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Distributed April 8, 2004
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April 13, 2004
Mexican presidential candidate Jorge Castañeda to give Ogden Lecture

Jorge Castañeda, former Mexican secretary of foreign affairs and now a candidate for Mexico’s 2006 presidential election, will give a Stephen A. Ogden Jr. Memorial Lecture on International Affairs titled “Mexico: Democracy in Progress.” Castañeda will speak on Tuesday, April 13, 2004, at 6:30 p.m. in Sayles Hall. The lecture is free and open to the public.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Mexican presidential candidate Jorge Castañeda, one-time secretary of foreign affairs for President Vicente Fox, will speak on “Mexico: Democracy in Progress.” The presentation, a Stephen A. Ogden Jr. Memorial Lecture, will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 13, 2004, in Sayles Hall on The College Green.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Doors will open at 6 p.m.

Castañeda was appointed as Mexico’s secretary of foreign affairs in 2000 by newly elected President Fox; he served in that position through 2002. A close advisor to Fox during his campaign, Castañeda is credited with helping to shape Mexico’s transformation from authoritarian politics to democratic rule. In March 2004, he announced he would be an independent candidate for president of Mexico in the 2006 election.

Born and raised in Mexico City, the son of a former foreign secretary, Castañeda is a graduate of Princeton and of the University of Paris, where he received his doctorate in economic history. A renowned social scientist, he has taught at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, Princeton, Dartmouth, University of California–Berkeley and New York University.

Considered a leading Mexican public intellectual, Castañeda has spent much of his career studying, writing and speaking about his country’s international relations. His insights on the interplay of domestic and international politics with economics and culture led to his appointment as a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He is the author of Compañero: The Life and Death of Che Guevara, The Mexican Shock, Utopia Unarmed: The Latin American Left After the Cold War and Limits to Friendship: The United States and Mexico. His columns have appeared in the Mexican daily Reforma, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, Newsweek and in periodicals throughout Latin America.

In March 2002, while Castañeda was secretary of foreign affairs, the New York Times credited him with “trying to invent a new Mexico, one that deals eye to eye with the United States.” He advocated for a “partnership for prosperity” with the United States, seeking to address the economic imbalances between the two countries. Since leaving office, Castañeda has continued this mission through his public speaking, as well as in his teaching at New York University as Global Distinguished Professor of Politics and Latin American and Caribbean Studies.

The Ogden Lectures were established in memory of Stephen A. Ogden Jr., a member of the Brown Class of 1960, who died in 1963 from injuries he suffered in a car accident shortly after his graduation. His family established the lecture series in 1965 as a tribute to his interest in international relations. Previous Ogden lecturers have included former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, former President of Brazil Fernando Henrique Cardoso, Queen Noor of Jordan, former Canadian Prime Minister Kim Campbell, CNN founder Ted Turner and former Sen. John Glenn, among others.

For more information on this event, call (401) 863-2474.


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