Posted: 3/05/15

March 25 TAMIU IBC Speaker Series Explores Undocumented Children



The Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) International Bank of Commerce-sponsored Western Hemispheric Trade 2014-2015 Keynote Speaker Series will present two speakers in March and April at Texas A&M International University’s Student Center Ballroom.

The first presentation will be Wednesday, March 25 featuring Dr. Donna De Cesare, associate professor of Journalism at The University of Texas at Austin and 2013 Maria Moors Cabot Award Recipient. Dr. De Cesare’s presentation is “Unsettled/Desasosiego: Children in a World of Gangs.”

The second presentation,“Opportunities and Challenges for México Today,” is Wednesday, April 15 featuring Dr. Diana Villiers Negroponte, public policy scholar from the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.

Both presentations are free and open to the public in the TAMIU Student Center Ballroom, with welcoming receptions at 7 p.m., followed by the lectures at 7:30 p.m. Both speakers will be available for book signings following the event.

During her presentation, De Cesare will discuss the history behind the current insecurity in Central America, which resulted in increasing numbers of undocumented Central American children and youth seeking entry into the United States in 2014. She will also speak about the impact of violence and trauma on children and connect some of the experiences that Central American children face with situations children face in the United States.

Dr. Villiers Negroponte will examine the high expectations for modernization of the Mexican economy under President Enrique Peña Nieto and the 11 structural reforms that he succeeded in passing through Congress. She will discuss questions such as how implementation of the principal reforms, energy and telecommunications progressed. She will also explore the question of how Peña Nieto’s administration has met serious security and political challenges following the reforms’ passages.

The Western Hemispheric Trade Keynote Speaker Series presents practical and targeted lectures imparted by distinguished leaders, recognized experts and outstanding scholars in the trade and business arenas.

The Series brings to the University individuals of exceptional accomplishment and expertise to enhance the academic experience of Texas A&M International University students, faculty and the community.

For additional information on the Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) International Bank of Commerce 2014-2015 Keynote Speaker Series, please call 326.2820 email cswht@tamiu.edu  or visit http://freetrade.tamiu.edu

Journalists who need additional information or help with media requests and interviews should contact the Office of Public Relations, Marketing and Information Services at prmis@tamiu.edu