Mexico Working Group
The Mexico Working Group is a multidisciplinary group co-chaired by Kellogg Institute Faculty Fellows Allert Brown-Gort and Jaime Pensado. With the goal of strengthening the presence of Mexico and Mexican Americans at Notre Dame, the group brings together faculty and students to present work in progress and discuss relevant issues related to Mexico.
The Mexico Working Group:
Supports academic discussions, conferences, talks, and monthly works-in-progress lunches, as well as cultural events. Its new series, Diálogos: Conversations with Mexico, bring together renowned international visitors and Notre Dame faculty to discuss events that affect Mexico.
Fosters academic and cultural exchanges to link the University with Mexico and Mexican Studies institutions.
Coordinates a biennialUndergraduate Research Conference focused on Mexican and Mexican American issues, bringing together undergraduates to present their research in panels organized and run by graduate students. A “Best Paper on Mexico” prize is awarded. In Spring 2013, the working group published its first Journal of Undergraduate Research on Mexico, Inclusive Exclusions, featuring the papers of the three 2011 winners. In Spring 2014, the MWG published the Journal’s second volume, Recur, featuring the three 2013 winners.
Hosts visiting fellows who contribute to the scholarship on Mexico at Notre Dame. During Spring 2013, Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas, Hewlett Visiting Fellow for Public Policy at the Kellogg Institute, co-taught the class “Modern Mexican History: From the Porfiriato & the Revolution to the Present” with Jaime M. Pensado.
Mark Your Calendars—Events for the Spring 2014 Semester Include:
This page is maintained by the Working Group and may not reflect recent changes. For the most up-to-date calendar/event information, please see http://kellogg.nd.edu/events/calendar
• Friday, January 31 at 12:00 pm (Dooley Room, LaFortune Student Center) "Specters of Revolution: Peasant Guerrillas in the Cold War Mexican Countryside" Alex Aviña (Assistant Professor of History, Florida State University) TO BE POSTPONED
• Mexico Week @ ND: ¡Reforma!—Mexico in Transition
Monday, February 24 at 12:00 pm (Eck Hall of Law Room 1315) "Constitutional Reform and Religious Liberty in Mexico," Jorge E. Traslosheros (Instituto de Investigaciones Históricas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México)
Thursday, February 27 at at 2:30 pm, C103 Hesburgh Center (Co-sponsored with the Public Opinion and Elections Working Group): Panel: Democratization and Political Change in Mexico's Party System: "México, 1991- 2012: age of realignment," Ulises Beltrán (Professor, División de Estudios Políticos, Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económica) and "Democratization and Party Change. The Case of Mexico's PRI," Joy Langston (Professor, División de Estudios Políticos, Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económica). Discussant: Guillermo Trejo (Associate Professor, Political Science)
Friday, February 28 at 12:00 pm (Dooley Room 102, LaFortune Student Center)
Mexico Working Group: "Candidate-Centered Campaigning in a Party-Centered Electoral Context: The Case of Mexico" Joy Langston (Professor, División de Estudios Políticos, Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económica)
Discussant: Rodrigo Castro Cornejo, Kellogg PhD Fellow, Political Science
Monday, March 3 at 2pm, 104/105 Hesburgh Center. Guillermo Valdés (Director of the Centro de Investigación y Seguridad Nacional, CISEN, during the presidency of Felipe Calderón) Book presentation: “Historia del narcotráfico en México” (History of Illegal drug trade in Mexico) Here’s the link for the book: http://www.librosaguilar.com/mx/ebook/historia-del-narcotrafico-en-mexico/
• Thursday, April 24 (7pm 104/105 Hesburgh Center) (Event organized by The History Department Intellectual Life Committee) "Catholic Youth in Cold War Mexico," Jaime Pensado (Carl E. Koch Assistant Professor of History, University of Notre Dame)
Additional events of interest
• March 21 at 12:45pm (C104/105 Hesburgh Center), event organized by the Public Opinion and Elections Working Group: "Race, Ethnicity and Public Goods Provision in Latin America: Why Democracies Discriminate Against Individuals with Indigenous Phenotypical Features," Guillermo Trejo (Kellogg Institute Faculty Fellow, Associate Professor of Political Science).
• Tuesday, April 1 at 12:30 pm, John Womack, Robert Woods Bliss Professor of Latin American History and Economics, Harvard University
Undergraduate Research Conferences
The second undergraduate research conference, "¿México?," took place on April 27, 2013 as part of Mexico Week @ ND. Bruno Anaya Ortiz won the "Best Paper on Mexico” prize.
If you would like additional information about the working group, or if you would like to participate in one of our events, please contact Jaime Pensado firstname.lastname@example.org, Allert Brown-Gort email@example.com, or Rodrigo Castro Cornejo firstname.lastname@example.org.