Former president of Mexico will discuss trade policy, immigration during April 18 lecture at Iowa State

Vicente Fox

AMES, Iowa — Former president of Mexico Vicente Fox will speak at Iowa State University next week.

Fox, president of Mexico from 2000 to 2006, will present “Building Bridges or Walls: Where Do the U.S. and Mexico Go from Here?” at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 18, at Stephens Auditorium. No tickets are required for this free public event. There will be general admission seating.

Fox is a leading voice on North American trade policy and the challenges of immigration. His most recent book, “Let's Move On: Beyond Fear & False Prophets,” takes aim at the current state of American politics, and is a call to unity and resistance in the face of rising ethnocentric and anti-democratic sentiments.

Fox is credited with playing a vital role in Mexico’s democratization and strengthening the country’s economy during his time as president. A businessman-turned-politician, Fox worked his way up within the Mexican unit of The Coca-Cola Co. and was head of its Latin American operations prior to his election as governor of the Mexican state of Guanajuato. 

This lecture is part of the World Affairs lecture series “The U.S. Role Abroad” and the National Affairs lecture series “Building a Better Democracy.”

Fox’s lecture is co-sponsored by the Ames Public Library Friends Foundation, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Ivy College of Business, College of Engineering, College of Human Sciences, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, economics department, George Gund fund, international studies program, National Affairs series committee, Patricia Miller lecture fund, political science department, University Library, World Affairs series committee, world languages and cultures department and the Committee on Lectures, which is funded by Student Government.

Find more information about ISU lectures online or by calling 515-294-9934.