U.S.-Mexico Lecture Series to Explore Timely Topics
Aug. 26, 2009
The state of politics, religion and economics on the south side of the border are just a few of the topics to be covered in this year’s Center for U.S.-Mexico Studies public lecture series.
Speakers in the annual series will also assess risks posed by the H1N1 flu virus and the pandemic’s impact on international education.
Cultural topics include a talk about the literature of Mexican cultural identity. In addition, father-son virtuoso duo Raúl and Daniel Olmos will perform an evening of Mexican classical guitar music.
The first lecture is Sept. 16.
The lectures will be followed by question-and-answer sessions. With the exception of the guitar performance, which costs $20, all of the programs are free.
The topics, presenters and schedule for the 2009-10 series are as follows:
“2009 Mexican Mid-Term Elections:
Outcomes and Interpretations”
Sept. 16, 2:30 p.m., Conference Center
Lecturers: Alejandro Tirado, Monica Rankin and Rodolfo Hernández Guerrero
Rankin is an assistant professor of history at UT Dallas specializing in the history of Mexico, Latin America, and U.S.-Latin American relations. Tirado is a doctoral candidate with research interests in the economics of regulation, economics of happiness, the Mexican political system and social programs to fight poverty. Hernandez is director of the Center for U.S.-Mexico Studies and the Office of International Education at UT Dallas and teaches courses on U.S.-Mexico affairs, and Mexican politics and economics. (Co-sponsored by the UT Dallas School of Economic, Political, and Policy Sciences)
“Emergence of Protestants in Mexico, A Historical Overview”
Oct. 7, 4 p.m., Conference Center
Lecturer: Octavio Javier Esqueda
Octavio Javier Esqueda is the first Mexican professor in the century-old Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth. Among his research topics are the philosophy of education and theological education. (Co-sponsored by the UT Dallas School of Arts and Humanities)
“Classical Guitar from Mexico”
Oct. 16, 8 p.m., Jonsson Performance Hall
Performers: Raúl and Daniel Olmos
The UT Dallas guitar season opens with the father-son duo of Raúl and Daniel Olmos. Raùl Olmos has promoted the Mexican guitar repertoire continuously, with his virtuoso performance and commissions of new works by Mexican composers. Daniel Olmos has won numerous awards in Mexico and Spain for his playing. (Co-sponsored by the UT Dallas School of Arts and Humanities)
“Mexico’s Economic System
and Functioning: NAFTA and Beyond"
Oct. 21, 2:30 p.m., Conference Center
Lecturer: María Elena Labastida
María Elena Labastida Tovar teaches international finance as a lecturer at UT Dallas whose research has explored dispute settlement in trade agreements, a proposal to include temporal working permits for non-skilled workers in NAFTA, and the cost-benefit analysis of free trade. (Co-sponsored by the UT Dallas School of Economic, Political, and Policy Sciences)
“The Mexican Amber: A Solid Response
for a World Health Emergency and International Education”
Oct. 27, Details to be announced
Lecturers: Leticia Zamarripa and Rodolfo Hernandez Guerrero
Leticia Santos-Zamarripa is director of the International Liaison Office in Dallas of the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education Vice Presidency for International Affairs. 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. (Co-sponsored by the Association of International Educators - Region III)
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.