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Consul general of Mexico to speak at APSU Nov. 8

Austin Peay will host a talk by Consul General Maria De Los Remedios Gomez-Arnau of Mexico during an upcoming visit to Middle Tennessee.

Gomez-Arnau, who is headquartered in Atlanta, will discuss Mexicans in Tennessee: Opportunities and Challenges, at 2 p.m., Monday, Nov. 8, in rooms 303-305, Morgan University Center.

Prior to being appointed consul general by Mexican President Vicente Fox Quesada in February 2001, Gomez-Arnau was the academic secretary of the Center for Research on North America (CISAN) from the National Autonomous University of Mexico.
Austin Peay will host a talk by Consul General Maria De Los Remedios Gomez-Arnau of Mexico during an upcoming visit to Middle Tennessee.

Gomez-Arnau, who is headquartered in Atlanta, will discuss “Mexicans in Tennessee: Opportunities and Challenges,” at 2 p.m., Monday, Nov. 8, in rooms 303-305, Morgan University Center.

Prior to being appointed consul general by Mexican President Vicente Fox Quesada in February 2001, Gomez-Arnau was the academic secretary of the Center for Research on North America (CISAN) from the National Autonomous University of Mexico.

Gomez-Arnau also served as an associate researcher at CISAN since 1989. Her research areas included U.S. foreign policy, the U.S.-Mexico bilateral relationship, Mexican migration to the United States and consular protection of Mexicans abroad. She participated in the Mexico-United States Bi-National Study of Migration, organized by the Technological Autonomous Institute of Mexico and the Carnegie Foundation for International Peace, which made recommendations in 2001 to the presidents of both countries regarding a change in bilateral relations on migration.

In the early1990s, Gomez-Arnau was an external consultant to the executive secretary of the National Commission on Human Rights. In that capacity, she participated in the report on human rights violations to Mexican migratory workers and the first report on undocumented Mexican children. During 1992-97, she was an external consultant to the deputy foreign minister on bilateral affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on migratory issues of Mexicans to the United States.

Gomez-Arnau earned a B.A. in International Relations at the Colegio de Mexico and an M.A. and Ph.D. in International Relations from the National Autonomous University of Mexico.

According to Dr. Karen Sorenson, associate professor of French and director of APSU's international studies, Gomez-Arnau plans three stops in Middle TennesseeNashville, UT-Martin and APSU. “We are quite fortunate to have her come to APSU as a speaker,” Sorenson says.
While in Clarksville, Gomez-Arnau hopes to meet with local officials and the Clarksville Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to discuss the situation of Mexicans in Tennessee.
—Dennie Burke