Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson to speak at Rice’s Baker Institute Feb. 19


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Jeff Falk

Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson to speak at Rice’s Baker Institute Feb. 19
Event kicks off Baker Institute’s 20th anniversary celebration

HOUSTON – (Feb. 11, 2013) –Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson will examine key issues related to U.S. foreign policy in the Western Hemisphere, including immigration, border issues, drugs, Cuba and Venezuela Feb. 19 at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. Richardson is the Baker Institute’s senior fellow for Latin America. The event kicks off the Baker Institute’s 20th anniversary celebration.

Who: Bill Richardson, former New Mexico governor and the Baker Institute’s senior fellow for Latin America.

Introduction by Edward Djerejian, the Baker Institute’s founding director.

What: Talk on “Future of U.S. Policy Toward Latin America and the Caribbean.”

When: Tuesday, Feb. 19, 6-7:30 p.m.

Where: Rice University, Baker Hall, Kelly International Conference Facility, 6100 Main St.

The Baker Institute celebrates its 20th year in 2013. To mark this milestone, the institute has planned a series of special events that highlight its programs and research. Throughout the year, lectures and conferences will focus on a host of important and timely issues, including the crisis in Syria, U.S. fiscal policy and immigration reform.

As a senior fellow, Richardson provides substantive direction to the institute’s Latin America Initiative by enhancing the program’s policy focus on crucial topics, including immigration, natural resources and energy, as well as the emerging roles of key countries such as Brazil. Richardson’s public service career includes appointments as secretary of energy during the Clinton administration, ambassador to the United Nations and U.S. representative from New Mexico. For more information about the Latin American Initiative, see

To view the complete event information, visit A live webcast will be available at

Members of the news media who want to attend should RSVP to Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at or 713-348-6775.


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About Jeff Falk

Jeff Falk is associate director of national media relations in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.