CSWHT Lecture Series Concludes April 14

Western Hemispheric Trade Keynote Speaker
Series Concludes April 14

The Texas A&M International University 2005 Western Hemispheric Trade Keynote Speaker Series will conclude Thursday, April 14, addressing political resistance to open borders with Gordon H. Hanson, professor of economics at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Hanson's lecture is titled "Why Does Immigration Divide America? Public Finance and Political Opposition to Open Borders." (photo)

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.

Hanson is co-director of the Center for the U.S.-Mexican Studies at UCSD, research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and co-editor of the Journal of Development Economics. He is an authority on foreign investment, immigration, and international trade. His current research examines the globalization of production by multinational enterprises, China's role in global trade, and the binational consequences of Mexican migration to the United States.

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.

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

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