Former Foreign Minister of Mexico to Speak during Trinity University’s Maverick Lecture Series

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Mary Anthony
mary.anthony@trinity.edu
210-999-8441
Mar. 10, 2011

Former Foreign Minister of Mexico to Speak during Trinity University’s Maverick Lecture Series


Castañeda will present “The Defense of Human Rights in Latin America and the Third World”


Jorge CastañedaSAN ANTONIO - Jorge Castañeda, former foreign minister of Mexico from 2000 to 2003, will present"The Defense of Human Rights in Latin America and the Third World" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, in Laurie Auditorium.  His free public lecture is part of Trinity University's Maverick Lecture Series.

Castañeda is a political science and Latin American studies professor at New York University and has also taught at Mexico's National Autonomous University (UNAM), Princeton University, and the University of California, Berkeley.  He is a renowned public intellectual, political scientist, and prolific writer, with an interest in Mexican and Latin American politics, comparative politics, and U.S.-Mexican and U.S.-Latin American relations.  In April 2008, Castañeda was elected foreign honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and international member of the American Philosophical Society.  He has been a member of the board of Human Rights Watch since 2003.  In 1997, he was appointed Global Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Latin American Studies at New York University.  He was a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Research and Writing grant recipient (1989-1991) and a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (1985-87.)

Castañeda is a regular columnist for the Mexican daily Reforma, the Spanish daily El País, and Newsweek International.  He is the author of nine books, the two most recent being El narco: la guerra fallida and Un Futuro para México.  He received bachelor's degrees from Princeton University and University of Paris-1 (Panthéon-Sorbonne), a master's from the École Pratique de Hautes Études, and a doctorate in economic history from the University of Paris-1. 

 The Maverick Lecture is an annual lecture that honors the late Maury Maverick Jr., the legendary civil rights lawyer, former member of the Texas Legislature, former Marine, and iconoclastic newspaper columnist. The lecture series explores topics that defined Maverick's place in American civic discourse. These topics include threats to constitutional liberty, with particular emphasis on the First Amendment, issues of poverty and race, Western occupation of Third World Countries, and the moral requirements of war. The Maverick Lecture Series is underwritten by the William and Salomé Scanlan Foundation. For more information, contact Trinity University's Office of University Communications at 210-999-8406.

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