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McNair Scholar 2010Yuridia Ramirez

Yuridia Ramirez is a senior at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, double majoring in history and journalism. Her research interests focus on modern Latin America, Mexico, and Central America, and on revolutionary and social movements. Ms. Ramírez plans on pursuing a Ph.D. in history and becoming a professor.

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One day I hope to stand in front of a group of multicultural undergraduates at a research institution as their Latin American history professor, encouraging my students to become involved on and off campus, pursue research, and achieve their fullest potential.

Research project

Sitios de Memoria: Guanajuato in the Shadow of the Bicentenario

Abstract: Sites of memory in Guanajuato, Mexico, were analyzed during a six-month study abroad program. As the festivities for the bicentennial of Mexican Independence and the centennial of the Mexican Revolution approached, interest led to discover the ways in which national identity and collective memory are created and perpetuated through historical sites of memory. Guanajuato, revered as the cradle of independence, is the ideal location from which to ascertain the ways in which these tools are used to instill a sense of unity and national identity. Combined with archival research, the literature review revealed that historical sites in Guanajuato are intended to create a national identity among Mexican citizens. Insofar as these sites are used by the state to foster a sense of unity and togetherness, their histories have become myths and the iconic heroes of the independence and revolutionary movements have become idolized in their memories. Download poster. [PDF]

Faculty profile

Dr. Patrick J. McNamara is an associate professor of history at the University of Minnesota. Dr. McNamara attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he received his Ph.D. in history in 1999. His research interests are in Mexican popular culture, the language and images that form part of Mexican national identity, and how a sense of a nationalistic Mexican identity is created. Dr. McNamara is currently writing a book that examines the importance of the 1910 Centennial in rural Mexico and the southwestern United States. Last year, Dr. McNamara was awarded the Arthur “Red” Motley Exemplary Teaching Award from the College of Liberal Arts.