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"Rule of Law in Mexico and the Border" final topic for UTPA speaker series
Posted: 04/12/2007
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The Center for Academic Excellence (CAE) at The University of Texas-Pan American will host the third speaker in its spring 2007 Global Security Studies and Leadership Speaker Series Thursday, April 19, 7:30-9 p.m. in the UTPA Education Complex, Room 1.102.

The speaker will be Dr. David Shirk, director of the Trans-Border Institute (TBI) at the University of San Diego, who will present "The Rule of Law in Mexico and the Border."

- Dr. David Shirk
Shirk received his Ph.D. in political science at the University of California, San Diego and joined the Political Science Department of the University of San Diego in 2003. Shirk conducts research and publishes on topics related to Mexican politics, U.S.-Mexican relations, and law enforcement and security issues along the U.S.-Mexican border. He is the principal investigator for TBI's Justice in Mexico Project, a bi-national research initiative focused on criminal justice and the rule of law in Mexico and has authored several works on national security and international issues.

The CAE was established at the University in October 2006 with the goal of educating the next generation of national security and intelligence leaders as well as leaders for the global economy at large. The center focuses on broadening the skill sets of students through research, team communication and advanced interdisciplinary studies.

The CAE is scheduled to offer an undergraduate minor in global security studies and leadership fall 2007 and in fall 2008 a Master of Arts in interdisciplinary studies in global security studies and leadership.

The CAE will also offer UTPA students the opportunity to study abroad and attend a Leadership Academy in Washington, D.C. with expenses paid, to work as research assistants and with visiting scholars, and have access to paid government internships.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call Nick Weimer at 956/318-5342.