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Lecture at La Casona Hotel to Discuss Expats Finding the American Dream in México


By Mick Lockey

What does the American Dream mean to you?

It probably means a successful career, a house with a picket fence, and “keeping up with the Joneses.” But if you’re an expatriate in México, the phrase can take on a different, perhaps more complex meaning.

To explore this idea further via a Mexican context, i3: ideas that inform & inspire is proud to welcome back Dr Lisa Pinley Covert, whose upcoming lecture at La Casona Hotel will be “Finding the American Dream in México.”

Covert, an expert on Mexican history and associate professor of Latin American history at the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina, received a 2019 Fulbright Global Scholar Research Award. She is currently in Cusco, Peru, conducting research.

The phrase “American dream” originally described something about the fundamental character of the United States, about its democratic principles of equality and justice. In the prosperous decades following World War II, however, the phrase was reframed for an expanding consumerist culture, eventually coming to mean what it does today—economic opportunities, prosperity, and upward mobility.

Covert will explore the history of people who have moved to México from the US through the lens of the American Dream. Did people move to México because the American Dream was no longer desirable? Or do people move here because they can afford to live out the economic aspirations that inform the American Dream?

Covert will examine the wide range of motivations for those leaving the US and discuss how this rich history helps us better understand the history of the US and current US-Mexican relations. She also will consider the twenty-first-century reality in the age of Trump and México’s new president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO).

Covert earned a PhD from Yale University in Latin American history with an emphasis on twentieth-century México. She has written extensively on Latin America and frequently on San Miguel de Allende, where she has been a visitor since her undergraduate days in the early 2000s. Her 2017 book, San Miguel de Allende: Mexicans, Foreigners, and the Making of a World Heritage Site, explores how San Miguel transformed from an economically scrappy town to a bohemian art colony to what it is today: a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a 2019 American Capital of Culture, and a bustling mecca favored by thousands of expatriates from the US and Canada.

Today’s expatriate population is part of a long tradition that has helped reshape México and continues to do so. Come learn more about this fascinating topic and your place in this country’s rich history.



i3: ideas that inform & inspire, Conversations with Big Thinkers presents

“Finding the American Dream in México”

Dr Lisa Pinley Covert

Tue, Apr 2, 5pm

La Casona Hotel Event Center

Salida a Celaya 77


250 pesos online:

250 pesos Tienda Tesoros in the Biblioteca for

300 pesos at the door


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