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Former President of Mexico Vicente Fox to speak at
Kingsbury Hall

Tanner Humanities Center, in partnership with the World Trade Center Utah, will host former President of Mexico on Feb. 12

The Obert C. and Grace A. Tanner Humanities Center at the University of Utah presents the 2019 World Leaders Lecture Forum given by former President of Mexico Vincente Fox, Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 11 a.m. at Kingsbury Hall, 1395 E. Presidents Circle. His lecture, “Building Bridges: Fixing the Immigration Issue and Strengthening U.S.-Mexico Relations,” is free and open to the public. Free tickets can be acquired at the Kingsbury Hall box office beginning Jan. 22 at 10 a.m.

Fox began his career working for Coca-Cola Mexico as a delivery truck driver and route supervisor and rose to become the company’s president and oversee its Latin American operations. He entered public service with his election to the federal Chamber of Deputies and then as Governor of Guanajuato. He served as President of Mexico from 2000-2006. Fox spearheaded economic and educational reforms, negotiated trade and immigration policies with the United States and tackled government corruption.

"We are very pleased that President Fox accepted our invitation to speak,” said Bob Goldberg, director of the Tanner Humanities Center. “As important events in the relationship between Mexico and the United States continue to unfold, President Fox’s knowledge, experience and insights will help us to understand not only mutual concerns but provide insights to find necessary solutions."

This program receives support from the Tanner Humanities Center’s World Leaders Lecture Forum Advisory Board and campus community organizations. For a full list, see the website

About World Leaders Lecture Forum

The Tanner Humanities Center established the World Leaders Lecture Forum in 2006 to bring internationally influential men and women to the University of Utah to address world events and global concerns. The invited guest delivers a free public lecture on campus then speaks to approximately 350 business, university and government leaders at a private dinner. This program has sponsored the visits of former Prime Minister of Israel Ehud Barak, Nobel Peace Prize recipient Shirin Ebadi of Iran, President of Colombia Cesar Gaviria, former President of Doctors Without Borders James Orbinski, Prime Minister of Australia Julia Gillard and former CIA Director John Brennan, among others.

About Tanner Humanities Center

Since 1988, the Tanner Humanities Center at the University of Utah has promoted humanities inquiry and exchange by supporting innovative scholarly projects and creating opportunities for interaction among scholars, students and lifelong learners. They offer twenty programs in three major areas, research support, public lectures and programs, and faculty outreach. The activities reflect a vision of the humanities as not only relevant, stimulating and cutting-edge, but also essential for developing critical thinking, tolerance and respect on campus and in the community. 

Last Updated: 6/1/21