April 15, 2008

Edgar Zapata to reflect on Mexican Revolution

Photo: Image from Reflections on the Impact of the Mexican Revolution

“Reflections on the Impact of the Mexican Revolution” will be presented by Edgar Zapata at noon, Wednesday, April 23, in the University Union’s California Suite. The event is free and members of the community are invited to attend.

Zapata, director of the Pro-Veterans of the Revolution of the South Institute, has a direct connection with the revolution, being the great grandson of revolutionary hero Emiliano Zapata.

With the 100th anniversary of the Revolution coming up in 2010, organizers felt this was a good time to reflect on the conflict, its continuing impacts and the plans to commemorate it, says Ted Lascher, interim director of the Serna Center and a professor in the department of public policy and administration.

Zapata has another connection to the Revolution: his family remains close to that of Pancho Villa’s. “He is steeped in the history of the Mexican Revolution,” Lascher says.

Zapata’s appearance at Sacramento State came about through the efforts of Martin Ramirez, who teaches economics, American government and Latino-Latina Studies at Luther Burbank High School. Ramirez, a Sacramento State alumnus, met Zapata during a trip to Mexico last year and later arranged to have him speak at the University.
The Mexican Revolution has had lasting impacts on Mexico and the United States, Ramirez says. It triggered the first major wave of Mexican immigrants back into California and the Southwest, he says. The offspring of those immigrants later became part of the Zoot Suit Culture of the 1930s and 40s—a generation caught between their Mexican heritage and the American culture, Ramirez says.

Zapata’s presentation is sponsored by Sacramento State’s Serna Center, the Department of Ethnic Studies, the Community Engagement Center and the Multi-Cultural Center.

For more information, call the Serna Center at (916) 278-4512. For media assistance, call Sacramento State’s Public Affairs office at (916) 278-6156.