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The Prophet of CuernavacaIvan Illich and the Crisis of the West$
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Todd Hartch

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780190204563

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190204563.001.0001

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(p.109) Chapter seven CIDOC
The Prophet of Cuernavaca

Todd Hartch

Oxford University Press

Ivan Illich’s Cuernavaca center was transformed into CIDOC (Centro Intercultural de Documentación), a radical think tank and free university that attracted dropouts and intellectuals from around the world, 1966–1976. The center offered intensive Spanish courses and a catalogue of courses on Latin American culture and society. Many students disliked CIDOC, but others found it a stimulating environment for intellectual exploration. Illich spent less and less time with students and devoted himself to research on the issues such as education, medicine, and transportation. Illich’s popular books, such as Deschooling Society and Medical Nemesis, were the results of Illich’s research and seminars that he conducted at CIDOC.

Keywords:   Ivan Illich, Cuernavaca, CIDOC, Centro Intercultural de Documentación, think tank, free university

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