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Academy Fellows Speaker Series: Sergio M. Alcocer, Ph.D.

November 14, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm CST

| Free

Presented by the Presidential Task Force on Research Excellence

In partnership with the President and Academic Affairs, the Office of Research, Economic Development, and Knowledge Enterprise (REDKE) has launched a series of lectures by prominent Academy Fellows. The series began in spring 2019 in concert with the celebration of UTSA’s 50th anniversary with the goal of exposing the campus community to the internationally recognized innovations of these scholars while showcasing the talent and expertise of our own faculty, staff and students. Becoming a member of a national or international academy solidifies a faculty member’s scholarly and research accomplishments, celebrating not only the scholar’s accomplishments but also the institution in being recognized as a premier academic and research university.

Speakers represent a variety of disciplines that intersect with research specialties across the UTSA knowledge enterprise.

November 14, 2019 | 6pm—7:30pm
Location:  UTSA Downtown Campus, La Villita Room, Durango Building, Room 1.116

Sergio Alcocer, Ph.D.
Research Professor, Institute of Engineering, National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)
Former Undersecretary for North America, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico
>> Biography

The Role of Mexican & U.S. Universities:  Societal Fatigue & Frustration in an Era of Change

Abstract:  The relation between the United States and Mexico is one of the most dynamic, diverse and complex of any relation between neighboring countries. Whether we examine human interaction across the border region; trade and value chain integration well inside our countries; security at large; and shared management of ecosystems, just to mention a few topics, the breadth and intensity of our intertwined relation is both impressive and mesmerizing.

This era could be characterized by rapid and uncertain changes due to convergence of technologies; the impact of fake news and social media on people´s perceptions and decisions; the society´s tiredness and frustration of unequal access to opportunities and development; the fast integration of countries in regions to compete on the basis of knowledge, as well as the global dynamism that pushes our national identities aside.

It is the aim of this conference to highlight the significant role that Mexican and American universities can play to harness common opportunities, to build bridges between our societies and for developing a region of shared prosperity and social well-being, all supported on education, research and innovation. The critical importance of universities, like UT San Antonio, in educating students from all over the world will be emphasized.


**Registration is not required**

These lectures are open to the UTSA campus as well as the general community. We encourage all who are interested to attend!


November 14, 2019
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


UTSA Downtown Campus
501 W Cesar E. Chavez Blvd,
San Antonio, United States
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