From 1910 to the 4th Transformation: Actors, Institutions, and Objectives in Mexico’s Revolutionary Politics


Wednesday, April 17, 2019, 12:30pm to 2:00pm


Graduate School of Design, Sackler 222

cannonSpeakers: Javier Garciadiego, Professor of History, El Colegio de México; John Womack, Robert Woods Bliss Professor of Latin American History, Emeritus, Harvard University

Moderator: Diane Davis, Charles Dyer Norton Professor of Regional Planning and Urbanism, Harvard University

On occasion of the Eduardo Matos Moctezuma Lecture Series, join us for a conversation between Javier Garciadiego, the Matos Moctezuma Lecturer for Spring 2019, and John Womack, the Robert Woods Bliss Professor of Latin American History, Emeritus. Garciadiego and Womack, leading historians of the Mexican revolution, will discuss the continuities and differences between the revolutionary period and Mexico's current wave of political change, led by the first leftist government in the country's democratic history. Diane Davis, Chair of the Faculty Committee on Mexico at DRCLAS and a leading scholar of Mexican politics and society, will moderate. 

Javier Garciadiego is a Professor of History at El Colegio de México and the Spring 2019 honoree of Harvard's Eduardo Matos Moctezuma Lecture Series. His research focuses on the political and cultural history of the Mexican revolution. He has written or edited dozens of books, including Rudos contra científicos. La Universidad Nacional durante la Revolución mexicana (1996); Cultura y política en el México posrevolucionario (2006); and 1913-1914: De Guadalupe a Teoloyucan (2013). He is a former President of El Colegio de México (2005-15). 

John Womack, Jr., is Robert Woods Bliss Professor of Latin American History and Economics, Emeritus, at Harvard University. His work has focused primarily on Mexican revolutionary, labor, agrarian, and industrial history. He is the author of the classic Zapata and the Mexican Revolution (1969--revised and augmented edition in Spanish, 2018) and an author and the editor of the influential anthology Rebellion in Chiapas: An Historical Reader (1999).  

Diane Davis is the Charles Dyer Norton Professor of Regional Planning and Urbanism and Chair of the Department of Urban Planning and Design at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. An expert in urban and political sociology, she is the author of, among others, Urban Leviathan: Mexico City in the Twentieth Century (1994; Spanish translation 1999), and Discipline and Development: Middle Classes and Prosperity in East Asia and Latin America (2004). She currently serves as Chair of the Faculty Committee on Mexico at DRCLAS.

Presented in collaboration with the Moses Mesoamerican Archive and the GSD Mexican Cities Initiative 


See also: Cambridge, Mexico