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Spring 2008

Presentation of Jorge Castañeda's book " Ex Mex: From Migrants to Immigrants"


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Robert Rivard
Lionel Sosa
Raul Rodriguez

Date: Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Time: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Place: UTSA Downtown Campus, Buena Vista Theater (BV 1.326)

In the wake of the massive, nationwide rally in support of immigrant rights in May 2006, which drew a record number of participants, one thing has become clear: in the United States today, no domestic issue sparks as much public debate or is as politicized as immigration, with the spotlight focused on Mexican immigrants above all others.
In Ex Mex, former Mexican foreign minister and well-known scholar Jorge G. Castañeda draws on his experience in both capacities to dispel some of the most widely held and mistaken ideas about the United States’ largest immigrant population. Through Castañeda, we learn who the newest generation of immigrants from Mexico is, why they’ve chosen to live in the United States, where they work, and what they ultimately hope to achieve. Castañeda also offers an insider’s account of the intricate and secret negotiations that took place between Mexico and the United States in 2001–2—contradicting some of the official versions published here—and the unilateral actions that were taken by his government to improve the conditions of Mexican migrants when talks between the two countries became stalemated.
This timely and authoritative book will be required reading for the debates about immigration that will soon be part of the 2008 U.S. presidential election.

Jorge G. Castañeda is the author of several books, including Perpetuating Power, The Mexican Shock (both available from The New Press), and Utopia Unarmed. Having served as Mexico’s foreign minister from 2000 to 2003, he is currently Global Distinguished Professor of Politics and Latin American Studies at New York University. He divides his time between Mexico City and New York City.

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"Renewable Energy: What the Future Holds"

Date: Friday, February 29, 2008
Time: 9 to 11 a.m.
Place: UTSA Downtown Campus, Aula Canaria (Room BV 1.328)

Panel discussion with the participation of:

  • Javier Morales: Commissioner of the Cabildo of the Island of El Hierro, Canary Islands.
  • Manuel Cendagorta: Executive Director of the Technological Institute of Renewable Energy (ITER), Canary Islands.
  • Salvador Suárez: Head of the Renewable Energy Department of the Technological Institute of the Canary Islands (ITC).
  • Paul Barham: Senior Director of Generation Research and Planning, CPS Energy.
  • Efstathios Michaelides: Professor and Chair, Department of Mechanical Engineering, UTSA.

Moderator: Harriett Romo, Director, UTSA Mexico Center.

Closing Remarks: Elizabeth Ames Jones, Commisioner, Railroad Commission of Texas.

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"Impact of Migration Restrictions on Mexican and Cuban Communities in the U.S. and Overseas"

With panelists

  • Dr. Katherine Donato: Department of Sociology, Vanderbiit University.
    "The consequences of Immigration Policy for Mexican Migration to the U.S."
  • Dr. Jorge Durand: Department of Anthropology, University of Guadalajara, Mexico.
    " Dangerous Border: Human Rights and National Security"
  • Dr. Sylvia Pedraza: Department of Sociology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
    "Impact of Migration Restrictions on Cuban Migration to the U.S."


Discussant: Robert Rivard, Editor, San Antonio Express-News.

Moderator: Richard Jones, Professor, UTSA Department of Political Science and Geoography

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Friday, April 11, 2008
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

UTSA Downtown Campus
Aula Canaria, Buena Vista Building, Room 1.328




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