Talks, Tunes and Service Highlight Yale Week in Mexico

Faculty members shared their expertise, students showcased their music talents and alumni demonstrated their spirit of service March 9-13 in Mexico City and Monterrey.

Public lectures and performances highlighted the Yale Week in Mexico program, while alumni took part in various volunteer opportunities as part of the Yale Service Tour to Monterrey.

The Yale Week in Mexico program — which aimed to raise awareness about Yale among prospective students, community and university leaders, and the general public in Mexico — was organized by the Tec of Monterrey in conjunction with the Yale Club of Mexico, led by Luis Madrazo Lajous, with assistance from the Yale Office of International Affairs.

Six faculty members gave public lectures: Bruce Ackerman, Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science, “A New Constitution for Mexico?”; Susan Rose-Ackerman, the Henry R. Luce Professor of Law and Political Science, “Administrative Law and Democratic Legitimacy in the Americas: Confronting Executive Power and the Contracting State”; Geert Rou­wenhorst, professor of finance and deputy director of the International Center for Finance, “The Fundamentals of Commodity Futures Returns” (with Gary Gorton and Fumio Hayashi) and “A Random Walk through Financial History”; Michael Snyder, the Lewis B. Cullman Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology, professor of molecular biophysics and biochemistry, and director of the Yale Center of Genomics and Proteomics, “In Our Genes: Understanding How People Are Different from One Another”; Susan Stokes, the John S. Saden Professor of Political Science and director of the Yale Program on Democracy, “Clientelism as Persuasion and as Mobilization” and “Globalization and the Rise of the Left in Latin America”; and Stuart Weinzimer, associate professor of pediatrics at the Yale School of Medicine, “High-Tech Diabetes Care for Children.”

In addition, the week featured media interviews, admissions and alumni events, and concerts by the Whiffenpoofs, the world’s oldest collegiate a cappella group, and the Yale University Concert Band.

The inaugural Yale Service Tour to Monterrey was sponsored by the Association of Yale Alumni in conjunction with the Tec of Monterrey and the Consejo de Desarrollo Social, the social services institute for the Mexican state of Nuevo Leon. The participants - who included alumni and other campus community members — volunteered their time and talents in various projects, including medical clinics, public health workshops, creative arts, educational enrichment, small business management, construction and public works, athletics and music outreach.

Yale’s ties with Mexico date back 150 years, since the matriculation of the first Mexican in 1858. In recent years, Yale has embarked on a number of collaborative programs with partners in Mexico and across Latin America, and expects to see those ties expand within the near future.

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