The 2015 Michael Baptista Lecture
February 27, 2015

Education and Mobilization in Contested Mexico Situating Ayotzinapa

Presented by: The Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean (CERLAC)

On September 26, 2014, students from the Ayotzinapa Teachers’ College were attacked by police and gunmen in the town of Iguala. Three were killed, dozens injured and 43 student-teachers were taken away, never to be seen again. This atrocity is part of a landscape of violence and impunity carried out through alliances among elements of the Mexican state and organized crime. In response, a national movement of resistance has emerged. This panel of experts on contemporary Mexico explores the context surrounding these events including the rise of drug violence, long standing popular movements among teachers and students, meaningful democracy, and the links between powerful interests in licit and illicit industries.

Note Change of Location:
Nancy’s Auditorium,
YWCA Toronto,
87 Elm St
Date and Time: March 18th, 2015 from 5:00 – 8:00
Ayotzinapa Media Release – PDF


  • Luis Hernandez (Journalist, La Jornada)
  • Maria Luz Arriaga (Economist, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico) Jo Tuckman (Journalist, The Guardian)
  • Hepzibah Muñoz (Political Scientist, University of New Brunswick
  • Reception to follow – Food and refreshments will be served.

Sponsored by CERLAC, York University, Common Frontiers, and Amnesty International