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Upcoming Event at Jacob Edwards Library
Redeeming the Revolution - Book Talk by Dr. Joseph U. Lenti
Jacob Edwards Library
Monday, Dec. 18, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Nearly fifty years ago, on October 2, 1968, over 300 students and other civilians were murdered while peacefully demonstrating in a plaza in Mexico City’s Tlatelolco district. The Massacre of Tlatelolco, hence, precipitated a political crisis that forced the Mexican government to alter its relationship with the working class, a sector only tangentially connected to the blood bath. In his new book, Redeeming the Revolution: the State and Organized Labor in Post-Tlatelolco Mexico, Dr. Joseph U. Lenti describes events that, although they happened half a century ago in a place far away, have increasing relevance in today’s America. Through its treatment of themes including political populism, class conflict, workers’ activism, and government repression, Lenti’s book demonstrates how a government may use history, legacy, and ideology to appease the masses and obscure the truth.  Lenti has a B.S. in history from Northeastern University and a M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico. Since 2010 he has been a professor of Latin American history at Eastern Washington University in Spokane, WA. As a professor he has maintained a busy teaching and publication schedule that has expanded his community’s awareness about Latin America through the organization of research forums – the most important being the 2016 EWU Colloquium on Mexico: Societal Challenges & Popular Responses, a major event that put thirty-five scholars, filmmakers, journalists, and social activists in discussion with over a thousand community members on subjects of state and political stability, migration, drug trafficking, cultural diffusion and resistance in the Mexican-U.S. borderlands, broadly defined. Lenti is a native of Southbridge and a graduate of Southbridge High School (Class of 1996.) This will be his first ever academic talk in his hometown.  Copies of Lenti’s book will be available for sale and signing following the discussion. 

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