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LLILAS Visiting Professors to Address Impact of 2012 Elections in Mexico and U.S.

Posted: April 19, 2012

Gustavo Vega Canovas, the Matías Romero Visiting Chair in Mexican Studies at LLILAS during spring 2012, will present a lecture on April 23 with Robert Pastor of American University on the impact of the upcoming elections in Mexico and the United States on the future of North America.

“Whither North America after the 2012 Elections” will take place Monday, April 23, at 4:00 p.m. in the Benson Latin American Collection 2nd Floor Conference Room, SRH Unit 1. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Dr. Vega Canovas is Director of the Center for International Studies at El Colegio de México and is teaching the graduate seminar Critical Issues in Mexico–United States Relations during the spring semester. The Matías Romero chair was created in 2003 through an educational and research cooperation agreement between the Ministry of Foreign Relations of Mexico and the University of Texas at Austin. Its purpose is to promote the presence and participation of distinguished Mexicans from the public and private sectors, as well as from academia, to foster greater understanding of Mexican culture and society. Dr. Vega Canovas received his MA and PhD in political science fromYale University and is an expert on U.S.-Mexican economic relations and North American integration.

Robert Pastor is an eminent scholar and policymaker who has published extensively on issues of U.S. foreign policy and economic development. In his most recent book, The North American Idea: A Vision of a Continental Future, Dr. Pastor argues that to reinvigorate the continent, the leaders of NAFTA need to start with an idea based on a principle of interdependence.

For more information, contact Paloma Diaz.

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