of Economic Terms
Summer Institute for Teachers
Years After NAFTA:
How Has Globalization Affected Mexico?
||Sign-in — coffee,
The Future of Its Past
Speaker: Prof. Alex
lecture will begin with an examination of the historical
context of the agreement and its original goals. The lecture
will then move to an historical overview of the performance
of the agreement for the three countries, especially for
Mexico, and its consequences. Particular attention will
be given to issues of labor, gender, geography, and the
economic benefits and liabilities of the agreement.
Resources and Globalization
-read background paper, "Stop
Biopiracy in Mexico!" (.pdf file)
midwives in Chiapas, Mexico, have resisted the extraction
and conversion of their medicinal forms of knowledge and
local varieties of flora into industrialized pharmaceuticals.
While, just north in Oaxaca, genetically engineered corn
has “invaded” Mexico through ecological pathways,
the institutionalization of biotechnology in the US, NAFTA
and corn “dumping.” This session will utilize
these case studies to critically analyze globalization
through the movement of resources, both into and out of
Mexico: paying attention to issues of race, class, gender,
and the environment.
Lunch provided by CLAS.
and U.S.–Mexico Relations
Speaker: Ambassador Robert
The NAFTA is ten
years old. Most consider it to be successful in achieving
most of the objectives set out for it by both Mexico
and the United States. Although parts of it remain to
be implemented in accordance with the original agreement,
policy-makers are already looking at its lessons with
a view of a possible next step in U.S.–Mexican
of the International House; Introduction to I-House resources.
Relations in a Post-NAFTA Era
examination of the aftermath of six years of struggle against
free trade in North America reveals a curious fact: North
American labor unions, which for years had been isolated
and estranged, created new ties of cooperation during the
NAFTA negotiations. Moreover, they took advantage of the
labor side agreement process by searching out allies in
other NAFTA countries. The meaning of “labor relations” in
a post-NAFTA era has therefore expanded to include relationships
between Mexican, U.S., and Canadian unions.
and the New River
-read background articles "Toxic
River Becomes Path to USA" and "Border
river is also sewage drain"
and the expansion of the maquiladora industry have contributed
to the growth of Mexicali’s economy as well as its
population. The city’s infrastructure, however, has
never been able to keep pace with such rapid growth. Even
before NAFTA, Mexicali struggled to keep its overworked
sewer system from spilling into the New River. To what
extent is NAFTA responsible for the calamity that is the
current New River pollution problem?
provided by CLAS
from the Perspective of the Mexican Government
Mendez, Consul for Press and Trade
a dual presentation about the economics, politics and society
of Mexico today, the Honorable Georgina Lagos, Consul General
of Mexico in San Francisco and Bernardo Mendez, Consul
for Press and Trade, will be speaking on recent political
changes focusing on a mid-term analysis of President Fox’s
administration, economic challenges and the social needs
of more than 100 million Mexicans. In addition, they will
touch on the complex relation with the USA, focusing on
Fox’s search for a NAFTA plus agreement that includes
labor and immigration.
|| Video: "Bill
Moyers Reports: Trading Democracy: The Other Chapter 11"
discussion topics for Wednesday
morning, we will engage in focused discussions of some
of the ideas presented in the workshop.
of teacher-selected topics
in subject area groups to work on lesson plans. CLAS will
provide sples and readings. Teachers, please bring in related
curriculum to share.
What is globalization?
did the U.S., Mexico and Canada sign NAFTA?
were the labor and environment side
Does the labor side agreement protect
Does the environmental
side agreement protect the environment?
What is Chapter
How has globalization affected growth
benefits from NAFTA?
What is sustainable