UT Dallas Joins in Mexico’s 200-Year Celebration

Center Organizes Varied Schedule of Events to Mark Bicentennial Year

Feb. 8, 2010

UT Dallas will take part in Mexico’s bicentennial celebration this year in classrooms, arts events and lectures to be held at universities on both sides of the border. 

The Mexican Independence Bicentennial Program, organized by the Center for U.S.–Mexico Studies, includes classes focusing on Mexican politics, development, economics and history.  Separate lectures will explore the  identity and interpretations of Mexican independence. 

The country’s artistic traditions will be on display in a piano concert by Ana Cervantes and at an exhibit featuring Mexican comics.  In addition, two summer programs will involve UT Dallas and Mexican students alike.

Mexico celebrates the 200th anniversary of its independence as well as the 100th anniversary of its revolution in 2010. The entire year has been proclaimed “Año de la Patria,” or “Year of the Nation,” by President Felipe Calderón.

“From our initial partnership with Mexico 14 years ago, we have grown to the point we are at now, with students, faculty and staff from both countries celebrating Mexican independence on each side of the border.”

Dr. Rodolfo Hernandez-Guerrero, director of the center

The UT Dallas Center for U.S.–Mexico Studies  programs were initiated to convey the importance of Mexico to the United States, particularly to the North Texas region. The center has grown to include relationships with higher-education institutions in Mexico. Former U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Tony Garza has called it “a model for other projects between U.S. and Mexican universities.”

“From our initial partnership with Mexico 14 years ago, we have grown to the point we are at now, with students, faculty and staff from both countries celebrating Mexican independence on each side of the border,” said Dr. Rodolfo Hernandez-Guerrero, director of the center.  “It reflects the passion and commitment that people have for working together from an academic perspective to foster greater understanding between both nations.  It’s important for the future of both regions.”

The bicentennial program was organized by the center in conjunction with the School of Economic, Political, and Policy Sciences, the School of Arts and Humanities, the Center for Translation Studies, Centraltrak, the Arts and Technology Program, the Consulate General of Mexico in Dallas, the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City, the Autonomous University of Hidalgo, the Autonomous University of Yucatan, the Autonomous University of Guanajuato, the University of Las Americas, the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM), and the Autonomous University of Coahuila.

“We’re proud that more than 17 higher education institutions on both sides of the border are involved in the UT Dallas–Mexico agenda,” noted Dr. Andrew Blanchard, UT Dallas vice provost, who oversees the center’s program development.  “This reflects a much bigger picture — we’re showing the different ways that Mexico and the U.S. can work together.”


Media Contact: Jenni Huffenberger, UT Dallas, (972) 883-2244, jennib@utdallas.edu
or the Office of Media Relations, UT Dallas, (972) 883-2155, newscenter@utdallas.edu
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Bicentennial Year Observance

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Lectures

Fuentes, Chiapas, and the Ends of Identity, Charles Hatfield, University of Guanajuato, Mexico, March 17

The Bicentennial of the Mexican Independence: History, Economics, Religious, and Politics, Maria Elena Labastida, Monica Rankin, Octavio Javier Esqueda, Rodolfo Hernandez-Guerrero.The University of Texas at Dallas, April 1

 Too Close for Conflict. Mexico, the Politics of Accommodation to the Superpower , Soledad Loaeza. The University of Texas at Dallas, Sept.  22

Regional Development Strategy: A Key to Poverty Alleviation. Brian J. L. Berry

  • Autonomous University of Hidalgo, Pachuca, Hidalgo, Mexico, Oct. 12.
  • Autonomous University of Yucatan, Merida, Yucatan, Mexico, Oct. 14.

Concert

Song of the Monarch: Women in Mexico, Ana Cervantes. Co-sponsored by the UT Dallas Center for Translation Studies. Oct. 28

Art Exhibition

Comics in Mexican Colors, Ruben Nieto.
Central Trak. 800 Exposition Ave. Dallas, Sept. 1

Courses

History of Modern Mexico, Spring 2010. Professor Monica Rankin.

Development Economics: Mexico,  Spring 2010, Professor Maria Elena Labastida.

Contemporary Politics and Culture of Mexico,  Fall 2010, Professor Rodolfo Hernandez-Guerrero.

Colonial Latin America: Mexico,  Fall 2010, Professor Monica Rankin.  

Topics in Economic Development: Mexico and Latin America, Fall 2010, Professor Maria Elena Labastida.


Summer Programs

UT Dallas – Mexico Summer Spanish Program – June 7 – July 2, University of Guanajuato, Mexico.  Program Coordinator: Dr. Maria Demello.

UT Dallas – Mexico Summer Research Program – internship - June 7 – July 30, The University of Texas at Dallas. Academic Director: Dr. Austin Cunningham.

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