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2013 Mazatlán Forum - Crossing Borders: Examining Political, Economic, and Social Assumptions in the US and Mexico

March 7-9, 2013


Welcome and Keynotes DSPT President Fr. Michael Sweeney, OP; Dr. Luis F. Aguilar
Subsidiary Societies in the Contemporary State DSPT Fellow Ron Austin; Dr. Roberto Blancarte 
Youth, Truth, and Social Media DSPT Fellow Agnieszka Winkler; Dr. Ronaldo González Valdés
Whose Right? Rights in Question DSPT Philosophy Chair Fr. Anselm Ramelow, OP; Dr. Fernando García Saís; DSPT Fellow Richard Gallagher; Dr. Fernando Cano Valle
Immigration, Rights, and the Common Good Patrick Brennan; Bernardo Méndez Lugo; DSPT Fellow Dan Lungren; Erika Montoya Zavala
Rethinking the Corporation and the Market Economy DSPT Fellow André Delbecq; Dr. Miguel Breceda; DSPT Fellow-Designate Mary Hirschfeld; Dr. Luis Astorga Almanza 
Welcome and Keynotes
The keynotes were offered by Fr. Michael Sweeney, OP, President of the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology, Berkeley, CA and Dr. Luis F. Aguilar, Director of the Institute of Public Policy and Government at the University of Guadalajara, Mexico and member of El Colegio de Mexico. 
Subsidiary Societies in the Contemporary State
Conversation was sparked by presentations entitled: "Have Religious Institutions, Universities, and Arts and Media Been Marginalized?" by Ron Austin, DSPT Fellow and "What is the Role of Religion in Public Life?" by Dr. Roberto Blancarte, El Colegio de Mexico and Visiting Scholar at Stanford University.
Youth, Truth and Social Media
Conversation was prompted by presentations entitled: "Can Crowd Wisdom Successfully Replace Other Types of Authority?" by Agnieszka Winkler, DSPT Fellow and Founder and Chairperson of The Winkler Group, Inc.; and "Social Networks and Youth: Risks and Possibilities" by Ronaldo González Valdés, of Universidad Autónoma de Sinaloa.
Whose Right? Rights in Question
Conversation about rights in our societies began with reflections entitled: “Does the Family Have Rights?" by  Fr. Anselm Ramelow, OP, Chair of the Philosophy Department at DSPT; "Collective Actions in Defense of the Rights of the Consumer and the Environment" by Fernando García Saís of the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México; “Rights and Modern Medical Research: How Far Does the Right to Privacy Extend?” by Richard Gallagher, DSPT Fellow and Clinical Professor at the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia; "Medical Humanism and 'Dispraxis'" by Fernando Cano Valle of the Instituto de Investigaciones Jurídicas [Institute of Legal Research] at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). 
Immigration, Rights and the Common Good
Extended conversation about immigration was spurred by presentations entitled: “Is It Necessary to Rethink Sovereignty in Questions Concerning Immigration?” by Patrick Brennan, holder of the John F. Scarpa Chair in Catholic Legal Studies at Villanova University; "Central-American Transmigration in Mexico: Violation of Human Rights in Mexican Territory and its Implications for the USA and Proposals for Public Policy in Mexico and the USA" by Bernardo Méndez Lugo, Mexican diplomat; “The Contemporary Conundrum: Is It Possible for the U.S. to Aspire to Be Both a ‘Nation of Laws’ and a ‘Nation of Immigrants’?" by Mr. Dan Lungren, DSPT Fellow and recent US Congressman; "The New Anti-Immigrant Context and the Migratory Status of Mexican Stylists in Arizona" by Erika Montoya Zavala from the Department of International Studies and Public Policy at the Universidad Autónoma de Sinaloa (UAS).
Rethinking the Corporation and the Market Economy
Conversation was stimulated by brief presentations entitled: “Can the Corporate Organization Offer a Model for Societal Change?” by DSPT Fellow André Delbecq, the J. Thomas and Kathleen McCarthy University Professor at Santa Clara University; "Prospects for Mexico's Sustainable Development through the Market Economy Model" by Miguel Breceda of the Universidad Autónoma de Sinaloa; “Are Our Assumptions Concerning Economic Life False?" by DSPT Fellow-Designate Mary Hirschfeld, Professor of Economics and Theology at Villanova University; "Mexico: Illegal Drugs, Violence, and Politics" by Luis Astorga Almanza of the Instituto de Investigaciones Sociales at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). 
Questioning Conclusions and Concluding Questions
Join us for our concluding session, where the proceedings of the Mazatlán Forum will be summarized and contextualized for the sake of attempting to more clearly articulate the questions that must be asked and answered in order to take advantage of the opportunities and address the challenges we face today in Mexico and the United States.