The Mexico Center at UTSA

Schedule of Events

Date Time Event
Thursday, September 23, 2021  5:30-7 PM  Seminar One 
Introductions, Goals, and Requirements of the Program 
Presenters: Dr. Jerry Gonzalez and Mexico Center Staff 
Thursday, September 30, 2021 5:30-7 PM Seminar Two 
Intro to Chicanx Historical Pedagogies  
Presenter: Dr. Jerry Gonzalez 
October Varied Individual Meetings with Dr. Gonzalez 
Each fellow will schedule a 30-minute block to talk to Dr. Gonzalez individually for introductions and discussion of the year ahead. Deadline: October 31, 2021 
Thursday, October 7, 2021   Seminar Three 
The Importance of Mentorship in Academia  
Presenters: Previous Mellon Humanities Pathways Program Fellows 
Wednesday, October 20, 2021 5:30-7 PM Seminar Four 
Intro to Graduate School and the Academy 
Presenters: Andrés Borunda and Rebecca Gonzalez 
Wednesday, October 27, 2021 5:30-7 PM Visiting Scholar:
Philis Barragán-Goetz, Ph.D. 
Assistant Professor of History, TAMUSA  
Mexican American History  
Texas History  
Women’s History  
U.S. Social & Cultural History  
Community Liaison to the San Antonio African American Community Archive and Museum  
Author of Reading, Writing, and Revolution: Escuelitas and the Emergence of a Mexican American Identity in Texas (2020) 
Thursday, November 4, 2021 5:30-7 PM Seminar Five 
The Elevator Speech – Academic Communication 
Presenters: TBD
Thursday, November 11, 2021 5:30-7 PM Democratizing Racial Justice, A Conversation with Dr. Jose Villagran and Dr. Carolina Arango-Vargas 
Democratizing Racial Justice seeks to transform the role of higher education, through changing and adapting Ethnic Studies and Humanities, in particular. The DRJ is combating the erasure of people of color and their histories, and reimagining a society in which people are equally valued. 
Thursday, November 18, 2021 5:30-7 PM Seminar Six 
JPL Database Workshop & Special Collections Archive Tour  
Objective: Students learn how to access library resources and about UTSA’s archives.  
Presenting: TBD 


Spring 2022 

January 27, 2022  


Time: 3:00 pm - 5 pm 

Via Zoom 

Spring Semester Launch 

Seminar Seven 

JPL Database Workshop &  

Objective: Students learn how to access library resources  

Presenting: Shari Salisbury 

Month of February 2022 

Individual Meetings  

Mellon Fellows Cohort 6 meet with Dr. Gonzalez.   

February 10, 2022 


Time: 3:00 pm – 5 pm 

JPL Assembly Room on the JPL 4th floor  

Seminar Eight 

Special Collections Archive Tour 

Objective: Students will learn about UTSA archives 

Presenting: Stephanie Noell 

February 10, 2022 


Time: 5:00 pm 

UTSA Sombrilla Plaza 

Join the Mellon Fellows and Mexico Center staff for a coffee break after the JPL tour.  

February 23, 2022 


Time: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm 

Via Zoom 

Guest Lecture 

Lorena Oropeza, PhD 

Associate Vice Chancellor, Academic Diversity 

Professor, History Department 

University of California, Davis and author of The King of Adobe, Reies López Tijerina, Lost Prophet of the Chicano Movement 

Dr. Lorena Oropeza discusses her new book King of Adobe, Reies Lopez Tijerina, Lost Prophet of the Chicano Movement.  

March 1, 2022  


Time: 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm 

Via Zoom 

Guest Lecture 

Gene Morales, PhD  

Lecturer of History 

Department of Communication, History, and Philosophy 

Texas A&M University-San Antonio 

Dr. Gene Morales discusses Abajo con HemisFair: A Local History of Urban Renewal for the 1968 World’s Fair. 

Register here:

April 12, 2022 


Time: 4:00 pm- 5:30 pm 

Via Zoom 

Guest Lecture 

Sanctuaryscapes in the North American Southwest and Anthropolocura as Homeplace Ethnography 

Aimee Villarreal, PhD.,  

Associate Professor and Program Head, 

Comparative Mexican American Studies 

Director, Center for Mexican American Studies and Research 

Our Lady of the Lake University 



Summer Workshop 

Summer Visits and Research Workshop 2022   

May 16-24 



Summer Research Workshop  

Refusing to Forget 

Student Poster Conference  

Wednesday, May 17: University of Texas- Austin 

Sunday, May 22-24: University of Houston, Rice University 


Past Events

UTSA Mexico Center Mellon Humanities Pathways Program Presents

Romeo Gúzman, author of East of East: The Making of Greater El Monte, Co-authored with C. Fragoza, A. Cummings, and R. Reft.

Thursday, July 29, 2021 from 4:00 to 5:00pm

Join us for a virtual Zoom discussion.

For more information, please email or

What Did the Indigenous Think of Malintzin? Aztec Commentaries on the Most Famous Woman of their Time

Wednesday, March 24, 2021
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM (central time)

with Dr. Camilla Townsend (Author of Malintzin’s Choices)

This event is co-hosted by The Mexico Center and the UTSA Department of History

Mellon Humanities Pathways Program Cohort 5 Spring Break (Virtual) Workshop


March 8 – 11, 2021

Schoolboi: A Queer Educational Journey from La Habra to Limerick

Thursday, February 4, 2021
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm (central time)

w/ Dr. Melissa Mora Hidalgo (Mozlandia: Morrissey Fans in the Borderlands)

This event is presented by the Mellon Humanities Pathways Program, in collaboration with the UTSA Mexico Center, the Department of Race, Ethnicity, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and the UTSA Women’s Studies Institute.

Community College Faculty Pathways

Thursday, October 29, 2020
4:30 pm – 6:30 pm (central time)

w/ Drs. Sandra D. Garza (Assistant Professor and Coordinator, Mexican American Studies Program, Northwest Vista College); Lisa Y. Ramos (History Co-Coordinator & Mexican American Studies (MAS) Coordinator, San Antonio College); and Gilbert Estrada (Associate Professor of Latin America and United States History, Long Beach City College)

Bad Mexicans: A Conversation with Dr. Kelly Lytle Hernández

Thursday, August 20, 2020
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm (central time)

w/ Dr. Kelly Lytle Hernández (City of Inmates: Conquest, Rebellion, and the Rise of Human Caging in Los Angeles 1771-1965)

Metropolitan Context and Immigrant Rights Experiences: DACA Awareness and Support in Houston

Thursday, July 16, 2020
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm (central time)

w/ Dr. Shannon Gleeson (Accountability Across Borders: Migrant Rights in North America)

Atomik Postcards: Writing, Resistance, and Place

Thursday, June 25, 2020
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm (central time)

w/ Sesshu Foster (City Terrace: Field Manual; Atomik Aztex; Elabatl)

[CANCELLED] Book Presentation and Panel Discussion of Double Ethnicity: Mexican Americans and the Ethnic Core

Friday, March 6, 2020
10:30 am (central time)

Erika Pani: “Those Ungrateful Sons of Ours: A Mexico City View of the Texas Revolution” and “In the Laboratory of Politics: The Confederate States of America and Mexico’s Second Empire”

Tuesday, March 2, 2020

“Those Ungrateful Sons of Ours: A Mexico City View of the Texas Revolution”
2:00 pm (central time)
Main Campus, Ballroom 1 – HSU 1.106

“In the Laboratory of Politics: The Confederate States of America and Mexico’s Second Empire”
6:30 pm (central time)
Downtown Campus: El Paseo Conference Rm. A

Dr. Roberto “Cintli” Rodriguez

Thursday, February 27, 2020


A War Against Poor People: Dirty War, Narcotics, and the Cold War Roots of Mexico’s Contemporary Drug Violence

Thursday, January 30, 2020
UTSA SU 2.01.26 Pecan Room
2:00 pm (central time)

Alexander Aviña (Specters of Revolution: Peasant Guerrillas in the Cold War Mexican Countryside)

Latinx Civil Rights Discussion with The Esperanza Center

Saturday, November 23, 2019
The Esperanza Center
3:00 pm to 6:00 pm (central time)

Guest Speaker: Graciela Sanchez

Crafting A Republic for the World: Scientific, Geographic, and Historiographic Inventions of Colombia

Monday, November 18, 2019
UTSA Harris Room, HSU 2.212
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm (central time)

Dr. Lina del Castillo

Academy Fellows Speaker Series: The Role of Mexican & U.S. Universities: Societal Fatigue & Frustration in an Era of Change

Thursday, November 14, 2019
UTSA Downtown Campus, La Villita Room, Durango Bldg. Room 1.116
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm (central time)

Dr. Sergio Alcocer

Ficciones Subversivas: Una Presentación de la Dra. Lorena Ventura

Thursday, October 24, 2019
UTSA, HM 3.01.28
7:00 pm (central time)

Lorena Ventura es Doctora en Letras por la UNAM y autora de libros de teoria literaria: La enunciación en el ensayo (2009) y de poesía: Marcas de viaje (2014). En esta presentación se analizarán estrategias de representación narrativa empleadas en la literatura, el cine y el cómic que permiten cuestionar la relación entre la ficción y la realidad, tema de su último libro: Metaléptica: Lógica y sentido en la ficción (UNAM, 2019).

This event was hosted by the UTSA Department of Modern Languages & Literatures

Presentación del libro Marcas de Viaje de Lorena Ventura

Wednesday, October 23, 2019
Auditorio de la UNAM San Antonio
7:00 pm (central time)

Isaura Contreras
Grecia Cuevas
Lorena Ventura

This event was co-hosted by the UTSA Department of Modern Languages & Literatures and UNAM-San Antonio.

The Central Maya Highlands of Guatemala: Kaminaljuyu, New Research and Results

Friday, October 11, 2019
UTSA Main Campus, BSE 2.102
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm (central time)

Dr. Barbara Arroyo (Director of the Kaminaljuyu Archaeological Project and a Research Associate at the Museo Popol Vuh, Universidad Francisco Marroquín)

This event was presented by the UTSA Department of Anthropology.

A Conversation with Elsa Florez Almaraz

Friday, October 25, 2019
Pecan Room SU 2.01.26
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm (central time)

This event is sponsored by the UTSA Mellon Humanities Pathways Program, the UTSA Department of History, and the Esperanza Peace & Justice Center.