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UTSA Mexico Center hosts Oct. 31 conference

By Tim Brownlee
Assistant Director of Public Affairs

(Oct. 26, 2006)--The UTSA Mexico Center and UNAM-San Antonio will host a conference, "Perspective on U.S.-Mexico Relations," from 10 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, Oct. 31 in the Durango Building Southwest Room (1.124) at the UTSA Downtown Campus. The event is free and open to the public.

In related Mexico Center events, a collaboration agreement between UTSA and UNAM-San Antonio will be signed in a ceremony at 11:45 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 1 in the Buena Vista Theater, Downtown Campus. UTSA President Ricardo Romo, UNAM President Juan Ramon and Rosaura Ruiz, UNAM secretary of institutional development, will speak at the signing.

Additionally, the UNAM-UTSA Mexico Center book collection will be dedicated at 1:30 p.m., Nov. 1 in the Downtown Campus Library, Buena Vista Street Building second floor. At 2 p.m., there will be an open house in the new offices of the UTSA Mexico Center, Monterey Building Room 2.260, Downtown Campus. Refreshments will be available. The events are free and open to the UTSA community.

The UTSA-UNAM conference will open with remarks by Harriett Romo, UTSA Mexico Center director and associate professor of sociology, and Mario Melgar, director of the Universidad Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM) at San Antonio.

Speakers for the conference are Enrique Berruga, Mexico's U.N. ambassador, and Clark Reynolds, Stanford University professor emeritus. They will be followed by commentaries from Robert Rivard, San Antonio Express-News editor, and Mauricio Gonzalez, columnist for Periodico Reforma, a respected Mexican newspaper.

Established in October 1995, the UTSA Mexico Center is an umbrella institute that connects Mexico-related expertise at UTSA through cross-disciplinary research projects and activities. The center's research focuses on four areas relevant to U.S.-Mexico relations: economic development and global entrepreneurship, transnational families, bi-national collaboration with academic institutions in Mexico, and study-abroad programs.

For more information, call (210) 458-2849.

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Speaker bios

Enrique Berruga, the permanent representative of Mexico to the U.N., has a bachelor's degree in international relations from the Colegio de Mexico, and a master's in international politics from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. He has been a member of the Mexican Foreign Service since 1984, and has held positions in Mexico's embassies in the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland and Costa Rica. He has represented Mexico in multilateral organizations including UNESCO and the U.N.

Clark Reynolds is a specialist in economic development, international trade and finance, economic history, and employment and migration. His research focuses on global economics with a focus on Mexico, Latin America, North America and China. He received a bachelor's degree in economics and humanities from Claremont Men's College. He earned M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in economics from the University of California at Berkeley, and taught at Stanford and Yale. Reynolds has received awards, grants and honors from universities and other institutions in the United States, Mexico, Canada, China and Italy.

Bob Rivard is executive vice president and editor of the San Antonio Express-News. After receiving a bachelor's degree in political science from UTSA, he began his career as a sports reporter for the Brownsville Herald. He switched to news reporting with the Dallas Times, and persuaded his editors to send him to Central America to open a news bureau to cover the region's revolutions. In 1982, he received the Society of Professional Journalists' Distinguished Service Award for Foreign Correspondents. He served as Central American bureau chief for Newsweek, and joined the Express-News in 1993. Rivard was promoted to his current position in 1997.

Mauricio Gonzalez is a columnist for the Mexican newspaper, Periodico Reforma. He has a B.A. degree in economics, and has written extensively on political and economic issues, focusing on Mexico's interactions with the United States and other countries.

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