U.S. – Latin America Lecture Series 2014-2015

The Center for U.S. – Latin America Initiatives invites you to its Lecture Series 2014 – 15. This year’s series will highlight various perspectives on U.S. – Mexico higher education and interculturalism, U.S. intellectuals and Mexican government, guerrilla in South America, Pan Americanism, and Colombia science in electronic applications.

The Center, seeking to foster greater understanding between U.S. and Latin America, is pleased to host and promote lectures on issues of interest such as the implementation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), analysis of domestic politics and foreign policy, issues in science and technology, transborder population, and cultural development in both countries. Since 1995 UT Dallas has hosted Carlos Fuentes, Andrés Oppenheimer, Elena Poniatowska, Ana María Salazar, Mónica Verea, Peter M. Ward, Victoria Rodríguez, Adolfo Aguilar Zínser, Jacqueline Peschard, Arexi Urrutia, Mario Moises Alvarez, Adolfo Sanchez, Thomas Linehan, Larry D. Terry, Stephanie Newbold, Paul Ching-Wu Chu, Douglas Watson, Juan Carlos Romero Hicks, Anvar Zakhidov, José Carlos Gómez, Juan Guillermo Figueroa Perea, Jesus Silva Herzog, Robert Nelsen, Rita Lepe, Jorge Volpi Escalante, Enrique Hubbard Urrea, Susan Briante, Coral Bracho, Alejandro Tirado, Monica Rankin, Enric Madriguera, Octavio J. Esqueda, Raul and Daniel Olmos, Ma. Elena Labastida, Ruben Nieto, Soledad Loaeza, Ana Cervantes, Darla Deardorff, Monica Brussolo, Servando Aguirre, Manuel Quevedo, Monica Rankin, Monica Brussolo, Charles Hatfield, Rene Prieto, Carolina Dabbah, Adrian Avendano, Diego Barrera Mendez, and Paul Miguel Arevalo Rodriguez, Ana Paula Ambrosi. Dina Berger, and Jose Octavio Tripp Villanueva, among others, under the frame of this series.

Rodolfo Hernandez Guerrero, Jesus Velasco, Jennifer Holmes, Monica Rankin, and Martha Serna are are scheduled to participate during this academic year. The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) students, faculty and staff, and those interested in U.S. – Latin American affairs from the metropolitan area of Dallas – Fort Worth will benefit from the experience and expertise shared by these scholars.

If you have questions or need further information, please contact us telephonically at (972) 883 6475.

We look forward to seeing you in this series.

U.S. – Mexico Higher Education and Interculturalism. Rodolfo Hernández Guerrero
Co-sponsored by UT Dallas School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences (EPPS), Art and Entrepreneurial Management Department of the Engineering Division of the University of Guanajuato, Mexico.
University of Guanajuato, Campus Salamanca, Carr. Salamanca-Valle de Santiago Km. 3.5+1.8, Salamanca, Guanajuato, Mexico 36885, September 29, 2014, 10.00 a.m.

Rodolfo Hernández Guerrero is Director of International Partnership Development (IPD) and Senior Advisor to the Center for U.S. – Latin America Initiatives (CUSLAI) at The University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas). The IPD offers UT Dallas’ constituencies methods and opportunities to engage in strategic and comprehensive international partnerships, including sponsored student programs.  Dr. Hernandez Guerrero led CUSLAI (former Center for U.S. – Mexico Studies) from 2001 to 2014 and the UT Dallas Office of International Education from 2005 to 2014.  Dr. Hernandez Guerrero holds a B.A. in International Studies from the National University of Mexico (UNAM), a M.A. in Political Science from the Southern Oregon University, a M.S. in Applied Economics, and a Ph.D. in Political Economy from UT Dallas.  He teaches courses on U.S. – Mexico Affairs, Contemporary Politics of Mexico, Mexican Political System, and Mexican Economics.  Prior to his current position at UT Dallas, he worked as researcher at the Latin American Institute of Economics, Social, and Communication Studies (ILEESCO), the Permanent Conference of Public Parties of Latin America and the Caribbean (COPPAL), and the Secretariat of the NAFTA Labor Commission.  Dr. Hernandez Guerrero has published in specialized journals and newspapers and participated in news and documentary T.V. and radio programs in Mexico, the United States, Argentina, Portugal, United Kingdom, and Australia.  Dr. Hernandez Guerrero is the Secretary of the Board of the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA)

Seducing American: The Relationship Between the Mexican Government and American Intellectuals in the XX and XXI Centuries. Jesús Velasco
Co-sponsored by UT Dallas School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences (EPPS) and Tarleton State University.
The University of Texas at Dallas, Cecil H. Green Hall (GR) 4.204, October 28, 2014, 3.00 p.m.

Jesus Velasco is the Joe and Teresa Long Endowed Chair in Social Sciences at Tarleton State University. He earned a Ph.D. in Political Sciences at UT Austin. After graduation, Velasco worked for many years at the Center for Teaching and Research in Economics (CIDE) in Mexico City. He was the Chairman of the Division of International Studies at CIDE from 1998 to 2001. He is a former visiting scholar at the Wilson Center, at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University and the Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies also at Harvard. Velasco is the author of two books: with Rodolfo de la Garza. Bridging the Border: Transforming Mexico-US Relation, Boulder, Rowman and Littlefield, 1997; and Neoconservatives in US Foreign Policy Under Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush: Voices Behind the Throne. Baltimore, Johns Hopkins University Press and The Wilson Center, 2010. He has published several articles on specialized journals of Mexico, the US and Canada. Currently, he is writing a book on the relationship between the Mexican government and American Transnational Intellectuals from 1920 to 2006.

Sendero Luminoso After Fujimori. Jennifer Holmes
Co-sponsored by UT Dallas School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences (EPPS).
The University of Texas at Dallas, Cecil H. Green Hall (GR) 4.204, November 11, 2014, 1.00 p.m.

Jennifer S. Holmes is Professor and Head of Public Policy, Political Economy, and Political Science at the University of Texas at Dallas. She received her B.A. from the University of Chicago and her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. Her major area of research is political violence, terrorism, and political development with an emphasis on Latin America, especially Colombia and Peru. Her research incorporates both qualitative and quantitative tools and reflects a sustained commitment to interdisciplinary work. She has also been researching outcomes in U.S. asylum decisions. Her research has been published in numerous journals, such as Judicature, Small Wars and Insurgencies, Stability: International Journal of Security and Development, Law and Policy, Democratization Democracy and Security, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, Journal of Refugee Studies, International Journal of Public Administration, Latin American Politics and Society, PS: Political Science, Bulletin of Latin American Research, and Terrorism & Political Violence. She is the author or editor of six books, including Guns, Drugs and Development (with Sheila Amin Gutiérrez de Piñeres and Kevin Curtin) University of Texas Press 2008, Terrorism and Democratic Stability Revisited (2008) Manchester University Press, Immigration Judges and U.S. Asylum Policy (with Banks Miller and Linda Keith) University of Pennsylvania Press 2015, and Latin American Democracy: Emerging Reality or Endangered Species? (with Richard Millett and Orlando Perez) Routledge 2008/2015.

Involving Colombia Science in Electronic Applications: Synthesis and Application of MoS(sub 2). Martha I. Serna
Co-sponsored by UT Dallas Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science and the Colombian Department of Science, Technology, and Innovation (COLCIENCIAS).
The University of Texas at Dallas, Natural Science and Engineering Research Lab (RL) 3.744, February 6, 2015, 2.00 p.m. 

Martha I. Serna is a PhD candidate in Materials Science and Engineering at The University of Texas at Dallas. She graduated with a B.S degree in Materials Engineering in 2011 from Universidad del Valle in Cali, Colombia and currently holds a scholarship from the Department of Science, Technology and Innovation in Colombia (COLCIENCIAS).

Before coming to The University of Texas at Dallas, Martha worked as an assistant engineer at the RDAI thin film laboratory in Colombia. In 2010 she was an exchange student at the Nanomaterials for Energy Laboratory at the University of Delaware where she researched lithium ion batteries. Her current research interests are the synthesis and characterization of ultrathin electronic materials deposited by Pulsed Laser Deposition (PLD) for applications in biosensing.

Pachucos and Pan Americanism: The Office of the Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs and Diplomatic Responses to the Zoot Suit Riots. Monica Rankin
Co-sponsored by UT Dallas School of Arts and Humanities, Archivo Histórico Genaro Estrada de la Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores, U.S. National Archive and Record Administration, and the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library.
The University of Texas at Dallas, Erik Jonsson Academic Center (JO) 4.614, March 24, 2015,1.00 p.m.

Monica Rankin is the Director of CUSLAI and an Associate Professor of history at the University of Texas at Dallas. She specializes in the history of Mexico, Latin America, and U.S.-Latin American relations. She completed her Ph.D. in Latin American History from the University of Arizona in 2004. She is the author of ¡México, la patria! Propaganda and Production during World War II (University of Nebraska Press, 2009); The History of Costa Rica (Greenwood Press, 2012); and Encyclopedia of Latin American History and Culture: The Search for National Identity, 1820s-1900 (Facts on File, 2010). She has also written several chapters and articles on various aspects of Mexican foreign policy, gender, and popular culture during World War II. She is currently writing a general textbook on Latin American history for Oxford University Press and a history of the Office of the Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs during the 1940s for the University of Nebraska Press. She is the recipient of research grants through the Fulbright Program, the Roosevelt Institute, the Truman Institute, and the UT-Dallas Center for U.S.-Latin American Initiatives. Other research projects continue to examine popular culture and nationalism in 20th century Mexico and Latin America.

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