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Fall 2013 Events

Sept. 4, 2013 - Inaugural Celebration

Inaugural Celebration

Program

  • Conducting: Dr. Brian Birch,  Associate Vice President Engaged Learning
  • Remarks: Mr. Jesler Molina & Ms. Paola Rondon, International Student Council, Chairs
  • Global Spotlight Presentation: Dr. Baldomero Lago

  • “Marimba”, UVU Percussion Group
  • Remarks: Mr. Harvey Scott, Director International Trade & Diplomacy, State of Utah
  • Presentation: His Excellency Eduardo Arnal Palomera, Consul General of Mexico
    (Consulate of Mexico: Mexico Video Presentation 5’)

  • Baile Folklórico de Mexico, UVU Cultural Envoy
  • Remarks: Pres. Matthew Holland, UVU President
  • Closing: Mariachi Presentation

Cosponsored with the Consulado de Carrera de México en Salt Lake City, Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development, World Trade Center Utah, UVU International Student Council, UVU School of the Arts, Artes de Mexico en Utah, Art Works - arts.gov, Utah Division of Arts & Museums, Utah Humanities Council, and El Semanal

UVU Kicks Off Yearlong Global Spotlight On Mexico

University Marketing & Communications: Whitney Wilkinson

Written by: Megan Laurie

The Utah Valley University Center for Global & Intercultural Engagement announces the fourth annual Global Spotlight, this time highlighting Mexico. The yearlong event will begin with an Inaugural Celebration Sept. 4, 2013 at 7 p.m. in the UVU Grande Ballroom.

This inaugural event will showcase the activities planned throughout the academic year as well as display the first of six art exhibits dedicated to the country of Mexico. In addition, UVU students will play Mexican rhythms and present traditional dances. Speakers will include Harvey Scott, director of international trade and diplomacy for the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development; His Excellency Eduardo Arnal Palomera, consul general of Mexico to the state of Utah; UVU President Matthew S. Holland; and two UVU students from the international student council.

“I am excited to display the amazing culture of Mexico,” said Baldomero Lago, interim senior director for the International & Multicultural Studies Department. “Its rich heritage has had a wonderful impact on our community. This endeavor will see UVU students, faculty and staff, as well as community members and local leaders collaborate with Mexican leaders to focus on Mexico and develop stronger partnerships for trade, commerce and cultural understanding throughout the academic year.”

In addition to community and global engagement, this year’s Global Spotlight will allow UVU faculty and other experts from Mexico to showcase research, educate students and the community about Mexico’s history, culture and current events, and collaborate in a way that has never been done before. Weekly lectures, presentations, panel discussions and debates will be scheduled throughout the year as well as musical concerts, art exhibits and dance performances.

One of the highlights of the Global Spotlight on Mexico will be the U.S.-Mexico Business Conference to be held Oct. 24, 2013, in collaboration with UVU’s Woodbury School of Business. During this event, the U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce will sign an agreement with the state of Utah for the creation of a U.S.-Mexico Chamber that will serve neighboring states in the western U.S. Governor Gary Herbert and various Mexican dignitaries will be in attendance.

Sept. 4, 2013 - Art Exhibit: Frida Kahlo

Art Exhibit: Frida Kahlo

UVU Library 5th Floor

September 4, 2013 - October 17, 2013

Cosponsored with the UVU School of the Arts, Artes de Mexico en Utah, Art Works - arts.gov, Utah Division of Arts & Museums, Utah Humanities Council, Latinos in Action, and El Semanal

Sept. 12, 2013 - The Independence of Mexico

The Independence of Mexico

Dr. Ignacio García - Brigham Young University

Dr. García is the Lemuel Hardison Redd, Jr. Professor of Western & Latino history at BYU. He is the author of four books on Mexican American politics and civil rights, and his fifth book will be coming out in the Fall of 2008. He has written on Chicano political parties, the John F. Kennedy presidential campaign as it related to Latinos, written a biography on Hector P. García, an American civil rights icon, and will soon be publishing a book on the first civil rights case to be decided by the Earl Warren Court. He is currently working on a co-edited volume of essays by major Latino scholars and intellectual, and also on a history of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission’s work in the West.

Cosponsored with the UVU College of Humanities & Social Sciences

Sept. 19, 2013 - Role of Art in Shaping Mexico

Mexican Independence

The Role of Art in Shaping Mexican History and Identity Post-Revolution

  • Moderator: Dr. Lynn England – UVU Dept. of History & Political Science, Historical Overview
  • Panelist: Edgar Garcia, Consulate of Mexico, José Guadalupe Posada
  • Panelist: Susan Vogel, Author, Pablo O'Higgins: A Utah Mexican Muralist
  • Panelist: Dr. Lori Santos – Department of Art & Visual Communications – Utah Valley University

Cosponsored with the UVU School of the Arts, Artes de Mexico en Utah, Art Works - arts.gov, Utah Division of Arts & Museums, Utah Humanities Council, Latinos in Action, and El Semanal

Sept. 26, 2013 - Mormon Beginnings in Mexico

Utah Mormon Mexico History

Dr. Jared Tamez - University of El Paso, Texas

Jared Tamez is a PhD student in U.S.-Mexico Borderlands and Latin American history at the University of Texas at El Paso. He is editing, with Professor Jason Dormady, a collection of essays entitled, South of Zion: Mormons in Mexico and Its Borderlands. He has published in the Utah Historical Quarterly and the Journal of Mormon History and appears in the documentary Finding Refuge in El Paso: The 1912 Mormon Exodus from Mexico.

Abstract

Although Mexico has become a hotbed of Mormon growth over the course of the twentieth century, such was not always the case. The Mexican Mission, the first permanent LDS presence in Mexico, opened in 1879 and fugitive Mormon polygamists established colonies in northern Mexico in 1885. By the end of the decade the Mission closed and in 1912, the majority of Mormons in the colonies left to the United States, fleeing the unrest of the Mexican Revolution. This lecture outlines the contours of Mormonism's unsteady beginning in Mexico in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Cosponsored with the UVU College of Humanities & Social Sciences

Oct. 3, 2013 - Demography of Mexican Immigration

Mexican Immigration

Demography of Mexican Immigration Panel Discussion

  • Moderator: Dr. Lynn Bennet – UVU Dept. of History & Political Science
  • Panelist: Dr. Tim Heaton – Department of Sociology – Brigham Young University
  • Panelist: Ms. Nina Frías – Consulate of Mexico. Author

Cosponsored with the Consulado de Carrera de México en Salt Lake City and UVU College of Humanities & Social Sciences

Oct. 17, 2013 - Student Immigration: Challenges and Opportunities

Student Immigration

Student Immigration: Challenges and Opportunities

  • Moderator: Mr. Stephen Crook – UVU International Student Service
  • Panelist: Mr. Jesler Molina – UVU International Student
  • Panelist: Ms. Paola Rondon – UVU International Student
  • Panelist: Mr. Oscar Corredor – UVU International Student
  • Panelist: Ms. Liz Jarema - UVU International Student

Cosponsored with UVU International Student Services, UVU International Student Council, and UVU Mulitcultural Student Services

Oct. 18, 2013 - 20th Century Mexico and European Relations

20th Century Mexico and European Relations

Dr. Carlos Ongallo, Universidad de Extremadura, Spain

“Mexico and European Relations in the XX Century. A perspective from Spain”

Cosponsored with the UVU Woodbury School of Business and UVU College of Humanities & Social Sciences

Oct. 18, 2013 - Art Exhibit: José Guadalupe Posada

Art Exhibit: José Guadalupe Posada

UVU Library 3rd Floor

October 18, 2013 - December 19, 2013

Cosponsored with the UVU School of the Arts, Artes de Mexico en Utah, Art Works - arts.gov, Utah Division of Arts & Museums, Utah Humanities Council, Latinos in Action, and El Semanal

Oct. 24, 2013 - US/Mexico Business Conference

Doing Business with Mexico

UVU Student Center | 7:30AM - 2:00PM

  • 7:30-8:30am Registration and Breakfast
  • 8:30am
    Welcome: Dr. Norm Wright, Dean of the Woodbury School of Business and University Administration
  • 8:45-9:30am
    Introduction: Stuart S. Dye, USMCOC Chairman Emeritus
    Keynote Presentation: Al Zapanta, President & CEO U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce
  • 9:30-9:40am
    Break
  • 9:45-10:45am
    Presidential Lecture: Mr. Juan Carlos Briseño, Director of PROMEXICO, Los Angeles
  • 11:00-11:45am
    Breakout Session 1:
    SC 213a - US-Mexico Chamber of Commerce - Al Zapanta, President & CEO U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce
    SC 206a - US/Mexico Trade and Financing Arrangements - Hamed Farhadi, Senior Manager of Capital Markets Group for Bank of the West
    SC 206b - Mexico Means Opportunity - Juan Carlos Briseño, Director of PROMEXICO, Los Angeles
    SC 206c - Entrepreneurship, Economic Development, Culture, and Poverty - Dr. Jeremi Brewer, Executive Director of the Academy for Creating Enterprise
  • 11:55am-12:40pm
    Breakout Session 2:
    SC 213a - US-Mexico Chamber of Commerce - Al Zapanta, President & CEO U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce
    SC 206a - US/Mexico Trade and Financing Arrangements - Hamed Farhadi, Senior Manager of Capital Markets Group for Bank of the West
    SC 206b - Mexico Means Opportunity - Juan Carlos Briseño, Director of PROMEXICO, Los Angeles
    SC 206c - Entrepreneurship, Economic Development, Culture, and Poverty - Dr. Jeremi Brewer, Executive Director of the Academy for Creating Enterprise
  • 1:00pm
    Lunch and Feature Presentation
    Signing US/Mexico Chamber of Commerce Chapter in Utah –

    Spencer P. Eccles, Executive Director, Governor's Office of Economic Development
    Al Zapanta, CEO & President US-Mexico Chamber of Commerce

    Eduardo Arnal Palomera, Consul General of Mexico

    University Administration

    Featured speaker: Mr. Paul Ahlstrom, Managing Director, Alta Ventures Mexico

Cosponsored with the UVU Woodbury School of Business, Utah Governors Office of Economic Development, World Trade Center Utah, US-Mexico Chamber of Commerce, ProMexico, Wells Fargo, Zions Bank, Bank of the West

Utah To Make Business History Joining US-Mexico Chamber Of Commerce During UVU Conference

University Marketing & Communications: Whitney Wilkinson

Written by: Patricia Monsoor

How can Utah companies reach a potential 110 million people in Mexico? The new United States-Mexico Chamber of Commerce Chapter in Utah is the perfect place to begin.

On Oct. 24, Utah Valley University’s Doing Business with Mexico conference will facilitate the signing of the Utah chapter, making the historic and significant partnership between the two countries official. The relationship swings the door wide open to Utah companies seeking to do business outside the U.S. and create strong business partnerships that will positively impact commercial relations with Mexico.

“There has never been a better time to do business with Mexico,” said Harvey Scott, director of International Trade and Diplomacy for the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development. “There are around 52 million Hispanics in the U.S., and 31 million of them are of Mexican heritage. This partnership is an incredible opportunity that will help Utah businesses understand differences in legal, regulatory and economic systems, as well as language and cultural hurdles.”

The chapter is one more step in the “institutionalization” process between Mexico and Utah — creating the soft landing that many businesses demand when looking at international expansion opportunities. Now, Utah businesses can simply reach out to the new chapter of the U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce to be put directly in touch with hundreds of businesses in Mexico and vice-versa.

“Utah is the most linguistically diverse state in the country with 180 different languages spoken,” Scott said. “Our economic stability, diversity and vitality, and level of engagement with the Hispanic community positions us well to draw attention as Mexican businesses consider U.S. operations.”

Spencer P. Eccles, executive director of GOED, will officiate the signing with Al Zapanta, president and CEO of the U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce, during the conference luncheon.

“This partnership is about how Utah companies command a presence outside of the U.S. and who they should look to first,” Scott said. “The U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce and Utah want to get it right, and this is a great next step to achieving our goals.”

UVU’s Doing Business With Mexico conference will kick off the morning with welcome remarks from UVU administration and Woodbury School of Business Dean Norman Wright. Attendees will then participate in a variety of breakout sessions including a networking meeting sponsored by the Utah Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, a session on legal and tax issues, and a lecture on “Breaking into the Mexican Market.”

Oct. 28, 2013 - UVU Percussion Concert: “South of the Border”

UVU Percussion Concert: South of the Border

“South of the Border” 20th Century Mexican Composers by UVU Percussion

  • Conductor: Dr. Doug Smith – UVU Dept. of Music
  • Guest Artist: Peter Hussey

Cosponsored with the UVU School of the Arts

UVU Percussion Concert To Highlight Global Spotlight On Mexico

University Marketing & Communications: Whitney Wilkinson

Written by: Janessa McNeill

Arriba! In conjunction with UVU’s Global Spotlight on Mexico, the UVU Department of Music and the School of the Arts is sponsoring a percussion concert, “South of the Border,” with guest artist Peter Hussey on Oct. 28 at 7:30 p.m.

Percussion faculty members will light up the stage with innovative 20th century pieces conducted by assistant professor Doug Smith.

UVU’s Global Spotlight program, organized by the International & Multicultural Studies program, began in 2010. Each year, a different country is spotlighted with three months of events, including two performances from the UVU Department of Music. The program promotes global engagement across campus and throughout the community, with the aim of broadening international perspective.

Oct. 31, 2013 - Current Trends in Immigration

Current Trends in Immigration

Current Trends in Immigration Panel Discussion

  • Moderator: Dr. Lyn Bennet – UVU Dept. of History & Political Science
  • Panelist: Mr. Mark Alvarez – State of Utah lead attorney in immigration, Radio Host
  • Panelist: Senator Luz Robles – Utah State Senate
  • Panelist: Dr. Claudio Holzner – Latin American Studies, University of Utah

Cosponsored with the UofU Latin American Studies and UVU College of Humanities & Social Sciences

Nov. 7, 2013 - Liberation Science

Liberation of Science: Kabbalah & the Virgen de Guadalupe

Dr. Joel Bradford - UVU Dept. of Earth Sciences

"Liberation Science: Kabbalah and the Virgen de Guadalupe"

Cosponsored with the UVU College of Science & Health

Nov. 14, 2013 - The Mexico Drug War

The Mexico Drug War

The Mexico Drug War: A Sociology, Justice and Health perspective panel discussion

  • Moderator: Dr. Michael Minch – UVU Dept. of Philosophy and Humanities
  • Panelist: Dr. Susan Porter – Latin American Studies, University of Utah
  • Panelist: Lynn England – UVU Dept. of History / Sociologist
  • Panelist: Dr. María Eugenia De la O – CIESAS – Guadalajara, México / Sociologist

Cosponsored with the UofU Latin American Studies, UVU College of Humanities & Social Sciences, and Homecoming Week

Nov. 18, 2013 - UVU Percussion Concert: Viva Mexico!!

UVU Percussion Concert: Viva Mexico!!

Viva Mexico!! by UVU Percussion

  • Conductor: Dr. Doug Smith – UVU Dept. of Music
  • Composers: Chavez, Roberto Sierra, Roldán

Cosponsored with the UVU School of the Arts

UVU Percussion Concert To Highlight Mexico

University Marketing & Communications: Whitney Wilkinson

Written by: Heather Wrigley

Percussion UVU is proud to offer a concert in tribute to Utah Valley University’s global spotlight on Mexico on Nov. 18, 2013.

“Mexico has a rich musical history, and this is particularly evident in the world of percussion,” director Doug Smith said.

The concert will begin with Carlos Chávez’s “Toccata,” one of the first great works for percussion ensemble and a great example of the innovation and leadership Mexican composers initiated in the 20th century.

Paul Bissell’s “The Alabados Song” will follow. Bissell’s unique composition is inspired by the “Book of the Alabados,” which is used in Hispanic communities in the southwest United States in place of a formal church or clergy. The piece will be set against the backdrop of a fictitious musical story about the soul of an elderly woman being carried off into the “other” realm.

The program will conclude with “Autumn” and “Winter” from Vivaldi’s famous “Four Seasons.” This piece will be linked to Mexico in a unique and moving way through a slide show of pictures of Mexico during the autumn and winter seasons.

“We’ve got a very talented and dedicated group this fall, with four outstanding soloists in our ranks,” Smith said. “The experience of preparing this difficult music has been challenging with great rewards. Each rehearsal has been an enjoyable part of the journey, and we look forward to sharing this music at the concert.”

Nov. 21, 2013 - The Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt

The Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt

SC 213A | 11:30-1:00PM

The Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt Panel Discussion
Volcanoes, Water, and People

  • Moderator: Dr. Sam Rushforth – UVU Dean of the School of Sciences
  • Panelist: Dr. Michael Bunds – UVU Dept. of Earth Sciences
  • Panelist: Dr. Daniel Horns – UVU Associate Dean School of Science - UVU Dept. of Earth Sciences

Cosponsored with the UVU College of Science & Health

Dec. 5, 2013 - Our Lady of Guadalupe: Symbolism and Traditions

Our Lady of Guadalupe: Symbolism and Traditions

SC 213A | 11:30-1:00PM

PRESENTER: DR. ARMANDO SOLÓRZANO
The Cathedral of the Madeleine, Deacon
University of Utah, Director of Chicano Studies

Armando Solorzano

Armando Solorzano is an associate professor in Family and Consumer Studies and Ethnic Studies at the University of Utah. He has extensively published on the involvement of the Rockefeller Foundation in Mexico and on the history and contributions of Chicanos/as and Latinos/as in the state of Utah. His work emphasizes the role of religion on immigration, education, family formation, and on Latino cultural-religious identity. Dr. Solórzano is presently working on a book and an ethno-photo-history project that recreates the history of Latinos in Utah. His photo-documentary exhibits on the Dignity March of Immigrants in Utah and the visual history of Latinos in the Beehive State has been visited for more than 150,000 people and the exhibits have traveled around the state and the nation.

In his twenty two year of teaching at the University of Utah he has taught a spectrum of classes that goes from Epistemology to the Chicano Civil Rights Movements. Every semester he teaches the class Ethnic Minority Families in America which encompasses the families of the four traditional ethnic/racial groups in the US. Among other classes he has also thought Minorities and Communities, the etiology of Gang Formation, Ethnic Minorities and Women through the Life Span. Most recently, he teaches a class on Transnationality and Diaspora Communities in the USA. During the summer he teaches in the Summer Abroad Program either in Mexico o Costa Rica.

Professor Solórzano's research agenda is based on Qualitative Methodology and relies on primary sources such as Oral History Interviews, Participant Observation, and Ethno Photography. The underlying intention of his research goes beyond publications and he is creating the data bases and documentation that can be used in future research by scholars and community leaders.

Cosponsored with UVU Religious Studies

Spring 2014 Events

Jan. 10, 2014 - Art Exhibit: Agustin Casasola

Art Exhibit: Agustín Casasola

UVU Library

Jan. 10, 2014 - March 6, 2014

Cosponsored with the UVU School of the Arts, Artes de Mexico en Utah, Art Works - arts.gov, Utah Division of Arts & Museums, Utah Humanities Council, Latinos in Action, and El Semanal

Jan. 16, 2014 - Education and Immigration

Education and Immigration

SC 213A | 11:30-1:00PM

Academic Lecture: Luis Cuevas - Educator

Cosponsored with the UVU School of Education

Jan. 23, 2014 - NAFTA... 20 years after

NAFTA

SC 213A | 11:30-1:00PM

Academic Lecture: Dr. Rocio Barajas Escamilla - El Colegio de la Frontera Norte and San Diego State University

Cosponsored with the UVU School of Education

Jan. 30, 2014 - International Development in Mexico

Service Learning – International Development in Mexico

SC 213A | 11:30-1:00PM

Service Learning – International Development in Mexico

Academic Lecture: Dr. LaMond Tullis

Cosponsored with the UVU School of Education and UVU International Study Programs

Feb. 6, 2014 - Indigenous Mexico

Indigenous Mexico

SC 213A | 11:30-1:00PM

Academic Lecture: Dr. Mark Lentz - UVU Dept. of History & Political Science

Cosponsored with the UVU Dept. of History & Political Science

Feb. 13, 2014 - Mexican Art

Mexican Art

SC 213A | 11:30-1:00PM

Panel Discussion: Dr. Lori Santos – UVU School of the Art; Dr. Susan Vogel – Utah Arts Director; Dr. Allen Christensen – Dept. of Art, Brigham Young University; Artist Yandhi Reynoso - Photographer

Cosponsored with the UVU School of the Arts, Artes de Mexico en Utah, Art Works - arts.gov, Utah Division of Arts & Museums, Utah Humanities Council, Latinos in Action, and El Semanal

Feb. 20, 2014 - Anthropology of Mexico

Anthropology of Mexico

SC 213A | 11:30-1:00PM

Academic Lecture: Dr. David Knowlton - UVU Dept. of Behavioral Sciences

Cosponsored with the UVU College of Humanities & Social Sciences and the UVU Dept. of History & Political Science

Feb. 25, 2014 - Dance Concert: Celebrated Voices

Dance Concert: Celebrated Voices

Ragan Theatre | 7:00PM | $10

Cosponsored with the UVU School of the Arts

March 7-April 27, 2014 - Art Exhibit: Jose Maria Velasco Gomez

Art Exhibit: José Ma Velasco Gómez

UVU Library

March 7, 2014 - April 27, 2014

Cosponsored with the UVU School of the Arts, Artes de Mexico en Utah, Art Works - arts.gov, Utah Division of Arts & Museums, Utah Humanities Council, Latinos in Action, and El Semanal

March 20, 2014 - The Culinary Arts of Mexico

The Culinary Arts of Mexico

SC 213A | 11:30AM-1:00PM

Food demonstration and presentation - Delicious sample food will be provided 

Cosponsored with the UVU Culinary Arts Institute

April 3, 2014 - The Aztec Sun Stone

The Aztec Sun Stone

SC 213A | 11:30AM-1:00PM

Academic Lecture: Dr. Baldomero Lago - Director Interantional & Multicultural Studies, UVU Dept. of Languages

Cosponsored with the UVU Department of Languages