Mexican Immigration to the U.S. A bilateral perspective, 1965 to present
January 14 @ 10:00 am - February 18 @ 12:00 pm
An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Thursday, repeating indefinitely
This course provides an insightful examination of the political and economic conditions, on both sides of the border, that have framed the ups-and-downs of migration of Mexicans to the U.S. Beginning with the origins of Mexican immigration in the late 19th century, the majority of the course will be spent examining the period after the landmark Immigration Act of 1965
to the present. Aside from immigration policies, the course will focus on several related issues, such as the Mexican drug trade, border enforcement (the wall), and the US-Mexico-Canada free trade accord (NAFTA 2.0), among other topics. Particular attention will be given to the Napa/Sonoma region.
The presenter is Alex Saragoza, professor emeritus at UC Berkeley, earned his Ph.D. in modern Latin American History from UC, SanDiego, specializing in Mexico and Cuba. He has been selected to the Distinguished Lecturer Program of the Organization of American Historians, and in 2017 he was the recipient of the Excellence in Teaching and Learning Award by the
Osher Life-Learning Institute at UC Berkeley. He has lectured at various universities in the U.S., Cuba and Europe, and he was a visiting professor at the Sorbonne, Paris, France, in 2012. He has served as Director of the UC Center in Mexico City and as Chair of Berkeley’s Latin American Studies Center. Born in Madera, California, Alex M. Saragoza spent much of his youth laboring side-by-side with his Mexican immigrant, farm-working parents. He has published widely on the interface between Mexico and the United States, including work on Mexican immigration. Most recently, he is a coeditor of Mexico Today: An Encyclopedia of Life in the Republic, Volume 1 (2010) and the forthcoming book, “Recent Chicano Historiography: Advances, Shortcomings, and Challenges.”
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