U.S.-Mexico Futures Forum


Tiburon, California

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The U.S.–Mexico Futures Forum, jointly organized by the Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) at the University of California, Berkeley and the International Studies Department at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM), began almost fifteen years ago, bringing together social, intellectual and political leaders from both countries. Participants have ranged from those with extensive knowledge of the region to those who bring fresh perspectives.

Saturday, August 26, 2017, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tiburon, California

James Cavallaro

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Professor James Cavallaro, the founding director of Stanford Law School’s International Human Rights and Conflict Resolution Clinic, has dedicated his career to human rights through his scholarly research and his legal practice. His extensive expertise is derived from active involvement in the defense of rights, in the development of international human rights law and the human rights movement, and in international human rights litigation.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies, Mexico: Between Radical Politics and the Rule of Law, UC Berkeley Department of Spanish and Portuguese, the Townsend Center for the Humanities, and La Escuelita Comunitaria.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017, 1:00 pm
370 Dwinelle Hall

Enrique Rodriguez-Alegria

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Archaeological excavations in the heart of Mexico City can help to explain how indigenous people created and transformed public and private spaces in the city before and after the Spanish conquest of 1521. Archaeological data from Mexico City show that many pre-conquest engineering techniques were used to build the colonial city, allowing us to see the role of indigenous engineering, architecture, and technology in building the capital of New Spain.  The data also show, surprisingly, that indigenous builders created the earliest houses for Spanish colonizers with their traditional, indigenous aesthetics. 

Professor Enrique Rodriguez-Alegria is an associate professor at the University of Texas, Austin. 

Co-sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies and the Archaeological Research Facility.


Thursday, October 26, 2017, 5:00 pm
Room 101, Archaeological Research Facility, 2251 College Avenue

Denise Dresser

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Denise Dresser is a political analyst, columnist, and academic who writes for Reforma and Proceso, and teaches at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM). She is currently a visiting scholar at the Center for Latin American Studies at UC Berkeley. Dresser is the author of numerous publications on Mexican politics and U.S.-Mexico relations and was recently named one of the 50 most powerful women in Mexico by Forbes.


Monday, November 20, 2017, 6:00 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall