New Address: “Two Brave Women’s Tales During the Mexican Revolution”

The Faculty Forum Series at Midwestern State University presents Associate Professor of Spanish Dr. Claudia Montoya at 7 p.m. Feb. 17, 2016, in Dillard 101. Montoya’s topic will be Two Brave Women’s Tales During the Mexican Revolution, Edith O’Shaughnessy and Rosa E. King.”

Montoya says that the history of the Mexican Revolution (1910-1917) has been as diverse and abundant as the voices that were willing to narrate it, either through historical or fictional texts. The history and fiction were often mistaken for one another.

One group whose voice was marginalized in the history was that of the foreign nationals – particularly the Americans and the British – who had somehow managed to send word to their country of what had been happening in Mexico during that time.

Montoya will present a comparative analysis of the journey of two female travelers during the time of the Mexican Revolution. American Edith O’Shaughnessy (1870-1939) traveled with her husband, the diplomat Nelson O’Shaughnessy. Rosa E. King (1867-1955), a British citizen, became a widow right before the Revolution, and had to find the means to sustain herself and her two children during those difficult times.

The Faculty Forum is an interdisciplinary lecture series presented by MSU to provide faculty the opportunity to have their scholarship recognized in the community and to promote the exchange of ideas among colleagues. Committee members are Drs. Catherine Stringfellow, Suhua Huang, and Jonathan Price.