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Mexican history professor to speak at NMSU about urban planning along the border

Alejandro Gonzalez Milea, a history professor at the Universidad Autonoma de Ciudad Juarez, will visit New Mexico State University this week to discuss his research on the history of urban planning in the border region.

Gonzalez’s lecture, the third of the Center for Latin American and Border Studies Spring 2016 Speaker Series, will begin at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 3, at Nason House, 1070 University Ave., the home of NMSU’s Center for Latin American and Border Studies. The lecture is also hosted by NMSU’s College of Arts and Sciences. It is free and open to the public.

“His lecture will compare the growth of towns in northern Mexico with that of towns in New Mexico,” said Iñigo García-Bryce, director of the Center for Latin American and Border Studies. “An interesting point of contrast he will discuss is the building of towns planned as military settlements in Chihuahua during the 19th century. His lecture will help us to understand our own urban cultural heritage in the border region.”

In his lecture, Gonzalez will explore new comprehensive topics in the urban planning history of Northern Mexico and the Southwestern U.S., such as how the first towns and cities of the national period arise, who were the territorial and urban planners in different phases, what kind of knowledge and professional titles did they have, what sorts of ideas dominated the space distribution decisions, and how far did town and city development differ with respect to initial plans.

The lecture will also look at the heritage scope of all these 19th century towns and cities, such as whether they continue to bear any special message for us to engage or promote their testimonies and protection.