Former Mexican President Vicente Fox to Speak at USD

On Thursday, April 7 at 4 p.m., former President of Mexico Vicente Fox will deliver the keynote address at the 15th Annual Sister Sally Furay Lecture in the Joan B. Kroc Theatre. The event is sponsored by the University of San Diego’s Trans-Border Institute and the Center for Community Service Learning.

With the election of 2000, Vicente Fox of the Partido Acción Nacional (PAN) was the first opposition party candidate in Mexico to be elected president after 71 years of single party rule by the Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI). This historic election ushered in a new era of political opening and democratization in Mexico that held out much promise. While he was an important ally of the United States in the War on Drugs and achieved significant successes in dismantling the leadership of important drug-trafficking organizations during his administration, President Fox has also stirred controversy recently by suggesting that drug legalization may be a more effective tool in reducing the power of such trafficking organizations.

The 15th Annual Sister Sally Furay Lecture recognizes USD’s former Provost Sister Sally Furay, whose vision for social justice provided the inspiration for creating the Trans-Border Institute and the Center for Community Service Learning on campus.

This event is open to the public and to the press.  Tickets cost $10 for students, $15 for USD faculty or staff, and $20 general admission. Working media will not be charged admittance.

A media availability will be held at 1:00 p.m. in Room 247 of the Institute for Peace & Justice building. Room 247 is in Suite 238.

WHO: Vicente Fox, former President of Mexico

WHAT: Mr. Fox will deliver the keynote address at the 15th Annual Sister Sally Furay Lecture, which will be followed by a light reception.

WHERE: University of San Diego
Joan B. Kroc Theatre
5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA

WHEN: Thursday, April 7, 2011 at 4 p.m. (keynote address) and 5:30 p.m. (reception)
1:00 p.m. Press Availability in Room 247 in the Institute for Peace & Justice building.

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