U.S. – Latin America Lecture Series 2013-2014

The Center for U.S. – Latin America Initiatives invites you to its Lecture Series 2013 – 2014. This year’s series will highlight various perspectives on Mexican identity, diplomacy in Latin America, regional security, Mexican foreign policy from a Latin American perspective, and justice in Latin America.

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, among others, under the frame of this series.

Ana Paula Ambrosi. Dina Berger, Jose Octavio Tripp Villanueva, Juan Carlos Romero Hicks, and Jaime Malamud Goti are scheduled in 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 6401.

We look forward to seeing you in this series.

Mexico Today, Ana Paula Ambrosi.
Co-sponsored by UT Dallas School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences and UT Dallas School of Arts and Humanities. 

The University of Texas at Dallas, Naveen Jindal School of Management (SOM) 2.902, August 29, 2013, 1.00 p.m.

Ana Paula Ambrosi studied her BA in international relations at the Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico (ITAM). She earned her MA in Latin American studies at the University of California, Berkeley. She also received a postgraduate certificate in strategic political analysis at the Centro de Investigacion y Docencia Economica (CIDE) in Mexico. During her professional career, she worked in the Foreign Affairs Ministry and the Presidential Communications Office in Mexico as a political communication analyst during the first years of the Fox Administration. She also worked for the California-Mexico Health Initiative and the Center for Latin American Studies at UC Berkeley. Her research has focused on Mexico’s politics and Mexican migration to the United States. She is the co-editor, together with Alex M. Saragoza and Silvia D. Zárate, of Mexico Today, An Encyclopedia of Life in the Republic, published in 2012 by ABC-CLIO.

The Hard Truth about Soft Diplomacy: Tourists, Students, and Pan Americanists in the History of U.S.-Mexican Relations, Dina Berger.
Co-sponsored by the UT Dallas School of Arts and Humanities.

The University of Texas at Dallas, Naveen Jindal School of Management (SOM) 2.902, September 19, 2013, 1.00 p.m.

Dina Berger (Ph.D., University of Arizona, 2002; B.A., Tulane University, 1994) is Associate Professor of History and Director of Latin American Studies at Loyola University Chicago. Berger’s research focuses on diplomacy, tourism, Pan American civic groups, gender and foreign relations. Her most important publications include Holiday in Mexico: Critical Reflections on Tourism and Tourist Encounters, edited with Andrew G. Wood (Duke University Press, 2010) and The Development of Mexico’s Tourism Industry: Pyramids by Day, Martinis by Night (Palgrave Macmillan Press, 2006). She is currently engaged in a book project tentatively titled, “Mr. Barrett’s Neighborhood: Friendship Societies, Hemispheric Citizenship, and ‘Practical Pan Americanism.’” This book examines the ideal of Pan Americanism and its iteration by state actors in the Pan American Union, U.S. and Latin American governments as well as civic activists across the United States, especially in key sites such as south Texas, New York City, San Francisco, and Miami, who formed a broader grassroots Pan American movement that eventually spread to Latin America.

Unconference: Innovating to Create New Talent NetworksJorge Zavala.
Co-sponsored by the UT Dallas Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science and Mexican Consulate General of Mexico in Dallas.

The University of Texas at Dallas, Texas Instruments Auditorium, Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science (ECSS) 2.102, September 28, 2013, 9.00 a.m.

Jorge Zavala is the Founder and CDO- (Chief Disruptive Officer) of Kinnevo, a new Company in Silicon Valley dedicated to the Development of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, working with Global Companies, during the exploration of new business opportunities and with a focus in high added value markets. He is the Author of the Book: Think like Silicon Valley being anywhere published by Amazon in 2012, for all the persons that want to learn the magic of Silicon Valley by creating new ideas and successful companies. A natural linkage to foster the development of high value companies and wealth creation is the participation of Jorge in the Red de Talentos initiative that the Mexican Minister of Foreign Affairs has promoted through the Institute of Mexican Abroad (IME, from the name in Spanish Instituto de Mexicanos en el Extranjero). This initiative currently has 14 chapters around the world. With more than 35 years of management experience, he has been the founder and CEO of seven companies. Prior to joining TechBA Silicon Valley as CEO, he worked as an Associate Partner and CTO of Visionaria, a venture capital group that provides funding, consulting and coaching capabilities to IT companies. Jorge received a BS in Electrical Engineering from Universidad La Salle, Mexico in 1979, and a MS in Mathematics from the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada in 1984. His interests include Innovation and Adoption, Knowledge Management, Seed and Angel Investment, Executive Leadership, and Global Entrepreneurship. Jorge has been a Guest Speaker at the Graduate Business School IPADE in Mexico City, from 2001 to 2004 on topics of Creating Virtual Communities for Business Environments, Enabling Innovation within Organizations, Deployment Strategy: the Knowing and Doing Gap and Collaborative Learning. Jorge has published several papers related to “How the Diaspora is a tool for economic development” and “How to do Business with Innovation.”

Social Bases on North American Regional Integration, Guadalupe González
Co-sponsored by UT Dallas School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences and Consulate General of Mexico in Dallas.

The University of Texas at Dallas, Naveen Jindal School of Management (SOM) 2.902, October 22, 2013, 1.00 p.m.

Guadalupe González González
is a Full Time Professor in the Division of International Studies at the Centro de Investigación  Docencia Económicas (CIDE) in Mexico City. She is the Academic Director of the CIDE research Project Mexico, the Americas and the World: Foreign Policy and Public Opinion, and is an Associate Researcher for the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies at the University of San Diego. She received a master’s in political sociology from the London School of Economics and Pollitical Science, a bachelor’s degree in international relations from El Colegio de México, and is a doctoral candidate in political science at the University of California, San Diego. Professor González is an expert in foreign policy, international relations and public opinion, with specific research interests in Mexico-U.S. relations, Latin American-Mexican relations, comparative foreign policy in Latin America, and national and regional security. Her recent publications include the books An Agenda for Mexico’s Foreign Relations: reflections and proposals (Mexico City: Siglo XXI, 2013), and Carlos Rico Ferrat: Contributions of a Mexican Internationalist (Mexico City: SRE-COLMEX-CIDE, 2012) and the journal article “Mexicans and the World: Elements to Think and Design Foreign Policy” (Mexican Magazine for Foreign Policy, no. 93., July-October 2011). Professor Gonzalez was a founding member of the Mexican Council of International Affairs (COMEXI), has been a member of the Academic Council of the School of Intelligence for National Security and of the Board of COMEXUS Fulbright-Garcia Robles. This year she served in the Comission of Technical Experts for Voting Rights of Mexican Citizens Abroad. She is teaching at LLILAS (Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies) in UT Austin as the Matias Romero Visiting Professor for the Fall 2013 semester.

Security in the Framework of the U.S.- Latin American Relationship, Jose Octavio Tripp Villanueva.
Co-sponsored by UT Dallas School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences and Consulate General of Mexico in Dallas.

The University of Texas at Dallas, Naveen Jindal School of Management (SOM) 2.902, October 24, 2013, 1.00 p.m.

Jose Octavio Tripp Villanueva is member of the Mexican Foreign Service since 1994. Holds a Bachelors Degree in International Relations by the National Automomus University of Mexico (UNAM), a Master’s degree in Diplomatic Studies by the Matías Romero Institute of Diplomatic Studies and a Ph.D. in Government and Public Policy by the National University of Costa Rica. He previously served as Consul General in Guatemala, and as Political Counselor in the Mexican Embassy in the United States of America. In other government assignments, he has worked as International Affairs Coordinator of the National Security Center (CISEN), Chief of Staff to the Mexican Attorney General and as an Advisor in the National Public Security System. Until May 2013, he served as Director General of Scientific and Technical Cooperation at the Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation (AMEXCID) at the Secretariat of Foreign Affairs. His academic work includes the publication of several articles, and is the co-author of the book “Drug Trafficking in the framework of Mexico-United States Relations: Guidelines for Designing an Intermestic Policy” and editor of the collective work: “Mexico and Central America in the Threshold of the XXI Century.” Currently he is Consul General of Mexico in Dallas, Texas, USA.

Mexican Foreign Policy from a Latin American Perspective, Juan Carlos Romero Hicks. Co-sponsored by the Honors College, the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences, the Naveen Jindal School of Management, the Consulate General of Mexico in Dallas, and the Senate of the Mexican Republic.
The University of Texas at Dallas, McDermott Suite (MC 4.4), November 4, 2013, 10.30 a.m.

Juan Carlos Romero Hicks (Guanajuato, Guanajuato; December 10, 1955) is a Mexican politician and elected official, member of the National Action Party (PAN), and  Federal Senator since August 29, 2012. He was the Director General of the Mexican National Science and Technology Council (CONACyT) from 2006 to 2011. He served as Governor of Guanajuato from 2000 to 2006. From 1991 to 1999 he served as a Chancellor of the University of Guanajuato. Romero Hicks holds a Bachelor Degree in Industrial Relations from the University of Guanajuato and two Master Degrees from Southern Oregon University in Business Administration and Social Sciences. Most of his early professional life was dedicated to academia as a Professor in the University of Guanajuato of which he became a Chancellor from 1991 to 1999 under Governor Carlos Medina Plascencia. In May 21st 1994, during his term as Chancellor the University of Guanajuato became autonomous. Additionally he participated in multiple prestigious academic organizations and institutions including the Presidency of the Inter-American Organization for Higher Education and the Consortium for North American Higher Education Collaboration. He joined the National Action Party in 1999. Thereafter in 2000 he became Governor of his native State Guanajuato. On December 7th, 2006 he was appointed by President Felipe Calderon Hinojosa as Director General for the Mexican National Science and Technology Council where he served until March, 2011. Currently he is a Federal Senator for the LXII and LVIII legislative periods where he holds the position of President within the Education Commission, Secretary within the Science & Technology and the North American Foreign Affairs Commissions, and finally member of the Foreign Affairs Commission. Mexico’s major Constitutional Reform in Education was passed under his Presidency within the Senate Education Commission in December 2011. He has also been an advocate on behalf of migrants in regards to their humanitarian assistance.

Justice in Latin America: the Case of Argentina, Jaime Malamud Goti.
Co-sponsored by the UT Dallas School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences and University of San Andres, Buenas Aires, Argentina.
The University of Texas at Dallas, Green Center (GR) 2.302, April 10, 2014, 8:30 a.m.

Former Solicitor General of the nation of Argentina; Professor of Law at the University of San Andres, Buenos Aires. Jaime Malamud Goti was born in Buenos Aires in 1943. He is a lawyer who holds a PhD in Law and Social Sciences degree from the University of Buenos Aires. As a Senior Presidential Adviser (1983-1987), he was one of the two architects of the trials of the military juntas that ruled Argentina between 1976 and 1983. He also served as Solicitor before the Argentine Supreme Court (1987-1988). He was a MacArthur Peace Fellow and Harry-Frank Guggenheim Scholar on several occasions. He held a chair in criminal law at the Universidad de Buenos Aires (1983-1999). He coordinated the Program on Applied Ethics at the University of Arkansas. He is currently teaching ethics and literature at the Universidad de San Andres, Buenos Aires. Among his publications are Smoke and Mirrors: The Paradox of the Drug Wars, 1992; The Moral Dilemmas of International Justice, 2004 and Game Without End: State Terror and the Politics of Justice, 1996.

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