Religion in Mexican Politics, Migration, and Mexican American Communities, 1920-2020

November 22, 2019
10:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. EST
Location: 2829 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Religion remains central to life in Mexico and Mexican America. Religious understandings and goals inform and energize politics, community lives, gender relations, migration, and more. Yet there is no singular Mexican religion; rather, a universe of visions and understandings shape the changing communities of Mexico and Mexican America. The powerful and the populace, rural peoples and the growing numbers streaming into cities across greater North America live in worlds defined and at times contested by religious commitments.

This event engaged with diverse analysts to discuss religion in Mexico and Mexican America during decades of change—from the debates of the 1920s to the challenges of our times.

This event was co-sponsored by the Mexican Cultural Institute of Washington DC, Catholic University of America, and Georgetown University's Americas Initiative, Center for Latin American Studies, and its Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs.


10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. | Religion and Politics, 1920-1970

Matthew Butler, University of Texas at Austin
Ben Fallaw, Colby College
Elizabeth O'Brien, John Hopkins University
Julia Young, Catholic University of America
Karin Rosemblatt, University of Maryland (moderator)

12:15 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. | Lunch

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. | Religion in Mexican and Migrant Lives, 1940-1970

Emilio Coral, Universidad Iberoamericana
Deborah Kanter, Albion College
Alberto García Maldonado, San José State University
David Tamayo, Santa Clara University
John Tutino, Georgetown University (moderator)

3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. | Coffee Break

3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. | Religion in Mexican and Mexican American Communities, 1990-2020

Deinse Brennan, Georgetown University
Sean Carrol, S.J., Kino Border Initiative
María Del Socorro Castañeda-Liles, Becoming Mujeres
Alyshia Galvez, The New School
Matthew Carnes, S.J., Georgetown University (moderator)

5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. | Reception

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