SDMoM’s Culture, Coffee & Conversation Lecture Series resumes in June 2011 with a presentation by Jorge Castaneda, author, professor of political science at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, visiting professor at Princeton University and UC Berkeley, and senior associate of the Carnegie Institute for International Peace in Washington, D.C.

Prof. Castaneda will introduce his book, “Manana Forever?: Mexico and the Mexicans,” June 2,2011,  4:00 to 5:30 p.m., in the Gill Auditorium. He will share insights about the puzzling paradoxes of his native country: the fact that a nation of 110 million inhabitants has an ambivalent and complicated relationship with the United States, which supplies Mexico the world’s greatest population of American expatriates; the fact that Mexico’s people tend to resent foreigners while welcoming them as tourists; and that Mexican individualism and ties to the land reflect a desire to conserve the past and slow the move to modernity.

The June 2 lecture will examine the possibilities of Mexico’s future, considering its social, cultural, and political changes, and cast a lens on Mexico as a nation at a crossroads. After his lecture, the current Global Distinguished Professor of Politics and Latin American Studies at New York University, and former Mexican foreign minister, Prof. Castaneda will sign books for SDMoM visitors in attendance.

Look for details about the July and August 2011 CC&C presentations on the SDMoM website after June 15, 2011.