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Thursday-Saturday October 23-25, Egan Lecture Hall

Please join us at the University of Alaska Southeast Auke Lake campus for a free series of presentations on relationships between Mexico and the United States in the 21st Century. Building on the success of last year’s exploration of our northern neighbor, Canada, JWAC and UAS partner once again and look south to discover if fences really do make good neighbors. This event is an excellent opportunity for the people of Southeast to meet and interact with chief thinkers and policy makers. All sessions are free and open to the public.

A handshake through a barbed wire fence is the artwork for this year’s poster. It’s a visual of the conundrum to be explored this weekend at the Egan Lecture Hall. Expert speakers from across the U.S. and Mexico will share their views on topics including a history of U.S. Mexican Relations; the Current Border Situation; Transborder Water Issues; Migration; NAFTA and Bi-national Ethnic Communities Experiences.  Saturday Afternoon is a “Reaction Panel” featuring representatives of Juneau’s growing Hispanic community.

The presentations began Thursday evening, 7:00pm, with a presentation by Dr. Carlos Gil, Professor of History, University of Washington. Talks continue (this) Friday afternoon and evening, and all day Saturday. UAS students are especially encouraged to attend.

Included in the Forum is this evening’s Evening at Egan speaker, Ms. Yolanda Cruz. She is an award-winning Chatino filmmaker from Oaxaca, Mexico, who has produced seven documentaries on indigenous peoples in the US and Mexico. She will be sharing her film, 2501 Migrants: A Journey that explores questions of art and indigenous community in the context of global migration. View the film trailer.

For more information, schedule and speaker bios,  please go to JWAC website.


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