The goal of the U.S.-MEXICO
FUTURES FORUM is to generate fresh perspectives on a critical
set of issues that will be important for each country and central
to their relationship. In collaboration with the International
Studies Department at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de
México (ITAM), we will bring together scholars as well as
social and political actors who will be shaping policies, ideas
and U.S. Mexican relations in the future.
Sponsored by the Rockefeller
Corchado and Ricardo Sandoval
“How to Report in Mexico Without Being Jailed, Kidnapped or Killed”
of murders have been linked to drug trafficking along the U.S.–Mexico
border. The victims include many of the women killed in Ciudad
Juárez and Chihuahua since 1994. Journalists Alfredo
Corchado and Ricardo Sandoval have spent much of their careers
writing about the border, despite death threats and a tragic
indifference among the bureaucrats of both nations. In this
talk, the two will offer insight into the region’s troubles
and illustrate the perils journalists confront today along
on the border.
Corchado is Mexico Bureau Chief for the Dallas Morning News.
Last year he was awarded the prestigious Maria Moors Cabot
award, honoring his years of groundbreaking coverage of Latin
America and the U.S.–Mexico border. Since 1984 he has
written award-winning articles about life and death along the
border — and the region’s social and cultural vibrancy — for
the Wall Street Journal, the El Paso Herald Post and the Morning
Sandoval is Assistant City Editor at the Sacramento Bee. As
a foreign correspondent in Latin America from 1997 to 2005,
he covered crime, migration and insurgent movements in Mexico
, Colombia and Venezuela — work that earned him awards
from the Overseas Press Club and the InterAmerican Press Association.
He is also the co-author of the 1997 biography, The Fight
in the Fields: Cesar Chavez and the Farmworkers Movement.
with the Graduate School of Journalism.
February 28, 4:00 – 5:30 pm
Library, North Gate Hall
“Striking Copper Miners in Cananea, Mexico — Fighting for Their Lives”
miners at the giant open-pit copper mine in Cananea, Mexico,
have been on strike for seven months to protect both themselves
and their historic union, which have been jeopardized by the
transnational mine operator Grupo México. The outcome
of the current battle of the 1,200 union workers at the historic
mine, where the 1906 strike led to the 1910 Mexican Revolution,
will have a tremendous impact on workers’ rights and
labor relations throughout Mexico for years to come.
Brown (MPH, CIH) is a graduate of the UC Berkeley School of
Public Health and compliance officer for Cal/OSHA’s Oakland
District Office. Since 1993, Brown has also been the volunteer
coordinator of the Maquiladora Health and Safety Support Network
which provides information, technical assistance and training
to workers in Mexico, Central America, Indonesia and China.
report of the independent occupational health team’s
survey of the Cananea mine, as well as 25 photographs of the
mine, is posted at: www.igc.org/mhssn
March 3, 4:00 pm
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street
"International Migration: Global, American and Agricultural Issues"
9 percent of industrial country residents are international
migrants. While many migrant-sending countries hope that remittances
can spur development, the U.S. and other migrant-receiving
countries are debating what to do about unauthorized migration.
In the U.S., agriculture is developing a peculiar human capital
structure — almost all farm operators are U.S.-born and
almost all hired workers are foreign-born. This talk outlines
the major migration issues, the contributions of research to
policy making and opportunities for policy-relevant research.
Martin is a UC Davis professor of Agricultural and Resource
Economics and the chair of the UC Comparative Immigration
and Integration Program.
April 2, 12:00-1:15 pm
Room 554, Barrows Hall
"Surveillance, Territory and the Rule of Law in Mexico City
Valenzuela Aguilera will address the role in which legal frameworks
and perceived norms shape the social control of space in Mexico
City. He will examine the classic prevention/intervention/suppression
model that frames our thinking on crime and the implications
that mainstream surveillance policies are having in the urban
Valenzuela Aguilera is Professor of Urban Planning at the Universidad
Autónoma del Estado de Morelos and
the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and
a Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Urban and Regional
Development at UC Berkeley. He is the author of numerous articles
and the forthcoming book Urbanists and Visionaries. Planning
Mexico City in the first half of the XX Century (Miguel
Angel Porrua Editores).
April 7, 12:00 – 1:15 pm
Room 554, Barrows Hall
Energy and the Americas"
described by The Economist as "the Edison of our age", Stanford
Ovshinksy, noted scientist, co-founder of Energy Conversion
Devices (ECD), and current principal of Ovshinsky Innovation
(LLC), has for five decades driven the development of the
hydrogen economy as an alternative to oil.
Ovshinsky's company was built around the founding principle
of "using creative science to solve societal problems." His
talk at UC Berkeley will address the potential of alternative
energy to transform development and "practically improve
lives" throughout the Americas.
"[T]he modern world's most important energy visionary."
Vijay Vaitheeswaran and Iain Carson, authors of ZOOM:
The Global Race to Fuel the Car of the Future (2007)
Title to be announced Daniel
Kammen is a professor in the Energy and Resources Group, the
Goldman School of Public Policy and the Department of Nuclear
Engineering at UC Berkeley. He is also the director of the
university’s Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory.Date
and location to be determined