March 11, 2002
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.—Jeffrey Davidow, the U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, will talk about “U.S. and Mexico Relations” on Monday, March 25, at 7:30 p.m. in Stirn Auditorium at Amherst College. Davidow will speak in conjunction with the Mead Art Museum exhibition “Casa Mañana: The Morrow Collection of Mexican Popular Arts,” which runs until Sunday, April 21. This exhibition celebrates the collection of Mexican folk art assembled by Dwight W. Morrow (Amherst College 1895) and his wife Elizabeth (Smith College 1896) during his tenure as the U.S. Ambassador to Mexico in the late 1920s. Ambassador Davidow’s talk is free and open to the public.

Davidow, who previously served as Ambassador to Zambia and Venezuela, was Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs from 1996 until 1998, when he assumed his post in Mexico. In addition to his ambassadorial positions, he has served in American Embassies in Guatemala, Chile and Venezuela. He also was posted to South Africa and Zimbabwe. Ambassador Davidow studied at the University of Massachusetts (B.A., 1965), the University of Minnesota (M.A., 1967) and at Osmania University in Hyderabad, India (1968-69). While in the Foreign Service he worked both as a Fellow of the American Political Science Association (1979) and another year as a Fellow of the Center for International Affairs at Harvard University (1982).

This event has been made possible by the Corliss Lamont Lectureship for a Peaceful World; with exhibition and programs support from Fideicomiso/U.S. Mexico Fund for Culture, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Associates of Fine Arts at Amherst; and with special thanks to the Amherst College Spanish Department, Chicana/o Caucus, La Causa and the Foreign Policy Forum.

On March 25, the Amherst College Foreign Policy Forum will co-host an open forum with Ambassador Davidow to discuss relations between Mexico and the United States, at 3:30 p.m. in Stirn Auditorium. The moderator will be Aimee Wilczynski ’03, president of the Latino Culture House.