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MEDIA ADVISORY: WVU Department of History to host 54th annual Callahan Lecture March 22

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WHO: The West Virginia University Department of History

WHAT: Hosts author and historian William Beezley, the 2018 Callahan Lecture featured speaker

WHEN: Thursday (March 22), 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: White Hall, G09

Beezley will present “The Shadow of the 1968 Tlatelolco Massacre in Mexico,” a visual case study examining the shadow cast by Tlatelolco over the past 50 years. The massacre of more than 300 peaceful demonstrators in Tlatelolco’s Plaza of Three Cultures by military and paramilitary troops on Oct. 2, 1968 destroyed their credibility and shaped the history of recent Mexico. The incident cast a shadow that motivated political, social and cultural efforts to change the nation. 

Beezley has authored or edited more than 25 books, including “Judas at the Jockey Club,” “Mexican National Identity: Memories, Innuendos and Popular Culture,” and fundamental anthologies such as “A Handbook of Mexican History and Culture and the Oxford History of Mexico,” edited with Michael Meyer. His books have been translated into Spanish and Mandarin Chinese. He has appeared as a guest speaker in more than 20 PBS episodes of “The Desert Speaks” and “In the Americas with David Yetman.” Currently, he and Rod Camp are doing interviews with former Mexican presidents and others for a video production on the democratization of Mexico. 

The Callahan Lecture Series was established in 1964 in honor of historian James Morton Callahan, who served as chair of the WVU Department of History from 1902 to 1929 and dean of WVU’s College of Arts and Sciences from 1916 to 1929 before becoming a research professor from 1929 to 1956.



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