What/Who: Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas will address a conference to discuss the rising challenges to the left in Latin America and share a reflection on the current political ideas prevailing in Mexico.
When: Wednesday, April 4 at 6 p.m.
Where: International House, Assembly Hall,1414 E. 59th St., at the University of Chicago.
Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas is a prominent Mexican politician. He is a former governor of Michoacán, former Head of Government of the Federal District and a founder of the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD). He served as a senator from 1974 to 1980 and as governor of Michoacán from 1980 to 1986. For the 1988 presidential election, Cárdenas was the candidate of a popular leftist coalition, the Democratic National Front (FDN), but lost the election against the PRI candidate: Carlos Salinas de Gortari. The PRD has since become the major leftist party in Mexico. Cárdenas ran for president twice more, and was the first elected Mayor/Governor of Mexico City, which has remained a PRD-dominated area since open elections were allowed in 1997. Today, Cárdenas remains a senior member of the PRD, and is considered the “moral leader” of this party.
Cárdenas’s visit is part of the series "Shifting to the Left: Latin America's New Political Spectrum". It is free and open to the public. It is organized by the Latin America(n) Matters group from The Harris School of Public Policy and co-sponsored by the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, the Center for Latin American Studies, the Katz Center for Mexican Studies, International House, and the Student Government.