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Mexico-Minnesota Dialogue: Past, Present, Future, 2008-2009

For over a year, a group of faculty and graduate students from the University of Minnesota have been working on a international collaboration with colleagues in Mexico on a series of research, teaching, and outreach questions around technology, education, history, immigration, human rights, and youth development. The particular goal of the Mexico-Minnesota Dialogue Collaborative is to enhance and broaden the participation of community organizers, and faculty and graduate students on the U of M campus in a dialogue about the interactions between Mexico and Minnesota. We will sponsor a series of group study sessions, public meetings, and site visits in which we will discuss the past, present, and future interaction between Mexico and Minnesota. 

How can we understand Mexican-Minnesota migration through historical, contemporary, and future perspectives, and what does this migration mean economically, educationally, and politically for Minnesota? How can the U of M better serve the Mexican and Mexican-American communities in Minnesota?

Conveners: Patrick McNamara (History, CLA), Joan Dejaeghere (Educational Policy and Administration, CEHD), and Kristi Rudelius-Palmer (Human Rights Center, Law School).

Other collaborative participants: Art Harkins (Educational Policy and Administration, CEHD), Barbara Frey (Global Studies, CLA), John Cogan (Educational Policy and Administration, CEHD), Dario Menanteau (Social Work, CEHD), Byron Schneider (Minnesota Extension Services), Joanna O’Connell (Spanish and Portuguese, CLA), G. Edward Schuh (Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs), John Moravec (CEHD), M. Bianet Castellanos (American Studies and Chicano Studies, CLA), Heidi Lasley Barajas (CEHD), Martha Bigelow (Curriculum and Instruction, CEHD).


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