Former Mexico City mayor and 1999 Mexican presidential candidate Cuahtemoc Cardenas Solorzano will discuss U.S.-Mexico relations Thursday, Sept. 13 as part of the weeklong Hispanic Heritage Week at The University of Texas Pan-American.
Cardenas, whose 40-year career in Mexican politics includes two presidential candidacies and terms as both a senator and governor, will speak at the UTPA Engineering Building Auditorium at 10:30 a.m. He was the first democratically elected mayor of Mexico City from 1997-1999 and in 1999 received more than 15 percent of the national vote as a presidential candidate for the Coalition Alliance of Mexico.
Cardenas will be the key speaker during the festivities, which run from Sept. 10-16. The event is sponsored by the Latin American Studies Center and the Office of International Programs to foster discussion about U.S.-Mexico relations, honor Hispanic achievement and celebrate Mexico's independence.
Other special activities include the Provost's Hispanic Heritage Awards, Sept. 12 at the University Center Ballroom.
The noon reception will honor several Rio Grande Valley Hispanic legislators for promoting Hispanic higher education. Among those invited are Sens. Eddie Lucio (D-Brownsville) and Carlos Truan (D-Corpus Christi) and Reps. Juan Hinojosa (D-McAllen), Roberto Gutierrez (D-McAllen), Ismael "Kino" Flores (D-Palmview), Jim Solis (D-Harlingen), Rene Oliveria (D-Brownsville) and Miguel Wise (D-Weslaco).
To end the week, the University will host an "El Grito" contest at noon Friday in the Library Foyer. The McAllen Memorial High School Mariachis and the Ballet Folklorico de Tamaulipas will also perform.