Mexican Revolution revisited at De León Symposium

“Viva la Revolucion! Viva la Mexico!”


The Mexican Revolution of the early 20th century lives again as the subject of the 23rd Annual Martín de León Symposium on the Humanities on April 25 at the University of Houston-Victoria.


Historians and other experts will take attendees back in time to the 1910 to 1920 struggle of the Mexican people against dictator President Porfino Diaz.


Emiliano Zapata

“This epic struggle brought us legendary figures like Emiliano Zapata and Pancho Villa, and still shapes Mexican politics to this day,” said Dan Jaeckle, symposium committee chair and a UHV English professor. “This is a very personal setting where people interested in history can talk with some of the best experts on the subject.”


The event starts at 8:30 a.m. with coffee in the Multi-Purpose Room of UHV University Center, 3007 N. Ben Wilson St., and wraps up around noon. The presentation is free and open to the public.


Pancho Villa


Trinidad Gonzales, a history professor at South Texas College in Edinburg who has presented papers at Harvard University and the Smithsonian Institute, will present “The Mexican Texano Revolt of 1915: Mistakenly Known as the Plan of San Diego.”


Shirlene Soto, a retired history professor and author, will give a talk titled “The Role of Women in the Mexican Revolution.” Soto has taught at the University of New Mexico, California Polytechnic State University, the University of California Los Angeles, College of the Canyons and California State University-Northridge. Her list of publications includes the book “The Emergence of the Modern Mexican Woman: Her Participation in Revolution and Struggle for Equality, 1901-1940.”


Ballet Folklorico, a community cultural dance company, will perform a dance from the revolution.


The De León Symposium is a cooperative effort of UHV and the De León Club that is designed to educate the community about Mexican-American history and culture.


Named for Victoria founder Martín De León, the club is a nonprofit organization founded in 1965 that is dedicated to promoting business and encouraging civic participation to improve the quality of life in Victoria.


For more information, contact Jaeckle at 361-570-4225 or

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