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The Department of Spanish and the class of SPA 480, Topics in Hispanic Themes welcome Professor Monica Garcia Blizzard from Emory University for a lecture entitled,  “The White Indians of Mexican Cinema”.  Blizzard's new book, The White Indians of Mexican Cinema, theorizes the development of a unique form of racial masquerade—the representation of Whiteness as Indigeneity—during the Golden Age of Mexican cinema, from the 1930s to the 1950s. Adopting a broad decolonial perspective while remaining grounded in the history of local racial categories, Mónica García Blizzard argues that this trope works to reconcile two divergent discourses about race in postrevolutionary Mexico: the government-sponsored celebration of Indigeneity and mestizaje (or the process of interracial and intercultural mixing), on the one hand, and the idealization of Whiteness, on the other. All members of the campus community are invited to join this open class session.

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