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Pan American Days focusing on U.S., Mexico, Latin America
By Scott Maier, Senior Editor
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Posted: 04/07/2000
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Several events are planned for Monday through Friday for Pan American Days 2000 at TUniversity of Texas-Pan American. The theme for this year's event is "U.S., Mexico and Latin America in the 21st Century."

The week kicks off Monday with a proclamation by UTPA President Miguel A. Nevárez and Dr. Rodolfo Arevalo, provost for Academic Affairs. Dr. Cynthia Brown, finance professor, will lead a panel discussion of maquiladoras in Mexico at 8:30 p.m. in the School of Business Administration Building (BA) Room 110.

Tuesday begins with a look at Hispanic trends in the United States, led by Dr. Alberto Davila, Department of Economics and Finance chair, at 10:30 a.m. in BA Room 116. At noon in BA Room 110, Dr. Jose Pagan, economics professor, will talk about Hispanics and immigration.

The world-renowned UTPA mariachis will perform from noon to 1p.m. in the University Library, followed by a pair of discussions from 1 p.m. to 2:25 p.m. in BA Room 110. Dr. Jose Hinojosa, political science professor, will address Hispanics in American politics, and Dr. Elena Bastida, sociology professor, will speak on Hispanic Health.

Numerous events are planned for Wednesday. Professor Jose Barragan of the Universidad de Nuevo Leon will look at marketing in Mexico at 11:45 a.m. in BA Room 111.

"A Taste of Mexico and Latin American Festival" will begin at noon in the Xochitl Room, next to the cafeteria.

Also at noon in BA Room 110 is a look at "Latin America: Past, Present and Future." Dr. Tom Pozorski, anthropology professor, will examine Peru; Dr. Gary Mounce, political science professor, will address Brazil; Dr. Arturo Vasquez, international business professor, will look at Chile; Dr. John Sargent, management professor, will examine management and maquiladoras in Mexico; and Dr. Raul Madrid of The University of Texas-Austin, will explore politics in Argentina.

Spanish poet Ángel González will present a variety of his works at 1 p.m. in the Liberal Arts Auditorium (Social and Behavioral Science Building Room 101). The presentation is followed by a "merienda" reception with music by UTPA Estudiantina at 3 p.m. in the Administration Building Board of Regents Room.

Mexico takes the spotlight Thursday in a series of discussions at noon in BA Room 110.

Professor Miguel A. Montoya of the ITESM Campus Guadalajara will address the country1s political economy, and Professor Jaime Navarro, also of the ITESM Campus Guadalajara, will explore family business. Professor Modesto Robledo of the Universidad de Tamaulipas Victoria will talk on higher education.

Also Thursday, the Engineering Building will host a Mexican film festival beginning at 1 p.m.

Pan American Days 2000 winds down Friday with a reception for university presidents from Latin America and Mexico.

For more information, contact Dr. Gilbert Cardenas, assistant vice president for academic affairs for international programs, at 956/381-3354 or 956/381-3572.

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