Democracy and the Mexican and U.S. Electoral Systems
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On Monday, April 16, please join us for an evening program with Mexican Head Consul Alfonso Navarro and University of Central Missouri Associate Professor Robynn Kuhlmann on democracy and the electoral systems of Mexico and the United States. Tickets and sponsorship opportunities are available. This program is presented by the IRC in conjunction with the Mexican Consulate in Kansas City and our friends at Lathrop Gage.

When: Monday, April 16, 2018
5:30-8 p.m.
Where: Lathrop Gage
2345 Grand Blvd.
22nd Floor
Kansas City, Missouri  64108
United States
Contact: Matthew Hughes

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About the Program

2018 will be a significant election year for both Mexico and the United States. Mexico will have the largest and most complex election in its history this year; more than 3,000 public offices are in dispute, including the Presidency of the Republic and the full two chambers of the Congress of the Union (namely the Congress and the Senate). More than 81 million voters are part of the electoral registry and the elections will be organized and monitored by more than one million citizens, who will be the polling officials on Sunday, July 1. In the United States' midterm elections, the full House of Representatives, 34 of 100 Senate seats, and 39 state and territorial governorships will be contested.

This program will offer insight into the workings of the Mexican and U.S. electoral systems from two experts – Head Consul Alfonso Navarro of the Consulate of Mexico in Kansas City and University of Central Missouri Associate Professor Robynn Kuhlmann. Their presentations will show how each country's electoral system is an essential arm of its deeply held democratic values while also highlighting key similarities and differences between the systems. Audience questions will be encouraged in the Q&A session that will end the evening.

The event will begin with a networking reception including Mexican cuisine and beverages.

About the Speakers

Head Consul Alfonso Navarro-Bernachi obtained a major in Communication at Mexico City's Universidad Iberoamericana and a Master's degree in Diplomatic Studies awarded by the Diplomatic Academy (Instituto Matías Romero) of the Mexican Secretariat of Foreign Relations. He is a career member of the Mexican Foreign Service since 1993 currently with the rank of Minister. He has served as Deputy Director General for Consular Protection of Mexicans Abroad at the Secretariat of Foreign Relations in Mexico City (2011-2016), as well as Deputy Consul General in Phoenix, Arizona (2006-2011) and as Consul for Legal and Border Affairs at the Consulate General of Mexico in San Diego, California (2001-2006). He was in charge of the Consular Section at the Mexican Embassy to Ecuador, where he also served as Press Attaché (1995-2001). Consul Navarro-Bernachi has taken part in various official commissions in Canada, Spain, El Salvador, Honduras and the Pacific Alliance related to Consular Protection matters, and also in organizations such as the Regional Conference on Migration (RCM), and the "Global Consular Forum." He has published articles on consular diplomacy, communication, and foreign policy. Additionally, he has participated in specialized courses on digital diplomacy, human trafficking (International Organization for Migration, IOM), and dispute resolution systems (Singapore Mediation Centre). Born in Mexico City, Mr. Navarro is married to Ms. Mariana Navarro with whom he has a daughter.

Dr. Robynn Kuhlmann earned her B.A. in Political Science from the University of San Francisco, her M.A. in Political Science from California State University – Chico, and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of New Orleans. Her fields of study are American political institutions and political behavior. Her primary fields of expertise are state and local politics, Missouri state politics, political parties, and voting and elections. Dr. Kuhlmann is currently examining how state institutions can influence citizen political participation. She regularly presents her research at the Western and Southern Political Science Association Conference and has a substantial background in quantitative research methods. Additional areas of her research are on civic inclusion and third parties in the American states. She has been featured on NPR's local affiliate radio station, KCUR, as a political pundit examining the 2014 midterm elections. Dr. Kuhlmann is also the State Government Internship Coordinator.



Event Tickets & Sponsor Packages

Tickets are available for $15 for IRC members and $25 for non-members.

Sponsor packages are available for $400 and include five tickets with prime seating, promotion in IRC's social media (LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter), promotion in event materials, and recognition from stage at the event.

Event Schedule

5:30 p.m.     Registration opens; networking hour with refreshments
6:30 p.m.     Presentations by Head Consul Navarro and Dr. Kuhlmann
7:30 p.m.     Audience Q&A
8:00 p.m.     Program ends

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Parking Information

You are welcome to park in the garage below the building, which is accessed from Grand Boulevard. Park in any visitor or unreserved spot (it is possible you will need to travel down to the third or fourth level), and take the garage elevator up to the lobby. In the 2345 Grand building lobby, transfer elevators to travel to the 22nd floor. Parking will be validated at registration.

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