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Benito Juárez: The Nature of Heroism in Complicated Times

Visitors Center Theater
Thursday, August 25
7 – 8 pm CDT

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Benito Juárez was president of Mexico from 1858 until his death in office in 1872. From the late 19th century to the present, he has occupied an important place in Mexico´s national pantheon as liberal statesman, constitutional reformer, defender of national sovereignty, and advocate for democracy and equal rights. A Zapotec, Juarez was the first indigenous president of Mexico, and the first indigenous head of state in the postcolonial Americas.

This presentation by Mauricio Tenorio-Trillo’s will introduce you to Juárez, tracing his humble beginnings through his heroic years of leadership during difficult times.



Mauricio Tenorio-Trillo is the Samuel N. Harper Professor of History at the University of Chicago; and professor asociado at Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE), Mexico City. His latest books are “Clio’s Laws: On History and Language” (2019), and “Latin America: The Allure and Power of an Idea” (2018). He holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University.

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  This program includes built-in closed captioning through Zoom.