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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Lecture with Rafael Ledezma, Greenleaf Fellow

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Please join us for a work-in-progress talk titled, “Nueva cronología del modelo primario-exportador de Honduras, 1880-1930/A New Chronology of the Primary Commodity Exports Model in Honduras, 1880-1930” by Rafael Ledezma, the 2017-2018 Richard E. Greenleaf Fellow at the Latin American Library.

The talk will be in SPANISH. All are invited for refreshments afterwards.

Las explicaciones convencionales sobre la historia política y económica de Honduras sostuvieron que, entre 1880 y 1930, el país fue un simple exportador de banano, y que su economía nacional no se benefició de este sector porque fue controlado por empresas extranjeras (United Fruit Co, Cuyamel Fruit Co y Standard Fruit Co). No sorprende, por lo tanto, que a Honduras se le haya conocido como la “banana republic” por excelencia. En esta ponencia presentaré, como hipótesis, una nueva cronología de la historia hondureña de ese periodo, que consiste en tres fases que definieron modos distintos de vinculación al mercado internacional, y que van más allá de la comercialización del banano. Ahondaré en aspectos tales como la actividad marítima y portuaria, con cuáles otros países, además de Estados Unidos, tuvo relaciones comerciales, y cuáles productos vendió y compró del exterior. Se seleccionó este periodo porque, recientemente, la historia económica en América Latina lo está estudiando desde distintos enfoques, para así aportar nuevas visiones sobre los problemas del desarrollo económico en el largo plazo, y los orígenes históricos de la desigualdad social en la región.

Conventional explanations of the political and economic history of Honduras held that, between 1880 and 1930, the country only exported bananas, and that its national economy did not benefit from this sector because it was controlled by foreign companies (United Fruit Co, Cuyamel Fruit Co y Standard Fruit Co). It is therefore not surprising that Honduras has come to be known as the “banana republic” par excellence. In my talk, I will present as a hypothesis a new chronology of Honduran history of this period consisting of three phases that defined different modes of linkages to international markets and that go beyond the commercialization of bananas. I will examine issues such as maritime and port activity; the countries besides the United States with which Honduras had commercial ties; and the products that were bought and sold abroad. I chose to focus on this period because the economic history of Latin America has recently begun to be studied from new perspectives that have refocused our understanding of long-term economic development and the historical origins of social inequality in the region.

Rafael Ledezma hails from Costa Rica. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Universidad Nacional in Costa Rica (2006); a Master’s degree in Applied History from El Colegio de México (2016); and is currently a PhD candidate in History from that university. His research and publications focus on the history of agriculture and the environment in 20th century Costa Rica, and the economic history of Honduras between 1880-1930.

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

Bate Papo! Practice your Portuguese and enjoy some Brazilian treats: bolo de aipim

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Bate Papo! Drop by the LBC mezzanine floor for a slice of manioc sponge cake. We will be spread out across the green couches so come by to take a load off and chat for a bit. 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

Bate Papo! Practice your Portuguese and enjoy some Brazilian treats: Romeo & Julieta

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Bate Papo! Join us once again in the LBC mezzanine area to sample the most romantic treat in all of Brazil: Romeo & Julieta. Never heard of it? Come give it a try! It is like nothing you’ve ever tasted before… 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

Office of Multicultural Affairs: International Food and Music Festival

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The International Food and Music Festival is a tradition for Tulane University and the surrounding New Orleans community. It is not possible without the participation of the international community at Tulane. We need your help to represent your culture, country, or community. Share food, crafts, cultural history, language, performance, and have fun at this beautiful outdoor festival.

This event is FREE for all Tulane faculty, staff and students. You must present your Splash Card. Non-affiliated Tulane attendees can purchase tickets here.

Interested in being a sponsor? Click here for more information and registration.

If you have questions, email or

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

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Bate Papo! End your Friday afternoon on the Jones Hall patio with a classic Brazilian layer dessert. 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