Platform for Cross-Border Collaboration
Welcome and Keynotes
The keynotes were offered by Fr. Michael Sweeney, OP, President of the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology, Berkeley, CA and Dr. Luis F. Aguilar, Director of the Institute of Public Policy and Government at the University of Guadalajara, Mexico and member of El Colegio de Mexico.
Subsidiary Societies in the Contemporary State
2013 Mazatlán Forum

Conversations were sparked by presentations entitled:
- "Have Religious Institutions, Universities, and Arts and Media Been Marginalized?" by Ron Austin, DSPT Fellow
- "What is the Role of Religion in Public Life?" by Dr. Roberto Blancarte Pimentel, El Colegio de Mexico and Visiting Scholar at Stanford University
Youth, Truth, and Social Media
2013 Mazatlán Forum

Conversations were prompted by presentations entitled:

- "Can Crowd Wisdom Successfully Replace Other Types of Authority?" by Agnieszka Winkler, DSPT Fellow and Founder and Chairperson of The Winkler Group, Inc.

- "Social Networks and Youth: Risks and Possibilities" by Ronaldo González Valdés, Universidad Autónoma de Sinaloa.
Whose Right - Rights in Question
2013 Mazatlán Forum

Conversation about rights in our societies began with reflections entitled:
- Does the Family Have Rights?" by Fr. Anselm Ramelow, OP, Chair of the Philosophy Department at DSPT
- "Collective Actions in Defense of the Rights of the Consumer and the Environment" by Fernando García Saís, Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México
- "Rights and Modern Medical Research: How Far Does the Right to Privacy Extend?" by Richard Gallagher, DSPT Fellow and Clinical Professor at the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia
- "Medical Humanism and 'Dispraxis'" by Fernando Cano Valle, Instituto de Investigaciones Jurídicas [Institute of Legal Research], Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM).
Immigration, Rights, and the Common Good
2013 Mazatlán Forum

Extended conversation about immigration was spurred by presentations entitled:

- "Is It Necessary to Rethink Sovereignty in Questions Concerning Immigration?"; by Patrick Brennan, holder of the John F. Scarpa Chair in Catholic Legal Studies at Villanova University

- "Central-American Transmigration in Mexico: Violation of Human Rights in Mexican Territory and its Implications for the USA and Proposals for Public Policy in Mexico and the USA" by Bernardo Méndez Lugo, Mexican Diplomat

- "The Contemporary Conundrum: Is It Possible for the U.S. to Aspire to Be Both a 'Nation of Laws' and a 'Nation of Immigrants'?" by Mr. Dan Lungren, DSPT Fellow and former US Congressman

- "The New Anti-Immigrant Context and the Migratory Status of Mexican Stylists in Arizona" by Erika Montoya Zavala from the Department of International Studies and Public Policy at the Universidad Autónoma de Sinaloa (UAS)
Rethinking the Corporation and the Market Economy
2013 Mazatlán Forum

Conversations were stimulated by brief presentations entitled:

- "Can the Corporate Organization Offer a Model for Societal Change?; by DSPT Fellow André Delbecq, the J. Thomas and Kathleen McCarthy University Professor at Santa Clara University

- "Prospects for Mexico's Sustainable Development through the Market Economy Model" by Miguel Breceda, Universidad Autónoma de Sinaloa

- "Are Our Assumptions Concerning Economic Life False?" by DSPT Fellow-Designate Mary Hirschfeld, Professor of Economics and Theology at Villanova University

- "Mexico: Illegal Drugs, Violence, and Politics" by Luis Astorga Almanza, Instituto de Investigaciones Sociales, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM)
Concluding Questions and Questioning Conclusions
2013 Mazatlán Forum

At the concluding session the proceedings of the Mazatlán Forum were summarized and contextualized for the sake of attempting to more clearly articulate the questions that must be asked and answered in order to take advantage of the opportunities and address the challenges we face today in Mexico and the United States.