August 27, 2007 The Ambassador of Mexico To Speak on Sept. 17

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Arturo Sarukhan, Mexican ambassador to the United States since 2006, will present a lecture on “The Future of Relations Between Mexico and the United States” on Monday, Sept. 17, at 6 p.m. in the Mumford Room, sixth floor of the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Avenue, S.E., Washington, D.C. The lecture, sponsored by the Library’s Hispanic Division, is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. Ambassador Sarukhan received a bachelor’s degree from the Colegio de Mexico and a master’s degree on United States Foreign Policy from the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C. From 1988 to 1989, he served as executive secretary of the Commission on the Future of Relations Between Mexico and the United States, sponsored by the Ford Foundation and headed by noted Mexican diplomat Hugo Margaín and former U.S. Secretary of State William Rogers. In 1991 Sarukhan was named special adviser to Mexican Foreign Minister Fernando Solana. He entered the diplomatic service of Mexico in 1993 and served as private secretary to Mexico’s ambassador to the United States Jorge Montaño. In 1995 he was named by Ambassador Jesús Silva Herzog to coordinate issues related to drug trafficking. Subsequently he served as adviser to Foreign Secretary Rosario Green, was a member of the transition team of President Vicente Fox and served as general coordinator of advisers to Foreign Secretary Jorge Castañeda. From 2003 to 2006, he was Mexico’s general consul in New York City. The Hispanic Division, established in 1939, is the Library’s center for the study of the cultures and societies of Latin America, the Caribbean, the Iberian Peninsula and other areas where Spanish or Portuguese influence have been significant. The collections comprise more than 10 million items, including books, maps and retrospective holdings of government serials, newspapers and other periodicals and are believed to be the most extensive such collections in the world. For further information about the Hispanic Division, visit


PR 07-166
ISSN 0731-3527