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Visiting Fulbright Scholar explores U.S., Mexican relations

LIVINGSTON – The University of West Alabama concluded its 2011 Fulbright Lecture Series as Mexican scholar Dr. Raoul Ramos presented contemporary issues between the United States and Mexico yesterday at 6 p.m. in the Bell Conference Center.

Ramos, an international relations and political sciences professor at the Institute of Technology and Higher Studies in Monterey, Mexico, serves this year as a Fulbright Scholar in Residence at University of Virginia’s College at Wise. His UWA presentation, “Mexico and the United States: the Emerging Regional Dynamic,” focused on immigration, North American integration, regional politics and other topics.

Hosted by the College of Business, Ramos teaches English-speaking and international students at his home university. He has also lectured throughout Mexico and the U.S. and contributed his international business expertise to magazines, newspapers and Web sites.

“UWA is pleased to bring to a close our lecture series as Dr. Ramos puts into perspective the historic, cultural and socio-political developments between the neighboring countries,” said Dr. David M. Taylor, provost.

“In light of UWA’s dual-enrollment partnership with a Mexican institution, this is a particularly meaningful presentation for our campus.”

In addition to the public program, Ramos addressed classes and worked one-on-one with UWA faculty and students during his stay in Livingston. He is one of approximately 800 foreign scholars chosen this year to lecture, conduct research and participate in seminars in the United States through the Fulbright Scholars Program.