Cardenas first in Mexican speaker series

The University of California, Berkeley’s Center for Latin American Studies will host a lecture by Mexican politician Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas next Wednesday (Feb. 3) on the promise and legacy of the Mexican Revolution and on Mexico’s present challenges.

Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas

Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas

His 7 p.m. talk will be the first lecture in a speaker series hosted by the center to commemorate the bicentennial of Mexican independence and the centennial of the Mexican Revolution. The lecture will be held in the Chan Shun Auditorium (Room 2050) in the Valley Life Sciences Building on campus (see campus map).

Cárdenas is president of the Fundación para la Democracia in Mexico. He is one of the founders of the Partido de la Revolución Democrática and served as mayor of Mexico City from 1997-1999. The son of former Mexican President Lázaro Cárdenas del Río, Cárdenas was a candidate in Mexico’s 1988 presidential election.

He is a visiting professor in UC Berkeley’s Department of Geography and will be hosted by the Center for Latin American Studies during the spring 2010 semester.

Questions for Cárdenas can be submitted online to Beth Perry of the Center for Latin American Studies at maperry@berkeley.edu. Selected questions will be asked by the moderator. Perry asks that questions be brief and focus on a single topic.

For more information about the program, visit the Center for Latin American Studies home page.