U.S-Mexico Lecture Series 2008-2009

The Center for U.S. – Mexico Studies cordially invites you to its Lecture Series 2008 – 2009. This year’s series will highlight various perspectives on art and technology, fictional literature, Mexican leadership and international education, contemporary challenges and opportunities of the U.S. – Mexico relationship, and poetry.

The Center for U.S. – Mexico Studies, seeking to foster greater understanding between our two nations, is pleased to host and promote lectures on issues of interest to both Mexico and the U.S. Previous lectures have included such issues 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. The Center has hosted Carlos Fuentes, Andres Oppenheimer, Elena Poniatowska, Ana Maria Salazar, Monica Verea, Peter M. Ward, Victoria Rodriguez, Adolfo Aguilar Zinser, 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, Jose Carlos Gomez, Juan Guillermo Figueroa Perea, Jesus Silva Herzog, Brian J.L. Berry, Ana Cervantes, Edward Ashbee, Ma. Elena Labastida, Robert Nelsen, and Rita Lepe among others, under the frame of this series. Ruben Alonso Lopez Nieto, Jorge Volpi Escalante, Rodolfo Hernandez-Guerrero, Enrique Hubbard Urrea, Susan Briante, and Coral Bracho are scheduled in this academic year. The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) students, faculty and staff, and those interested in U.S. – Mexico affairs from The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD), from the metropolitan area of Dallas – Fort Worth, Mexican Association for International Education (AMPEI), and the National University of Mexico (UNAM) will benefit from the experience and expertise shared by these scholars.

If you have questions or need further information, please contact Naida Rodriguez, Center’s Program Coordinator, at (972) 883 6401.

We look forward to seeing you in this series.

Ruben Alfonso Lopez Nieto
Central Trak. 800 Exposition Ave. Dallas, TX 75226
6:00 p.m., September 20, 2008, Dallas, TX. U.S.

Ludic Space (Exhibition of New Paintings), www.centraltrak.org
Co-sponsored by Central Trak.

Born in Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz, Mexico in 1972. He graduated from the School of Fine Arts at the University of Guanajuato and obtained his diploma in 1996. From 1997 to 2007 has participated in solo and collective shows in Mexico and overseas, and has collaborated in art projects with artists in places like Nûremberg, Germany, and Marselle, France. His art work is included in private collections in Switzerland, Germany, Spain, Canada, and the United States. He is represented by art galleries in Canada and the US.
Since 1997 he has organized art workshops in Mexico and the US. He taught Painting and Digital Photography at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, Pennsylvania. He finished his MFA in Arts and Technology at the University of Texas at Dallas in the summer of 2008 and is currently a PhD candidate in Arts and Technology at the same university. He is currently an artist in residence at Central Track, a residency program for national and international artists from the University of Texas at Dallas.

Jorge Volpi Escalante
McDermott Suite, The University of Texas at Dallas

7:30 p.m., October 14, 2008, Richardson, TX. U.S.

An Evening of Fiction with Jorge Volpi.
Co-sponsored by the UTD School of Arts and Humanities.

Jorge Volpi Escalante (born July 10, 1968) is a Mexican author, best known for his 1999 novel En busca de Klingsor. Volpi was born in Mexico City. Volpi studied law and literature at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM) and received a PhD in Hispanic philology at the Universidad de Salamanca in Spain. After his career as a student, Jorge Volpi became a lawyer, and for two years he was a secretary for Diego Valades, the Mexican general state lawyer. After being Valades’ secretary for two years, Volpi helped found the “Crack Movement”. The authors that are a part of this Mexican literary group, for instance Eloy Urroz, Ignacio Padilla, and Pedro Angel Palou, write beyond magical realism and mimick the ideals of the 1968 Latin American literary ‘Boom.’ These authors were not interested in defining ‘Mexican Literature,’ instead they wanted Mexican authors to find their own voice and implement that into their writings. Volpi, himself, was influenced by authors such as Juan Rulfo, Carlos Fuentes and Octavio Paz. Volpi is best known for his novels and essays. As a former lawyer and a successful scholar, Volpi’s academic interests are abundant in his work. His most famous book, and the one that initiated the so called Trilogia del siglo XX (Trilogy of the 20th century), ‘En busca de Klingsor’ (In Search of Klingsor, 1999), has been published on twenty seven languages and more than thirty countries. In 2004, he published the second part of the trilogy, ‘El fin de la locura’, and in 2006 the last part, ‘No sera la tierra’. For his work on this novel, Volpi won the Spanish literary prize, Premio Biblioteca Breve, in addition to the French Deux-Oceans-Grinzane-Cavour-Prize. He is currently teaching in the literature department at the UDLA in Puebla, Mexico. In January 2007 he was appointed the director of the cultural TV Program of the UNAM, Canal 22.

Rodolfo Hernandez Guerrero
Mexican Association for International Education (AMPEI).
Salon Tulum, Hotel Holiday Inn. 12:00 hrs. November 4, 2008, Merida, Yucatan.

International Education Leadership: The Mexican Profile
Co-sponsored by the AMPEI and the U.S. Embassy in Mexico.

Rodolfo Hernandez Guerrero is Director of the Center for U.S. – Mexico Studies and the Office of International Education (OIE) in The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD). Under his direction, the Center and the OIE focus on increasing and strengthening the academic relation between UTD and Mexico and UTD and higher educational institutions with international prestige, 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, Contemporary Politics of Mexico, 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. 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, and United Kingdom.

Enrique Hubbard Urrea
South Engineering and Computer Science Building 3.503, The University of Texas at Dallas.
1 p.m. March 5, 2009, Richardson, Texas.

The Contemporary U.S. – Mexico Relationship: Challenges and Opportunities.
Co-sponsored by the Consulate General of Mexico in Dallas and the UTD School of Economic, Political, and Policy Sciences.

Enrique Hubbard Urrea was born in Rosario, Sinaloa, on December 16, 1945 and is married to Mariana Evelina Frias. He holds a Law Degree from the School of Law and Social Sciences of the Autonomous University of Sinaloa, and a Master’s Degree in National Security from the National Defense College. A career diplomat upon joining the Mexican Foreign Service in 1973, he achieved the rank of Ambassador in 1994. Within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, he has been Deputy Director at the Office of Mexican Communities Abroad (1991-1992) and Coordinator and Legal Adviser at the Legal Department (1994-1995). Ambassador Hubbard has also been assigned to the following posts: The Mexican Consulate General in Chicago, Illinois (1973-1980), in Brownsville, Texas (1980-1986), in Sao Paulo, Brazil (1986-1989), and in Miami, Florida (1989-1991). In the Government of the State of Sinaloa, he was Chief of the Transportation Department (1972-1973), Representative in the Federal District (1992-1993), and Director of the Tourist Promotion Trust Fund (1994). He has been part of the academe as well, having taught Administrative and Penal Law at the Autonomous University of Sinaloa, and Private International Law at the Northeastern University in Tamaulipas, Mexico, as well as Diplomatic Law at the Autonomous University of Durango. He is the author of three books: “La Nacionalidad Mexicana: Irrenunciable?” (The Mexican Nationality: Unrenounceable?) “Belize: Vecino Ignorado” (Belize: Ignored Neighbor), and “Decadas” (Decades). He was Ambassador to Belize from 1996 to 2001, where he was Dean of the Diplomatic Corps; and from July 2001 to December of 2004, Ambassador of Mexico in the Republic of the Philippines. Both governments decorated him with the highest honor bestowed upon non-citizens. He served in 2005 as Regional Representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the State of Durango, and is currently Consul General of Mexico in Dallas, Texas.

Susan Briante
Faculty of Philosophy and Letters,
National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).
Salon 01 Division of Continuing Education. UNAM University City.

11:00 a.m., March 20, 2009, Mexico, City.

An Evening of Poetry with Susan Briante.
Co-sponsored by the UNAM and UTD School of Arts and Humanities.

Dr. Susan Briante is a poet, translator and essayist. Her first full-length collection of poetry, Pioneers in the Study of Motion, was published by Ahsahta Press. Many of the poems in the collection reference her experiences living in Mexico City from 1992-1998 and reading the Latin American avant-garde. Poet CD Wright describes the book as “a work of shuddering velocity’s an ode, a screed, a lament, a love song of “pristine and inarticulate mornings.” Briante’s poetry has appeared in more than 50 journals including New American Writing, TriQuarterly, and Indiana Review, among others. She has also published a series of essays on relationship between place and cultural memories; some of these essays have appeared in The Believer, Painted Bride Quarterly, and The Texas Observer. Her essay, “Hotel de Mexico,” won the 2002 Atlantic Monthly Student Non-Fiction Contest and was subsequently published in Creative Non-Fiction.
In addition, her translations and writing about the work of Latin American poets and artists have been published in journals such as Bomb, Sentence, The Bilingual Review and Reversible Monuments, an anthology of Mexican poets published by Copper Canyon Press. She has received awards from the MacDowell Colony, the Millay Colony, the Academy of American Poets, and the US-Mexico Fund for Culture. Briante holds an MA in Comparative Literature, an MFA in Poetry, as well as a Ph.D. in English from the University of Texas at Austin. She is an assistant professor of aesthetic studies at The University of Texas at Dallas.

Coral Bracho
Osborne Conference Room (ECSS 3.503), The University of Texas at Dallas.
7:00 p.m. April 16, 2009, Richardson, Texas.

An Evening of Poetry with Coral Bracho.
Co-sponsored by the UTD School of Arts and Humanities.

Coral Bracho was born in Mexico City in 1951. She is a Mexican poet, translator, and holds a doctorate in literature. She has published six books of poems: Peces de Piel Fugaz (1977), El Ser Que Va a Morir (1981), Bajo del Destello Liquido (1988), Tierra de Entrana Ardiente (1992), in collaboration with the painter Irma Palacios, La Voluntad del ambar (1998), and Ese Espacio, Ese Jardin (2003). Her poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Bomb, Conjunctions, The Nation, Poetry International and other literary journals, anthologies and periodicals worldwide. Her poems have been translated by Tom Boll and poet Katherine Pierpoint for the Poetry Translation Center’s 2005 World Poets’ Tour. Bracho was awarded with the Aguacalientes National Poetry Prize in 1981 and a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2000. She also received the 2004 Xavier Villaurrutia award for her book, Ese Espacio, Ese Jardin. Ms. Bracho currently teaches at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in Mexico City. New Directions Press recently published a selection of her poems in English, Firefly under the Tongue, translated by the poet Forrest Gander.

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