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Jorge Castaneda
Jorge CastaƱeda

Former Mexican foreign minister speaks at UTSA

By James Benavides
Public Affairs Specialist

(Jan. 28, 2008)--Former Mexican Foreign Minister Jorge CastaƱeda will return to UTSA to discuss his new book, "Ex Mex: From Migrants to Immigrants" from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 29 in the Buena Vista Theatre, UTSA Downtown Campus. Hosted by the UTSA Mexico Center, the presentation and discussion is free and open to the public.

Castañeda is the Global Distinguished Professor of Politics and Latin American Studies at New York University. An accomplished scholar and former member of the administration of Mexican President Vicente Fox, Castañeda will discuss common misconceptions about the largest immigrant population in the United States.

Additionally, he will provide an inside account of pre- and post-9/11 negotiations between the United States and Mexico and measures Mexico pursued to improve the conditions of migrants when efforts were stalled.

Offering commentary on Castañeda's presentation will be Raul Rodriguez, Robert Rivard and Lionel Sosa. Rodriguez is the former CEO of North American Development Bank, past chair of the of the World Affairs Council of San Antonio, chair of the San Antonio Free Trade Alliance and the Benson Chair in Banking and Finance at University of the Incarnate Word.

Rivard is editor and executive vice president of the San Antonio Express-News. Sosa is the CEO of Mexicans and Americans Thinking Together (MATT.org) and is the founder of Sosa, Bromley, Aguilar & Associates, now Bromley Communications, the largest Hispanic advertising agency in the United States.

The UTSA Mexico Center is a resource for scholars studying U.S.-Mexico relations and the interactions of the two societies. The lectures series is part of the center's goal to open dialogue to promote bilateral policies to resolve mutual concerns. The center provides scholarships and research fellowships and facilitates travel and lodging for students and researchers to consult with experts in Mexico.

For more information, visit the UTSA Mexico Center Web site, which includes information on fellowships, scholarships, study abroad opportunities and an events calendar.

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