Texas-Mexico Relations and the 2016 Election

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 until Thursday, March 17, 2016 (6:00 PM – 8:00 PM)
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The election campaign has raised critical issues on both sides of the border. How will the American presidential election affect US-Mexico relations? What is the meaning of the March 1st Texas primary? What is the role of Latinos in the primary and general election? What is the outlook for Mexican electoral politics? And how do state elections in Mexican border states impact Texan politics? Hear answers to these issues and more from a panel of distinguished experts from Mexico and the United States. The panel will convene on two nights

March 16, 2016, 6:00 PM. 
Consulate General of Mexico, 1210 River Bend Dr., Dallas, TX, 75247

March 17, 2016, 6:00 PM.
Tarleton State University ,1333 W Washington St. Stephenville, TX 76401

This forum is sponsored by the Consulate General of Mexico in Dallas, The Texas-Mexico Program at the SMU Tower Center, and Tarleton State University, and is made possible by the generous support of Mission Foods.

Rodolfo de la Garza, Eaton Professor of Administrative Law and Municipal Science and Professor of International Public Affairs, Columbia University

Rodolfo_delagarza_2015 Professor de la Garza combines interests in political behavior and public policy.  In political behavior, he specializes in ethnic politics, with particular emphasis on Latino public opinion and electoral involvement. His primary interests in public policy include immigration and immigrant settlement and incorporation. He has edited, co-edited, and co-authored numerous books including The Future of the Voting Rights Act; Muted Voices: Latinos and the 2000 Election; Sending Money Home: Hispanic remittances and Community Development; Latinos and U.S. Foreign Policy: Lobbying for the Homeland?; Bridging the Border: Transforming Mexico-U.S. Relations; At the Crossroads: Mexican and U.S. Immigration Policy; Awash in the Mainstream: Latinos and the 1996 Elections; Latino Voices: Mexican, Puerto Rican and Cuban Perspectives on American Politics; Barrio Ballots: Latinos and the 1990 Elections; and The Chicano Political Experience. He has also published in leading professional journals such as the American Journal of Political Science, Latin American Research Review, Social Science Quarterly, and International Migration Review. Currently, he is directing studies on immigrant incorporation, Latinos and U.S. foreign policy, and Latino voting patterns.

Professor de la Garza has also participated in the evaluation and design of community service programs including increasing immigrant access to health services in California, and in evaluating Texas’s state-sponsored naturalization campaign.

He has chaired a series of seminars on Latinos and foreign policy that have emphasized increasing Hispanic involvement in international affairs. He served as Vice President of the American Political Science Association and received the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Committee on the Status of Latinos in the Profession of the American Political Science Association in 1993. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Cal Jillson, Professor of Political Science, Southern Methodist University

Cal-Jillson-lgCal Jillson, professor of political science at Southern Methodist University, is frequently called upon by reporters for his astute observations of state and national politics. Reporters love him for the time he takes with them, the ideas he offers — which often lead to more stories — and the way he takes complex issues and puts them into easy-to-understand historical frameworks, expressed by a seasoned writer and speaker. Both The Dallas Morning News and the San Antonio Express-News have profiled him as one of Texas’ top political experts.

As a scholar of American politics, Cal shares his knowledge of how government and politics work, in particular the development of American institutions and ideas and how they continue to shape national debates. He earned a doctorate in government and politics in 1979 from the University of Maryland and has been teaching about American politics since 1976. Since moving to Texas in the mid-1990s, he has charted the Republican and assessed the prospects of a return to competitiveness of the Democratic Party. He has written extensively on U.S. and Texas. On the international side, Cal is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. From 1996 to 2001, he was chair of the SMU Political Science Department and directed the Tower Center for Political Studies, which examines domestic politics and national security issues.

His most recent book, Lone Star Tarnished, on the shortcomings of Texas public policy, has just appeared in a new edition.

Joy Langston, Professor, Center for Research and Teaching in Economics (CIDE), Mexico City

LangstonJoy Langston is professor of political science at Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE) in Mexico City. Her current research interests include organizational changes in the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), legislative recruitment, congressional campaigning, and federalism. The former editor of Política y gobierno, she is the author of many book chapters and articles in such journals as the Journal of Politics, Comparative Politics, and Party Politics. She holds a PhD from Duke University.

Jesus Velasco, Associate Professor and Joe & Teresa Endowed Chair in Social Sciences, Tarleton State University

velascoJesus Velasco is the Joe and Teresa Long Endowed Chair in Social Sciences at Tarleton State University. He earned a Ph.D. in Political Sciences at UT Austin. After graduation, Velasco worked for many years at the Center for Teaching and Research in Economics (CIDE) in Mexico City. He was the Chairman of the Division of International Studies at CIDE from 1998 to 2001. He is a former visiting scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center, at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University and the Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies also at Harvard.

Velasco is the author of two books: with Rodolfo de la Garza. Bridging the Border: Transforming Mexico-US Relation, Boulder, Rowman and Littlefield, 1997; and Neoconservatives in US Foreign Policy Under Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush: Voices Behind the Throne. Baltimore, Johns Hopkins University Press and The Wilson Center, 2010. He has published several articles on specialized journals of Mexico, the US, and Canada. Currently, he is writing a book on the relationship between the Mexican government and American Transnational Intellectuals from 1920 to 2006, and conducting with Laura Vazquez a survey to Mexican high-skill workers in the USA.

Moderator: Lee Cullum, Senior Fellow, Tower Center


Lee Cullum is host of CEO, KERA’s original monthly series of interviews with North Texas business leaders that airs on KERA television and radio. She is also a commentator for Morning Edition on KERA-FM and contributes columns to The Dallas Morning News. A veteran journalist, Lee was previously a commentator for The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer and All Things Considered on NPR. In addition, she was editor of the editorial page of the Dallas Times Heraldand host of Conversations, a series on KERA with major newsmakers. Lee also worked as a reporter, on-air moderator and executive producer of Newsroom on KERA.

Lee is a senior fellow of the John G. Tower Center for Political Studies at SMU and a fellow at the Dallas Institute for Humanities and Culture. On the board of the Council on Foreign Relations for 10 years, she currently serves on the board of the American Council on Germany, the Pacific Council on International Policy, the Dallas Committee on Foreign Relations and the Social Sciences Foundation benefitting the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver. She is a member of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations and the InterAmerican Dialogue, and serves on the advisory board of the International Programs Center at the University of Oklahoma.

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Admission to the forum at the Consulate General of Mexico is free but registration required

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This public forum will be held in English.