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The close and complex bilateral relationship between Mexico and the United States gets examined from Mexico’s point of view in the final installment of Lawrence University’s 2011 Povolny Lecture Series in International Studies “Latin America: Past, Present and Future.”

Juan Carlos Romero Hicks, former governor of the Mexican state of Guanajuato, presents “U.S.-Mexican Relations: A Mexican Perspective” Wednesday, May 11 at 4:30 p.m. in Thomas Steitz Hall of Science, Room 102.

Against a backdrop of neighbors and trading partners as well as demographic connections — more than one million U.S. citizens live in Mexico while Mexico is the largest source of immigrants to the United Sates — Romero Hicks will share the Mexican perspective on issues of commerce, migration and security between the two countries.

Romero Hicks served six years as governor of Mexico’s sixth-most populous state before being named general director of Mexico’s National Council of Science and Technology in 2006.

Prior to entering politics, Romero Hicks enjoyed an extensive career in education. He joined the faculty of the University of Guanajuato in 1977 and served as the university’s president from 1991-99. He earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial relations from the University of Guanajuato, and a pair of master’s degrees — one in social sciences and one in business administration — from Southern Oregon State College.

The “Latin America: Past, Present and Future” lecture series is sponsored by the Mojmir Povolny Lectureship in International Studies. Named in honor of long-time Lawrence government professor Mojmir Povolny, the lectureship promotes interest and discussion on issues of moral significance and ethical dimensions.