MEX talks is an annual speaker showcase created by Latinos Progresando to give Mexican and Mexican American leaders the platform to reflect on a shared identity and tell stories to inspire positive change.
This unique, highly-anticipated forum convenes a range of voices, including entrepreneurs, lawyers, students, teachers, and nearly everything in between. And just as the stage has been given to our most established community figures, MEX talks has expressly sought to elevate emerging leaders, whose stories haven’t yet been told.
Centering the voices, expertise, and experiences of Mexican@s in Chicago and beyond, the 2021 MEX talks will explore our rich, complex Mexican history and identity.
FOUR PART SERIES: SEPTEMBER 14-24, 2021
MEX talks Makers
| Tuesday, September 14 @ 7PM
Explore Mexican history and identity in a performance-based conversation with acclaimed interdisciplinary artist Roberto Sifuentes and Sofia Gabriel del Callejo.
| Thursday, September 16 @ 12PM
A panel discussion on the complexity, challenge and power of our Mexican identity, featuring Carlos Tortolero, Franky Piña, and Laura Rodriguez Presa. Moderated by ángela munguía, with a special performance from poet Jonathan Mendoza.
| Tuesday, September 21 @ 6PM
Listen to Ambassador Reyna Torres Mendivil, Luis Alberto Urrea, Pablo Serrano, and Esmeralda Gonzalez delve into Mexican stories and traditions from the cradle of civilization to the streets of Chicago, and everything in between.
Daytime Party: The Music that Made Us
| Friday, September 24 @ 12PM
Back by popular demand! Another Chicago-style daytime party, featuring a lineup of DJs and a ton of memories. More details coming soon…
Ambassador Reyna Torres Mendivil
Consul General of Mexico in Chicago
Luis Alberto Urrea
Author of The Devil’s Highway
Interdisciplinary Performance Artist
National Museum of Mexican Art
Laura Rodriguez Presa
Artist & Cultural Worker
Artist & Activist
Sofia Gabriel del Callejo
School of the Art Institute of Chicago