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Texas-México Relationship Topic of Next IBC Lecture Nov. 18 at TAMIU Posted: 11/19/15

Texas-México Relationship Topic of Next IBC Lecture Nov. 18 at TAMIU


Tony Payan

Tony Payan     An expert on international relations will be the next speaker at the International Bank of Commerce Keynote Speaker Series scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. in the Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) Student Center ballroom.

     This event is free and open to the public. A reception will start at 6:30 p.m. 

     Translation services from English to Spanish will also be available.

     The lecture series is presented by the TAMIU A. R. Sanchez, Jr. School of Business Center for the Study of Western Hemispheric Trade and sponsored by International Bank of Commerce.

     Featured speaker, Dr. Tony Payan, will present “Trade, Politics and Culture: Resetting the Texas-México Relationship for the 21st Century.”

      In the lecture Dr. Payan will examine how México and Texas have moved closer together and how they can reset their relationship for the 21st century. 

       Payan is the François and Edward Djerejian Fellow for México Studies and director of the México Center at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. He is also an adjunct associate professor at Rice University and professor at the Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juarez. From 2001 to 2015, he was a professor of political science at the University of Texas at El Paso.

     Payan’s research focuses primarily on border studies, particularly the U.S.-Mexico border. His work includes studies of border governance, border flows and immigration, as well as border security and organized crime. 

      He earned a B.A. in philosophy and classical languages from the University of Dallas and an MBA from the University of Dallas Graduate School of Management. He received a doctorate degree in international relations from Georgetown University in 2001.

      For more information, contact Amy Palacios, associate director, Center for the Study of Western Hemispheric Trade, at 326.2820 or or visit offices in Western Hemispheric Trade Center, room 222E.

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