Sept. 26 at 8 PM: 

Candlelight Vigil Honors the 43 Seven Years After the Atrocity

Students, faculty, staff and community members joined to commemorate the 43 students seven years to the hour after the atrocity.

Sept. 23 at 4 PM: 

John Gibler speaks about the 43 with Vince Brown (IOP)

Speaking to an overflow crowd of over 200, independent journalist John Gibler spoke with Vince Brown (DSU Institute of Politics).  A livestream of the event can be found at .

Sept. 22 at 7 PM: 

Free screening of the The 43 in Dunford

The 43 (Days of Ayotzinapa, 2019) explores in considerable detail the 43 tragedy. Directed by Matías Gueilburt and produced by Sebastián Gamba and Julián Rousso. We thank Mr. Gamba for generously allowing us to screen the film at DSU.

Sept. 17: 

“Remember the 43 Students" art installation begins at DSU with  opening ceremony in the Eccles Theatre lobby

Sept. 17: 

The “Remember the 43 Students “ art installation opening ceremony brought members of the DSU community and the press to the Eccles Theatre lobby Friday. Students, staff  and community members placed the figures into designated areas of the lobby as Dr Luis Arevalo (Spanish program) read the name of each of the “disappeared” men, all students at the Ayotzinapa Teachers College in Guerrero state, Mexico.  Following the ceremony, the figures and associated curatorial boards were redeployed to nine buildings on the DSU campus where they will be displayed until October 1. 

Sept. 13: Tune in for the "43" discussion on UPR's Access Utah (90.9/100.3/ this Thursday (Sept. 16) at 9 AM 

Mexico-City based journalist John Gibler joins DSU's Vince Brown (Institute of Politics) and USU professor Chris González for a discussion of the 43 tragedy.

Sept. 10: An invitation to the "Remember the 43 Students" opening installation

September 17 at 10 AM in the Eccles lobby on the DSU campus. This event provides a rare opportunity to see the installation in one location before it is deployed across campus.

Sept. 10: 



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Dixie State University remembers 43 missing students through campus exhibit 


ST. GEORGE, Utah — In conjunction with Latino and Hispanic Heritage Month, Dixie State University is hosting the “Remember the 43 Students” art installation and special events to honor the lives of 43 students who disappeared in Mexico on Sept. 26, 2014.  


Representing the students, 43 life-sized silhouettes will be on display in nine buildings throughout the Dixie State campus Sept. 17 through Oct. 1. Each figure will represent one of the students and include a short bio about the individual and information about the tragedy. The installation will commence with an opening ceremony at 10 a.m. on Sept. 17 in the lobby of DSU’s Dolores Doré Eccles Fine Arts Center.  


“My hope is that our students will look at these 43 strangers and see themselves,” said Stephen Lee, organizer of the installation and dean of Dixie State’s College of Humanities & Social Sciences. “I hope they will engage the complex issues of political violence and economic inequalities with both their heads and their hearts.” 


As part of the installation, Mexico City-based journalist John Gibler will have a one-on-one discussion with Vince Brown, director of DSU’s Institute of Politics, at 4 p.m. on Sept. 23 in the Gardner Center Ballroom. Gibler is the author of several books, including “I Couldn't Even Imagine That They Would Kill Us: An Oral History of the Attacks Against the Students of Ayotzinapa.” 


"The depth and breadth of John Gibler’s knowledge on the subject is astounding,” Brown said. “When police attacked five busses carrying students, six died, 40 were wounded and 43 students were never seen again. Is this something that is distant and unrelatable to our students?  No, I don't think so. To the contrary, the 43 were young people on their way to a protest and I am reminded of a recent trip by some of our students to make their voices heard at the state legislature.” 


The issues surrounding the incident include the use of force by police, corruption, freedom of expression, treatment of indigenous people, political and academic freedom at universities and the U.S. drug war.  


“I can see so many reasons why those issues should concern our students. But frankly, it is a human tragedy about which all compassionate people should care,” Brown said. “I hope our students will learn about and stand in solidarity with the 43 disappeared and their families, who continue to seek justice.” 


To further commemorate the seventh anniversary of the atrocity, St. George Catholic Church will offer prayers of intercessions during Sunday masses on Sept. 26.  


The “Remember the 43 Students” art installation and corresponding events are open to the community. More information as well as a map of where each silhouette is placed on campus is available at  



Sept. 6: "43" installation preparations are underway

We are hard at work preparing the installation for its presentation at DSU.  Many thanks to Henry Echeveria, Liz Gubler, Keilani Young and the Stagecraft students for their help with these preparations.