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The Institute of the Americas in San Diego will celebrate its 30th anniversary with a Nov. 18 dinner giving former Mexican President Felipe Calderón and institute founder Theodore E. Gildred its Leadership in the Americas award.
The award has previously been given to 12 heads of state.
Calderón, a Global Public Leaders fellow at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, also heads the newly formed Global Commission on the Economy and Climate. Gildred, a real estate developer, was ambassador to Argentina from 1986-1989.
On Oct. 24, the institute will hold a panel titled, "Breaking News: How San Diego News Organizations Cover Tijuana and the U.S.-Mexico Border." Panelists include U-T San Diego reporter Sandra Dibble, KPBS reporter Jill Replogle, University of San Diego scholar David Shirk and TijuanaPress.com journalist Vicente Calderón. The panel, to be held at the University of California San Diego campus at 6:30 p.m., will be moderated by Associated Press correspondent Elliot Spagat and institute Vice President S. Lynne Walker.
On Sept. 29, 2011, Ambassador to Mexico Earl Anthony Wayne (far left foreground) speaks with Institute of the Americas founder, former Ambassador Ted Gildred, while outgoing Institute of the Americas President Jeff Davidow (between Wayne and Gildred in background) speaks with incoming President Charles Shapiro (far right background). Davidow is a former ambassador to Mexico; Gildred, like Wayne, is a former ambassador to Argentina. Both Shapiro and Davidow served as ambassadors to Venezuela.
Story about Wayne's visit to the institute.