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Language, Violence, and Activism: A Conversation about Mexico Today

Language, Violence, and Activism: A Conversation about Mexico Today

Tuesday, Sept. 10, 6-8 p.m., McCord Auditorium (Dallas Hall 306)


In conjunction with Hay Forum Dallas, the Department of World Languages and Literatures hosted linguist and activist Yásnaya Elena Aguilar from Mexico and journalist John Gibler from Texas. They discussed human rights, violence, state discrimination against indigenous populations, and activist efforts to create social movements for sustainable change.



Sponsored by: The Clements Center for Southwest Studies, The Mission Foods Texas-Mexico Center, Women's and Gender Studies, and the Peggy W. and Herbert L. Dupont Lecture in Hispanic Studies.


Yásnaya Elena Aguilar is a linguist, writer, translator, human rights activist and Ayuujk researcher from Mexico. She works with Ayuujk, Spanish and English languages and is a member of Colegio Mixe, a collective that researches and promotes the Mixe culture. She has participated in national and international conferences and workshops including the 14th Legislature in the Chamber of Deputies within the framework of the International Year of Indigenous Languages to discuss the condition of Mexico’s indigenous languages.


John Gibler is a journalist from Texas who predominately writes from and about Mexico. He is the author of Mexico Unconquered: Chronicles of Power and Revolt, To Die in Mexico: Dispatches from Inside the Drug War, and I Couldn’t Even Imagine That They Would Kill Us: An Oral History of the Attacks Against the Students of Ayotzinapa. He is also a correspondent for Pacifica Radio’s KPFA in Mexico and has reported for Left Turn, In These Times, Common Dreams, Democracy Now!, Yes! Magazine, and Colorlines.


Corollary Events will take place September 7-10 at Wild Detectives and on the UTD and UT-Arlington campuses.