U.S.-Mexico Relations: The Age of Trump

Three Tuesdays, September 26, October 10 and 17, 6:30–8:00 P.M. | MATCH, 3400 Main Street at Holman, 77002. Street parking and paid parking available.

U.S. news coverage of Mexico increased exponentially as Donald Trump’s presidential campaign gained traction, and since he took office.  Almost daily, print and electronic media have addressed Mexico’s reaction to the president’s stated intentions regarding NAFTA, the Great Wall, militarization of the border, manufacturing plants owned by U.S. companies in Mexico as well as a host of other issues. 

Our speakers will consider the Mexican government’s strategic response to the new realities of its standing with the current administration, and what lies ahead for U.S. relations with our third largest trading partner – and for Mexico, whose largest trading partner we are.  There is a great deal at stake for all of us – economically, politically, culturally, and in broad humanitarian terms.

These lectures are prefatory to the Seminar’s Mexico City study tour, April 3-9, 2018, but are open to all who are interested in the topic.

September 26:  Gabriel Cavazos Villanueva “The Future of Mexico-U.S. Trade and Investment”
Dr. Cavazos specializes in international trade law, transnational litigation, and arbitration. He is a professor of law and dean of the School of Social Sciences and Government for the Northern Region of Monterrey Tech University, and director of the North American Consortium on Legal Education (NACLE), of which the University of Houston Law Center is a founding member. 

October 10:  Francisco Cantú “Mexico’s Political Parties and the Upcoming
Presidential Election”
Dr. Cantú’s research areas are Latin American politics and comparative politics, with emphasis on Mexican political parties and electoral systems. He is assistant professor of political
science at the University of Houston, with degrees from the National Autonomous University of Mexico in Mexico City and the University of California in San Diego (MA and PhD). 

October 17:  Tony Payán “The U.S.-Mexico Border in the Age of Donald Trump”
Director of the Mexico Center at the Baker Institute, and the Françoise and Edward Djerejian Fellow in Mexico Studies, both at Rice University, Dr. Payán is a political scientist whose research focuses on border studies, particularly the border between the U.S. and Mexico. He is a member of the Greater Houston Partnership’s Immigration Task Force as well as its Mexico Energy Task Force.



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U.S.-Mexico Relations: The Age of Trump
Three Tuesdays, September 26, October 10 and 17, 6:30–8:00 P.M.
$90 all sessions; $35 single session
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Romantic Rarities with Brian Connelly
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Inside the Middle East
October 26, November 2, 9, and 16
The Station Museum of Contemporary Art
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Newport: History Preserved
Thursday, October 26Monday, October 30, 2017
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Mexico City: Past, Present, Future
Tuesday, April 3Monday, April 9, 2018
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