Carleton’s Annual Wynia Memorial Lecture asks “What Is Wrong with Mexico’s Democracy”

Feb 21 2014 4:30 pm
Carleton College Gould Library Athenaeum

Claudio Holzner, Carleton Class of 1990, will present the annual Wynia Memorial Lecture on Friday, Feb. 21 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Carleton College Gould Library Athenaeum. Entitled “What Is Wrong with Mexico’s Democracy,” the lecture will chronicle the extent of ongoing vote-buying, corruption, and weak electoral and judicial institutions in the governance of Mexican democracy.

Since 2000, the year the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) lost its seventy-year grip on the presidency, Mexico has embraced a greater degree of political competitiveness and democracy. Yet serious questions remain concerning the extent to which the entire polity is included sufficiently in Mexican democracy. Claudio A. Holzner is an Associate Professor of Political Science and the Associate Director of the Latin American Studies Program at the University of Utah.

He is the author of the book Poverty of Democracy: the Institutional Roots of Political Participation in Mexico (Pittsburgh University Press, 2010) and has written extensively on issues related to democratization and political participation in Latin America. His recent research has also examined the civic and political engagement of Latin American immigrants living in the United States. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Russell Sage Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation.

The Gary Wynia Memorial Lectureship in Latin American Political Economy is an endowed fund to support lectures in the field of Latin American Studies. The fund honors Gary Wynia, William R. Kenan Professor of Latin American Politics and former chair of Carleton's Political Science Department. Widely recognized as one of the world's top experts on Argentinian politics, he was consulted by numerous political leaders for his vast knowledge of Latin American politics, including U.S. Vice President Walter Mondale and former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.

Wynia began teaching political science at the University of Minnesota in 1969 shortly after receiving his PhD from the University of Wisconsin. In 1983, he joined Carleton's Political Science Department, continuing a career in teaching until 1995, when he became too ill from cancer to continue his tenure. During his career,Gary authored several books, among them The Politics of Latin American Development, the standard text in this field. Gary, who passed away in 2007, is remembered by his students and colleagues for his gentle humor, vast knowledge, immense wisdom, and strong leadership. Ann and Gary were married almost 40 years. Shortly after his death, the Political Science Department established a lecture series in his honor.

This event is sponsored by the Carleton College Departments of Political Science and Latin American Studies. The Gould Library is accessible via Highway 19 in Northfield. For more information, including disability accommodations, call (507) 222-4117.