2018 Callahan Lecture
"The Shadow of the 1968 Tlatelolco Massacre in Mexico"
The massacre of more than 300 peaceful demonstrators in Tlatelolco’s Plaza of Three Cultures by military and paramilitary troops on October 2, 1968 destroyed most of the creditability of the revolutionary regime and shaped the history of recent Mexico. In the short run, the event ensured that the Olympics Games, beginning in just weeks, would occur without disruption, at least by Mexican students and other demonstrators, but in the long run it cast a shadow that motivated political, social, and cultural efforts to change the nation. A generation of politicians, students, workers, women, and indigenous leaders have endeavored to democratize Mexico. Their efforts have focused on creating much more than an electoral democracy, but a society of laws, built on recognition and respect for individual civil, human, and social rights free of violence. This presentation, which features a visual case study, examines the shadow cast by Tlatelolo over the past fifty years.
William H. Beezley
William H. Beezley has achieved an international reputation for his investigations of Mexico’s history and culture through over twenty-five publications as the classic Judas at the Jockey Club, other books such as Mexican National Identity: Memories, Innuendos, and Popular Culture, and such fundamental anthologies as A Handbook of Mexican History and Culture and The Oxford History of Mexico, edited with Michael C. Meyer. He now teaches at the University of Arizona, directs the Oaxaca Summer Institute, sits on the editorial boards of The Americas, Mexican Studies, and University of Santiago (Chile)’s Revista Iberoamericana de Viticultura, Agroindustria y Ruralidad, and serves as a member of the technical commission of "Wines, vines and winemakers: voyages, messages and métissages" at Toulouse University
The Callahan Lecture series was established in 1964 in honor of the eminent historian James Morton Callahan, who served as Department Chair from 1902 to 1929, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences from 1916 to 1929, and University Research Professor from 1929 to 1956. A student of Herbert Baxter Adams, Callahan received his Ph.D. from the John Hopkins University and is considered one of the founders of modern diplomatic history. He wrote numerous works, including The Alaska Purchase and Americo-Canadian Relations, American Foreign Policy in Mexican Relations, American Relations in the Pacific and Far East, 1784-1900, Cuba and International Relations: A Historical Study in American Diplomacy, and The Diplomatic History of the Southern Confederacy.
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