Varied Lineup Set for U.S.-Mexico Lecture Series

Sept. 12, 2008

The Center for U.S.-Mexico Studies at UT Dallas will resume its annual lecture series on topics of interest to both the United States and Mexico on Sept. 20.

The series will include talks about literary fiction, poetry, art, international education, technology, Mexican leadership, and challenges and opportunities facing the U.S. and Mexico.

As in previous years, the talks will take place both at UT Dallas and at institutions of higher education in Mexico.

All lectures are free and open to the public and will conclude with a question-and-answer session. Additional information is available by calling 972-883-6401, or by visiting the U.S.-Mexico Series 2008-2009 page on the UT Dallas Web site

The schedule for the 2008-09 series is as follows:

  • Ruben Alfonso Lopez Nieto
    Ludic Space (Exhibition of New Paintings)
    6 p.m., Sept. 20
    CentralTrak, 800 Exposition Ave. Dallas

    Ruben Alfonso Lopez Nieto graduated from the School of Fine Arts at the University of Guanajuato and earned his diploma in 1996. His art is included in private collections in Switzerland, Germany, Spain, Canada, and the United States. Since 1997 he has organized art workshops in Mexico and the U.S. He finished his master's degree in Arts and Technology over the summer at UT Dallas and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Arts and Technology. He is an artist in residence at CentralTrak. (Co-sponsored by CentralTrak)


  • An Evening of Fiction with Jorge Volpi.
    McDermott Suite, Eugene McDermott Library at UT Dallas
    7:30 p.m., Oct. 14

    Jorge Volpi Escalante (born July 10, 1968) is a Mexican author, best known for his 1999 novel En busca de Klingsor. Volpi helped found the “Crack Movement” in Spanish literature, which has been published in more than 30 countries and in 27 languages. He has won the Spanish Premio Biblioteca Breve literary prize in addition to the French Deux-Océans-Grinzane-Cavour-Prize. He is currently teaching in the literature department at the UDLA in Puebla, Mexico. (Co-sponsored by the UTD School of Arts and Humanities)


  • International Education Leadership: The Mexican Profile
    Rodolfo Hernandez Guerrero

    Mexican Association for International Education
    Nov. 4 in Merida, Yucatan

    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. Under his direction, the Center and the OIE focus on strengthening the academic UT Dallas’ ties to Mexico and prestigious institutions of higher education worldwide, using an interdisciplinary approach to focus on international education, research, and public service programs. He holds a bachelor’s degree in international studies from the National University of Mexico and a master’s in political science from the Southern Oregon University, and a master’s in applied economics, and a Ph.D. in political economy from UT Dallas. He teaches courses on U.S.-Mexico Affairs, contemporary Mexican politics, Mexico’s political system, and Mexica’s economics. (Co-sponsored by the AMPEI and the U.S. Embassy in Mexico)


  • The Contemporary U.S.-Mexico Relationship: Challenges and Opportunities, with Enrique Hubbard Urrea
    McDermott Suite, The University of Texas at Dallas
    4 p.m., March 4


    Enrique Hubbard Urrea 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. Hubbard has also been assigned to the following posts: the Mexican Consulate General in Miami; Chicago; Brownsville, Texas and Sao Paulo, Brazil. He is currently Consul General of Mexico in Dallas. Hubbard is the author of three books. (Co-sponsored by the Consulate General of Mexico in Dallas and the UT Dallas School of Economic, Political, and Policy Sciences)


  • An Evening of Poetry with Susan Briante
    National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico City
    7 p.m., March 17

    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 to 1998 and reading the Latin American avant-garde. Briante's poetry has appeared in more than 50 journals, including New American Writing, TriQuarterly and Indiana Review. She has also published a series of essays on the relationship between place and cultural memories; some of these essays have appeared in The Believer, Painted Bride Quarterly and The Texas Observer. Briante holds master’s degrees in comparative literature and poetry, and a Ph.D. in English from UT Austin. She is an assistant professor of aesthetic studies at UT Dallas. (Co-sponsored by the UNAM and UTD School of Arts and Humanities)


  • An Evening of Poetry with Coral Bracho
    McDermott Suite, The University of Texas at Dallas
    7 p.m., April 7


    Coral Bracho is a Mexican poet and translator and holds a doctorate in literature. She has published six books of poems, and her work has appeared in American Poetry Review, Bomb, Conjunctions, The Nation, Poetry International and other literary journals, anthologies and periodicals. Bracho was awarded the Aguacalientes National Poetry Prize in 1981 and a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2000. (Co-sponsored by the UTD School of Arts and Humanities)

About the Center for U.S.-Mexico Studies
The Center for U.S.-Mexico Studies at UT Dallas was created in 1995 in recognition of the richness of the Mexican-American past, as well as the importance of Mexico to the United States. Goals of the center are to provide curricula and exchange of faculty and students with Mexican universities, to conduct research and present lectures about issues of interest to both Mexico and the U.S., and to prepare individuals for leadership in the fields of business, politics, science, technology and the arts. For additional information, please visit www.utdallas.edu/research/cusms.


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Artwork by Nieto

Works by Ruben Alfonso Lopez Nieto will be on display Sept. 20 at CentralTrak, where the artist is in residence.

Jorge Volpi book

Jorge Volpi Escalante will speak at UT Dallas on Oct. 14. His 1999 novel En busca de Klingsor has been translated into more than 27 languages.

 

Susan Briante collection of poetry

Susan Briante's first full-length collection of poetry was published by Ahsatha Press. The assistant professor of aesthetic studies at UT Dallas will speak March 17 at the National Autonomous University of Mexico in Mexico City.

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