Past Events: 2019

Wednesday, February 13, 2019, 6.00 pm in the Nick Franklin Seminar Room, Breland 179
Somalia and the US: Diplomatic Influence, the Global War on Terror and the Complexity of Foreign Policy Choices
Invited speaker: The Honorable Ambassador Stephen Schwartz, former US Ambassador to Somalia
See details here.


Fridays, February 8 and 22,  2019, 12.00-1.00 pm, Center for Latin American and Border Studies (Nason House, University Ave, directly across from FedEx)

Crisis in Venezuela: Maduro, Guaidó and International Responses
Spring 2019 Brownbag discussion series on Latin America and border issues

April 11-12, 2019 JUSTICE FOR MIGRANTS 15th Annual J. Paul Taylor Social Justice Symposium, NMSU, Las Cruces campus. See NMSU News Story here.  


Thursday, April 18, 4.40-5.50 pm, Nick Franklin Government Seminar Room, Breland Hall, Room 179

Honorable Ambassador Delano Lewis (former US Ambassador to South Africa, 1999-2001)

Book Presentation and Signing

Passion, Power, Politics and Purpose: Lessons from a Life of Public Service

Former US Ambassador to South Africa (1999-2001), Delano Lewis shared his reflections and personal experience in pursuing higher education, public service and political engagement. He presented and signed his two books, “It All Begins With Self” and his personal memoir “No Condition is Permanent.” Besides serving as US ambassador to South Africa, Ambassador Lewis has provided leadership in many roles, including as president of National Public Radio and leadership positions in the Peace Corps, the Justice Department, the Office of Compliance of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and in the private sector as CEO of Bell Atlantic. Ambassador Lewis also led the International Relations Institute (IRI) at NMSU from 2007 to 2012. Copies of Ambassador Lewis’s books are available for purchase and signing. For more information, visit Ambassador Lewis’s webpage.  For political discussion and insight on current national and international issues, listen to Ambassador Lewis’s podcast at:

October 3, 2019, Nick Franklin Seminar Room, Breland Hall 179

Homecoming 2019: Celebrating 60 Years of Excellence

Distinguished alumni, emeritus faculty members and current students came together to reflect on their experiences in the Department of Government and the issues that made them passionate about politics and political science. We also unveiled a special collection of US presidential campaign buttons from Washington to the present, donated generously by Mr. Jose Uranga (NMSU Government ’69). See the full program here: NMSU Department of Government Homecoming Reception Program 2019 October 3 final version