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Brown Bag History Series (Adult)

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You are invited to the continuing "Brown Bag" series, hosted by the library, in partnership with the UNK History Department. Presenters will focus on a different historical topic in each session. Feel free to bring your lunch with you.

August 10, 2022: Lina Homberger Cordia
Invisible Futboleras: Gender, Nationalism, and Sport in Mexico and the World in the Early 1970s

In 1970, the Mexican national women’s soccer team quietly made history as the only “Third World” participant in an inaugural women’s World Cup competition in Italy. The following year, Mexico became the first Global South nation to host a women’s World Cup, underlining the significance of the region’s sporting development and its use of sport in constructing a gendered nationalism. Touting their team of female finalists, Mexican statesmen used the spectacle of a women’s World Cup to project an image of itself on the world stage as a symbol of progress and modernity. These sporting events, though “unofficial,” highlight the inherently political and gendered nature of Cold War international sporting events and are at the center of a history that places Mexico on a global field. Overall, Mexico serves as an exemplar of Latin American and Third World representation during the Cold War, where political rivalries between the First, Second, and Third worlds played out through sport. 

Lina Homberger Cordia is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of History at the University of Nebraska Lincoln. She graduated from UNK with a Master of Arts in History in 2017, and her work has been published in the Oregon Historical Quarterly. Her current research takes an interdisciplinary approach to twentieth-century Mexican history, the history of the global Cold War, and women and gender in sport. 

  • September: Dr. Nathan Tye
  • October: TBA

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