Lecture Series

mexican flagFocus on MEXICO
Fall 2014 Community Lecture Series  

A series of seven one-hour lectures on Wednesday evenings*
6:30pm, Room 228 (except for first lecture which is held in  theatre)
No registration required.
Free Admission.  Q & A follows each lecture.
See Related Events - including book discussion art display, film and concert (listed below) 


Sept. 24: Educating US Latinos

Matt ZilligSpeaker: Jose F. Vasquez, Chief Operating Officer, LaCasa de Esperanza, Waukesha
and member of UW System Board of Regents
*The first lecture will be held in the campus theatre.

The first lecture in the series is in memory of Matt Zillig (pictured left). When Matt died in 2008, his friends created a memorial fund to promote Matt's commitment to the idea of global citizenship. The Friends of Matt Zillig sponsor this lecture as well as a social (immediately following the lecture) that features food samples from Mexico.

October 1: Mexico's Air Pollution and Ancient Cultures

Speaker: Dr. Jonathan Kahl, Professor, Department of Mathematical Sciences, UW-Milwaukee

Learn about fascinating interactions between air pollution, environmental corrosion and cultural heritage.

October 8: Ancient Teotihuacan Society

Speaker: Dr. Sarah Clayton, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, UW-Madison

October 15: Immigration Rights

Speaker: Dr. Rachel Ida Buff, Associate Professor, Department of History, UW-Milwaukee
The history of immigration rights and current immigration policies.

October 22: Mexican Drug Cartels Badger Wisconsin

Speaker:  Patrick O'Dea, Field Intelligence Manager, U.S. Drug Enforcement Adm.
An examination of DEA cases reveals Mexican Cartels exert almost monopolist control over the supply of the major drugs of abuse to Wisconsin.

October 29: Doing Business in Mexico

Panel Discussion moderated by Mark Rhoda Reis, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation.
Panel members include John Barrett, VP-Operations, Serigraph Corporation

October 30: Day of the Dead Explained

Speaker: Maria Rivera, Casa Guadalupe
*Note: Final lecture is on Thursday evening.


Related Events

painting of tiger attacking manArt Gallery:  Francisco X. Mora

Artwork by Mexican artist, author and illustrator, Francisco X. Mora will be on display.



Death of Artemio Cruz book coverBook Discussion: The Death of Artemio Cruz


The Death of Artemio Cruz by Carlos Fuentes
Wednesday evenings, October 1, 8 and 15, 5-6:15pm in Room 101
Facilitator: UW-WC English Professor, Dr. Anne Widmayer
Originally published in 1962, The Death of Artemio Cruz captures a very turbulent 70 years of Mexican history, from 1889 to 1959. Author Carlos Fuentes, widely regarded as one of Mexico’s greatest 20th century novelists, commentators and intellectuals, tells the story of Artemio Cruz’s life against the background of the story of Mexico itself. The cleverly constructed novel uses a series of flashbacks with its twists and turns of events, to share a view of a corrupt Mexico, its culture, traditions and ultimately history.
There is no cost to participate in the book discussion. To register or for more information, phone 262-335-5214 or email: jennifer.chamberlain@uwc.edu Interested participants should purchase the book on their own. A limited number of books are available from UW-WC library.


Film: The Undocumented

 mother with photo of son

The Undocumented by Marco Williams
Tuesday evening, October 21
Jessica Osenbrϋgge will lead a pre-film discussion at 6:30pm, with the film starting around 7:00pm. 
The 90-minute social documentary, The Undocumented tells the stories of migrants who have died in the Arizona desert and documents the reunification of the dead with their families. It also follows US Border Patrol Search and Rescue agents (BORSTAR) who must balance law enforcement with lifesaving. The film goes beyond politics and tells a story that is deeply personal. Admission to the film is free.


Trio Los Primos - band membersConcert: Trio Los Primos De Mexico
& Ballet Folklorico - 7pm

On Friday, September 26, West Bend’s Ballet Folklorico will perform traditional Mexican dance numbers in their colorful costumes at 7pm in the campus theatre.  Trio Los Primos de Mexico will perform at 7:30pm, taking the audience on a musical journey of Mexico. Music from each state of Mexico will be performed – including popular songs such as laBamba and South of the Border, as well as more traditional melodies. 
TICKETS:  $17 adults, $15 seniors and $13 for youth under 18.
Purchase tickets online
Phone 262-335-5208, Email:mailto:wsh-tickets@uwc.edu

  The Focus on Mexico series is sponsored in part with funding from WIPPS.

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