Annual Spring Conference Sponsored by UH Center For Mexican American Studies Focuses on Mexico ‘Hoy’, With Experts From Texas and South of the Border

What do you know about Mexico today? Experts say as the world gets smaller, you need to know more. "¡Mexico, Hoy! Economic Dependency, Social Inequity and Political Resistance in a Globalized World" is the annual spring conference offered by the University of Houston Center for Mexican American Studies (CMAS).

The two-day event will be from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., April 17-18 at the Hilton-University of Houston-Hotel and explores the political, social and economic dynamics in Mexico. The conference is free and open to the public.

"The controversy surrounding the 2006 Presidential election, the uprising in the state of Oaxaca, the growing income gap and popular resistance all over Mexico have had limited coverage in the mainstream media throughout the U.S," said Lorenzo Cano, associate director of CMAS. "We want to provide a critical perspective to show that, in the current structure of our globalized world conditions, what happens in one country often shapes what happens to its neighbors."

Speakers and topics include

  • Lorenzo Meyer, Mexico's foremost historian and political analyst, Colegio de Mexico, will give the keynote address: "The Illusion of Democracy"
  • David Bacon, writer and photojournalist, "Illegal: How Globalization Produces Migration and Criminalizes Immigrants"
  • Jeronimo Cortina, CMAS visiting scholar, "Income and Vote Choice in the 1994, 2000 and 2006 Mexican Presidential Elections"
  • Luis Salinas, UH professor of sociology, "A Comparison of the Mexican Family in Mexico with that of Mexicans in the U.S.: Implications for Social Policy"

A panel discussion is planned on "NAFTA Migration: Gender, Labor and Land Deregulation" and will feature Marta Ojeda, executive director of the Coalition for Justice in the Maquiladoras in San Antonio; and Rosemary Hennessey, director of the Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality and professor of English at Rice University.

Participants also can view a screening of the film "Un Granito de Arena" by Seattle filmmaker Jill Freidberg, which documents the efforts of more than 100,000 teachers, parents and students fighting for Mexico's public education system.

For more information, call 713-743-3133 or email Lorenzo Cano at

WHAT: CMAS Annual Spring Conference
"¡Mexico Hoy! Economic Dependency, Social Inequity and Political Resistance in a Globalized World"
WHEN: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., April 17-18
WHERE: Hilton-University of Houston-Hotel 
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