El General

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Carmen Boullosa
El General: Carmen BoullosaCarmen Boullosa has published novels, including They're Cows, We're Pigs; Leaving Tabasco; and Cleopatra Dismounts, as well as poetry collections (La salvaja, La delirios, La bebida and Salto de mantarraya y otros dos; some of her poems are available in English translation in anthologies such as Reversible Monuments). Her novels have been translated into seven languages. She has received the Xavier Villaurrutia Award and the Anna Seghers and Liberatur prizes. She has been both a Guggenheim, and a Cullman Fellow. She's now distinguished lecturer at the City College of New York and divides her time between Brooklyn and Mexico. She hosts the television show Nueva York, which has won three New York Emmy® Awards. More information is available on her website, www.carmenboullosa.net.

Cuauhtémoc Medina
El General: Cuauhtémoc Medina
Cuauhtémoc Medina is an art critic, curator and historian. He holds a Ph.D. in history and theory of art from the University of Essex in Britain and a bachelor's degree in history from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico. Since 1992, he has been a full time researcher at the Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico; he has also taught at the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College. From 2002 to 2008 he was the first associate curator of Latin American art collections at the Tate Modern in London. His recent publications include "Hacia una nueva anarquitectura" in Tercerunquinto. Investiduras institucionales; "La oscilación entre el mito y la crítica. Octavio Paz entre Duchamp y Tamayo" in Materia y sentido. El arte mexicano en la Mirada de Octavio Paz; and "Entries" (with Francis Alÿs) in Francis Alÿs: A Story of Deception. He also directed the Seventh International Symposium on Contemporary Art Theory and writes the fortnightly art criticism column "Ojo Breve" for Reforma newspaper in Mexico City.

Jean Meyer
El General: Jean Meyer
Jean Meyer is a professor of History at the CIDE (Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas) in Mexico City. His publications include: The Cristero Rebellion: The Mexican People between Church and State 1926-1929, La Cristiada, and numerous articles about the Mexican Revolution. Meyer obtained his bachelors and masters degrees at the Sorbonne University in Paris. He founded the Institute of Mexican Studies at Perpignan University, France.