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Conferences and Workshops

USMEX continues to have a strong tradition of promoting original and policy-relevant research through conferences and workshops. Led by faculty experts at GPS and across campus, while often drawing on insights from outside scholars and practitioners, these activities also enrich classroom learning.

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Featured Past Events

The Mexico-California and Mexico-Texas Relationships

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.

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.

López Obrador's #1 Campaign Pledge: Ending Corruption

Oct. 19, 2018 | Agenda
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. We discussed the challenges and opportunities ahead with academics and members of civil society.

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.

Rethinking the War on Drugs and U.S.-Mexico Security Cooperation

Feb. 9, 2018
An international conference, in partnership with the University of San Diego Justice in Mexico Program, 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.

Challenges for Dreamers in Trump’s America

Dec. 4, 2017 | Slideshow | Agenda
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.

Mexico’s 2018 Elections: What is at Stake?

Nov. 2, 2017 | Fact Sheet
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.

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 | Additonal Information
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. 

The Political Life of Cultural Production in the 21st Century

April 19-21, 2017
This workshop started off with a keynote by political theorist and assistant professor at University of Oregon Anita Chari who discussed the aesthetics of political hysteria. The keynote was followed by an all-day workshop and then the Center’s quarterly Frontera Friday, which focused on art and cultural institution at the border.

Free Trade in the Age of Trump

March 30, 2017 | Slideshow | Agenda (PDF)
This workshop will provide 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 | Additional Information
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.

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 | Agenda (PDF)
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.

Nahuatl Across Borders” (“El Nahuatl Cruzando Fronteras”)

April 4, 2015 | Slideshow | Additional Information
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.

Citizenship, Security & Human Rights in Mexico and Central America

Jan. 15 – Jan. 16, 2015 | Additional Information
In this two-day conference, we examined the consequences of insecurity, as well as citizen and policymaker reaction to violence.

International Diaspora Engagement Alliance – Diaspora Tour

Oct. 13, 2014 | Slideshow | Additional Information
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.

Libertad Bajo Palabra: Censorship, Satire and the Press in Mexico

May 1, 2014 | Slideshow | Additional Information
This daylong conference brought together papers that will enrich our understanding of both the past and the present of Mexican journalism, from the experience of the PRI regime to the process of democratization and the contemporary specter ofnarcoviolence.

A Reporter's Journey through Mexico's Drug War

April 30, 2014
Speaker: Alfredo Corchado, Mexico bureau chief, Dallas Morning News and author of "Midnight in Mexico"
Alfredo Corchado is a noted expert on immigration, drug violence and foreign policy between the United States and Mexico. Corchado presented the keynote address to the May 1 conference "Libertad Bajo Palabra: Censorship, Satire and the Press in Mexico."

Territoriality, Conflict & the Polis in New Spain: The Creation of Colonial Communities after the Great Death

Jan. 23, 2014
This conference studied the massive relocation of indigenous populations by the Spanish crown at the end of the 16th and beginning of the 17th centuries, generally known as the reduccionesor congregaciones de Indiosin the Americas. We brought together a multidisciplinary group of archaeologists, historians, art historians, demographers and political scientists.

New Perspectives on Corruption in Mexico

May 16 - 17, 2013 | Additional Information
This two-day symposium on "Transparency, Democracy, and Reform: New Perspectives on Corruption in Mexico" brought together scholars working on different aspects of corruption to provide valuable new perspectives on both the history and implications of PRI and PAN-era venality in the 20th and 21st centuries.

USMEX Associates Conference

April 25 - 26, 2013 | Additional Information
A two-day conference that promoted discussion and dissemination of some of the most promising new scholarship on Mexico. In addition, a roundtable discussion focused on the recent comparisons in the general media and policy debates between Mexico and China.

Crime and Justice in Mexico

May 26 - 27, 2011 | Additional Information
One of the major challenges facing Mexico today is the construction of efficient and reliable judicial institutions that are also respectful of laws and individual rights. This two-day workshop sought to address these concerns while bringing works from different disciplines and approaches together in addition to accounting for statements and experiences in the administration of justice.

Space and Place in Latin American History

May 20, 2011 | Additional Information
Historians of Latin America are increasingly turning to questions of space to understand how localities, regions and territories have been transformed under different circumstances and in different periods of time. The workshop provided a dialogue for spatial historians of Latin America who are working on diverse topics using different methods.

Mexican Independence between the Pacific and the Atlantic

April 1, 2011 | Additional Information
In 2010, Mexico celebrated the Bicentennial of its independence and at the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) meeting in Toronto that year, a lively discussion amongst scholars took place on the nature of Mexican and Latin American Independence and the Atlantic. This workshop built upon that theme of Mexican Independence and its legacies, between the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans.