Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Conference Nov.17-18, 2011 Mexico at the Crossroads: Learning from History, Facing the Future

November 17th, 2011 - November 18th, 2011

LBC Stibbs Conference Room 203, Uptown Campus
#14 on this LBC Building Map – Second Floor
Where is the LBC Building?
#29 on this Uptown Campus Map



Mexico at the Crossroads: Learning from History, Facing the Future
Sponsored by El Colegio de México and the Center for Inter-American Policy and Research

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8:45-9:00 Arrival and Registration

9:00-9:30 Welcome and Introductory Remarks

  • Michael Bernstein (Provost, Tulane University)
  • Javier Garciadiego (President, El Colegio de Mexico)

9:30-10:30 Panel 1: The Legacy of Independence and the Revolution

  • Some Consequences of the Independence of Mexico
    Josefina Z. Vázquez (Colegio de Mexico)
  • Revolution One Hundred Years After
    Javier Garciadiego (Colegio de Mexico)
  • Discussant: Kris Lane (Tulane University)
  • Chair: Thomas F. Reese (Tulane University)

10:30-10:45 Break

10:45-12:15 Panel 2: Foreign Policy

  • Mexico’s Policy Towards Latin America: Facing Diversity
    Ana Covarrubias (Colegio de Mexico)
  • Mexico US Relations at a Crossroads. The Challenges for the Next Mexican and US Administrations
    Gustavo Vega (Colegio de Mexico)
  • Francisco González (SAIS)
  • Chair: Ludovico Feoli (Tulane University)

12:30-2:00 Keynote Speaker and Lunch
Change of venue: Kendall Cram Lecture Hall, LBC 2nd Floor

  • Ambassador Julián Ventura, Under Secretary for North America, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mexico

2:30-4:00 Panel 3: Structural Change, Economic Growth and Equity: Part I

  • Why Isn’t Mexico Rich? Why Should it be?
    Gerardo Esquivel (Colegio de Mexico)
  • Economic Performance, Inequality and Poverty: 1982-2010
    Nora Lustig (Tulane University)
  • Trade, Employment, and Wages: Effects of Regional and Global Integration on Mexican Manufacturing
    Robert Blecker (American University)
  • Chair: James Alm (Tulane University)

4:00-5:30 Panel 4: Structural Change, Economic Growth and Equity: Part II

  • Telecommunications Regulation. Political Incentives
    Alejandro Castañeda (Colegio de Mexico)
  • The Impact of Economic Policy Changes on Mexico´s Rural Economy: 1985-2010
    Isidro Soloaga (Colegio de Mexico)
  • Discussant (for both panels): Rolando Cordera (UNAM)
  • Chair: Marco Castañeda (Tulane University)


8:30-10:30 Panel 1: Demographic Change and Migration

  • Making Virtue Out of Necessity: Toward a New Generation of Migration Policies
    Francisco Alba (Colegio de Mexico)
  • U.S. Attempts to Control Mexican Migration, 1993-2011: What Have They Accomplished?
    Wayne Cornelius (University of California, San Diego)
  • Central American Immigration and Transmigration in Mexico: Current Trends and Debates
    Manuel Angel Castillo (Colegio de Mexico)
  • The Population of Mexico in the 21st Century
    Manuel Ordorica (Colegio de Mexico)
  • Chair: Aaron Schneider (Tulane University)

10:30-10:45 Coffee Break

10:45-12:15 Panel 2: Democracy and Elections

  • The Dilemmas of Mexican Democracy
    Jean-Francois Prud’homme (Colegio de Mexico)
  • Political Participation and Electoral Preferences in Mexico: Towards the 2012 Election
    Fernanda Somuano (Colegio de Mexico)
  • Do Mexican Presidential Campaigns Make a Difference? Lessons from Prior Elections
    Rod Camp (Claremont McKenna College)
  • Effective Democracy? Political Competition, Party Attachments and Vote Buying in Mexico
    Sergio Béjar (Tulane University)
  • Discussant: Andrew Selee (Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars)
  • Chair: Jimmy Huck (Tulane University)

12:15-2:35 Lunch

  • (1:45 – 2:30 Visit to Latin American Library)

2:15-3:15 Panel 3: Security and Drug Trafficking

  • Violence and Criminality in Mexico: An Analysis of Recent Trends
    Arturo Alvarado (Colegio de Mexico)
  • Can the U.S. Do Anything to Help?
    Peter Hakim (Inter-American Dialogue)
  • Discussant: Eduardo Silva (Tulane University)
  • Chair: David Ortiz (Tulane University)

3:30-5:00 Keynote Address
Change of venue: Kendall Cram Lecture Hall, LBC 2nd Floor

  • Scott Cowen (President, Tulane University)
  • Openness and Growth in Mexico
    Jaime Serra-Puche (Former Minister of Trade, Mexico; President, SAI Consulting S.C.)

The conference is also supported by the World Affairs Council of New Orleans.







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Dennis A. Georges Lecture in Hellenic Culture

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Join Dr. Emily Greenwood as she will be speaking about Greek language/literature, slavery, and the “politics of the human” when she delivers the Dennis A. Georges Lecture in Hellenic Culture.

Emily Greenwood is Professor and Chair of the Classics Department at Yale University where she also holds a joint appointment in African American Studies. She is one of the pre-eminent thinkers on Greek historiography of her generation as well as the leading figure in re-evaluating the legacy of Graeco-Roman culture in colonial and post-colonial contexts. In addition to her book Afro-Greeks: Dialogues Between Anglophone Caribbean Literature and Classics in the Twentieth Century (Oxford 2010) [Joint winner of the Runciman Prize], she has published over a dozen articles and book chapters that investigate the rich and nuanced reception of ancient Greek literature in the African Diaspora, especially in Caribbean literature.

Africana Studies Brown Bag Lecture with Prof. Dan Sharp

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Naná Vasconcelos: Afro-Brazilian Percussion in Paris and New York City

Dan Sharp is currently conducting research for a book that revolves around the 1980 album Saudades by Afro-Brazilian Naná Vasconcelos. The book will situate Naná‘s reimagining of percussion and voice in the context of his itinerant life in New York, Europe and Brazil in the 1970s and 1980s. Snacks provided!

Why Marronage Still Matters: Lecture with Dr. Neil Roberts

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What is the opposite of freedom? Dr. Neil Roberts answers this question with definitive force: slavery, and from there he unveils powerful new insights on the human condition as it has been understood between these poles. Crucial to his investigation is the concept ofmarronage—a form of slave escape that was an important aspect of Caribbean and Latin American slave systems. Roberts examines the liminal and transitional space of slave escape to develop a theory of freedom as marronage, which contends that freedom is fundamentally located within this space.In this lecture, Roberts will explore how what he calls the “post-Western” concept and practice of marronage—of flight—bears on our world today.

This event is sponsored by the Kathryn B. Gore Chair in French Studies, Department of French and Italian.
For more information contact Ryan Joyce at or Fayçal Falaky at

Newcomb Art Museum to host María José de la Macorra and Eric Peréz for Gallery Talk

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Join us at the Newcomb Art Museum in welcoming Mexican artists María José de la Macorra and Eric Peréz for a noontime gallery talk as they discuss the current exhibition Clay in Transit: Contemporary Mexican Ceramics (which features works by María José de la Macorra) and the focus and process of their work. The talk is free and open to the public.

The Newcomb Art Museum is featuring two ceramic exhibitions entitled Clay in Transit featuring contemporary Mexican ceramics and Clay in Place featuring Newcomb pottery and guild plus other never-before-exhibited pieces from the permanent collection.The exhibit presents the work of seven Mexican-born sculptors who bridge the past and present by creating contemporary pieces using an ancient medium. The exhibit will feature works by Ana Gómez, Saúl Kaminer, Perla Krauze, María José Lavín, María José de la Macorra, Gustavo Pérez, Paloma Torres.

Exhibition curator and artist Paloma Torres explains, “In this contemporary moment, clay is a borderline. It is a material that has played a critical role in the development of civilization: early man used clay not only to represent spiritual concerns but also to hold food and construct homes.” While made of a primeval material, the exhibited works nonetheless reflect the artists’ twenty-first-century aesthetics and concerns as well as their fluency in diverse media—from painting and drawing to video, graphic design, and architecture.

The exhibit will run from January 18, 2018, through March 24, 2018. For more information on the exhibit and the artists, please visit the Newcomb Art Museum’s website.

Clay in Transit is presented in collaboration with the Consulate of Mexico.

The exhibition is made possible through the generous support of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Jennifer Wooster (NC ’91), Lora & Don Peters (A&S ’81), Newcomb College Institute of Tulane University, Andrew and Eva Martinez, and the Newcomb Art Museum advisory board

Bate Papo! Practice your Portuguese and enjoy some Brazilian treats: kibe

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Bate Papo! Try a bit of Brazil’s Middle Eastern flavor with these kibe treats. This event is sponsored by TULASO and the Stone Center for Latin American Studies. Admission is free. All levels welcome. For more information, please contact Megwen at

Loyola University to host talk by Ward Churchill on Indigenism in North America

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Loyola University is excited to welcome acclaimed activist-intellectual Ward Churchill, author of the new book Wielding Words like Weapons: Selected Essays in Indigenism, 1995–2005 and 30 Year Anniversary edition of Pacifism as Pathology: Reflections on the Role of Armed Struggle in North America.

Ward will give an explanation of indigenism, moving from there to the concepts of the Fourth World and the three-legged stool of classic, internal, and settler-state colonialism. He will discuss historical and ongoing genocide of North America’s native peoples and the systematic distortion of the political and legal history of U.S.-Indian relations.

A prolific American Indian scholar/activist, Ward Churchill is a founding member of the Rainbow Council of Elders, and longtime member of the leadership council of the American Indian Movement of Colorado. In addition to his numerous works on indigenous history, he has written extensively on U.S. foreign policy and the repression of political dissent, including the FBI’s COINTELPRO operations against the Black Panther Party and the American Indian Movement. Five of his more than 20 books have received human rights awards.

Please contact Nathan Henne ( for additional information.

Sponsored by
The Loyola Latin American Studies Program
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Loyola
The Department of Language and Cultures
The Department of English