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In a brief speech, Antonio Caso, president of the Universidad Nacional de México, calls upon all men, from wherever they hail, to unite so that they can achieve the highest purposes of the Nation.
This document is situated at the outset of what would become the post-revolutionary plan in Mexico. Specifically, the restoration of a new nation is the slogan and/or theme of the speeches addressed to the inauguration of the SEP [Ministry of Public Education] Building. Antonio Caso (1883-1946) was the first chancellor of the Universidad Nacional de México, subsequently known as UNAM, when autonomy was conferred in 1929. The institution had been founded by Justo Sierra in 1910, who also was one of the founding fathers of the Escuela de Altos Estudios. Along with José Vasconcelos (1882–1959), Professor Caso belonged to the famous group, Ateneo de la Juventud, which revived Mexico’s cultural milieu toward the end of the administration of Porfirio Díaz (1876–1911). This group even laid the foundations for the work that would be carried out by Vasconcelos when he became the Minister of Public Education. In 1922, the hopes tied to the blood spilled during the Revolution of 1910 seemed justified by the fruits bore by the opening of the new Ministry of Public Education Building. The Ministry would play a very important role not only in Mexico but also in Latin America. Shortly thereafter, Vasconcelos left for Brazil on a trip to promote Mexican culture.