Jean Meyer Barth, one of the most influential scholars of Mexican history and a professor of history at the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Economicas in Mexico City, will receive the Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of Chicago at spring convocation on June 9, 2012. CLAS invites students, faculty, and alumni to join us for a reception in Jean Meyer's honor at 4:30pm on June 8 in the John Hope Franklin room, Social Science Research Building. An erudite scholar and public intellectual, Meyer has published on topics ranging from Perestroika to the theology of liberation in Latin America, and is a regular contributor to Mexico’s equivalent to The New Yorker andHarpers (Letras Libres and Nexos). Meyer is an expert on the Revolutionary period of Mexican history, as well as the 19th-century Mexican empire of Maximilian. He is co-founder of El Colegio de Michoacan – a leading Mexican university – and founder and editor of Istor, the only journal in the Spanish language devoted to world history. He is the first Mexican citizen to receive the honorary degree from the University of Chicago.