Expanding the Civil Society of Mexico

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 9, 2004) -- June C. Nash, professor emerita of anthropology at the City University of New York, will discuss the “Indigenous People and the Expansion of Civil Society in Mexico” at 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10, in the auditorium of the University of Kentucky William T. Young Library.

The lecture is sponsored by UK Latin American Studies, the College of Arts and Sciences, the UK Graduate School, and the UK Department of Anthropology, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary. The event is free and open to the public.

Nash will discuss how the Zapatista Rebellion in Chiapas, Mexico, opened public participation in Mexican society to the Mayas. “Their presence challenges the monocultural construction of nations at the same time that it introduces a new voice in the government in a globalizing society,” Nash said.

UK assistant professor of anthropology, Lisa Cliggett, said Nash’s work examines the indigenous perspectives on development plans proposed by Plan Puebla-Panama and the alternatives they propose to globalization.


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