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October 26, 2005

 Professor Receives Mexico’s Highest Honor for Foreign Nationals

SMU Dedman Professor of History David Weber has been named to membership in the Orden Mexicana del Águila Azteca (the Order of the Aztec Eagle), the highest award the Mexican government bestows on foreign nationals. Carlos García de Alba Zepeda, the General Consul of Mexico in Dallas, will present the medal on behalf of the Government of Mexico at 6:45 p.m. Nov. 3 in SMU’s DeGolyer Library, 6404 Hilltop Ave. The ceremony will be preceded by a reception beginning at 6 p.m. and followed by Weber’s lecture on his new book, Bárbaros: Spaniards and Their Savages in the Age of Enlightenment. In celebration, DeGolyer Library has created an exhibition, “Colonial Encounters: Spaniards & Frontier Indians in the Americas,” on display until Feb. 24.

The award recognizes Weber’s extensive work on the history of relations between Mexico and the United States. Past winners include César Chávez, who worked for the rights of migrant workers; Henry Cisneros, former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and former mayor of San Antonio; Lloyd Bentsen, former Texas senator; Ann Richards, former Texas governor; and Bill Richardson, governor of New Mexico. The ceremony and lecture are free and open to the public, but space is limited. Call 214-768-3684 or e-mail


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