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Boalt Hall Kicks Off U.S./Mexico Symposium Series

Harley Shaiken, Ricardo B. Salinas and Dean Edley

In late November, Dean Christopher Edley, Jr., and Professor Robert Cooter traveled to Mexico City to join leading Mexican captains of industry and thinkers for the inauguration of a symposium series to be held this spring on the Berkeley campus. The interdisciplinary series will explore issues on the forefront of U.S./Mexico relations.

At the November 22 ceremony, Dean Edley signed an accord between Boalt Hall and the Fundación Azteca, a charitable arm of Mexican media giant, Grupo Salinas, to start the series, co-sponsored by UC Berkeley's Center for Latin American Studies. CLAS Director Harley Shaiken also traveled to Mexico City to participate in the event, over which Grupo Salinas chair Ricardo B. Salinas presided. Professor Cooter, director of the Berkeley Center for Law, Business and the Economy at Boalt, was a key organizer of the inauguration.

Attending the proceedings as well were leading Mexican intellectuals Sabina Berman and Jorge Volpi; Fundación Azteca president Esteban Moctezuma, and Luis J. Echarte, president and CEO of Azteca America (Grupo Salinas' 38-station, Spanish-language network in the United States). To view more photographs of the event, please click here.

"Repensando el Futuro de Mexico," or "Rethinking Mexico's Future," will bring to Berkeley leaders from Mexican law, business and government, and opinion makers. The aim of the series is to generate ideas on economic, business, cultural and public policy issues, as well as to foster better understanding between the two nations.

The series will be part of a weekly seminar co-hosted by Lecturer-in-Residence Maria
Echaveste '80, CLAS Director Harley Shaiken and Fundación Azteca representative Andrés Roemer. The seminars will feature alternating guest lecturers from Mexico and the U.S. Azteca America will televise excerpts from the guest lectures.





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