the expulsion of the Spanish in 1820. From the 1820s through the 1860s Mexico was in constant turmoil and suffered invasions from England, France and the United States. Dr. Zavaleta will provide an overview of the social and political circumstances that fueled the conflict including the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862 which has come be known as the Cinco de Mayo.

About Dr. Tony Zavaleta

Dr. Antonio ‘Tony’ Zavaleta is a native of Brownsville, Texas and a member of a pioneer family residing on the U.S.-Mexico border since 1600. He received a doctoral degree in anthropology in 1976 from the University of Texas and has spent the last 45 years studying the U.S.-Mexico border. Tony is internationally renowned for studying population growth and urban development on the border, poverty, immigration and many other border topics, including, most notably, health disparities. Dr. Zavaleta has studied folk-healers known as curanderos and shaman throughout Mexico and has published numerous books and articles on shamanism and medicinal plants of the borderlands. Dr. Zavaleta’s most recent publication is Curandero: Ethno-psychotherapy and curanderismo, Hispanic Mental Health in the 21st century.

Dr. Zavaleta was awarded the Order of the Ohtli, Nahuatl for ‘Pathfinder’ by Mexico, the highest award given to a non-Mexican citizen, for his 45 years of study and defense of Mexicans living abroad in the United States. He is professor emeritus of anthropology and sociology at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and a member of the Board of Trustees of Texas Southmost College.


About Literary Bridges / Puentes Literarios

Este programa es parte de Literary Bridges/Puentes Literarios Arkansas-México, una colaboración entre el Sistema de Bibliotecas de Arkansas Central y el Consulado de México en Little Rock para fomentar el intercambio cultural y bilingüe entre nuestros usuarios.

This program is part of Literary Bridges/Puentes Literarios Arkansas-Mexico, a programming partnership between the Central Arkansas Library System and the Mexican Consulate in Little Rock to encourage cultural and bilingual interaction amongst our patrons.

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May 4 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm