The Harvard University Mexican Association today kicks off its Mexico Week with the first of an impressive list of Mexican speakers from the worlds of politics, culture and business.
The events are open to the public, and a full program is available at the association's web site. Most events are at the TSAI Auditorium or the Belfer Case Study Room, at 1730 Cambridge Street, in Cambridge.
The week begins and ends with addresses by governors of two important states. At 6 p.m. today, Emilio González Márquez, governor of Jalisco state and former mayor of Guadalajara, will offer "a federalist perspective on Mexico." He is a member of the National Action Party, which has held the presidency since Vicente Fox's victory in 2000.
There's a different event at 6 p.m. each evening. On Tuesday, Rodrigo Sigal Sefchovich, general director of the Mexican Center for Music and Sonic Arts, will offer a cultural perspective. On Wednesday, Mexico's consul general in Boston, Fernando Estrada, and Jaime Bueno, Director of the Office of International Affairs of the State of Coahuila will speak on cross-border challenges. On Thursday, a business perspective comes from Claudio X. González, chairman of Kimberly-Clark Mexico and a nationally respected business executive.
And on Friday, the governor of the southernmost state of Chiapas, Juan Sabines, will round out the week. Sabines is from the Party of the Democratic Revolution and a former mayor of the state capital, Tuxtla Gutiérrez.
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About James F. SmithJim Smith came home to his native Boston in 2002 to become the Boston Globe's foreign editor after spending 22 years abroad. He was previously based in Buenos Aires and Mexico City for the LA Times, and in Johannesburg, Tokyo and The Hague for the AP. In 2007 he became the Globe's national political editor, coordinating presidential campaign coverage. He is a Yale graduate, and has an MBA. He is married to Maxine Hart and has two sons, Matthew and Daniel.
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