Center for Mexican Studies Public Programming
For its public programming, the Center for Mexican Studies built alliances with a number of Columbia research centers and departments:
- Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race
- Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy
- Mexican Students Association
- Latin American Students Association
as well as external institutions
- City University of New York
- Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas in Mexico
- Consulate General of Mexico in New York
- Mexico Now Festival
- Friedrich Katz Memorial Conference
The center also maintains robust collaborations with universities such as Colegio de Michoacán, Colegio de la Frontera Norte, CIDE, UNAM, El Colegio de México and others. Center programming includes its Mexican Mondays seminar series (a total of 64 seminars to date) discussions on a wide range of topics such as poetry, literature, immigration, democracy, politics, and journalism. As well as a Leader's Forum, that brings one prominent public figure per year to Columbia (past figures include Andrés Manuel López Obrador, Father Alejandro Solalinde, Supreme Court Justice José Ramón Cossío, and former presidential candidate Ricardo Anaya). The center has also organized annual thematic conferences on subjects such as "ustice and Inequality in Mexico, The Future of Mexican Education, and Inequality and the Rule of Law: Selective Enforcement, Uneven Compliance, and the Hollowing Out of Democracy in Mexico.
Activities carried out by the center during the 2019-2020 academic year include the New Ruralities in Mexico: Phenomenology and Genealogies, the Friedrich Katz Memorial Conference. This two-day conference brought together eleven speakers from Mexico, the United States, France, Germany, the Netherlands, and Austria dedicated to the exploration of the phenomenology of new ruralities in Mexico, and to establishing the historical and conceptual parameters for understanding this great contemporary transformation.
The Center for Mexican Studies also organized three events last academic year involving high-profile speakers: Graciela Márquez Colín, Minister of Economy of Mexico; Rafael Barajas, 'El Fisgón', from the Instituto de Formación Política-Morena; and Silvia Patricia López from the Universidad de Guadalajara.
For the 2020-2021 academic year, the Mexican Mondays series will not be held, but the center is developing a variety of new initiatives, including a Violence and New Mores Workshop.