Holocaust Museum Houston presents Dr. David Dorado Romo
As part of the Spector/Warren Fellowship, Holocaust Museum Houston will host an evening lecture with Dr. David Dorado Romo, author of Ringside Seat to a Revolution: An Underground Cultural History of El Paso and Juárez, 1893-1923.
Like the people he writes about in Ringside Seat to a Revolution, Romo is a fronterizo. He grew up knowing both sides of the Rio Grande as his home. As a cultural activist in the 1990s, he felt the shadows of the Revolution in the streets and barrios of El Paso and Juárez, the cities where he grew up. He began a passionate four-year search through the archives of Mexico and the U.S. looking for the history that casts those shadows.
The stories he tells reveal an intellectual renaissance born of conflict, a revelation of the fronterizo spirit that is so essential in understanding the U.S.-Mexico Border region. Romo, the son of Mexican immigrants, is an essayist, historian, translator, and musician. He has studied at the Centro d’Attivitá Musicale in Florence, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and received a degree in Judaic Studies from Stanford University.
Romo is currently a Mellon Resident Scholar at the School of Advanced Research in Santa Fe, New Mexico. In this lecture, Dr. Romo will focus on his research during the writing of his book, connecting the history of the 1917 Bath Riots at the Santa Fe Bridge to the Nazi’s Final Solution.