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Politics, Drugs, and Violence in Mexico, Central, and South America

November 17, 2014 @ 12:00 am - December 8, 2014 @ 11:59 am


Politics, Drugs, and Violence in Mexico, Central, and South America

November 17—Poverty, Gangs and Children in an Unsettled Central and South America
Photographer Donna De Cesare is an award-winning journalist who has lived in Central America and currently is an  associate professor, University of Texas School of Journalism.  Through her books and exhibitions of her work, Ms. De Cesare presents the effects of decades of war and gang violence on youths and their families in Central America and the United States.  She is the author of two books, Unsettled/Desasosiego and Hijos de Destino: Youth Violence in the Americas.  Her work was recently seen in the exhibition War/Photography at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.  Ms. De Cesare received her MPhil from Essex University in England and a bachelor’s degree in literature from State University College at Buffalo, New York

November 24—Understanding Central America
Dr. John Booth is considered a foremost authority on Central America and has co-authored the two most recent editions of Understanding Central America: Global Forces, Rebellion, and Change (Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 2010).  Over the past 40 years, Dr.  Booth has studied and written about democratization, revolution, political violence, and Central American politics.  He has been a political risk consultant for the Department of State and other groups, agencies, and corporations. He serves as Regents Professor of political science, University of North Texas, Denton.  Dr. Booth has a B.A. from Rice University and master’s degree and doctorate from University of Texas at Austin. 

December 1—Politics and Violence in South America
Dr. Eduardo Alemán is an associate professor in the department of political science at the University of Houston. He specializes in the comparative analysis of political institutions and Latin American politics. His research focuses on executive-legislative relations, legislative politics, and political parties. Author of articles in journals World Politics, Comparative Politics, Comparative Political Studies, Legislative Studies Quarterly, and Latin American Research Review, Dr. Alemán earned his Ph.D. at University of California, Los Angeles.

December 8—Mexico: Obstacles to Progress in Spite of Reform
Dr. Tony Payan, author of The Three US-Mexico Border Wars:  Drugs, Immigration, and Homeland Security (Westport, CT: Praeger Security International, 2006), is director of the Mexico Center at Rice University’s Baker Institute.  He is also associate professor of political science at University of Texas, El Paso, and a member of the graduate faculty at Universidad Autonoma de Ciudad Juarez.  Dr. Payan will discuss Mexico’s recent acceleration of legislative work to pass important reforms in labor, competition, education, fiscal policy, telecommunications, energy, and political structure and address why has it reaped so few economic and political benefits.  Dr. Payan received his doctorate in international relations from Georgetown University.


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November 17, 2014 @ 12:00 am
December 8, 2014 @ 11:59 am
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