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Mexicans and Mexican Americans in Revolution and Resistance

Mexico City, Mexico


Professors Matthew Vitz
Dates Departure from U.S.: Sun., August 5, 2018
Arrival: Sun., August 5, 2018
Mandatory Orientation: Mon., August 6, 2018
First Day of Class: Mon., August 6, 2018
Last Day of Class: Fri., September 7, 2018
Departure for the U.S.
(or personal travel):
Sat., September 8, 2018

Flight Information

  • All approved applicants will be notified by e-mail when the program reaches minimum enrollment. Do not purchase plane tickets until the program is confirmed.
  • We strongly encourage you to take a flight that arrives at Mexico City International Airport (MEX) during daylight hours, in order to take advantage of airport pick up. (A specific arrival window will be listed here once the program meets minimum enrollment.) Students who arrive later than this time will receive instructions on how to make their way to your program housing independently.
  • Contact STA Travel if you would like to book flights with other students on this program or take advantage of the airfare deposit program.
Info Sessions
  • Tuesday, January 23, 4:30 - 6:00 pm
    Study Abroad Dance Hall, University Center 409
  • Thursday, February 15,  5:00 - 6:30 pm
    Study Abroad Dance Hall, University Center 409

Why you should go

Mexico City, a world metropolis of over 20 million people, is one of the most dynamic cultural and economic centers in Latin America. Once the capital of the Aztec empire, then of the Spanish colony, and since 1821 the capital of the Mexican nation, Mexico City is brimming with history and possesses dozens of historic sites, cultural landmarks, and museums. As part of the seminar, you will be visiting several of these sites including the National Anthropology and History Museum, the Frida Kahlo house and museum, several sites with murals by Diego Rivera and other famous painters, and the awe-inspiring pyramids of Teotihuacan. You will also have the opportunity to visit other sites and explore many of Mexico City’s most vibrant neighborhoods on your own.

In the classroom (in a beautiful colonial neighborhood in the southern part of the city) you will learn all about modern Mexican history, from the Mexican Revolution’s calls for economic and social justice to the dilemmas of postrevolutionary nation-building and the nation’s contemporary social and political challenges. You will also learn about Chicano/a history, namely class and ethnic identity formation, comparative nationalist imaginaries in Mexico and the United States, immigration, the making of the U.S.-Mexico border, and Chicano/a political projects opposing exploitation in factory and field. Class time will include lectures, discussions of primary sources by famous Mexicans and Mexican-Americans, film clips and discussions, and guest lecturers by scholars and other experts on Mexican and Mexican-American history and culture. All of these activities will greatly augment your experiences on field trips and your own explorations of life in Mexico.

This global seminar is a rare opportunity to live in one of the most exciting and historically rich cities in the Americas and learn about Mexico, Mexico-America, and U.S.-Mexico relations from a professor whose expertise is on the very city and country you will inhabit.

Meet the professor

Matthew VitzMatthew Vitz is an assistant professor in the History Department. He is a graduate of UW-Madison (BA) and New York University (Ph.D.). Vitz teaches courses in Latin American history and environmental history. His research interests are in the urban, environmental, and political history of modern Mexico, and his book, A City on a Lake: Urban Political Ecology and the Growth of Mexico City, will soon be published by Duke University Press. This Global Seminar gives students the opportunity to learn about Mexican and Mexican-American history from a professor who has lived in Mexico City and researched its history for over 5 years.

Get in touch with UCSD Global Seminars

Study Abroad UC San Diego
University Center 409
9500 Gilman Drive #0095
La Jolla, California 92093-0095
Phone: (858) 534-1123
Email: globalseminar@ucsd.edu
VAC: http://vac.ucsd.edu

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