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U.S. relations with Mexico and Central America topic of Seminars at Steamboat workshop

If you go:

What: Seminars at Steamboat lecture with Diana Negroponte

When: 1 p.m. Saturday, March 28

Where: Allbright Family Auditorium at Colorado Mountain College, 1330 Bob Adams Drive

— United States relations with Mexico and Central America will be the topic of a lecture and workshop Saturday at Colorado Mountain College.

Seminars at Steamboat is hosting Washington D.C. public policy specialist Diana Negroponte, who will discuss the challenges facing these countries and how the U.S. should respond to them in a one-hour seminar, followed by small discussion groups.

The free seminar runs from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Albright Family Hall at CMC, 1330 Bob Adams Drive. Small group workshops will immediately follow, and a concluding session with comments by Negroponte will end the day at 4:30.

Negroponte said that freedom of speech is under attack in Mexico, where journalists who cover security issues are being influenced by both the government and international criminals to report or not report information.

“A journalist is under pressure from both the government, the authority and the bad guys,” Negroponte said.

Journalists who felt comfortable reporting under previous leaders are now controlled by the current government to only report on certain topics, leading capable journalists to cover fashion or sports rather than put themselves in danger for covering controversial issues, Negroponte said.

“Democratic freedom of expression is endangered in Mexico today,” she said.

Negroponte will discuss this idea, as well as what role the U.S. might play to support freedom of expression in the country.

“Mexico is a neighbor. It’s probably our most important neighbor, along with Canada,” Negroponte said. “And Mexico is going through a period of great turbulence.”

Negroponte will also discuss several reform efforts in the country, including education, banking, energy and anti-trust, as well as issues in other Central American countries and the role the U.S. might play in each.

“We think it will be an interesting discussion,” said Gary Nelson, a member of the Seminars at Steamboat board who also sits on the organization’s planning committee.

Nelson said many things are happening in Mexico and Central America that are worthy of discussion.

“Mexico and Central America are among our closest neighbors,” he said. “There’s a long history between the U.S. and these countries.”

Nelson said they have the capacity for up to 100 people to attend the lecture, far fewer than typically attend Seminars at Steamboat events, which take place each summer at the Strings Music Pavilion.

Nelson said the organization has hosted numerous speakers over the years as part of the summer series and that the events are very popular.

The seminar will be attended by students in a U.S.-Latin American relations course at CMC, who will also participate in the workshop.

To register for the presentation and workshops, visit http://www.seminarsatsteamboat.org.

To reach Teresa Ristow, call 970-871-4206, email tristow@SteamboatToday.com or follow her on Twitter @TeresaRistow

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