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Frontera Friday

Frontera Fridays 

Frontera Fridays are quarterly events that connect leaders from both sides of the border to UC San Diego and serve as a platform for learning, networking and discussing opportunities and challenges that make our binational region unique. They honor the legacy of Chuck Nathanson and the San Diego Dialogue.

Frontera Fridays is co-sponsored by the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies and UC San Diego’s Urban Studies and Planning Program.

Closed to the public. Please contact us for more information.

Upcoming Events

Aug. 24, 2018 
This Frontera Fridays event will focus on baseball in the San Diego/Tijuana region. We will start at Petco Park to learn about the history of the San Diego Padres and then head south and visit Estadio Gasmart and the Tijuana Toros.

Past Events

"Three Californias"
Feb. 2, 2018 | Brief (PDF)
This Frontera Fridays event will focus on the shared history and ecology of California, Baja California and Baja California Sur. 

"Manufacturing Day"
Oct. 6, 2017 | Brief (PDF)
This quarter’s Frontera Friday coincides with Manufacturing Day and is co-sponsored by the San Diego EDC where the Center will be given a private tour of Samsung International, Inc. in Tijuana.

"Art and Cultural Institutions at the Border"
April 21, 2017
This Frontera Friday focused on contemporary art at the border and the intersections of cultural production, policy and economic reform. We visited the Chicano Park in Barrio Logan and have some tamales before heading to Tijuana and visiting 206 Arte Contemporaneo Gallery and the Relaciones Inesperadas Exposition at CECUT.

"Binational Craft Beer Revolution"
Feb. 3, 2017 
During this Frontera Friday, participants met with craft brewers in San Diego and Tijuana to learn how they got started and the opportunities and challenges that they face. In addition, local government and trade group leaders discussed the role they play in making the region the number one producer of cerveza artesanal in their respective countries.

"Manufacturing Day"
Oct. 7, 2016Watch Video
Speaker: Andrea Giralt, USMEX Fellow and Consultant
This Frontera Friday was presented by UC San Diego Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies and featured a private tour of Samsung International, Inc.

"Cross-Border Initiatives for Health Communities"
Aug. 12, 2016
Speaker: Dr. Maria Gudelia Rangel Gómez, Mexico’s Executive Secretary to U.S.-Mexico Border Health Commission

"Port to Port: San Diego & Ensenada Maritime Infrastructure"
April 1, 2016 | Presentations: Port of Ensenada (PDF) and Ensenada International Terminal (PDF) | Brief (PDF) | View Photos
Speaker: Antonio Ortiz-Mena, senior advisor, Albright Stonebridge Group

"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

"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

"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

"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.