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Beyond the Hedges

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Beyond the Hedges

The Association of Rice Alumni

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Rice University is home to an abundance of brilliant minds, game-changing research and unique stories. Now alumni and friends don’t have to be on campus — or even in Houston — to experience Rice’s vibrant intellectual life. Each month, join Rice alumna Kate Coley ’11, associate director of alumni programs, as she sits down with those on campus and those out in the world to explore a range of fascinating topics. We’re bringing Rice’s spirit of lifelong learning beyond the hedges, to you!
 
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Doc Talks

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Doc Talks

Rice University's Task Force on Slavery, Segregation and Racial Injustice

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Are you interested in learning more about the research being done by the Rice University Task Force on Slavery, Segregation, and Racial Injustice? The Doc Talks podcast features Task Force chairs Dr. Alex Byrd and Dr. Caleb McDaniel discussing documents from our university's past and showing why they matter today.
 
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Judy Ley Allen Mexico Centered

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Judy Ley Allen Mexico Centered

Baker Institute Center for the United States and Mexico

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The "Judy Ley Allen Mexico Centered" podcast features interviews with academics, former government officials and other experts on issues central to the U.S.-Mexico relation. The podcast is hosted by the Baker Institute's Center for the United States and Mexico at Rice University in Houston, Texas. For more information on our work, please visit https://www.bakerinstitute.org/center-for-the-united-states-and-mexico/ Music from www.bensound.com
 
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A 1923 homecoming article in the Rice Thresher introduces us to an African American woman who worked on campus during the earliest days of the Rice Institute. And another article from the same year features a student performance of Eugene O'Neill's short play "The Dreamy Kid,"raising questions about portrayals of Black characters on stage at the In…
 
Alicia Kerber Palma, consul general of Mexico in Houston since 2019, talks about her time in the Mexican Foreign Service, the programs and services provided by Mexico’s Consulate General in Houston, feminist foreign policy, and the binational relationship. For more information on the Baker Institute Center for the United States and Mexico visit our…
 
“Am I disabled because of my impairment or am I disabled because of attitudes in society?” This thought-provoking question is posed by this episode’s guest, the Director of the Disability Resource Center here at Rice University, Alan Russell. Whether visible or invisible, disabilities affect so many different people, but they are still stigmatized …
 
This podcast is in Spanish. Eduardo Guerrero, socio fundador y director de Lantia Consultores y Lantia Intelligence, habla sobre la complicada situación de seguridad nacional y el incremento en la violencia relacionada al crimen organizado en México. Para mayor información sobre el Centro para Estados Unidos y México del Instituto Baker, visite nue…
 
Tony Payan, the Françoise and Edward Djerejian Fellow for Mexico Studies and director of the Baker Institute Center for the United States and Mexico at Rice University, discusses the implications of the 2021 midterm elections for Mexico’s president, the president's party, the opposition, and electoral institutions. For more information on the Baker…
 
On June 6, Mexico will hold its midterm elections. A total of 21,368 elected positions will be on the ballot, making this the largest single-day election in Mexico’s history. The results will define Mexico’s political landscape through at least 2024, and may also determine whether President López Obrador and his political party, MORENA, will contin…
 
James Gerber, professor emeritus of economics at San Diego State University, and Eduardo Mendoza, professor in the Department of Economic Studies at El Colegio de la Frontera Norte, discuss the challenges in making comparisons between sub-national units across the U.S.-Mexico border with existing data. They offer recommendations for future data col…
 
Catherine Glazer, U.S. immigration attorney, discusses what the current path to permanent residency is, the obstacles for DACA recipients, and potential avenues the current administration could pursue to grant permanent legal status to Dreamers. Glazer is the author of the recently published research paper "The Materialization of a Dream: Creating …
 
Vincent Speranza, Managing Director of Endeavor Mexico, discusses the growth of venture capital and entrepreneurship in Mexico, the role of Endeavor in supporting entrepreneurs, and the challenges and opportunities during the pandemic. For more information on the Baker Institute Center for the United States and Mexico visit our website at https://w…
 
In the final episode of our three part series with Stephen Klineberg, we grapple with how to make Houston successful in the 21st century given the deep class divides, inaccessibility to quality education, and exploitation of immigrant workers. Steve says “the story of America is the story of immigrants, and we need to get back to that… I tell peopl…
 
Tony Payan, director of the Baker Institute’s Center for the United States and Mexico, discusses the expectations for Mexico in 2021 in regard to the country's economy, politics, public health, and the binational relationship with the United States under the Biden administration. For more information on the Baker Institute Center for the United Sta…
 
On this episode, we examine the contested history of two holidays once observed on the Rice campus. One, announced in 1920, was organized to commemorate Confederate veterans, while the other, designed to honor Martin Luther King, Jr., was planned by leaders of the Black Student Union in 1972.By Rice University's Task Force on Slavery, Segregation and Racial Injustice
 
Michael S. Malone, high-technology/business journalist, producer of the award-winning PBS miniseries The New Heroes, editor of Forbes ASAP magazine, and Dean’s Executive Professor at Santa Clara University, talks about his recent book, "El Tercer País", where he explores the connections between San Diego and Tijuana, the history of the border regio…
 
Mark P. Jones, fellow in political science at the Baker Institute and the Joseph D. Jamail Chair in Latin American Studies at Rice University, talks about the binational relationship between the United States and Mexico in the context of the 2020 presidential election and the new president-elect. For more information on the Baker Institute Center f…
 
On this episode, we are joined by four special guests---two former and two current Rice students---to talk about four documents: a page from a business ledger belonging to William Marsh Rice; a survey of the courses that have been offered at Rice over time; and two application essays---one by Linda Faye Williams, a trailblazing Black student and sc…
 
In the first episode of this three-part series, Stephen Klineberg discusses the research found in his book “Prophetic City: Houston on the Cusp of a Changing America,” covering the early days of Houston up until the oil bust in 1982. Klineberg is a professor emeritus of sociology at Rice and the founding director of the Kinder Institute for Urban R…
 
Eva Moya, Associate Professor, and Silvia Chavez-Baray, Post Doctoral Fellow, at the Department of Social Work, University of Texas at El Paso, talk about the unique characteristics of the US-Mexico border, the health of its residents, and the challenges and opportunities of managing health policy and outcomes during the Covid-19 pandemic. Their re…
 
Lucas McMillan, Dean, College of Behavioral & Social Sciences, Lander University; and Jorge Schiavon, Professor of International Relations at the International Studies Department, CID, talk about the ways in which subnational actors in Mexico and the U.S. engage to further international cooperation in benefit of their state or locality; how the cur…
 
When people say they don’t see color when it comes to race, is this actually a dangerous social lie that means people don’t have to be held accountable? Colorblindness is “premised upon problematic thinking that has framed race relations in the United States… [and is] based upon the assumption difference is a problem to solve, but in wiping out dif…
 
Richard Kilroy, nonresident scholar in the Baker Institute Center for the United States and Mexico and associate professor of politics at Coastal Carolina University; and Abelardo Rodriguez Sumano, professor and researcher at Universidad Iberoamericana, discuss the key drivers impacting national security and defense relations between the United Sta…
 
The killing of George Floyd has caused global protests around racial injustice and white supremacy. How does the stress of racial trauma play out in the lives of people in Black and Brown communities? What can we do as a global Rice community to fight racial injustice? Join guest host Vanity Hill, assistant director of alumni regional outreach, as …
 
In this episode, Tony Payan, director of the Center for the United States and Mexico at Rice University's Baker Institute, analyzes the current situation of the coronavirus pandemic in Mexico. The Center hosted a webinar conversation on Mexico's response to the pandemic on April 1, 2020. It is available to view here. For more information on the Bak…
 
COVID-19 is constantly on our minds and on our screens. How has the history of contagion media shaped the way we respond to and think about pandemics like this? How do we handle the shifting paradigm of health communications in a digital age? In this episode, Kirsten Ostherr, director of Rice’s Medical Humanities Program and Medical Futures Lab, di…
 
How can ants teach us to be more efficient? Most of us think of ants as a picnic pest on the hunt for food, but ants are actually members of societies that function as complexly as ours with divisions of labor and specialties. They grow their own food on a mass scale, develop pesticides and prepare in case of food scarcity, all without ever experie…
 
Nora Haenn, associate professor of anthropology and international studies at North Carolina State University, talks about how women experience and deal with the disruption to family dynamics that comes from migration and how they work to keep families together. Haenn’s new book Marriage after Migration: An Ethnography of Money, Romance, and Gender …
 
Tamaulipas governor Francisco Javier García Cabeza de Vaca discusses his administration’s plans to tackle drug-related violence and improve public safety as well as increase the production of shale gas and oil in the state. The Center for the United States and Mexico hosted governor García Cabeza de Vaca on Febraury 7, 2020. For more information, p…
 
Tony Payan, director of the Center for the United States and Mexico, discusses the expectations for the López Obrador administration in 2020. For more information on the Baker Institute Center for the United States and Mexico visit our website at https://www.bakerinstitute.org/USMEX , and follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn. To join our mailing list,…
 
Baker Institute Center for the United States and Mexico's director Tony Payan, and scholars Rodrigo Montes de Oca and Ivan Rodriguez-Sanchez, analyze López Obrador's first year in office, looking at the challenges faced, the successes, and what to keep an eye on in 2020. For more information on the Baker Institute Center for the United States and M…
 
Isidro Morales, nonresident scholar at the Center for the United States and Mexico and a senior professor and researcher at Tec de Monterrey, discusses the challenges Mexico faces in achieving self-sufficiency in the energy sector and suggests a path to resilience. This conversation focuses on his recent publication for the Center: The Future of Pe…
 
Luis Arriola, the summer 2016 visiting scholar at the Center for the United States and Mexico and researcher at the Migration Studies and Trans-border Processes Academic Group at El Colegio de la Frontera Sur in Campeche, talks about the strategy of the López Obrador administration to tackle the issue of immigration and the mounting pressure from t…
 
Cymene Howe, associate professor of anthropology at Rice University, talks about the complexities of energy transitions using the case study of a wind park project in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec in Oaxaca from her recent book Ecologics: Wind and Power in the Anthropocene. For more information on the Baker Institute Center for the United States and M…
 
This podcast is in Spanish. Santiago Nieto, director de la Unidad de Inteligencia Financiera (UIF) de la Secretaría de Hacienda y Crédito Público, habla sobre la estrategia de combate a la corrupción de la administración de López Obrador. El 28 de agosto de 2019 se organizó un evento con el Dr. Nieto sobre corrupción en México. El video del evento …
 
David Gantz, Will Clayton Fellow in Trade and International Economics, talks about the future of the USMCA and what is holding the agreement from being ratified. This interview follows an event held at the Baker Institute on September 5, 2019, with The Honorable Kevin Brady, representative for the 8th congressional district of Texas, where the futu…
 
Stan Marek, CEO of MAREK and a strong advocate for comprehensive immigration reform, discusses his efforts to see immigration reform passed and the politics in Congress. Marek talks about his ID and Tax proposal to incorporate undocumented immigrants into the economy and the reasons he cares so much about seeing this through. For more information o…
 
Lorenzo Cordova, president councillor of Mexico's National Electoral Institute (INE) discusses the role of electoral reforms in improving the electoral system, the current proposals by Morena representatives and the criticism these have received, and the controversy following the 2019 gubernatorial election in Baja California. For more information …
 
Alejandro Hope, security analyst and columnist for El Universal, talks about the national security problem in Mexico, President López Obrador’s strategy and what he believes could be a more appropriate strategy to tackle the problem. For more information on the Baker Institute Mexico Center, visit our website at https://www.bakerinstitute.org/mexic…
 
On the final episode of this season, Stephen Morris, nonresident fellow at the Baker Institute Mexico Center and professor in the Department of Political Science at Middle Tennessee State University, discusses the role of public opinion, political will, autonomous entities, and an active civil society in the fight against corruption in Mexico. In a…
 
Andrew Selee, president of the Migration Policy Institute and former executive vice president of the Woodrow Wilson Center and founder of the Center’s Mexico Institute, discusses the social, cultural, and economic ties between the United States and Mexico. Selee recently spoke at the Baker Institute Mexico Center and presented his most recent book,…
 
Is Mexico, under the administration of Andrés Manuel López Obrador, headed in the same direction as Venezuela? Comparisons between the two countries and their regimes abound. Francisco Monaldi, fellow in Latin American energy policy at the Center for Energy Studies, the Mexico Center and the Latin America Initiative at the Baker Institute, talks ab…
 
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