TAMIU's Western Hemispheric Trade Keynote Speaker Series 2005 to Continue Feb. 10, 2005

TAMIU's Western Hemispheric Trade Keynote Speaker Series 2005

to Continue Feb. 10


The Texas A&M International University 2004-2005 Western Hemispheric Trade Keynote Speaker Series continues Thursday, Feb. 10, with a conference regarding southern region immigration restrictions and possibilities held by Philip Martin, professor of agricultural and resource economics at the University of California Davis. Martin's lecture is titled "Mexico-U.S. Migration: Challenges and Opportunities."

Offered by the College of Business Administration's Center for the Study of Western Hemispheric Trade (CSWHT), the lecture will take place from 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. in the Western Hemispheric Trade Center, room 111. The event is free and open to the public.

Martin is also chair of the University of California's Comparative Immigration and Integration Program and editor of the monthly Migration News and the quarterly Rural Migration News. Gaining character as a successful analyst, he has matured practical solutions to complex and controversial migration and labor issues. He was the only academic selected in the U.S. to the Commission on Agricultural Workers to evaluate the effects of the immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.

Virginia Vincent, associate director of the CSWHT, said attendees of the Series will have the opportunity to learn about recent issues that impact trade and development in the Americas and in turn impact Laredo from leading researchers and policy makers.

"The Series presents realistic and targeted lectures communicated by prominent leaders, renowned experts and exceptional scholars in the trade and international business field. It brings to the University individuals of brilliant accomplishment and expertise to enhance the academic experience of TAMIU students, faculty and the community. Through this Keynote Speaker Series, the University brings the caliber of speakers that you would normally see in larger venues, larger cities," added Vincent.

Vincent said the CSWHT plans on having a keynote speaker once a month through April 2005. The next lecture will be held Saturday, March 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the Western Hemispheric Trade Center, room 111, unless otherwise specified.

William C. Gruben, vice president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, will discuss "Western Hemispheric Economic Integration: Status of the Free Trade Area of The Americas (FTAA)."

For more information about any of the lectures in the Series, please contact Vincent at 326.2827, visit offices at the Western Hemispheric Trade Center, room 222D or e-mail vvincent@tamiu.edu.

University office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Friday.

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