Dr. Friedrich Katz, award-winning scholar and author of works on Pancho Villa and the Mexican Revolution, will discuss both subjects Wednesday, Oct. 25, at The University of Texas-Pan American.
The 7 p.m. lecture in the new Student Union Theater is free and open to the public.
Among Katz’s best-known books are The Secret War in Mexico: Europe, the United States, and the Mexican Revolution and The Life and Times of Pancho Villa. His biography of Villa – which took 15 years of research in seven countries – is considered by scholars as the definitive work on the Mexican revolutionary, and it earned him the American Historical Association’s Beveridge Prize for best book published in 1998 on the history of the Americas.
Born in Vienna in 1927, Katz grew up in Mexico after fleeing Nazi Germany in the 1930s. He earned four college degrees in four countries, including doctorates from Universitat Wien in 1954 in Vienna and Humboldt Universitat in 1962 in Berlin.
Katz currently is the Morton D. Hull Distinguished Service Professor of Latin American History at the University of Chicago and the author or editor of nine books on Mexican history. He is a recipient of the prestigious MacArthur grant and Guggenheim fellowship.
The lecture is sponsored by the Rondel Davidson Lecture Series, in conjunction with the UTPA Department of History and Philosophy and the Hidalgo County Historical Museum. For more information, contact Dr. Paul R. Henggeler, history associate professor, at 956/381-3571.