There are a vast number of public lectures and events in Boise this week from #MexicoWeek, which starts today [full schedule here], presented by Boise State University and the Mexican Consulate in Boise, to guest lectures from Richard Heinzl of Doctors Without Borders, Doran Larson, founder of the Attica-Gennesee prison teaching project and Don Bush, VP of marketing for Kount. Below is a public affairs event round up for the week.

Monday, April 7
Noon, Blackbook Gallery, 17th  & Main Street., Downtown Boise
MWArt exhibit by Luz Camarena, “Racial Epithet Vignettes”
In this opening exhibition, Luz Camarena examines the overlap of racism and immigration. These works explore the silent violence of oppression that surrounds these issues in our society. #MexicoWeek

6:00 p.m. at Boise State Downtown, 301 S. Capitol Blvd. Photos on display until Saturday, April 12.
Alejandra Regalado’s “In Reference To, Mexican Women of Idaho & Oregon”
Photo exhibit and lecture from Regalado featuring portraits of women of a wide range of ages and socioeconomic backgrounds who emigrated to Idaho & Oregon from Mexico at different points in their lives. #MexicoWeek

Alejandra Regalado photos

Alejandra Regalado
From Regalado’s photo project, “In Reference To: Mexican Women of Idaho & Oregon”


Tuesday, April 8
Noon, History Department Conference Room
The Gender Studies Program will host a “Transdisciplinary Conversations” brownbag event with Laura King, assistant professor of criminal justice. Her topic is “Gendered Perceptions of Sexual Violence.” Bring a lunch and enjoy free coffee and cookies.

6:00 p.m., Boise State Special Events Center

Jonathan Chait

Jonathan Chait

Public address from distinguished representative of the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Jonathan Chait Auerbach, the Deputy General Director for North America of the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs, “Bilateral Relations: Mexico-U.S.A.” #MexicoWeek

7 p.m., Student Union Jordan Ballroom
Richard Heinzel, “Creating Opportunity in a World Without Borders.”
The Honors College Distinguished Lecture Series at Boise State University presents Richard Heinzl, the Canadian physician who founded the first North American chapter of Doctors Without Borders. The lecture is free and open to the public. No tickets are required. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and free parking is available in the Lincoln Avenue Garage. More info.


Wednesday, April 9
12:00 p.m., SUB cafeteria, Boise State
Mexican Trivia Game. Cool prizes to be awarded. #MexicoWeek

6:00 p.m., SUB Farnsworth Room, Boise State

Nathaniel Hoffman


Nathaniel Hoffman

Nathaniel Hoffman, “From Acá to Allá and Back: Leaving, Loving, and Legislating Across America’s Southern Border.”
Hoffman, co-author of Amor & Exile: True Stories of Love Across America’s borders, and TBR editor, shows the plight of Americans in exile in Mexico due to harsh immigration laws and re-emphasizes the social roots of migration and the bipartisan potential of recasting the immigration “debate” in a family-values context. #MexicoWeek

7 p.m. Student Union Bishop Barnwell
Ezra Pound Readings, repeated Thursday and Friday.


Thursday, April 10
6:30 pm SUB Simplot Ballroom C, Boise State
Alma Rosa Gomez, “Frida Kahlo: Her Life and Art,”

Alma Rosa Gomez


Alma Rosa Gomez

Alma Rosa Gomez, visual artist and recipient of the 2010 Idaho Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, presents an interpretive slide show that examines the life and art of renowned Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. #MexicoWeek

5:30 to 7:00 p.m., Mexican Consulate Executive Dining Room, Washington Group Plaza, 701 E Morrison Knudsen Plaza Dr., Cost: $10.00
Reception celebrating 20 Years of the Idaho-Mexico Trade Office and its director, Armando Orellana. #MexicoWeek
RSVP: Monique Wilson, email or (208)332-8535

6 p.m., Student Union Lookout Room
Doran Larson, “Bearing Digital Witness: The Humanities, Social Justice and the American Prison Complex.”
Doran Larson, professor of English and creative writing at Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y., will broadly outline the unprecedented scale of incarceration in the United States, and describe his efforts to preserve and interpret the work of prison writers bearing witness to conditions inside U.S. prisons. This lecture is free and open to the public. More info.
Preceded by Digital Humanities Lunch Series, brown-bag session is for interested faculty and students, 12-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, in the Student Union Hatch C Ballroom.


Friday, April 11
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Mexican Consulate in Boise, 701 E Morrison Knudsen Plaza Dr.
“Trade and Business with Mexico.”
Boise State students, faculty and staff attend free, except for $10.00 lunch charge. Cost to public $25.00, includes lunch. #MexicoWeek
Attendees must RSVP to Monique Wilson, email, (208) 332-8535. Full Agenda.

1:30-3 p.m. in the Skaggs Hall of Learning, located in the Micron Business and Economics Building
Don Bush, “The Storm Before the Storm: The New Landscape of Fraud”
Don Bush, VP of marketing at Kount, presented by the College of Business and Economics (COBE) Speaker Series. Free and open to the public. More info.

7:00 p.m. SUB Farnsworth Room, Boise State

William Nericcio


William Nericcio

William Nericcio, Professor of English and Comparative Literature, San Diego State University, “Orgasmic, Semiotic Cataclysms of Eyegiene & Mextasy: Digressions of Film Studies, Ethnic Studies, & Cultural Studies in the Televisual, Techno-Ontological Age of the Smartphone.”
Nericcio will analyze the various ways in which Mexicans are perceived and presented by the media in the U.S. #MexicoWeek


Saturday, April 12
4:00 to 11:00 p.m., Arcade Gallery, 1615 W. State Street
Monica Guerrero Mouret, “De Peregrina a Peregrina.”

Monica Guerrero


Monica Guerrero

Mexican photographer Monica Guerrero Mouret displays her images of the annual pilgrimages to the Basilica of the Virgin of Guadalupe. The images tell a story of motivation beyond religious belief; they show a pilgrimage born from a tradition that has evolved over hundreds of years and is now an identifying aspect of Mexican Culture. #MexicoWeek

7:00 p.m., The Cabin, 801 S. Capitol Blvd.
Mexican poet Valerie Mejer will offer bilingual readings from her many award winning books of poetry.
Format: Public lectures during day and at 7:00 p.m., readings in conjunction with other poets.

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