Seventh Annual O'Meara Lecture Announced

Roberto Salinas-León, Ph.D., will deliver the 7th annual O’Meara lecture, Towards a Prosperous North American Partnership: Issues and Challenges, on Mar. 21 at 4pm in Presidents Hall (in Franklin Hall). 

Salinas-León is president of the Mexico Business Forum, in Mexico City, where he works on a variety of projects of policy analysis, investment advisory and economic consultancy.

He holds a B.A. in Political Economy, History and Philosophy from Hillsdale College in Michigan and an M.A. and Ph. D. in Philosophy from Purdue. He has been an adjunct professor and visiting professor of political economy at the Escuela Libre de Derecho (1989-2002), Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (19891992) and the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México, in Mexico City (since 2004). He is currently senior debate fellow and debate lecturer at Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation in Vermont.

Salinas-León has organized a number of the most important policy and academic forums in the past twenty-five years in Mexico, including the annual roundtable of The Economist Group, which he directed from 1997 until 2009. He is president of Alamos Alliance, which organizes an annual economic and policy symposium in Álamos, Sonora. For 25 years, this gathering has hosted the most recognized names in economic policy in Latin America and the world, as well as some of the most distinguished minds in the field of economics.

He has published more than 2,000 editorials (English and Spanish) on public policy topics, including occasional op-ed pieces in The Wall Street Journal, The Journal of Commerce, Investor’s Business Daily, Barrons, and others. He was a weekly editorial columnist in El Economista, from 1993 to 2011. He is occasional commentator for CNN, CNN Latin America, CNCB, the BBC, and others. 

Salinas-León has delivered over 900 lectures in Mexico and the U.S., Canada, several countries in Central and South America, and throughout Europe and Asia.  He has testified before the U.S. Congress on three occasions—on NAFTA and free trade, structural reform in Mexico, and monetary and exchange rate policy.

The Patrick O’Meara International Lecture was established in 2011 to honor IU’s first Vice President for International Affairs, by bringing to the Bloomington campus distinguished speakers who address critical topics in international affairs.  The lecture honors an IU faculty member and administrator who for decades guided the university’s activities around the world and helped raise its international profile.

O'Meara, who today chairs the Office of International Development and is special adviser to the president., has been at IU since the 1960s. He earned his doctorate in political science at IU in 1970. He served as dean for international programs from 1993 to 2007 and as vice president for international affairs from 2007 to 2011. A renowned scholar of international development, comparative politics and African politics, O'Meara also is the former director of IU's African Studies Program.