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The following is a listing of conferences, workshops, public talks, seminars and cultural events arranged by calendar year.


Conference on USMCA and Global Supply Chains: An Assessment After One Year
Oct. 21–22, 2021
The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) went into effect on July 1, 2020, during unprecedented global uncertainty. The pandemic, trade wars, natural disasters and rising geopolitical tensions affected the resilience, robustness and reliability of regional and global supply chains. The purpose of this conference was to assess the USMCA after its first year of operation, to generate actionable responses to the unanticipated challenges and opportunities it has faced. Co-sponsored with the Center for Commerce and Diplomacy.

See more past events at: Webinar Series


Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
Dec. 14, 2020 | Video
Para contestar las preguntas sobre las nuevas directrices de DACA, así como las implicaciones de este programa, tendremos una sesión informativa con: Carlos González Gutiérrez, Cónsul General de México en San Diego; Jan Joseph Bejar, Abogado Migratorio; Dulce García, Beneficiaria de DACA y Abogada Migratoria; Irving Hernández, Beneficiario de DACA e Ingeniero Aeroespacial; Rafael Fernández de Castro, Director del Centro de Estudios México-EU de UC San Diego.

AMLO at Two
Dec. 2, 2020 | Video
This webinar presented an assessment of the first two years of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. Four speakers evaluated how President López Obrador’s Administration has performed on the country’s most pressing issues: violence and crime, poverty and social programs, democratic consolidation, and health policy.

The Journeys of Harry Crosby
Sept. 23, 2020 | Video
Please join the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies and the Consulate General of Mexico in San Diego for a conversation on the life and expeditions of famed photographer and historian of the Baja California Peninsula, Harry Crosby. The speakers will discuss the lasting impact of Crosby's work, centered around “The Journeys of Harry Crosby”, a documentary about his life and accompaniments.

Poppies, Ports, and Harm Reduction: Changing Dynamics in Drug Markets
June 17, 2020 | Video
Widely reported cases of curfew enforcement in Brazil's favelas and distribution of 'care packages' in Mexico during COVID-19 have shed light on criminal governance. Illicit markets, however, involve other inputs in order to function. While it is still early to determine the long-term effects of COVID-19 on illicit markets, this webinar brings together experts to discuss how the pandemic has affected opium poppy cultivation in Mexico, seaports for drug trafficking, and harm reduction strategies in particular in the context of the opioid crisis in the United States.

Baja California Journalism Contest
Apr. 23, 2020 | Video
En reconocimiento del periodismo que se ejerce en la frontera, The San Diego Union Tribune y el Centro de Estudios México-Estados Unidos convocaron a periodistas de Baja California al primer concurso sobre periodismo de la región. Durante la ceremonia virtual Jorge Ramos pronunció un mensaje especial y Sandra Dibble, Lynne Walker y Gabriela Warkentin premiaron a los ganadores.

Latin America 2020 with Former President of Costa Rica Laura Chinchilla
Feb. 20, 2020
Across Latin America, countries are faced with limited economic growth and growing political polarization and instability. During the keynote address by former Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla Miranda and the expert panel, we will discuss pathways to improving citizen security and human rights across the continent to provide a basis for a new wave of prosperity. The talk will be followed by a tango music performance by San Diego’s Camarada with special guest Raul Jaurena, tango master and accomplished bandoneonist. [Agenda]


Tracking the Transformation: Journalists Reflect on AMLO's First Year
Dec. 5, 2019
Andrés Manuel López Obrador is the only president in the world to hold daily morning press conferences. Throughout his first year in office, he has had a complicated, and at times adversarial, relationship with members of the media. Three journalists who have covered the first year of AMLO's presidency had a discussion and offered points of view from the U.S.-Mexico border, Mexico City and Washington D.C.

Tracking the Transformation: AMLO’s Vision, Achievements and Challenges
Oct. 30, 2019
Political analyst John Ackerman discussed the meaning of President López Obrador’s “Fourth Transformation of Mexico” and underscored the importance of tackling corruption, violence and poverty in Mexico, outlining the new administration’s achievements to date and the challenges that lie ahead.

The Mexico-California and Mexico-Texas Relationships
Oct. 18, 2019
If Texas and California were countries, they would be the second and third most important international relations for Mexico and many of its sub-State Governments (SSG). Mexico is the most important country for these two U.S. states and shares a border with both. However, the academic work on the relationship between Mexican and U.S. SSG is very scarce, and between the Mexican and U.S. federal governments and the SSG of the other country, it is practically nonexistent. This workshop served as a place to explore ideas and proposals for the chapters of a book.

Tracking the Transformation: Economic Growth and Social Change
Oct. 7, 2019
President Andrés Manuel López Obrador came to power promising a transformative presidency. We had a conversation with experts who provided their perspectives on where the Mexican economy is headed.

The New Challenges at the U.S.-Mexico Border
Sept. 26, 2019
In the past year, a record number of asylum seekers – mainly from Central America's Northern Triangle – have arrived at the U.S.-Mexico border. A panel discussion was held with Douglas Massey.

Trump and Tariffs: Who Pays the Cost?
June 10, 2019
President Trump recently threatened to impose tariffs on Mexican imports unless he is satisfied with Mexico’s efforts to halt Central American migrants from reaching the U.S. border. The threat of using tariffs as a tool for foreign policymaking has spooked markets and companies alike. We had a discussion on the short-term and medium-term impacts to economic competitiveness in North America, migration and human rights and U.S.-Mexico bilateral relations.

Wednesday Seminars with Tesalia Rizzo, USMEX Fellow
June 5, 2019
Title: "Clients or Citizens: The Bureaucratic Costs of Claim-Making in Mexico"

Wednesday Seminars with Sergio Miranda, USMEX Fellow
May 29, 2019
Title: "Drainage, environment and urbanization of Mexico City in the nineteenth century"

Wednesday Seminars with James Daria, USMEX Fellow
May 15, 2019
Title: "We are the Slaves of the Twenty-First Century: Life and Labor among Mexico’s Indigenous Migrant Farmworkers"

A 30 años de la transición democrática: Elecciones en Baja California 2019
May 13, 2019
Thirty years ago, Baja California's election exemplified the key relevance that states would have in Mexico's democratic consolidation. However, Baja California's democratic process has yet to develop robust institutions in key areas for the state. This conference discussed and proposed policies on security, fiscal discipline and border issues. The event was in Spanish with simultaneous translation.

Wednesday Seminars with Kevan Aguilar, USMEX Fellow
May 8, 2019
Title: "'Cárdenas was Calling Us:' Race, Class, & Settlement in Mexican & Spanish Exile Imaginaries"

Wednesday Seminars with Michael Lettieri, USMEX Fellow
May 1, 2019
Title: "The Octopus and the Leviathan: Urban Politics and the Rise and Fall of Authoritarianism in Mexico"

Wednesday Seminars with Daniela Barba, USMEX Fellow
April 24, 2019
Title: "Variations in the Circumstances of Law Enforcement: Detention and Torture Beyond the War on Drugs in Mexico"

Wednesday Seminars with Silvia Lopez, USMEX Fellow
April 17, 2019
Title: "Caregiving across the border: Mexican women transmigrants in San Diego"

Wednesday Seminars with Carolina Valdivia, USMEX Fellow
April 17, 2019
Title: "I Became a Mom Overnight: How the Deportation of a Parent Affects Immigrant Young Adults’ Educational Trajectories"

Wednesday Seminars with Francisco Paoli, USMEX Fellow
April 10, 2019
Title: "Análisis de las Relaciones entre México y los Estados Unidos en Perspectiva Histórica"

Tracking Mexico’s Transformation: The Mexican Energy Sector
April 2, 2019
Professor David Victor and Enrique Hidalgo, president of ExxonMobil Ventures Mexico, shared their perspectives on the energy sector in Mexico and presented their views on the policies proposed and implemented by AMLO’s administration.

Wednesday Seminars with Helga Baitenmann, USMEX Fellow, University of London
March 20, 2019
Title: “Zapata’s Justice: Land and Water Conflict Resolution in Revolutionary Mexico (1914–1916)”

Wednesday Seminars with Teresita Rocha, USMEX Fellow, UC San Diego
March 13, 2019
Title: "Homelessness and HIV/STI risk among a cohort of women sex workers on the border city of Tijuana, Mexico"

Wednesday Seminars with Kevin Middlebrook, USMEX Fellow, University College London
March 6, 2019
Title: “Political Change from the Outside in: U.S. Trade Leverage and Labor-Rights Reform in Mexico”

Tracking Mexico's Transformation: A Conversation with José Antonio Meade
March 4, 2019 
Dr. José Antonio Meade
, candidate for the PRI in the 2018 presidential election and former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Social Development, presented his views on the policies proposed and implemented by the López Obrador administration.

Wednesday Seminars with Abigail Thornton, USMEX Fellow, UCLA
Feb. 27, 2019
Title: “Constructing New Lives in Mexico Post-Deportation: What Reintegration Means for Former Residents of the Casa del Migrante en Tijuana.

Wednesday Seminars with Albert Lopez, USMEX Fellow, MIT
Feb. 20, 2019
Title: “Technical Architecture, Integral Planning, and Integration: an Architectural Foray into Politics and Policy-making in Mexico 1925-1955”

Wednesday Seminars with Charlotte Gonzalez, USMEX Fellow, Centro de Investigaciones Biologicas del Noroeste
Feb. 13, 2019
Title: “Evaluating the Resilience of Mexican Farming to Climate Change”

Wednesday Seminars with Daniel Millan, USMEX Fellow, UC Irvine
Feb. 6, 2019
Title: “Household Instability and the Academic Performance of Latina/o Children of Immigrants"

Wednesday Seminars with Lynn Stephen, USMEX Fellow, University of Oregon
Jan. 30, 2019
Title: “From Tlatelolco to Ayotzinapa: The Crónicas of Elena Poniatowska in Mexican Social Memory”

Wednesday Seminars with Jose Bucheli, USMEX Fellow, University of New Mexico
Jan. 16, 2019
Title: "Return Migration and Economic Development: Evidence from Mexico"


Mexico's New President: A Populist or a Pragmatist?
Dec. 7, 2018
This conference examined López Obrador’s main proposals, potential challenges for implementation and the changes to expect over the next six years. The conference brought together high-level public officials, scholars and journalists from the U.S. and Mexico.

Migrant Caravan Teach-In
Nov. 29, 2018
The discussed explored questions raised by the migrant caravan in our community about migration, law and ethics. How can the region work collaboratively towards a humane and orderly response to the arrival of the migrants, while maintaining security? How can civil society ensure immediate shelter and safety for migrants, as well as access to due process? Faculty and members of civil society will engaged in a reflective conversation about this pressing challenge.
Documents: Event Flyer, Event Notes, Crossing the "Vertical Frontier", Experience In Mexico, Migrant Health Crisis in Tijuana, The Trump Administration's "Asylum Ban"

Wednesday Seminars with Angie Bautista Chavez, USMEX Fellow, Harvard University
Nov. 28, 2018
Title: "Interstate Cooperation on Migration Control: U.S.-Mexico Cooperation Across Migration State Types"

From NAFTA to USMCA: The New Deal and What's Missing
Nov. 19, 2018
With the impending signature and ratification of the United States, Mexico and Canada Agreement (USMCA), the conference provided a comprehensive review of what wins and losses in the new trade deal. Additionally, the conference provided a forum for discussion and debate as well as explore some missing elements such as the aspirations and emerging importance of indigenous peoples and the role of states, provinces and municipalities in promoting and defending the North American trade agenda.

Wednesday Seminars with Brian Stevenson, USMEX Fellow and Fulbright Research Chair, Lakehead University
Nov. 7, 2018
Title: "From NAFTA to USMCA: What is Missing?"

Wednesday Seminars with John McNeece, USMEX Fellow 
Oct. 31, 2018
Title: Mexico’s Growing Reliance on U.S. Natural Gas: Strategic Concerns and Risk Mitigation Strategies

Wednesday Seminar with Melissa Rogers, USMEX Fellow, Claremont Graduate University
Oct. 24, 2018 
Title: State Capacity and the Distributive Consequences of Commodity Booms

López Obrador's #1 Campaign Pledge: Ending Corruption
Oct. 19, 2018
The campaign platform of Mexico’s President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador included vows to end corruption in the Mexican government and drive out the political mafia running the country. As the Dec. 1 inauguration nears, his anti-corruption strategy continues to take shape. The Center held a day of presentations and panels and discussed the challenges and opportunities ahead with academics and members of civil society.

The Elusive Quest for Prosperity in Mexico
Oct. 16, 2018
Vice President for Sectors and Knowledge at Inter-American Development Bank and Pacific Leadership Fellow Santiago Levy discussed the flawed microeconomic policies that have suppressed growth and highlighted substantive changes to Mexico's tax, labor and social insurance regimes that will allow the country to prosper.

Mexico's Economic Challenges Under López Obrador
Oct. 11, 2018
Francisco Gil-Díaz, former Mexican Secretary of Finance, discussed Mexico’s economic panorama and the challenges and opportunities for the incoming administration.  

Wednesday Seminar with Arturo Vargas Bustamante, Professor, UCLA
Oct. 10, 2018
Title: U.S.-Mexico Cross-Border Health Visitors: How Mexican border cities address unmet health care needs from U.S. residents

Vanishing Frontiers: A Book Presentation
Oct. 4, 2018
A discussion with the author, Andrew Selee, and a panel of key actors from the San Diego-Tijuana border region. The book "Vanishing Frontiers: The Forces Driving Mexico and the United States Together" was available for sale.

Wednesday Seminar with Rafael Fernandez de Castro, Director, Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies
June 6, 2018
Title: “President Calderon’s Foreign Decision-Making Style”

Wednesday Seminar with Carolyn Schutten, USMEX Fellow
May 30, 2018
Title: “Flow and Obstruction: A Brief History of the Binational Tijuana River since the 1970s and Directions for the Future”

Wednesday Seminar with Lorraine Affourtit, USMEX Fellow
May 23, 2018
Title: “Televising the Revolution: Oaxacan Women on CORTV”

Mexican Vote from Abroad: Will it Make a Difference?
A presentation of poll findings taken among U.S.-based potential voters conducted by University of California researchers, the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies and Latino Decisions. The poll found that the front-runner in Mexico, candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador, enjoys a big lead among voting-age Mexican nationals residing in the U.S. 

Wednesday Seminar with Graciela Marquez, USMEX Fellow 
May 16, 2018
Title: “Taxes and inequality. A history of inheritances taxes in Mexico 1821-2016”

Wednesday Seminar with Paolo Marinaro, USMEX Fellow 
May 9, 2018
Title: “We Fight Against the Union' An Ethnography of Labor Relations in the Automotive Industry in Mexico”

Latino Art Exhibition: Mix it Up
May 4, 2018 
The center hosted an art exhibition of works by Latino artists on loan from the Gilberto Cardenas Collection of Latino Art, the largest private collection of Latino art in the world. 

Wednesday Seminar with Betsabe Roman Gonzalez, USMEX Fellow
May 2, 2018
Title: “Trajectories of children and teenagers between Mexico and the United States”

Wednesday Seminar with Alejandra Trejo, USMEX Fellow 
April 25, 2018
Title: “Public finances and economic development in Metropolitan Areas in Mexico”

Wednesday Seminar with Angela Gutierrez, USMEX Fellow
April 18, 2018 
Title: “Prevalence and risk/protective factors of trauma exposure among US Latinos and Latino immigrants”

Wednesday Seminar with Tobin Hansen, USMEX Fellow 
April 11, 2018
Title: “We Find Each Other Down Here’: Deportation and Redefining of Relatedness and Care” 

"A Dialogue with Margarita Zavala"
April 6, 2018
It is our pleasure to invite you to a conversation with Margarita Zavala, who has extensive experience with issues of great importance to the San Diego-Tijuana region and the U.S.-Mexico bilateral relationship.

Wednesday Seminar with Amalia Pulido, USMEX Fellow
April 4, 2018
Title: “Drug-related violence and party behavior: the case of candidate selection in Mexico”

"First Annual Distinguished Lecture on U.S.-Mexico Relations"
March 22, 2018
Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray, who has been at the helm of Mexico’s foreign policy since January 2017, discussed the country’s relationship with the rest of North America. He highlighted the role of diplomacy in addressing the salient issues and pressing challenges in Mexico’s relationship with the U.S. and Canada.

Wednesday Seminar with Cecilia Farfán-Méndez
March 21, 2018 
Title: “Violence as Business Model: How the Armed Forces Undermine Public Safety in Mexico”

Wednesday Seminar with Cheryl Alvarez Torres
March 14, 2018 
Title: “Women political empowerment in Mexico: The case of Baja California and Mexico City”

"Mexico's 2018 Elections: Institutions, Polls and Party Platforms"
March 12, 2018
In four months Mexicans will elect 629 federal officials — including the president, 500 representatives and 128 senators — and close to 2,800 local officials, including 9 governors. A half-day roundtable examined the current institutional context and party platforms of the main political coalitions in the country: PRI, PAN-PRD and Morena.

Wednesday Seminar with Alejandra Diaz De Leon Cardenas
March 7, 2018 
Title: “A pueblo that walks together: trust and bonding among Central American transit migrants in Mexico”

Seminar with Chantal Lucero Vargas
March 6, 2018
Title: “The Journey of the infants: Factors associated with the construction of the resilience in transit of unaccompanied migrant children” 

Wednesday Seminar with Martha Balaguera
Feb. 21, 2018
Title: “At the Limits of Sovereignty: Motion, Confinement, and Political Subjects in Transit across the Americas”
Her dissertation research explores sanctuary practices of transnational solidarity, hospitality and care that bring together citizens and noncitizens in the context of transit migration across Mexico, and how their collective political struggles produce new forms of transnational citizenship from below. From a critical standpoint, the research also analyzes how border crossers have provided an occasion for both the expansion of the coercive functions of the and the multiplication of sites of disciplining and confinement across migration routes.

"Rethinking the War on Drugs and U.S.-Mexico Security Cooperation"
Feb. 9, 2018 | Live Stream
An international conference, in partnership with the University of San Diego Justice in Mexico Program, which examined Mexico's security challenges, evaluated the status of current U.S.-Mexico security cooperation and proposed practical solutions for policymakers in the U.S. and Mexico.

Wednesday Seminar with Marcel Anduiza Pimentel
Feb. 7, 2018 
Title: “Through the Looking Glass of Mexico’s Pacific Boomtown | The Decline of Port Towns and the Rise of Coastal Cities: A Synthesis of Urban Change and Coastal Development in Acapulco and Mexico, 1849-1970”

Wednesday Seminar with Aileen Teague
Jan. 24, 2018 
Title: “Drugs, Counterinsurgency, and the Dynamic Nature of the United States-Mexico Border, 1969-1985”

"Mexico’s 2018 Presidential Elections: Questions to be Answered"
Jan. 18, 2018
Given the recent changes in the U.S.-Mexico binational relationship under President Trump, many new uncertainties have emerged. CGT Pacific Leadership Fellow and Harvard University Professor Jorge Dominguez discussed the extraordinary number of offices on next year’s ballot and how the coming elections will be unique due to a number of unprecedented factors: independent candidates, Mexicans voting abroad and reelection.

"U.S.-Cuba Ties: A Thaw, Revisited"
Jan. 17, 2018
In 2014, the U.S. announced that it would end its policy of hostility and look to engage Cuba. With the change in U.S. administrations in 2016, this optimism turned to pessimism as President Trump threatened to roll back the Obama administration rapprochement. Ultimately, the Trump administration's policies reinstate restrictions on Americans traveling to Cuba and U.S. business dealings with the military-run conglomerate. These changes take place against a backdrop of a nation preparing for a successor to President Raul Castro in 2018. This panel discussion looked at the recent developments and new constraints for the future relationship between the two countries.


"Papers, Places, and Familias: Tracing the Social Mobility of Mexicans in New York"
Dec. 6, 2017 | Speaker: Guillermo Yrizar Barbosa, USMEX Fellow

"Challenges for Dreamers in Trump’s America"
Dec. 4, 2017
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program allowed young people who had either entered or remained in the U.S. without a visa to receive a work permit and a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation. As of 2017, approximately 800,000 individuals — often referred to as Dreamers — were enrolled in DACA. This event highlighted the integration and political mobilization of the Dreamers, as well as the significant challenges that they face as a result of President Trump’s decision to rescind the program.

Dia de los Muertos
Nov. 1, 2017

"Mexico’s 2018 Elections: What is at Stake?"
Nov. 2, 2017
In July 2018, Mexicans will go to the polls to elect a new President and both houses of Congress, as well as thousands of state and local officials in 30 states. The half-day conference addressed the significant challenges that Mexico’s electoral authority faces, and speakers discussed crucial issues of campaign finance, re-election and the vote of Mexicans abroad.

Fall Welcome Reception
Oct. 11, 2017
The annual Fall Welcome Reception for UC San Diego friends, faculty, graduate students and visiting scholars focused on Latin America.

"Redefining Relations for North American Prosperity”
Sept. 18, 2017
Attendees joined us for a presentation of the report by COMEXI on "Redefining Relations for North American Prosperity” that outlines a series of specific recommendations for each of the main components of the U.S.-Mexico relationship: trade, security, migration and diplomacy.

"Housing Across Borders: Mexican and U.S. Housing in Perspective"
May 26, 2017
The aim of this conference was to discuss housing in Mexico and the U.S. together: looking for connections, identifying elements for comparison, and exploring common processes shaping housing—broadly construed—on both sides of the border. Through this conversation we hope to extract lessons as a provocation that can lead us to testing our ideas about what housing and city mean. Guest speakers include: Dr. Paavo Monkkonen, Dr. Noelle Stout, and Dr. Peter M. Ward.

"Shadows at Dawn" Book Talk with Alfredo Corchado
April 26, 2017
"Shadows at Dawn" is the narrative of a country in a painful, tumultuous economic and political transition that haunts journalist Alfredo Corchado through three decades. It is a passionate and personal tale that begins during the Mexican exodus to the United States in the tumultuous 1980s, with amnesty, and moves into the booming 90s with NAFTA.

"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.

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

"Wednesday Seminar with Magnus Hansen"
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"

"Wednesday Seminar with Jaime Arredondo"
Jan. 13, 2016
Talk: "Decriminalization and Public Health on the Ground: Measuring Policing and Attitudes toward the Narcomenudeo Reform"


"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.

Fall Welcome Reception
Oct. 7, 2015
The annual Fall Welcome Reception for UC San Diego friends, faculty, graduate students and visiting scholars focused on Latin America.

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

Reflexiones de un Gringo Viejo: Cambios, Crisis y Continuidad 
Aug. 6, 2015
Speaker: Peter H. Smith, Profesor de Ciencias Políticas, UC San Diego

COLEF Summer Fellows Poster Presentations 
July 30, 2015
Summer fellows from the Colegio de la Frontera Norte (COLEF) in Tijuana presented their work.

“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

"Advanced Manufacturing: An Engine for Growth in the Binational Regions"
Nov. 7, 2014 | Brief (PDF) | View Photos
Speaker: Arturo Sarukhan, former Mexican Ambassador to the U.S.

"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

Fall Reception
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. 

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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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