[act-ma] 02/03 ​Rural Normalistas and the Struggle for Education in Mexico's Long 1960s

Charlie Welch cwelch at tecschange.org
Mon Feb 2 19:04:58 PST 2015

You are warmly invited to


*"Why Do They Want Dormitories if They Like to Sleep with Peasants in 
the Fields?":
Rural /Normalistas/ and the Struggle for Education in Mexico's Long 1960s"*

***Tanalís **Padilla*

Associate Professor, Dartmouth College

This talk will discuss the activism of rural /normalistas/, students who 
studied in Mexico's teacher-training schools, during the 1960s. 
Established in the two decades following the 1910-1920 revolution, these 
institutions had a dual purpose: to provide a career opportunity for 
sons and daughters of poor, rural dwellers and to form agents of state 
consolidation. But during the second part of the twentieth century the 
rural /normales/ became hotbeds of political radicalism. Focusing on the 
unique nature of /normalista/ consciousness, the links students forged 
with agrarian struggles and the state's response, my talk will examine 
the significance of their mobilizations in the context of local, 
national and global events during this tumultuous decade.

Tuesday, February 3


4:00-5:30 PM


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