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Charles R. Hale, Director SRH 1.310, 2300 Red River Street D0800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512.471.5551

New Speaker Series on Latin America and the Global Economy

Posted: October 1, 2008

LLILAS in partnership with Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) Wealth Management is pleased to introduce the Latin America and the Global Economy Speaker Series. The series will examine the opportunities that globalization brings to the region and will review the challenges Latin American countries face in achieving international competitiveness.

The partnership between RBC Wealth Management and the University of Texas at Austin was first introduced by the South region executive, Darryl Traweek, who serves on the boards of the College of Liberal Arts and LLILAS. The RBC’s interest in partnering with UT Austin as well as other local colleges and universities is twofold: (1) to foster strong community relationships and (2) to enlighten students about financial services as a career option in order to build a future pipeline. RBC says, “As an organization that understands the rapid changes and associated implications of U.S. demographics, RBC Wealth Management strives to become engaged in the areas where we work and live. The Latin America and the Global Economy Speaker series will be one of the platforms to aid us in achieving this goal.” The series is organized in collaboration with the McCombs School of Business’s Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER).

The speakers will consist of prominent leaders from private sector and governmental institutions in Latin America and the United States who specialize in Latin American economic development. William C. Gruben, Killam Distinguished Professor at Texas A and M International University and Fellow of the Institute for Globalization and Monetary Policy at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, will present the first lecture, The Politics of Economics in Latin America. He will discuss the emergence of populist economic policies and other policy changes in response to economic fluctuations in Latin America in the last decade.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will take place on Monday, October 27, 2008, from 4:30–5:30 p.m. in the new ATT Executive Education and Conference Center, Classroom 203, on the University of Texas campus. It will be followed by a reception in the ATT Courtyard from 5:45–7:15 p.m. Watch the LLILAS Calendar for announcements of future lectures.

For more information on the series, contact Paloma Diaz at 232-2409.

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