JOHN “Economic Hit Man” PERKINS:
Economic Colonialism and the Redemptive Power of Indigenous Cultures
Tuesday, February 5, 2019

As a young man, Perkins developed cost justifications for huge infrastructure projects funded by the World Bank and other aid organizations. Recognizing the harm wrought by his work, Perkins suffered a crisis of conscious, leaving his lucrative position and eventually telling all in his international bestseller, Confessions of an Economic Hit Man. … Read more »

VICENTE FOX:
Mexico/U.S. Relations in the Time of Trump
November 12, 2018

On November 18, 2016 — barely a week after the stunning U.S. presidential election — former Mexican President Vicente Fox addressed a sold-out audience in the Hotel Real de Minas ballroom, discussing the future of U.S.-Mexico relations. Vicente Fox will return to San Miguel de Allende less than a week after the critical 2018 U.S. mid-term elections. … Read more »

DR. GEORGIA EDE:
Preventing Alzheimer’s Is Easier Than You Think: The Surprising Science of Food and the Brain
October 9, 2018

Rates of Alzheimer’s dementia are expected to triple by 2050, and every drug developed to try to combat this epidemic has failed miserably. The bad news is that many of us are already on the road to Alzheimer’s disease without realizing it. The good news is that scientists have identified the key driving force behind most cases of this devastating illness—and it’s something well within your power to control. … Read more »

JAMES E. PALOMBO:
Truth to Logic – Crime, Criminal Justice and Ideology in the American Experiment
August 20, 2018

The U.S. citizenry lacks a legitimate understanding of its country’s capitalist character. This “identity crisis” presents serious problems on both national and international levels. Palombo will relay his experiences with crime, the criminal justice system and the ideological issues that inform to his conclusions. Given our current political and social turmoil, this promises to be a timely and engaging discussion. … Read more »

FLORENCE REED:
Farmers Are Our Future (How campesinos can save our world)
April 21, 2018

Climate change and loss of biodiversity threaten the very existence of the human race. While professors and policymakers in ivory towers study, debate and try to forge agreements, campesinos with little money or education are stabilizing the climate, bringing biodiversity back to degraded lands and feeding the world. Meet some of these unsung heroes and learn how millions more could join their ranks to become the cornerstone of a healthy planet and food system. … Read more »

LISA COVERT:
The Best City in the World: San Miguel’s Devil’s Bargain
March 17, 2018

Over the course of the twentieth century, San Miguel’s civic and cultural leaders made a series of trade offs to position the city as a “Best Destination” according to international travel trendsetters. This talk will examine economic development strategies and decisions about infrastructure and tourism promotion that prioritized international accolades over making San Miguel a great place to live. … Read more »