U.S-Mexico Lecture Series 2001-2002

The Center for U.S. – Mexico Studies, seeking to foster greater understanding between our two nations, is pleased to host lectures on issues of interest to both Mexico and the U.S. Past lectures have included the implementation of NAFTA, implications of economics and politics for business and political relationships, issues in science and technology and transborder population and cultural developments in both countries, among others. The Lectures will be thought in Erik Jonsson Academic Center (JO) 4.614 on Tuesdays from 2-4:45 PM

Therefore, The Center for U.S. – Mexico Studies cordially invites you to our Senior Lecturer Series 2001 – 2002:

January 8, 2001
Contemporary U.S. – Mexico Relations, Ambassador Ezequiel Padilla
Past event

Left to Right: Dr. Rodolfo Hernandez, Ambassador Ezequiel Padilla, Dr Hobson Wildenthal and Mr. Carlos Pena.

Ezequiel Padilla graduated in 1964 with a degree in Economics from Mexico’s National School of Economics and holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University (1965-1966). Subsequently, in 1966 and 1967, he participated in special seminars on international financial; and trade relations at the School of Business Administration at Harvard University. Mr. Padilla has held the following positions internationally: Economist at the Interamerican Development Bank (1966), technical advisor to the executive director of the International Monetary Fund (1967), and member of the technical staff at the World Bank (1967-1968). He has conducted research on the International Monetary and Capital Markets for the Khun Loeb and Co.; Loeb Rhoades and Co.; First Boston Corporation; the Chase Manhattan Bank of New York; Dresdner Bank; and Deutsche Bank, among other financial institutions. In Mexico, Mr. Padilla has been Vice-president of communications at Televisa Broadcasting Corporation (1979-1982); President and CEO at Investment Banking Groups (1983-1988); and Deputy Minister of Tourism (1988-1989). In December 1989, he was appointed Ambassador of Mexico to the Netherlands and held this position until January 1995. From December 1995 to April 1998, he was Ambassador of Mexico to Switzerland. In May 1998, he was appointed Ambassador of Mexico to Canada. In September 2001, he became Consul General of Mexico in Dallas, Texas.

January 15, 2002
The Fox administration’s Migration Agenda, An Insider Perspective,
Juan Hernandez.

Past Event

Juan Hernandez┬┤ duties are divided in two areas: teaching in the Arts and Humanities School and directing The Center for US-Mexico Studies. As a professor, he has created three new courses for his school: Contemporary Latin American Literature, Contemporary Mexican Literature and Mexican Culture and Literature. He has developed and coordinated the Guanajuato Language Summer School with an enrolment of over 12 students the last two years. In addition, he has given a new structure and emphasis to two courses Functional Spanish I and Functional Spanish II and has taught the Translation Workshop. His student evaluations have been above the average for his school.He participates in the Arts & Humanities Library Committee and has served his school coordinating faculty exchanges, student exchanges and forums in Mexico for UTD and the School of Arts and Humanities. Six graduate students entered the School of Arts and Humanities from Mexican universities through these exchanges.

January 22, 2002
The State of Mexico, A Historical Perspective,
Rodolfo Hernandez.

Past Event

Rodolfo Hernandez Guerrero is Director of The Center for U.S. – Mexico Studies in the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD). Under his direction, the Center focuses on increasing the academic relation between UTD and Mexico, using an interdisciplinary approach to focus on international education, research, and public service programs. He 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 UTD. He teaches courses on U.S. – Mexico Affairs, Mexican Political System, and Mexican Economics. Previous to his current position at UTD, 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), the Inter-American Conference on Control of Drug Abuse (CICAD) at the Organization of American States (OAS), and the Secretariat of the NAFTA Labor Commission. Rodolfo’s main research interest has been the analysis of the demographic transition in Latin American countries with special emphasis on the Mexican case. His proposal suggests the linkage between population policies initiated by traditional Latin American political institutions such as the presidency and the precipitation of the decline of both the fertility and mortality transitions, including his doctoral dissertation The Demographic Transition in Costa Rica and Venezuela (UTD, 2001). His current research job examines the behavior of demographic transitions among Latin American countries with respect to Costa Rica, Mexico, and Venezuela.

January 29, 2002
NAFTA, The case of labor market, Maria Elena Vicario.

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As a Senior Economist, Ms. Vicario prepares comparative labor market studies between Canada, Mexico and the United States. Her contributions have helped realize three studies at the Commission, The North American Labor Markets: A Comparative Profile, The Employment of Women in North America, and more recently Income Security Programs for Workers in North America, A reference Manual for Workers and Employers. Actually she is preparing the second edition of the North American labor Markets Study.
Prior to her work at the Commission, Ms. Vicario spent more than 20 years working for the government of Mexico where she undertook labor market research at the Comision Nacional de los Salarios Minimos the Consejo Nacional de Poblacion and the Secretaria de Trabajo y Prevision Social. Ms. Vicario holds a master’s in Economic Development from Glasgow University in Glasgow, Scotland. She also holds a master’s degree in economics from Colegio de Mexico. Ms. Vicario studied economics at Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM).
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February 5, 2002
The Democratization of Mexico, A Latin American Perspective, Jennifer Holmes.

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Jennifer Holmes is assistant professor of Government and Politics and Political Economy at the University of Texas at Dallas. Dr. Holmes’s had published in 2001 her book Terrorism and Democratic Stability. Perspectives on Democratization Series. She also had published articles on globalization, democracy, drugs and terrorism in Latin America. Dr. Holmes obtained her B.A. from the University of Chicago and her Ph. D. from the University of Minnesota on 1993 and 1998, respectively. She is member of the American Political Science Association and the Latin American Studies Association. Dr. Holmes has been invited to publish NAFTA. Encyclopedia of American Business History.

February 12, 2002
US-Mexico Relation, The Case of Migration, Manuel Garcia y Griego.

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Manuel Garcia y Griego is a founding member of The American/Mexican-American Dialogue, Dialogo Mexicano/Mexicoestadonidense. He is associate professor of political science and director of the Center for Mexican American Studies at the University of Texas at Arlington. He has written widely on U.S.-Mexican relations and migration to the United States and was a member of the Binational Study. Currently he is co-principal investigator of “Immigrant Incorporation in a Suburban Metropolis,” an ongoing field study of five immigrant groups in the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area. Prior to his current position he taught at El Colegio de Mexico and the University of California, Irvine. His most recent publication (with Philip Martin) is Immigration and Immigrant Integration in California: Seeking a New Consensus (Berkeley: California Policy Research Center, 2000). Dr. Garcia y Griego is a native of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

February 19, 2002
Diversification of Exports, The Case of Mexico, Sheila Pineres.

Past Event

Sheila Pineres’ major area of research focuses on the economic development of Latin America with an emphasis on macroeconomic trade issues and the role of international liberalization (trade and financial) in maintaining sustainable economic growth. Her current work analyzes the path of development and export diversification in Latin American countries and the macroeconomic policy prescriptions that complement higher levels of economic growth. Dr. Pineres has presented her research regularly at the Allied Social Science Association, Southern Economic Association and Business Association for Latin American Studies annual meetings. As part of a Fulbright Fellowship during the summer of 1994, Dr. Pineres conducted research and taught faculty development courses in advanced macroeconomic theory at two major universities in Colombia- Universidad Javeriana in Bogota and Universidad del Norte in Barranquilla. Articles by Dr. Pineres have been published in the Journal of Development Economics, Agricultural Economics, Review of Development Economics, Singapore Economic Review, International Executive, Applied Economics, and the Journal of International Consumer Marketing. Prior to joining the faculty at The University of Texas at Dallas, Dr. Pineres taught at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. She teaches courses in development economics, macroeconomic theory, economic history of Latin America/Mexico and international finance both at the undergraduate and graduate levels.


February 26, 2002
Mexico and the United States in 2006, Andres Oppenheimer.

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Andres Oppenheimer was born in Argentina and immigrated to the United States during the 1976 military coup d’etat. At present, he lives in Miami and Mexico City, serving as chief correspondent for the Miami Herald.
Oppenheimer was a member of the team awarded the Pulitzer Prize for investigation of the Iran-Contra connection in 1987. He also won the Ortega y Gasset Prize for his investigation of Cuba toward the publication of his book entitled Castro’s Final Hour. In 1997 he published Bordering on Chaos: Guerrillas, Stockbrokers, Politicians, and Mexico’s Road to Prosperity, chosen by Los Angeles Times as one of that year’s best books. In that work, Oppenheimer makes a profound and detailed journalistic analysis of the political crises of the last two sexenniums of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) in Mexico. Oppenheimer studied in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and at Columbia University in New York. Currently, he writes the weekly column “The Oppenheimer Report” for the Miami Herald. In November 2001, he received the highest recognition of Iberoamerican journalism, “Rey de Espana 2001,” because of his research on corruption in Latin America.

March 5, 2002
The Impact of the Mexican Revolution in Cinema and Literature, Maria Demello.

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Maria Demello was born in Mexico City. She has lived and studied in Mexico, the United States, Spain and Italy. She received her B.A. in Political Science from the University of California in Los Angeles, her M.A. in Latin American Literature also for UCLA and her Ph.D. in Arts and Humanities from The University of Texas at Dallas. Maria has done extensive research regarding the aesthetics interpretations of the Mexican Revolution throughout the 20th century. Her areas of concentration are literature and film of the Mexican Revolution.


March 19, 2002
A Writer’s Life, Four Decades in Mexico, Elena Poniatowska.

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Elena Poniatowska was born in Paris on May 19, 1932, but became a citizen of Mexico in 1969. She pursued her studies in Mexico and the United States and began her journalist career in 1953, working for the journal El Excelsior and other major magazines and newspapers in Mexico. In 1979, she became the first woman to win the Mexican national award for journalism. She has received scholarly awards from various institutions, including Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes in 1993 and the Guggenheim Foundation in 1994.
Poniatowska has taught several courses on creative literature, journalism and translation. Among her books are Massacre in Mexico, a report of the 1968 student massacre; and Todo empezo el Domingo, published in 2000. Her books have been translated into English, French, Italian, German, Polish, Danish, and Dutch.

March 26, 2002
Mexican Art from an American Perspective,
Richard R. Brettell.

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Richard R. Brettell was born in Rochester, NY, he obtained his bachelor, master and Ph. D. degree on art from Yale University. He was Curator at The Art Institute of Chicago from 1980 to 1988 and director of the Dallas Museum of Art from 1988 to 1992. He curated the permanent installation of The Museum of the Americas at the Dallas Museum of Art. At present he teaches Aesthetic Studies at UTD, he is also the American coordinator of FRAME (French Regional and American Museums Exchange) and curated the exhibition Painting Quickly in France from 1860 to 1890. At the National Gallery in London on the fall 2000. Mr. Brettell is also consultant for the project of the new Museum of Natural History of Dallas that was commissioned to the architect Frank O. Gerhy.

April 16, 2002
Demography and Education in Mexico, Sergio Medina.

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Sergio Medina obtained his bachelors degree in Public Administration from the Universidad of Guadalajara and his master’s degree in Public Affairs from the University of Georgetown in Washington, majoring in Social Politics. He also pursued a Ph.D. in Regional Sciences with a specialization in Education, Population and Regional Development at the University of Groningen in Netherlands. Medina has been researcher for the International Institute for Analysis in Applied Systems (IIASA) in Vienna, Austria and research professor at the Center for Demographic Studies and Urban Development (CEDDU) of El Colegio de Mexico. He is author of Human Resources and Population in Mexico at the Dawn of the Twenty-First Century. A Regional Perspective, Thela, 2000. Currently, he is Director of Prospective Planning and Political Analysis in the Mexican Presidential Office of Strategic Planning.

April 23, 2002
Democratization in Mexico, The Emergence of Multiparty Competition in Mexican Politics
, Patricia Huesca-Dorantes.

Past Event

Patricia Huesca-Dorantes is currently working as Institutional Research Analyst at the Office of Strategic Planning and Analysis. She received her B.A. in International Relations degree at the Instituto Tecnologico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Mexico in 1994, the Master in Public Affairs in 1999 and the Ph.D. in Political Economy at The University of Texas at Dallas in 2001. Her research is in development and diffusion studies. Her doctoral dissertation title is “The Emergence of Multiparty Competition in Mexican Politics”, an spatial econometric approach applied to diffusion and political development theories.

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