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Businessman/Philanthropist Miguel Alemán to Speak at UT

Posted: November 10, 2008

On Tuesday, November 18, 2008, the Mexican Center and LLILAS host the talk Nuevos retos que México tendrá que enfrentar (New Challenges Ahead for Mexico) by Miguel Alemán Velasco, former governor and senator from the state of Veracruz.

Alemán will speak about the current political and economic climate in Mexico, and future relations between Mexico and the new U.S. administration.

Born in 1932, Miguel Alemán is the son of Miguel Alemán Valdés, President of Mexico in the 1940s. A prominent businessman and philanthropist, Miguel Alemán Velasco was instrumental in founding such major Mexican companies as the media giant Televisa and the telecommunications provider Telmex. He currently serves as chairman of the board of Interjet, a low-fare Mexican airline.

Alemán is actively involved in philanthropic efforts, promoting such issues as women’s health and rural development through the Miguel Alemán Foundation. He sits on the boards of the Museo Dolores Olmedo in Mexico City and the Museo del Prado in Madrid, and is an editorial writer for El Universal, one of Mexico’s leading newspapers. In 2008 he was awarded the medal of the Commander of the Legion of Honor, the highest honor bestowed on a foreign citizen by the government of France.

The talk, which is free and open to the public, will take place from 4:00–5:00 p.m. in the ballroom at the new ATT Conference Center on campus. It will be given in Spanish with simultaneous translation provided. For more information, contact the Mexican Center at 512.232.2423.

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