Purépecha: A Journey through Michoacán, Mexico

Journalism alum Oscar Valdez ’05 will present on depictions of Mexico's Purépecha indigenous people in media.

As part of Humanities, History, and Social Sciences Assistant Professor Gabriela Diaz de Sabates’ Introduction to Latin American Studies course, Journalism alum Oscar Valdez ’05 will present on Mexico’s Purépecha indigenous peoples and how they have been depicted in historical texts, visual art, and ethnographic films from pre-Hispanic to contemporary times.

The Purépecha people established the Tarascan State, one of the major pre-Columbian empires of Mesoamerica. They were never conquered by the Aztec Empire, despite repeated attempts, due to their advanced metalsmithing and weaponry. Descendants of the Purépecha people continue to be widely regarded for their metalwork.

Purépecha: A Journey through Michoacán, Mexico
Wednesday, May 2
12:30-1:30 p.m.
Ferguson Theater
600 S. Michigan Ave.