The following is a listing of conferences, workshops, public talks, seminars and cultural events arranged by calendar year.
"The Political Life of Cultural Production in the 21st Century"
April 19-21, 2017
This three-day-long event will include a keynote by Dr. Anita Chari, as well as presentations based on the papers accepted and a visit to artistic spaces and institutions in the border area. We hope to foster rich discussions on the connection between socio-economic and political transformations and art production centered on the Mexican context, but we also welcome more theoretically-oriented papers and papers that engage with the relationship between political economy and art production in other countries and contexts.
"Political Hysteria and the Aesthetics of Conversion"
April 19, 2017
In this talk, Anita Chari will discusses the aesthetics of political hysteria in the current moment, exploring the ways in which the notion of conversion, derived from a phenomenology of hysteria, can be useful for comprehending the relationship between politics, aesthetics and embodiment in the present.
"Free Trade in the Age of Trump"
March 30, 2017
This workshop provided an opportunity to critically evaluate the distribution of the pressures that globalization and free trade have placed on particular groups or industries in North America and analyze the ways in which U.S. policymakers can approach future structural adjustments to limit and more equitably distribute these pressures across society.
"Conversations on the Future of the North American Economic Partnership"
Feb. 27, 2017
This daylong set of conversations featured thought leaders from policy circles, industry and academia on the future of the North American partnership. Sessions focused on: The Future of the North American Economy, The Spillovers of NAFTA: Diplomacy and Security and The Road Ahead.
"Book talk on “La Cuarta Socialdemocracia”
Jan. 18, 2017
Opening up about his book, “La Cuarta Socialdemocracia,” Agustin Basave used the USMEX stage to underscore the manuscript’s coverage of social democracy in Europe and the New Deal in the U.S., as well as the crisis of democratic representation at the time. He drew from these developments to reflect on current events such as Brexit, U.S. elections and U.S.-Mexico relations.
Democratic Politics and the Naturally Voiceless
Interdisciplinary Forum for Environmental Research
Nov. 29, 2016
The Interdisciplinary Forum for Environmental Research had their final meeting of the quarter that took place at COLEF in Tijuana, Mexico at the invitation of Carlos Vazquez and the Maestria de Administración Integral del Ambiente.
The Nature of Art and the Art of Nature
Interdisciplinary Forum for Environmental Research
Nov. 8, 2016
The Interdisciplinary Forum for Environmental Research celebrated artists who take their inspiration from the natural world by both providing a forum for sharing such art as well as some short exercises in drawing for scholars across disciplines and levels of training.
Dia de los Muertos
Nov. 2, 2016
The center celebrated Día de los Muertos showcasing an altar, and provided pan de muerto and Mexican hot chocolate!
Global Ecological Change and Local Governance
Interdisciplinary Forum for Environmental Research
Oct. 25, 2016
The Interdisciplinary Forum for Environmental Research discussed how global and international problems are instantiated in local issues, with an emphasis on understanding the U.S.-Mexico border as an extraordinary site of shared challenges and opportunities for collective governance.
Teaching Our Changing Planet: Sustainability Education for the Future
Interdisciplinary Forum for Environmental Research
Oct. 11, 2016
Speakers from San Diego-based STAY COOL and Tijuana-based Comuniparques detailed their own work and guided a conversation with concerned students from across disciplinary backgrounds at UC San Diego and COLEF.
Wednesday Seminar with Gisela Moncada
June 8, 2016
Title: “Feeding Mexico City: shaping the food trade in early Independent Mexico”
The aim of this research project is to analyze the principal food trading circuits that linked the main producing regions with Mexico City, and their evolution during the first half of the nineteenth century. Gisela, a postdoctoral fellow in the department of History at UC San Diego, will seek to understand the transformations in these trade networks by homing in on the new urban trade that emerged following the collapse of the viceroyalty of New Spain and the founding of the Mexican nation.
Wednesday Seminar with Tania Islas Weinstein
June 1, 2016
Title: "'¡Un Absurdo Total!': Taxation, Expertise, and the Creation of National Patrimony in Contemporary Mexico"
In this talk, Tania analyzed Mexico’s unique “Payment in Kind” tax policy, which allows artists to pay their taxes with artwork rather than money and has produced one of the largest public art collections in the country and the only one that increases systematically every year.
Wednesday Seminar with Lucia Martinez Moctezuma
May 25, 2016
Title: "A project between the US and Mexico: the child's body and the formation of physical education, 1920-1940"
In the last decade, researchers from Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Costa Rica and Mexico have intensified their research on historical processes relating to the education of the body and the formation of physical education as a discipline in and out of school. Lucia explored this idea, which is relevant for the Mexican case because of its geographical location bordering with the U.S.; it seems that it has remained as a constant influence on all domains, subtracting value to other educational models that were questioned or reinterpreted according to given circumstances.
"Will the Latino Vote Choose the Next President?"
May 18, 2016
As the election for the most powerful office on the planet draws near, suspense heightens over how the Latino vote will sway the occupancy of the next president of the U.S. In this panel discussion, Dan Restrepo, Ruben Baralles and Sandra Pérez provided an analysis of the projected election outcomes, including how the Latino population will vote in California and nationwide, and offered a fresh examination of the role of Latinos in this election.
"Thinking Locally: An Alternative Perspective of Public Security in Mexico"
May 17, 2016
Mexico needs a cutting-edge generation of security policies driven by a “local” rationale, comprising accurate information, evidence-based diagnostics and targeted to design territorially delimited policy interventions. Edna Jaime, Director General of México Evalúa, elaborated on this topic during her talk, which was followed by a discussion moderated by GPS Professor Craig McIntosh.
Wednesday Seminar with Claudia Chavez
May 11, 2016
Title: “'¡Somos Memoria Viva!': Legal Impunity and Maya Autonomous Justice in the Case of the Acteal Massacre"
Discussant: Nancy Postero, Associate Professor of Anthropology, UC San Diego
The impunity surrounding the Acteal Massacre (Chiapas, Mexico, 1997) is radically changing Maya survivors’ ideas of justice. In this presentation, Claudia analyzed the role that this “legal erasure” of survivors’ testimonies has had on the emergence and praxis of an autonomous form of justice that Las Abejas call La Otra Justicia (“The Other Justice”).
"Mexican families in Phoenix and the Arizona's attrition trough enforcement regime, 2004-2015"
April 29, 2016
Speaker: Eduardo Torre Cantalapiedra, USMEX Fellow
Discussant: Tom Wong, Assistant Professor of Political Science, UC San Diego
Arizona implemented the doctrine of "attrition through enforcement" targeted towards more than 560,000 undocumented immigrants who resided in Arizona in 2008, with the intention of forcing them to leave the state. In the case of Mexican immigrant families with undocumented members: what does it mean for them to live under SB 1070 and other anti-immigrant policies in Arizona? The answer to this question leads to formulate the existence of a "through attrition enforcement regime."
“BrainSTORM: Dimensions of Human Interaction with Weather”
April 21, 2016
Humans have attempted to understand, predict, control, and manipulate weather since the dawn of civilization. At this interdisciplinary event, we heard academics and city officials discuss efforts to forecast and control weather, as well as how weather impacts human mood and behavior, from the perspectives of hydrology, economics, political science, history, and city planning. Event co-hosted by IFER and UC Mexus.
Wednesday Seminar with Ulices Piña
April 20, 2016
Title: "The Anatomy of Rule and Local Power Structures in the Guadalajara Region, 1923-1926"
Discussant: Michael Monteón, Professor Emeritus of History, UC San Diego
This talk showcased the chronic anxieties about state sovereignty that Mexican citizens displayed during this period. Ulices argued that such disorder was part of an on-going negotiation over how to govern and rule, and was also part of an extensive debate regarding the limits of local and national power in the first decade of the postrevolutionary era.
"Circulation, Transfer and Adaptation of Knowledge, Norms and Techniques in Environmental History between Europe and the Americas"
Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies Workshop
April 15, 2016
This workshop discussed the internationalization of environmental knowledge, focusing on the creation, transmission, circulation and adaptation of expertise, norms, experience and technological innovations in Europe and Mexico and the Americas between the 17th and 20th centuries.
Wednesday Seminar with Melissa Floca
April 13, 2016
Title: "Mortality Patterns in Mexico: 1998-2013"
Discussant: Gordon McCord, Assistant Professor, School of Global Policy and Strategy, UC San Diego
Important improvements in health in Mexico over the last 15 years underscore the enormous capacity of the country’s public health system. However, considerable health inequalities exist for specific groups, geographies and diseases. The database of registered deaths in Mexico from 1998 to 2013 sheds important light on better understanding these inequalities and the policy changes necessary to guarantee equal access to healthcare.
"Rooted Science and Technology: Student Leadership in the Bioregional Transition"
April 12, 2016
Location: UC San Diego, Price Center, Thurgood Marshall Room
Speakers: Keith Pezzoli, Brie Iatarola and UC San Diego undergraduate GISP awardees.
The event was part of the Interdisciplinary Forum for Environmental Research series.
"The Dangers of Reporting in the Middle of the Drug Trafficking War
April 8, 2016
In this talk, Anabel Hernández, Mexican journalist and author of “Narcoland: The Mexican Drug Lords and their Godfathers” shared her experiences from her 21 years of reporting on corruption and drug trafficking in Mexico.
Wednesday Seminar with Jose Luis Burgos and Vicky Ojeda
April 6, 2016
Title: "Update on Migration, Mental Health and HIV Risk Among Vulnerable Migrants"
Dr. Burgos, Dr. Munoz and Dr. Ojeda are leading a study of migration, mental health and HIV risk among Mexican migrants. This study is funded by the PIMSA program. Significantly, the study aims to conduct referrals for migrants who display a need for mental health symptoms or who test positive for HIV infection. This talk described preliminary results from survey data and reflected on the referral process.
San Diego Global Forum: "What Does NAFTA Have to Teach Us about the Trans-Pacific Partnership?"
March 30, 2016
In this lecture, Pacific Leadership Fellow Ortiz-Mena discussed the lessons that NAFTA holds for the implementation of TPP. Recognizing that trade agreements generate both winners and losers, he addressed how government, business and civil society can work together to maximize the gains and minimize the losses from expanding trade.
"Wednesday Seminar with Rosalba Rodriguez Ceron"
March 2, 2016
Title: "Transborder Dynamics of Technological Transfer in the Medical Device Industry in Baja
"Slice of America: US-Mexico Border Culture and Landscapes"
Feb. 27, 2016
The I-House and Denise Ducheny, former Senator and Faculty Fellow, held a guided, in-depth look at the US-Mexico’s border culture and landscapes, with stops at Chicano Park and Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve. More information
"Wednesday Seminar with Alejandro Tortolero"
Feb. 24, 2016
Title: "Landscape and Environment in Mexican History: Water and Forest in the Basin of Mexico"
Discussant: Matthew Vitz, Assistant Professor of History, UC San Diego
Feb. 17, 2016
Title: "Nahuatl in our Genes: Race, Indigeneity and Language in Greater Aztlan"
"Wednesday Seminar with Laura Gutierrez"
Feb. 10, 2016
Talk: "The Bracero Plague: Guest Workers, Deportation and Public Health in Northern Mexico"
"Understanding the Links Between Social and Ecological Research"
Feb. 2, 2016
David López Carr is a professor in the Geography department at UC Santa Barbara (UCSB) and the director of UCSB's Latin American and Iberian Studies Center. He has written about rural poverty and development, health, and deforestation, and serves as a social scientist on several interdisciplinary projects, including the Santa Barbara Channel and Moorea Reef Long Term Ecological Research Network (LTER), the Leonard and Gretchen Broom Center for Demography, and the UCSB Interdisciplinary Program in Marine Sciences.
"Welcome to a border region"
Feb. 1, 2016
Denise Ducheny led a discussion of negotiating global citizenship in a border region.
"Wednesday Seminar with Romeo Guzman"
Jan. 20, 2016
Talk: "Transnational Citizens: Mexican Migrant Families and Youth, 1920-1940s"
"Indigenous Cultures and History”
Dec. 4, 2015 | Brief (PDF) | View Photos
Speakers: Michael Connolly Miskwish, Member of the Campo Band of the Kumeyaay Nation
Michael Wilken, Department of Anthropology, California State University San Marcos
"Wednesday Seminar with Alejandro Monjaraz"
Dec. 2, 2015
Talk: "Transnational Political Participation: Migrant Associations in Los Angeles and their Involvement in Mexican Electoral Processes"
Mexican Neighborhoods in the United States
Nov. 18, 2015
Is there a policy or theoretical use to talking about U.S. Barrios in general or should the discussion of Mexican neighborhoods be place-specific? The presentation compared two Latino neighborhoods: El Barrio/East Harlem, New York City, NY; and El Segundo Barrio, El Paso, TX.
Trip to COLEF
Nov. 17, 2015
The fourth and final event in a series of meetings hosted by the Interdisciplinary Forum for Environmental Research. Transportation will be available. Groups traveled to Mexico to visit the Program of Integral Environmental Administration at COLEF.
"Wednesday Seminar with Rocío Rivera Barradas"
Nov. 4, 2015
Talk: "The Role of State Capacity in Mitigating Organized Crime in Mexico"
Resilience to Climate Change at the U.S.-Mexico Border
Nov. 3, 2015
The third in a series of meetings hosted by the Interdisciplinary Forum for Environmental Research. The forum works to increase connections between graduate students and faculty working on environmental research, both here at UC San Diego and in our region more broadly.
Mexico Moving Forward: Recapturing the Mexico Moment
Oct. 30, 2015
An occasion for business leaders, civil society, scholars and policymakers to discuss Mexico’s progress and future direction, this year’s symposium included three breakout sessions. The sessions covered topics from recapturing the “Mexico Moment” to the progress and pitfalls of structural reforms and the transformation of civil society. Learn more
Investigating Nature across Borders
Oct. 20, 2015
The second in a series of meetings hosted by the Interdisciplinary Forum for Environmental Research.
The Emergence of the PRI: Land, Civil Society, and Party Formation in Post-Revolutionary Mexico
Oct. 14, 2015
Speaker: Edwin F. Ackerman, Ph.D. candidate in Sociology, UC Berkeley
Mexico's Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI) was central to one of the longest-lived regimes of the twentieth century. Yet, the PRI’s emergence remains severely understudied in a body of work devoted mostly to explaining how the party maintained power once it was consolidated. In his research, Ackerman examined why the PRI formed as a mass party in some regions, but not others despite attempts to do so and similarity in conditions.
"What is the Nature of Borders?"
Oct. 6, 2015
The first in a series of meetings hosted by the Interdisciplinary Forum for Environmental Research introducing the ideas of working across disciplinary and international borders on environmental issues.
Puentes Workshop on Research Translation for Press and Policymakers
Sept. 23, 2015
This workshop provided researchers with a tool-kit to effectively convey their research findings to members of the press and policymakers. Agenda
"Binational Rail: Connecting the Region”
Aug. 15, 2015 | “Cross-Border Short Line Railroading” by Dr. Peter Swan (PDF) | Maps (PDF) | Brief (PDF) | View Photos
Speaker: Dr. Peter Swan, Railroad Industry Veteran
“The better angels of our nature? Crime and fear of crime in contemporary Latin America”
May 20, 2015
Speaker: Visiting fellow Carlos Vilalta, Centro de Investigacion y Docencia Economicas
“Exploring Transnational Economic, Social and Political Participation of Latino Immigrants in Oregon”
May 13, 2015
Speaker: Visiting fellow Anabel Lopez Salinas, Portland State University
“Lynching Violence in Twentieth-Century Mexico: State Formation, Vigilantism and Local Communities in Puebla”
April 29, 2015
Speaker: Visiting fellow Gema Santamaria, New School for Social Research
“Social Work with Trafficked Women: Case Analysis in the Mexico-U.S. Border”
April 22, 2015
Speaker: Visiting fellow Ana Alcazar Campos, University of Granada
"César’s Last Fast” and Q&A with LeRoy Chatfield
April 22, 2015
Speaker: LeRoy Chatfield, past advisor to César E. Chávez and consultant to the documentary “César’s Last Fast"
Special screening of never before seen footage of “César’s Last Fast." Chatfield held a Q&A session after a short screening of this rare footage. Cosponsored by UC San Diego's Chicano/a-Latino/a Arts & Humanities Program.
"Mexico in Crisis as Reflected through its Cinematic Lens"
April 20, 2015
Speaker: David R. Maciel, professor emeritus, University of New Mexico and professor and division head, El Colegio de la Frontera Norte
Mexico's current and profound crises have been captured vividly by its filmmakers. Maciel’s talk focused upon two principal issues: the films themselves and the new role that filmmakers as public opinion leaders in Mexico.
"Global Suburbs: Urban Sprawl from the Rio Grande to Rio de Janeiro"
April 15, 2015
Speaker: Lawrence A. Herzog, professor, Graduate Program in City Planning, School of Public Affairs, San Diego State University
"Global Suburbs" offers a critical new perspective on the emerging phenomenon of the global suburb in the western hemisphere. Cosponsored by UC San Diego’s Urban Studies and Planning Program.
"Binational Efforts for Ecological Restoration: Green Infrastructure and Transborder Bioregionalism”
Apr. 10, 2015 | Story | Brief (PDF) | View Photos
Speaker: Maria Elena Giner, General Manager, Border Environment Cooperation Commission
“Mobilizing for Access: Interest Organizations and Development Policy in Mexico”
April 9, 2015
Speaker: Visting fellow Brian Palmer-Rubin, UC Berkeley
"Compañeras: Zapatista Women’s Stories"
April 8, 2015
Speaker: Hilary Klein, author and chief of staff at Make the Road New York
"Compañeras" is the untold story of women’s involvement in the Zapatista movement, the indigenous rebellion that has inspired grassroots activists around the world for over two decades. Cosponsored by UC San Diego’s Eleanor Roosevelt College Human Rights Program and UC San Diego's Center for Iberian Latin American Studies.
“Nahuatl Across Borders” (“El Nahuatl Cruzando Fronteras”)
Saturday, April 4, 2015
A colloquium on the Nahuatl language and cultural revitalization in Mexico and the U.S., with participation from American and Mexican scholars, educators, activists and community organizers.
“The politics of disease control in 20th Century Mexico"
March 11, 2015
Speaker: Visiting fellow Micah Gell-Redman, UC San Diego
“China's Incursion into Latin America: Myths and Realities”
Feb. 19, 2015
Speaker: Pacific Leadership Fellow Jorge Guajardo, Former Mexican ambassador to China
Looking West: The Emergence of the Pacific Rim
Feb. 18, 2015
This panel discussion was the third installment of “The United States and Mexico going forward: Addressing stereotypes and creating an agenda for the years ahead.” This Center for American Progress program in cooperation with partner organizations in the U.S. and Mexico consisted of a series of four events (two in Mexico, two in the U.S.) designed to generate a debate about our two societies’ shared future.
"North-South Trade Liberalization and Innovation: Evidence from NAFTA"
Feb. 18, 2015
Speaker: Visiting fellow Deborah Watkins, UC San Diego
"Obama, the Americas & the 2016 Latino Vote"
Feb. 17, 2015
Speaker: Dan Restrepo, senior fellow, Center for American Progress
Restrepo served as the principal advisor to President Barack Obama on issues related to Latin America, the Caribbean and Canada. Cohosted with the Institute of the Americas.
"Problems of accountability and representation in federations"
Feb. 11, 2015
Speaker: Visiting fellow Alfonso Hernandez-Valdez, ITESO
Chicanas & the 1970 Moratorium
Feb. 3, 2015
Included Chicana and Chicano leaders who were instrumental in the Chicano Moratorium. Organized by Chicano/a Latino/a Arts & Humanities.
"Electoral Targeting of Disaster Insurance in Mexico"
Jan. 28, 2015
Speaker: Visiting fellow Maya Duru, UC San Diego
"Metaphysical Odyssey Into the Mexican Revolution"
Jan. 29, 2015
Speaker: C.M. Mayo, award-winning journalist, novelist and literary translator
C.M. Mayo provided a rich introduction and the first English translation of “Spiritist Manual,” the secret book by revolutionary and former Mexican President Francisco I. Madero.
UC San Diego Basketball Skybox Reception
Jan. 23, 2015
USMEX fellows, friends and IR/PS and ISP alumni and students cheered on the Triton men and women's basketball teams.
"Citizenship, Security & Human Rights in Mexico and Central America"
Jan. 15 – Jan. 16, 2015
In this two-day conference, we examined the consequences of insecurity, as well as citizen and policymaker reaction to violence. View the full conference agenda.
This archive encompasses events held in 2014. Highlights for this year included Jorge Guajardo's talk "Is China the Next Mexico?" Chris Locke's "Mobile Technology at the Border" and “Mexico Moving Forward: 20 Years of NAFTA & Beyond.”
”Recent Economic Development in Latin America in Historical Perspective"
Nov. 21, 2014
Speaker: Ha-Joon Chang, development economist and author
"How to build leadership for and agile and secure interchange between U.S and Mexico"
Nov. 12, 2014
Speaker: Visiting Scholar Victor Remigio Martinez Cantu, Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey
"Disputed Elections in Presidential Democracies"
Nov. 5, 2014
Speaker: Visiting Fellow Victor A. Hernandez Huerta, University of Notre Dame
“Defining Mexico’s Role in the Global Economy”
Nov. 5, 2014
Speakers: Arturo Sarukhan, former Mexican Ambassador to the U.S. with Gordon Hanson, acting dean and professor of economics, GPS
Twenty years after the signing of NAFTA, Mexico is now Latin America’s second largest economy. However, economic growth in Mexico remains sluggish and there is continued debate on the extent to which the agreement has helped the country integrate into the global economy. Will President Pena Nieto’s ambitious package of reforms in energy, telecommunications, security and education put Mexico on the path to prosperity? Will these reforms increase Mexico’s stature in the global marketplace? EmPac Director Gordon Hanson joined Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan in a lively discussion to help answer these questions and more.
Dia de los Muertos Celebration
Oct. 31, 2014
We celebrated Dia de los Muertos with decorated altars, pan de muerto, Mexican hot chocolate, ballet folkloric and lots of mariachi.
"Trans-border Communities and Environmental Governance in Mexico"
Oct. 29, 2014
Speaker: Visiting Scholar Daniel Klooster, University of Redlands
Oct. 23, 2014
We celebrated the new academic year and welcome students and fellows interested in immigration, U.S.-Mexico relations, Iberian and Latin American studies. Cosponsored by CCIS, CILAS and Latin American Studies.
Tijuana Innovadora 2014
Oct. 17, 2014
Visited the Tijuana Cultural Center (CECUT) and heard presenters discuss border challenges and the role of the Mexican diaspora at Tijuana Innovadora 2014.
International Diaspora Engagement Alliance – Diaspora Tour
Oct. 13, 2014
Part of a series of events hosted by the International Diaspora Engagement Alliance, UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep Khosla joined USMEX for this daylong conference aimed to highlight the role of diaspora communities, and to engage with them in collaborative efforts with the private sector, civil society and public institutions.
“Infrastructure Upgrading and Budgeting Spillovers: Mexico's Habitat Experiment”
Oct. 8, 2014
Speaker: Craig McIntosh, professor of economics, GPS
This talk discussed the outcomes of a large infrastructure investment experiment in which $68 million in spending was randomly allocated across a set of low-income urban neighborhoods in Mexico.
This archive encompasses events held from January to December 2013. More will be added as the year progresses.
Highlights for this year included the 2013 USMEX Associates Conference, the New Perspectives on Corruption in Mexico conference and Alejandro Poiré's talk entitled "Mexico's Future: Education, Entrepreneurship and Legal Reforms."
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2012 was an exciting year for USMEX, as the Center participated in events ranging from Mexico Moving Forward and the 3rd International Conference on Poverty, Migration and Development to Yo Soy Internacional 2012.
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The start of 2011 included the Mexico Moving Forward symposium, followed later by the Crime and Justice workshop and the talk "Special Update: The War on Drugs in Mexico," with speakers Alberto Diaz-Cayeros, David Shirk and Viridiana Rios.
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2010 was a busy year for USMEX, as events included Dean Peter Cowhey's talk on “Insights into the 2010 Trade Agenda and Implications for U.S.-Mexico Relations;” a conference on trade, labor and multinationals; and the Electoral Administration in Mexico Research Workshop.
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In 2009, a variety of topics were addressed at events such as the conference, Mexico and the United States: Confronting the Twenty-First Century; the lecture "Elections 2009: Participation and Vigilance" presented by Arturo Sánchez Gutiérrez; and the research workshop, Human Rights, Due Process, and Public Safety.
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