Mexico and Mexicans in the Making of the United States

Friday, April 27, 2007

Inauguration and Welcome – Jane McAullife, Dean, Georgetown College and John Tutino, Chair, History Department; Coordinator, Americas Forum

Session I – Colonial Creations – Chair, Bryan McCann, Georgetown University
•    “Spanish North America and the Making of the United States” (John Tutino)
•    “New Mexico and the Making of North America” (Ramon Gutierrez, University of California, San Diego)
•    Commentator – Alison Games, Georgetown University

Session II – National Transformations – Chair, Erick Langer, Georgetown University
•    “Rethinking Land and Labor in Northern Mexico and the U.S. Southwest:  An Ecological Analysis” (Andrew Isenberg, Temple University)
•    “Mexico, Mexicans, and the U.S. Civil War”  (David Montejano, University of California, Berkeley)
•    “Imagining Mexico at War:  Nineteenth-Century U.S. Literature and Popular Culture” (Shelley Streeby, University of California, San Diego)
•    Commentators – John McNeill, Georgetown University; Chandra Manning, Georgetown University

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Session III – Continuing Challenges – Chair, Joseph Palacios, Georgetown University

  • “Making Americans and Mexicans in the Arizona Borderlands” (Katherine Benton-Cohen, Louisiana State University)
  • “Mexican Migrants and Labor in Twentieth-Century North America” (Devra Weber, University of California, Riverside)
  • “Transnational Communities:  Mexicans Integrating North America” (Robert Smith, Baruch College, City University of New York)
  • Commentators – Joseph McCartin, Georgetown University; Michael Kazin, Georgetown University