Lecture on Mexico to Open Center’s U.S.-Latin America Series

UT Dallas launches a lecture series Thursday that will explore the rich relationship between the U.S. and the nations beyond its southern border.

Dr. Rodolpho Hernandez

Dr. Rodolpho Hernandez

The series has been organized by the Center for U.S.-Latin America Initiatives (CUSLAI), formerly the Center for U.S.-Mexico Studies.

“The mission of the Center for U.S.-Latin America Initiatives is to enhance the academic relationship and understanding between UT Dallas students and faculty with their Latin American counterparts, using an interdisciplinary approach to support the University’s mission in producing engaged graduates who are prepared for life and leadership in a constantly changing world,” said Dr. Hobson Wildenthal, the University's provost and executive vice president.

This year’s lecture series will highlight various perspectives on Mexican identity, diplomacy in Latin America, regional security, Mexican foreign policy from a Latin American perspective, and justice in Latin America.

The 2013-14 Lecture Series

Mexico Today
Ana Paula Ambrosi
Aug. 29, 1 p.m..  JSOM  2.902

The Hard Truth About Soft Diplomacy
Dina Berger
Sept. 19, 1 p.m., JSOM 2.902

Innovating to Create New Talent Networks
Jorge Zavala
Sept. 28, 9 a.m., ECSS 2.102

Security in the Framework of the U.S.- Latin American Relationship
Jose Octavio Tripp Villanueva
Oct. 24, 1 p.m., JSOM  2.902

Mexican Foreign Policy from a Latin American Perspective
Juan Carlos Romero Hicks
Oct. 31, 1 p.m., JSOM  2.902

Justice in Latin America: The Case of Argentina
Jaime Malamud Goti
April 10, 8.30 a.m., GR 2.302

“The lecture series is meant to expand the academic conversation between U.S. and Latin America with an interdisciplinary and applied approach, recognizing the presence and cooperation of UT Dallas with Latin America in such countries as Mexico, Brazil, Costa Rica, Colombia, Peru, Chile, Argentina and Uruguay,” said Dr. Rodolfo Hernandez, director of CUSLAI.

Last year, 121 Latin American students from a broad range of nations pursued degrees at UT Dallas. Simultaneously, 46 UT Dallas students pursued international education programs in Latin America.

“There is a healthy interest in Latin American politics, history, and culture on the UT Dallas campus among students and faculty alike. CUSLAI will complement the new master’s program in Latin American studies offered through the School of Arts and Humanities and can facilitate expanding undergraduate programs that focus on Latin America as well,” said Dr. Monica Rankin, CUSLAI faculty associate and director of the UT Dallas Latin American studies program.

The goal of the lecture series is to provide a forum for scholars to exchange ideas and creativity in order to strengthen existing UT Dallas bi-national agendas such as literature, culture, materials science and nanotechnology, while sharing knowledge with the Metroplex community.

For details on each lecture, visit the CUSLAI website.

The series is co-sponsored by the School of Arts and Humanities, the School of Economic, Political, and Policy Science, the Naveen Jindal School of Management, the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science, the Consulate General of Mexico in Dallas, the Senate of Mexico, and the University of San Andres, Argentina.

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