An opening reception in Scharbauer Hall marked the beginning of a photography exhibit and a series of lectures to commemorate women’s roles in the Mexican Revolution. Spanish instructor MarÃÂa Zalduondo said the exhibit focuses on the women who took part in revolutionary efforts.
She said the roles of the women, known as Soldaderas, have often been overlooked because their participation was not widely documented. However, Zalduondo said they played an important role in the Mexican Revolution by cooking for soldiers, tending to wounds and sometimes taking up arms themselves.
Zalduondo said the events were organized to commemorate the centennial of the Mexican Revolution of 1910. Most of the featured photographs were taken by AgustÃÂn Casasola and Robert Runyon during the war.
The photography exhibit will be displayed in the Mary Couts Burnett Library atrium until Oct. 29, she said. After the photograph exhibit closes, Zalduondo said the photos will be displayed in the Department of Spanish and Hispanic Studies.
A presentation of the documentary film “Memorias de un mexicano” on Sept. 14 will begin the accompanying series of lectures, which are free and open to the public. The lectures will be located in library conference room B29, unless otherwise noted.
The full list of lecture dates and times:
Tuesday, Sept. 14:
2 p.m.- Documentary film “Memorias de un mexicano”
3:30 p.m.- “Gertrudis in Laura Esquivel’s “Like Water For Chocolate’ (1992)” with Dr. David ColÃÂ³n
5 p.m.- Oral Histories: Tales about the Mexican Revolution, Karla O’Donald, et al
Wednesday, Sept. 15:
4 p.m.- “Nellie Campobello’s “Cartucho’ (1931)” with Dr. MarÃÂa Zalduondo
5 p.m.- “Un acercamiento a la mujer en el corrido mexicano” with Dr. Lee Daniel (Spanish)
6:30 p.m.- Refreshments at Sid Richardson Lecture Hall 4, sponsored by International Services
7 p.m.- Documentary film “Memorias de un mexicano” at Sid Richardson Lecture Hall 4, introduction by Dr. Don Coerver and sponsored by International Services.
Wednesday, Sept. 22:
3 p.m.- “Elena Poniatowska’s “Las Soldaderas’ (1999)” with Dr. Alicia Rueda, UT Arlington (Spanish), sponsored by the John V. Roach Honors College.
Wednesday, Sept. 29:
4 p.m.- “The Historiography of Women and the Mexican Revolution: From Soldaderas to Citizens” with Jessica Moore, Department of History graduate student