U.S-Mexico Lecture Series 2009-2010

The Center for U.S. – Mexico Studies cordially invites you to its Lecture Series 2009 – 2010. This year’s series will highlight various perspectives on 2009 mid-term elections in Mexico, Mexican classical guitar, religious in Mexico, Mexican economic system and NAFTA, H1N1 global risk management and its impact in international education, and literature of Mexican cultural identity.

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, Robert Nelsen, Rita Lepe, Ruben Alonso Lopez Nieto, Jorge Volpi Escalante, Enrique Hubbard Urrea, Susan Briante, and Coral Bracho among other , under the frame of this series.

Alejandro Tirado-Alcaraz, Monica Rankin, Rodolfo Hernandez-Guerrero, Enric Madriguera, Richard Green, Eddie Healy, Jason Wald, Charles Watson, James Wilder, Octavio Javier Esqueda, Raul and Daniel Olmos, Ma. Elena Labastida, Leticia Santos Zamarripa, and Charles Hatfield 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 metropolitan area of Dallas – Fort Worth, Association for International Educators (NAFSA) – Region III, School of Arts of the Mexican State of Hidalgo, and the University of Guanajuato 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.

Alejandro Tirado, Monica Rankin, Rodolfo Hernandez Guerrero
The University of Texas at Dallas
2.30 p.m., September 16, 2009, School of Management (SOM) 1.517, Richardson, Texas

2009 Mexican Mid-Term Elections: Outcomes and Interpretations.
Co-sponsored by the UT Dallas School of Economic, Political, and Policy Sciences

Monica Rankin is an Assistant 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 !Mexico, la patria! Propaganda and Production during World War II (University of Nebraska Press, 2009) 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 and popular culture during World War II. Her current research continues to examine popular culture, gender, and nationalism in 20th century Mexico as well as issues of U.S.-Latin American relations in the 1940s.

Alejandro Tirado was born in Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico. He holds a B.A. in Economics from the Autonomous University of Guadalajara, and a M.S. in Economics from the University of Guadalajara. He has taught Economics and Econometrics both at the undergraduate and graduate levels at the Autonomous University of Guadalajara, the University of Guadalajara, and the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM – Tec de Monterrey) Guadalajara Campus. He has worked as a consultant and statistical analyst at the Planning Department of Guadalajara’s City Hall, and the Department of Internal Audit at the Plano’s City Hall (volunteer). His research interests vary from the Economics of Regulation, Economics of Happiness, the Mexican political system, and Social Programs against poverty. Currently he is a PhD candidate in Public Policy and Political Economy at The University of Texas at Dallas.

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.

UT Dallas Guitar Ensembles and Soloists, under the direction of Enric Madriguera
Festival Ramon Roble

8.00 p.m., September 22, 2009, Pachuca, Hidalgo, Mexico

UT Dallas Music in the International Festival of Classical Guitar

Co-sponsored by the UT Dallas School of Arts and Humanities and Fulbright Foundation.

Dan Bock is student of art and performance at UT Dallas under the academic supervision of Prof. Enric Madriguera. Previously he studied with Randall Nye y Eddie Healy at Eastifeld College, Texas.

Richard Green began his studies of guitar with the recognized Professor Franklin Kimlicko in Tyler, Texas. Richard participated as soloist with the Quartetto of Tyler in the Festival of Chamber Art in Madrid in July 2009. Currently Richard is a Bryce Joradan fellow at UT Dallas where he is studying with Prof. Enric Madriguera.

Eddie Healy is Ph.D. candidate in the program of aesthetics studies at UT Dallas. Professor and composer of guitar, participates frequently in the organization of important festival of guitar in Texas such as Guitar Texas Competition.

Jason Wald is a scholar of the art and performance program at UT Dallas under the academic supervision of Prof. Enric Madriguera. During this participation in the Guitar Texas Competition he was semi-finalist.

Charles Watson pursued courses with Professor Frank Kimlicko at The University of Texas at Tyler, where he achieved a B.A. in music. Charles is a graduate scholar at UT Dallas pursuing the program in Latin American Studies and Aesthetics Studies under the academic supervision of Professor Enric Madriguera.

James Wilder is graduate student of aesthetics studies at UT Dallas, where he is collaborating as Teaching Assistant in the School of Arts and Humanities. James completed a B.A. in humanities at UT Dallas and Collin College, where he studied with Sabine Madriguera. He is scheduled to begin Ph.D. studies in the semester of Fall 2009.

Enric Madriguera is director of the guitar studies program and professor of aesthetics studies in music at UT Dallas. Enric participates frequently in international festivals of music in the United States, Latin America, and Europe. Has recorded C.D.s for Encore Gold Label in the United States with the titles “Old World/New World” and “Guitarra de las Americas (Guitar of the Americas).” The UT Dallas production of Voz y Guitarra features works by Ernesto Cordero and John Duarte as recorded by soprano Kathryn Evans with Enric Madriguera. During the academic year 2007-08, Enric performed and lectured in Ecuador, Spain, Mexico, and the United States. During 2009 he has performed and lectured in Brazil, Mexico, Peru, and the United States. Enric is director of the guitar section of the Festival of Chamber Art, Madrid, having the opportunity to lead U.S. students musically and academically in Spain. Prof. Madriguera is in residence at the School of Arts in Pachuca, Hidalgo, Mexico as a Fulbright Lecturer during the fall of 2009.

Octavio Javier Esqueda
The University of Texas at Dallas

4.00 p.m., October 7, 2009, School of Management (SOM) 2.802, Richardson, Texas

Emergence of Protestants in Mexico, A Historical Overview.
Co-sponsored by the UT Dallas School of Arts and Humanities.

Octavio Javier Esqueda is the first Mexican professor in the century-old Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. He teaches both masters and doctoral level courses on the foundations of education. He was born and raised in Guadalajara, Mexico, where he graduated with honors with a Licenciatura in Latin American Literature from the University of Guadalajara as well as two additional diplomas, one on religion and society and the second on journalism. He graduated with honors from Dallas Theological Seminary with an M.A. in Christian Education and completed his Ph.D. in higher education at the University of North Texas. Dr. Esqueda has published articles on theological education and literature in different journals. Teaching is his passion and has had the opportunity to teach in several countries on different academic levels. Among his research topics are philosophy of education, christian higher education, teaching, and theological education.

Raúl and Daniel Olmos
The University of Texas at Dallas

8.00 p.m., October16, 2009, Jonsson Performance Hall, Richardson, Texas

Classical Guitar from Mexico
Co-sponsored by the UT Dallas School of Arts and Humanities.

The UT Dallas guitar season opens with this outstanding father-son duo, Dubbed “the most important classical guitarist from Mexico” by the New England Guitar Society. Raul Olmos has been in the international guitar scene performing in major festivals throughout the world. He has promoted the Mexican guitar repertoire continuously, with his virtuoso performance and commissions of new works by Mexican composers. Daniel Olmos is a graduate of the conservatory “de las Rosas”in Morelia, Mexico, where he studied with the Argentine maestro Victor Pellegrini. Daniel has won numerous awards in Mexico and Spain for his brilliant guitar playing.

Ma. Elena Labastida
The University of Texas at Dallas

2.30 p.m., October 21, 2009, School of Management (SOM) 2.802, Richardson, Texas

Mexico’s Economic System and Functioning: NAFTA and Beyond
Co-sponsored by the UT Dallas School of Economic, Political, and Policy Sciences

Maria Elena Labastida Tovar was born in Mexico City in 1974. She teaches international finance as a lecturer at the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD). She obtained her doctorate degree in Public Policy and Political Economy from UTD. In addition, she is a candidate for the interdisciplinary Ph.D. in political economy and political science at the University of Geneva in Switzerland, where she is completing a dissertation on the antidumping policies in the European Union, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and developing countries. She holds a Master’s degree in international relations with a specialty in international political economy from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. In 2004 she received a second Master’s degree in economics and politics of the European Union from the European Institute of the University of Geneva. She received her Bachelor’s degree in international relations from the Mexican National Autonomous University in Mexico City. Labastida’s research work includes dispute settlement mechanisms employed by the World Trade Organization and in regional trade agreements; a public policy proposal for including in NAFTA temporal working permits for non-skilled workers and the cost-benefit analysis of policies that allow or block the free movement of trade in goods, services, capital and labor. “The Impact of NAFTA on the Mexican-American Border” is the title of one of her studies published in 2008 by Palgrave-Mcmillan, in the book The Politics, Economics and Culture of Mexican-US Migration: Both Sides of the Border. In 2000, Maria Elena Labastida worked as a research assistant for the Mexican Ambassador in Morocco; in 1999, she collaborated as a research assistant for the Director in Mexico of the United Nations Organization for the Education, Science and Culture; from 1993 to 1998 she was quality assurance and international trade coordinator in the consumer goods division at the Swiss multinational firm Societe Generale de Surveillance.

Leticia Zamarripa, Rodolfo Hernandez Guerrero
North Dallas – Addison Crowne Plaza Hotel

2.00 p.m., October 27, 2009, Conference Room Maple, Addison, Texas

The Mexican Amber: A Solid Response for a World Health Emergency and International Education.
Co-sponsored by the Association of International Educators (NAFSA) – Region III

Leticia Santos- Zamarripa is director of the International Liaison Office, Dallas, Texas, of the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM – Tec de Monterrey) Vice Presidency for International Affairs. Previously she was director of Students Internationalization and Dean of International Programs at ITESM Campus Monterrey. She has been involved in international education at ITESM for last 22 years developing agreements of collaboration and programs worldwide, overseeing study abroad programs for faculty and students, and managing programs and services for international students. Leticia Santos- Zamarripa has participated in the strategic implementation of Community Learning Centers in the United States, supporting the ITESM Social Programs Division since 2002. Ms. Santos-Zamarripa is founder member of the Mexican Association for International Education (AMPEI) and was member of its National Board (1992-1997/1998-2000). She also served as Regional Coordinator for the AMPEI Northeastern Region of AMPEI (1997-1998). Leticia Santos-Zamarripa has been a panelist and presenter in AMPEI, Association for International Educators (NAFSA), European Association for International Education (EAIE) and the College Board. Additionally she has been member of the advisory boards of DCET Inc (Debes Creer en Ti), Irving, Texas, UT Dallas Center for U.S.-Mexico Studies, North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Task Force, Greater Dallas Chamber , Dallas Texas, Editorial Committee for “Entre Amigos” magazine, Consulate General of Mexico in Dallas, Texas, and the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP), Washington, D.C. Leticia holds a Master Degree in Humanities and a BA in Communications Science.

Charles Hatfield
University of Guanajuato

10 a.m., March 17, 2010, Guanajuato, Guanajuato, Mexico

Fuentes, Chiapas, and the Ends of Identity
Co-sponsored by the UT Dallas Center for Translation Studies and the University of Guanajuato.

Charles Hatfield is an assistant professor of literary studies and specializes in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Latin American literature and culture. His current project is an exploration of the intellectual underpinnings and political consequences of the politics of identity associated with Latinoamericanismo. A former fellow of the American Literary Translators Association (ALTA), Hatfield is currently Assistant Director of UTD’s Center for Translation Studies and Associate Editor of the journal Translation Review. He has edited and translated two books of Latin American poetry-Little Stones at My Window: Selected Poems by Mario Benedetti (2003) and When Night is Darkest: Selected Poems by Miguel Barnet (2002). Hatfield received his Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Literatures from The Johns Hopkins University in 2007 and his B.A. in Spanish from the University of Toronto in 2000.

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