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3203 Southeast Woodstock Boulevard, Portland, Oregon 97202-8199
A lecture by Alan Shane Dillingham, citizen of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and Assistant Professor of Latin American History at Albright College.
Oaxaca Resurgent examines how Indigenous people in one of Mexico's most rebellious states shaped local and national politics during the twentieth century. Drawing on declassified surveillance documents and original ethnographic research, A. S. Dillingham traces the contested history of indigenous development and the trajectory of the Mexican government's Instituto Nacional Indigenista, the most ambitious agency of its kind in the Americas. This book shows how generations of Indigenous actors, operating from within the Mexican government while also challenging its authority, proved instrumental in democratizing the local teachers' trade union and implementing bilingual education. Focusing on the experiences of anthropologists, government bureaucrats, trade unionists, and activists, Dillingham explores the relationship between indigeneity, rural education and development, and the political radicalism of the Global Sixties. By centering Indigenous expressions of anticolonialism, Oaxaca Resurgent offers key insights into the entangled histories of Indigenous resurgence movements and the rise of state-sponsored multiculturalism in the Americas. This revelatory book provides crucial context for understanding post-1968 Mexican history and the rise of the 2006 Oaxacan social movement.
Alan Shane Dillingham is the author of Oaxaca Resurgent: Indigeneity, Development, and Inequality in Twentieth-Century Mexico (Stanford University Press, 2021). He serves on the organizing collective of the Tepoztlán Institute for the Transnational History of the Americas and holds a PhD in History from the University of Maryland. His research and writing has been supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and American Council of Learned Societies, the Inter-American Foundation, the National Academy of Education, the Spencer Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Smithsonian Institution.
Sponsored by the departments of history, humanities, and Spanish, and the Office for Institutional Diversity.