The director of UW-Green Bay’s Austin E. Cofrin School of Business will be the featured speaker for “Mexico: The Land of Contrasts,” the latest UW-Green Bay Dinner Lecture Series event, Tuesday, April 2.
Associate Professor of Management Lucy Arendt has traveled to Mexico numerous times, and leads a travel abroad course to Cuernavaca, Mexico each January. She will explore the country’s history, culture and contrasts during her address, and guests will enjoy a variety of authentic Mexican dishes, from entrée to dessert.
“What do you think of when you think of Mexico?” Arendt said, outlining the basis for her talk. “Do you think of beautiful tourist destinations, like Cancun or the Riviera Maya? Or, do you think of the violence associated with the drug trade? Did you know that the world’s wealthiest man, Carlos Slim Helu, is from Mexico? Or that nearly half the Mexican population lives in poverty? And, that despite the high number of Mexicans living in poverty, Mexico ranks in the top 12 percent of the world’s happiest countries?”
Arendt will explore these issues and more during the Dinner Lecture Series event, the latest offering in the series since UW-Green Bay’s Division of Outreach and Adult Access revived it in 2011. Her address will include photos and stories describing Mexico, its people and their values. Mexico is the United States’ third-largest trading partner, and it is advantageous for Americans to know as much as possible about our neighbor to the south, Arendt said. Mexicans comprise the largest population of immigrants in the U.S., and we see their influence everywhere in our communities — including in schools, business and religious institutions.
The menu for the April 2 event includes enchiladas verdes de pollo (a blend of chicken, tomatillos and shredded cheddar cheese rolled in a corn tortilla); chicken posole (a classic comfort food consisting of a hearty chicken and hominy soup topped with lettuce, onions, cilantro and lime wedges); arroz a la Mexicana (a dish made of rice, onion, garlic, tomato and peas blended together and topped with roasted jalapenos); frijoles negros (traditional black beans simmered in a pot with chili, cumin, cinnamon and other spices, and tossed with roasted red peppers); agua de Jamaica, coffee and ice water; and for dessert, sopapillas with cinnamon sugar and caramel drizzle.
The Dinner Lecture series event begins with a gathering and cash bar at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, in the Phoenix Room of the University Union at UW-Green Bay, 2420 Nicolet Drive. The dinner and presentation is scheduled from 6:30-8 p.m. The cost to attend the event is $24 per person, with registration available online, or mail to Camps and Conferences — Office of Outreach, UW-Green Bay, 2420 Nicolet Drive, Green Bay, WI, 54311. For questions or additional information, call (920) 465-2775 (local), (800) 621-2313 or email. Registration deadline is Friday, March 29.