NEWS RELEASE, 11/23/98
Media Advisory regarding conference, "Alternatives
for the Americas" at UC Berkeley
By Janet Gilmore, Public Affairs
BERKELEY -- MEDIA ADVISORY
WHAT: "Alternatives for the Americas: A Dialogue," an historic conference at the University of California, Berkeley, bringing together U.S. Congressional leaders and key political figures from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, El Salvador and Mexico.
The Latin American political leaders will meet with U.S. officials to discuss global trade issues and their bearing on the Americas. The discussion will include labor and environmental concerns surrounding trade issues; possible expansion of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA); and worries about global economic conditions and the role of the International Monetary Fund in resolving world financial problems.
WHEN: Friday, Dec. 4, 1998, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
WHERE: Barrows Hall, 8th floor, Lipman Room, University of California, Berkeley.
Dante Caputo, Member of Congress, Former Foreign Minister
Rodolfo Terragno, Member of Congress, Former president of the Civic Radical Union, Member of the political coalition, Alianza
Ciro Ferreira Gomes, Former Governor of Ceara, Former Minister of Finance, Presidential candidate in October 1998 elections
Roberto Mangabeira Unger, Harvard University law professor, Brazil native on sabbatical in Brazil
David E. Bonior (D-Michigan), Democratic Whip, Second Ranking Democrat, U.S. House of Representatives
Xavier Becerra (D-California), Member of U.S.Congress, Chair, Hispanic Caucus
Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Member of U.S. Congress
William D. Delahunt (D-Massachusetts), Member of U.S. Congress
Harley Shaiken, UC Berkeley professor, Director, Center for Latin American Studies, UC Berkeley
Carlos Ominami, Senator and former Minister of Economics, Socialist Party
Genaro Arriagada, Ambassador to the United States, Christian Democratic Party
Facundo Guardado, President of the FMLN political party, Current Presidential candidate
Vicente Fox Quesada, Current Presidential candidate
Governor of Guanajuato, Member of the PAN political party
Amalia Garcia, Senator, Member of the PRD political party
Adolfo Aguilar Zinser, Senator, Independent
Jorge G. Castaneda, Professor of Political Science, New York University, National Autonomous University of Mexico.
NOTE: UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert M. Berdahl will open the conference with a brief welcome. The first panel discussion, "Mexican Economic Integration: What Works, What Doesn't, What to Fix," will begin at 9:15 a.m. The second and final panel session, "Policies for A New Social Agenda," will begin at 11:30 a.m.
Various UC Berkeley professors will lead the discussions, including faculty
from political science, sociology, journalism, ethnic studies and public
policy. For more information, contact Isaac Mankita at the Center for Latin
American Studies (510) 642-3254.
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