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Tales of the Mexican Revolution

By Jon Sievert

The author and scholar Phillip Herring will weave stories surrounding Pancho Villa at this Sunday’s Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Service.

UU Fellowship presentation
“Tales of the Mexican Revolution”
By Phillip Herring
Sun, Sep 21, 10:30am
Posada de la Aldea
Ancha de San Antonio 15

The stories spring from his wife’s grandfather, Benjamin Braham, who, during the Mexican revolution (1910-20), found himself in the positions of personal train master for Pancho Villa and later as a spy for the American General John J. Pershing, who was given the task of invading Chihuahua and capturing Villa. The attempt was one of America’s greatest military fiascos. Herring will also discuss early anti-semitism in Mexico and the nature of Pancho Villa’s racist views.

Phillip Herring was raised in Austin, Texas, and attended Georgetown University and the University of Texas, where he earned a PhD in English literature in 1966. He taught at the University of Virginia and was a professor of English for nearly 30 years at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After retiring in 1996 he was special assistant to the director of the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Institute in Austin.

Herring is also a noted James Joyce scholar. His books include an edition of Joyce’s notes for Ulysses, another book on Joyce manuscripts, and a book called Joyce’s Uncertainty Principle. Perhaps his best-known book is a biography of the American writer Djuna Barnes, who played an important part in the development of 20th-century English-language modernist writing. Herring and his wife Lydia have lived in San Miguel for the past four years.

The UU Fellowship meets every Sunday at 10:30am at La Posada de la Aldea, Ancha de San Antonio 15 and welcomes people of all ages, races, religions, sexual orientation, and gender identity. The room is wheelchair accessible. For more information, visit our website at


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