US-Mexican Borderlands & the Origin of the “Mexican Race”

A lecture with Claudio Lomnitz
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
6 PM
Sulzberger Parlor, 3rd Floor Barnard Hall

Mexican Folk Art

Claudio Lomnitz, Campbell Family Professor of Anthropology at Columbia University, traces the origins of the idea of the “Mexican race” to transnational border dynamics between Mexico and the United States in the 1890s. Through a close analysis of the political utility of the U.S.’s “neighbor to the south,” Professor Lomnitz explains the credibility and popularity of a seeming racial divide. Claudio Lomnitz has written several groundbreaking books on the history and public culture of Mexico, among them Death and the Idea of Mexico; Deep Mexico, Silent Mexico: An Anthropology of Nationalism; and Exits From the Labyrinth: Culture and Ideology in Mexican National Space.

Feb 1 2011 - 6:00pm