The Human Rights Research and Education Centre (HRREC) is pleased to join the Coalition for Academic Freedom in the Americas (CAFA) in organizing this online event.
In recent years, academic freedom and university autonomy have been under attack in Mexico. Examples of this are the criminal procedures against former National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT) officials, the interference in the management of the Centre for Economic Research and Teaching (CIDE) and the President’s attacks on the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). In view of the above, it is necessary to critically analyze the initiative of the General Law on Humanities, Science, Technology and Innovation. This analysis will be made under the prism of academic freedom and university autonomy.
José Antonio Aguilar Rivera (Ph.D. in political science, University of Chicago) is a professor of political science in the Political Studies Division of the Centre Economic Research and Teaching (CIDE).
Alma Maldonado-Maldonado (Ph.D., Boston College) was Assistant Professor at the Center for the Study of Higher Education at the University of Arizona (USA). Since 2010 she is a researcher at the Department of Educational Research (DIE) at the Center for Research and Advanced Studies (CINVESTAV) in Mexico.
Catherine Andrews (Ph.D. in Mexican History, University of St. Andrews, Scotland) has been a member of the National System of Researchers since 2004. She has served as Academic Secretary and Director of the History Division at the Centre Economic Research and Teaching (CIDE). She is currently a professor-researcher at this institution.