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Union University to hold January NAFTA series

JACKSON, Tenn.Jan. 5, 2004 – Starting January 6, all those interested in learning about U.S. trade agreements with Mexico and Canada will have the opportunity to do so during Union University's annual Town and Gown series.

These sessions will be held every Tuesday evening from 6-8 p.m., beginning January 6 and ending February 3. During each session, an expert from a different field of study will discuss issues and topics pertaining to the North American Free Trade Agreement.

NAFTA was enacted in 1994 as an agreement between Canada, Mexico, and the United States to open each others' markets for trade. As a result, all three countries' economies have benefited from this agreement.

Jean Marie Walls, chair of the language department, will be teaching some of the sessions on Canadian history and culture.

"We want to look at attitudes toward international relations and trade and the assumptions we as Americans make," she said. "We hope to get people familiar with Canada and Mexico and the different issues we face in culture and language."

Some of the sessions to be taught include a class on political dynamics and environmental issues. Guest lectures will be presented by representatives from Mexico and Canada.

The courses are designed to provide insight about how NAFTA has affected West Tennessee economically and culturally, said Walls. The series is free to the public.

For more information, call 731-661-5356.

Media contact: Tabitha Frizzell, news@uu.edu, 731-661-5215

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