Wednesday, February 8, 2023

UTEsc Library presents the book “From 68 to 68. Memory and Utopia” by Dr. Arturo Santamaria

In the library of the House of Studies, before the students, teaching and administrative staff of the Technological University of Esquinapa, the presentation of the book “From 68 to 68. Memory and Utopia”, Dr. Gomez, the first novel by Arturo Santamaria.

In the program organized by LIC Claudia Trinidad Crespo Aguilar, UTESC Library Coordinator, Prof. Naum Manuel Rivera Martinez, Coordinator of Educational Linkages of the H. Escuinpa City Hall, Prof. Eligio Becerra Bizarrón, director of the Escuinapa Municipal Institute of Culture; Dr. Robert McKenzie, Research Professor at East Strouds University of Pennsylvania and MTRO. Leopoldo Ramírez, editor of the Institute of Valladolid.

Comments on this work were in charge of Dr. Juan Manuel Mendoza Guerrero, Rector of UTESC, who described the author as a diligent researcher and recognized his career for his contribution in favor of the rights of immigrants, especially in the United States .

In his comments on the book “Del 68 a los 68. Memoria y Utopia”, Mendoza Guerrero described the text as a “fictional autobiography in prose, well-written and engaging, with a chronological and thematic structure in which the author describes his Describes political participation. In the leftist movement in Mexico and the United States, in turn sharing the vicissitudes and vicissitudes of the time, they were narrated from a present-day utopia for justice and freedom.

For his part, Santamaría Gómez describes his novel as a “reality transformed by unfulfilled desires, others’ realities transferred to me and my realities transferred to others”, himself as the young son of a family. Recognizing in the conservatives, which was in a context in times of repression, leftist insurgents tend to resort to armed struggle. “We were kids with little experience and a lot of courage,” he insisted.

He focused his interest in border affairs and his participation in the movement led by César Chávez, until he came to Sinaloa to support leftist movements in a position of “heroism among the brave”, where he found a family and led a professional life. As a professor, researcher and columnist, in a context in which drug culture and violence opened up new areas for research and knowledge production.

Before concluding this presentation, the author answered questions from the public that led him to reflect on the debate between faith, the idealization of characters from national history, the political struggle, the Mexican left, music and love.

Members of the educational and cultural community of Southern Sinaloa as well as fellow combatants of the author were present at the event.

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