Mexico Meetups: Session 11
A Reflection on the Fall of the Aztec Empire:
500 Years Later (1521–2021)
Session 11 | November 4th, 2021 | 4:00–5:00 ET | 2:00–3:00 CT
Join us for this fascinating panel to learn more about the key issues that led to the fall of the Aztec Empire as the result of the meeting between two central leaders: Montezuma and Cortés.
Five hundred years ago, in 1521, the Aztec Empire fell to Spanish Conquistadors. The intercultural encounters that took place between people from Spain and America reflect different ideologies, beliefs, and attitudes, as well as distinct linguistic and cultural backgrounds. This session offers a reflection on key issues that led to the fall of the Aztec Empire as the result of the meeting between two central leaders: Montezuma and Cortés. These interactions were mediated by Malintzin, an indigenous woman who served as Cortes’s translator and as an intermediary between the Aztec and Spanish cultures. The panelists will discuss the pivotal encounter that took place between Montezuma and Cortés, the role of indigenous women in Aztec culture, and the fall of the city of Tenochtitlán, where Mexico City now stands.
This session is hosted by the IU Mexico Gateway, and is moderated by Dr. César Félix-Brasdefer, Professor of Linguistics at Indiana University.
The three panelists include: Professor Matthew Restall, a historian of colonial Latin America (Penn State University), Professor Rubén Ruiz, Director of the Center for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México), and producer Margarita Flores, producer of the documentary Malintzin: The Story of an Enigma (2019).
Flyer 500 Years Later
Join us for a live stream discussion with Q&A after the panel.