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Nelly Blacker-Hanson: Ayotzinapa: From the Revolution's Commitment to Education to the Massacre of 2014

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Date:  Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Presenter:  Nelly Blacker-Hanson earned her PhD in Latin American history from the University of Washington. Her dissertation explored Mexico's Cold War-era, focusing on the role of teacher-activists - including graduates of the school in Ayotzinapa - in the leadership of the opposition movements in the State of Guerrero. Her work reflects research in the national archives, those of Mexico's security intelligence forces, and at the school in Aytozinapa, as well as interviews with former activists in the state.

Description:  On September 27, 2014 the news broke that 43 students at a rural teacher-training school in Aytozinapa, Guerrero, Mexico were missing; others had died the previous night in a series of attacks. Mexico's government, established after the revolution in 1910, had made a legal commitment to expand public education. Indeed, it became a bulwark of 20th century Mexico. What happened to that commitment? How did it - and other changes in the nation - result in the massacre and disappearance of young students?

For reference, see the event flyer.