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Wednesday Seminars

DownloadBreak up your week with USMEX, when on Wednesdays the center gives the floor to a USMEX Fellow to highlight their respective research while in residence. Learn about a wide range of topics, plus get in on the discussion.

Upcoming Events 

All seminars are at 3:30 p.m. in the Dean's Conference Room in the Robinson Building Complex at the School of Global Policy and Strategy unless otherwise noted.

Wednesday Seminar with Carolyn Schutten, USMEX Fellow
May 30
Title: “Flow and Obstruction: A Brief History of the Binational Tijuana River since the 1970s and Directions for the Future”
Summary: This discussion will explore case studies along the binational Tijuana River since the 1970s. The research contextualizes opening of the Rodríguez Dam floodgates during the storms of 1980 in the international politics of a joint flood control project, charting the emergence of a “popular urban movement” during an era of urban renewal at the Mexican border during the 1970s-80s. This talk also investigates how transborder environmental justice groups succeeded in addressing the failure of NAFTA's Commission for Environmental Cooperation to compel the cleanup of hazardous waste at a maquiladora site at the Alamar River during the 1990s-2000s. Finally, this paper will trace the history of surfer activists and transboundary sewage outflows into the Tijuana Estuary and the Pacific Ocean since the 1970s.

Wednesday Seminar with Rafael Fernandez de Castro, Director, Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies
June 6
Title:“President Calderon’s Foreign Decision-Making Style”
Summary: A former foreign policy adviser to President Felipe Calderón, he is an expert on bilateral relations between Mexico and the U.S. He is founder and former chair of the Department of International Studies at Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) in Mexico City. He has published numerous academic articles and written several books, including “Contemporary U.S.- Latin American Relations: Cooperation or Conflict in the 21st Century?” and “The United States and Mexico: Between Partnership and Conflict” with Jorge Domínguez. He also worked as the Project Director of the UNDP’s Human Development Report for Latin America 2013-14, “Citizen Security With a Human Face: Evidence and Proposals for Latin America.” He is the founder and editor of Foreign Affairs Latin America and contributes to the daily newspaper El Financiero and a regular contributor to Televisa.