Boise State University and The Consulate of Mexico in Boise are inviting the public to this first of its kind event.
Mexico Week will take place from April 7 to April 12 on the Boise State campus, offering a look at Mexico’s history, geography, politics, economics, businesses, foreign policy, arts and culture.
The year 2014 marks the 20th anniversary of the first time Idaho appointed a trade representative to Mexico.
The territory that would become Idaho has a long geographic history with Mexico. Before the 1846 Mexican-American War, Mexico’s northern boundary reached the southern border of what is now the state of Idaho.
People of Mexican descent make up about 10 percent of Idaho’s population, representing the state’s largest minority group.
See the full schedule of events online or read it below:
Racial Epithet Vignettes, 12 p.m., Black book Gallery – 17th and Main St, Downtown Boise
In this exhibition, Luz Camarena examines the overlap of racism and immigration. These works explore the silent violence of oppression that surrounds these issues in our society.
In Reference To, Mexican Women of Idaho & Oregon, 6 p.m., Boise State’s downtown location, 301 S. Capitol Blvd.
The photo exhibit and lecture features portraits of women of a wide range of ages and socioeconomic backgrounds who emigrated to Idaho and Oregon from Mexico at different points in their lives. Next to each woman is a picture of a physical object she chose to bring on her journey. The photos will be on display until Saturday, April 12.
Public address from Mexican high level official from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 6 p.m., Boise State Special Events Center
Mexican Trivia Game, noon, Student Union dining area. Cool prizes to be awarded.
“From Acá to Allá and Back: Leaving, Loving, and Legislating Across America’s Southern Border,” 6 p.m. Student Union Farnsworth Room #1700 University Dr.
Presented by Nathaniel Hoffman, co-author of “Amor & Exile: True Stories of Love Across America’s borders.” Hoffman shows the plight of Americans in exile in Mexico due to harsh immigration laws and re-emphasizes the social roots of migration and the bipartisan potential of recasting the immigration “debate” in a family-values context.
“Frida Kahlo: Her Life and Art,” 6:30 p.m. Student Union Simplot C Ballroom
Alma Rosa Gomez, visual artist and recipient of the 2010 Idaho Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, will present an interpretative slide show that examines the life and art of worldwide known Mexican artist Frida Kahlo.
Reception, 5:30 - 7.30 p.m., Washington Group Plaza, 720 Park Blvd., Boise
Celebrates 20 Years of the Idaho-Mexico Trade Office and its director, Armando Orellana.
“Orgasmic, Semiotic Cataclysms of Eyegiene and Mextasy: Digressions of Film Studies, Ethnic Studies, & Cultural Studies in the Televisual, Techno-Ontological Age of the Smartphone” 7 p.m. Student Union Farnsworth Room #1700 University Dr.
Presented by William Nericcio, professor of English and comparative literature at San Diego State University. Nericcio will analyze the various ways in which Mexicans are perceived and presented by the media in the U.S.
Mexican photographer Monica Guerrero Mouret, 4-11 p.m., The Arcade, 1615 W. State St., Boise
Mouret displays her images of the annual pilgrimages to the Basilica of the Virgin of Guadalupe. The images tell a story of motivation beyond religious belief; they show a pilgrimage born from a tradition that has evolved over hundreds of years and is now an identifying aspect of Mexican culture.
Mexican poet Valerie Mejer, 7 p.m., The Cabin, 801 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise
Mejer will offer bilingual readings from her many award-winning books of poetry.