Diplomat, novelist discusses international trade

Novelist and diplomat Carlos Fuentes will be speaking tonight at 7 in the Special Events Center. In his lecture, titled “Bordering on NAFTA: Mexico and the United States in the 21st Century,” Fuentes will be discussing the North American Free Trade Agreement and its role in 21st Century Mexican-American commerce.

According to Mark Amen, director of the Globalization Research Center, there has been rising interest in the community and school about United States and Mexican relations.

“There is a growing concern with the future of free trade in the world,” Amen said.

Fuentes, who has published over 15 novels and served as Mexico’s diplomat to France, will discuss issues pertaining to international trade, especially ones concerning American and Mexican affairs.

“NAFTA is currently considering establishing FTAA: Free Trade of the Americas Agreement,” Amen said, “which will be one of the focuses of Fuentes’ lecture.”

Carlos Fuentes has written in such publications as the The New York Times and Vanity Fair, and has also been on The New York Times Bestseller list for his novel The Old Gringo, according to a press release.

The lecture is sponsored by the USF Globalization Research Center, along with University Lecture Series and Latin American and Caribbean Studies Student Organization.