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International Education Week lectures to focus on two overlooked chapters in the history of US – Mexican relations

US Mexico MapCreighton University will host two lectures focusing on two dark and often overlooked chapters in the history of U.S.-Mexican relations, during International Education Week, Nov. 18-22.

The lectures are free and open to the public.

The first lecture, on Tuesday, Nov. 19, presented by Francisco Balderrama, PhD, and Christine Valenciana, PhD, is titled “From Research to Social Justice: Expulsion of Mexicans and Mexican-Americans during the Great Depression.” The lecture will take place from 5:30-7:15 p.m. in the Harper Center auditorium. A book signing will follow.

On Wednesday, Nov. 20 from 5:30-7:00 p.m., Amy Greenberg, PhD, will present “A Wicked War: The 1846 U.S. Invasion of Mexico” in the Skutt Student Center Ballroom. A book signing will follow.

Balderrama is professor emeritus of American History and Chicano Studies at California State University, Los Angeles, and the co-author of Decade of Betrayal: Mexican Repatriation in the 1930s (University of New Mexico Press, May 2006, revised edition).

Valenciana is an associate professor emeritus of elementary and bilingual education at California State University, Fullerton. Valenciana, whose mother was among those deported during the 1930s, has conducted extensive research related to the experience of deportation with special focus on children. Her oral history interviews are housed in Cal State Fullerton’s Lawrence de Graaf Center for Oral and Public History.

Greenberg is Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of History and Women’s Studies at Penn State University and author of A Wicked War: Polk, Clay, Lincoln and the 1846 U.S. Invasion of Mexico (Penguin Random House, 2013).

International Education Week (IEW) is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is part of an effort to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn and exchange experiences.

The lectures are co-sponsored by the Global Engagement Office, the John C. Kenefick Faculty Chair in the Humanities, Latin American Studies Program, American Studies Program, Casper Professorship in History, Jacobson Chair in Communications, Department of Cultural and Social Studies, Schlegel Center for Service and Justice, Department of Modern Languages & Literatures, University Committee on Lectures, Films & Concerts, and The Great Plains United Methodist Peace with Justice Program.

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