Tarleton prof to lecture in Great Britain

Dr. Jesús Velasco

Tarleton State University

Thursday, January 30, 2014

STEPHENVILLE, Texas—Dr. Jesús Velasco, professor of political science, will deliver two lectures in Great Britain in February. He will speak at Oxford University on Feb. 10 to the North American Studies Programme at St. Antony’s College, one of Oxford’s seven graduate colleges. On Feb. 12 he will lecture at the Centre for Amerindian, Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.

Both lectures will be on the relationship between the Mexican government and American intellectuals in the 20th and 21st centuries. The lecture is based on Velasco’s current research on the subject.

“Throughout almost a century of relations, Mexican governments and American intellectuals have formed a marriage of convenience to promote their own interests,” Velasco said. “Thus, Mexican politicians, including presidents, have used American intellectuals as advisors on American domestic and foreign policy and to promote Mexican interests in the United States. On the other hand, American intellectuals used their close contact with Mexican politicians to advance their own careers in the United States.”

Velasco, who received his Ph.D. in government from the University of Texas at Austin, holds the Joe and Teresa Long Endowed Chair in Social Sciences at Tarleton.


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