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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 Angela Gutierrez, USMEX Fellow
April 18
Title:“Prevalence and risk/protective factors of trauma exposure among US Latinos and Latino immigrants”
Summary: The talk will first present an overview of the dissertation Ms. Gutierrez is conducting. The dissertation is a quantitative analysis of the prevalence and risk/protective factors of trauma exposure among US Latinos and Latino immigrants, as well as a statistical examination of the cross-sectional associations between exposure to traumatic events, psychological distress, and pre-clinical markers of cardiometabolic disease. The dissertation utilizes data from the baseline visit of the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL), a multi-site prospective cohort study examining chronic health conditions among 16,000 US Latinos, and from the Sociocultural Ancillary Study (SCAS), a subsample of 5,313 HCHS/SOL participants who completed sociocultural and psychosocial measures. The talk will present the results of the initial research aims of the dissertation, which examine the prevalence of trauma exposure among Latinos in the HCHS/SOL SCAS sample, and how prevalence of trauma exposure varies by sex, immigration status, Latino heritage group, and other demographic and immigration characteristics.

Wednesday Seminar with Alejandra Trejo, USMEX Fellow
April 25
Title: “Public finances and economic development in Metropolitan Areas in Mexico”
Summary: Metropolitan areas are increasingly concentrating and attracting population and economic activity. This leads to demands for better infrastructure and public services, and result in increased congestion, environmental harm, and social problems. Metropolitan areas need to adequately finance new and growing expenditures and to organize governance so that services can be delivered in a cost-effective way. However, the type of government structure in place affect the form of financing local expenditures. Decentralization in Mexico has had a strong orientation towards the municipality by providing it with more functions and specifics forms of funding. Municipalities exercise their functions and offers services autonomously, even if it belongs to a specific metropolitan área. This creates significant differences in service provision, competitiveness and development across and within metropolitan areas. This presentation will offer a first exploration of these differences in the period 1989-2016.

Wednesday Seminar with Betsabe Roman Gonzalez, USMEX Fellow
May 2
Title: “Trajectories of children and teenagers between Mexico and the United States”
Summary: Her interest in transnational education and children’s migration trajectories are a result of her own experience as a transnational student between the U.S. and Mexico. For her doctoral dissertation she followed, during three and a half years, ten migrant children and teenagers who moved to Morelos, Mexico from the U.S. She focused her work on the experiences of schooling, family and community of young migrants by writing their life stories. In their stories, children talk about the challenges that they face at schools, communities and homes when they return to or move from the U.S. to Mexico with their families.

Wednesday Seminar with Paolo Marinaro, USMEX Fellow
May 9
Title: “We Fight Against the Union' An Ethnography of Labor Relations in the Automotive Industry in Mexico”
Summary: His research focuses on labor in automobile industry in Mexico. Based on ethnographic research he explores the experience of working conditions and union relations in transnational corporations in Mexico. The dissertation outlines recent struggles for collective bargaining right in the automobile industry, focusing further on the social processes by which workers signify production relations and take a position in the system of global correlation of forces.

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

Wednesday Seminar with Lorraine Affourtit, USMEX Fellow
May 23
Title: “Televising the Revolution: Oaxacan Women on CORTV”
Summary: She is currently working on her dissertation, which investigates the role of visual culture of the Oaxaca Commune, a popular uprising and social movement that started in 2006 in Oaxaca City, Mexico. Affourtit argues that the Oaxacan people tapped the power of visual culture in order to envision, manifest, consolidate and sustain the Popular Assembly of the Peoples of Oaxaca (APPO). Based on four years of archival research and fieldwork, Affourtit analyzes three visual culture projects initiated by APPO in 2006: graphic art from Oaxaca City art collectives; the People’s Guelaguetza indigenous folk festival; and television broadcasts produced by Oaxacan women occupying the state television station.

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.