Focus 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 the 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
Speaker: Dr. Enrique Figueroa, Director, Roberto Hernandez Center, UW-Milwaukee
*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.
Art Gallery: Francisco X. Mora
Artwork by Mexican artist, author and illustrator, Francisco X. Mora will be on display.
Book Discussion: The Death of Artemio Cruz
A community book discussion related to the “Focus on Mexico” theme is also planned. The book, The Death of Artemio Cruz by Carlos Fuentes will be discussed on Wednesday evenings, October 1, October 8 and October 15 from 5:00pm-6:15pm in Room 101. The discussion will be led by 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: email@example.com Interested participants should purchase the book on their own. In addition, a limited number of books are available for loan from the UW-WC library.
Film: The Undocumented
The Undocumented by Marco Williams will be shown on 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.
Concert: Trio Los Primos De Mexico
& Ballet Folklorico
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 to the Sept. 26 concert are $17 adults, $15 seniors and $13 for youth under 18. To purchase tickets, visit the campus website, phone 262-335-5208, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Focus on Mexico series is sponsored in part with funding from WIPPS.