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RILL course looks at Mexico

Mr. Busby will present "Why is Mexico, Mexico?"

Mr. Busby will present "Why is Mexico, Mexico?"

The Rappahannock Community College Educational Foundation’s Rappahannock Institute for Lifelong Learning will explore Mexican history and current events in the upcoming three-session course “Why is Mexico Mexico?—Looking to our South,” taught by Morris D. Busby on February 15, 22, and 29 (Wednesdays), 1-3 p.m., at the Mathews Memorial Library in Mathews Courthouse. The first session will look at Mexican history from 1821 through the Mexican Revolution, including Mexico’s drive for independence and the Mexican-American war. Session Two will consider the period from the Revolution to the present, and Session Three will examine the implications of the flow of drugs, arms, people, and money across our southern border, which generates a climate wide open to exploitation by criminals and terrorist groups.

Before serving as ambassador to the Republic of Colombia from 1991 to 1994, Morris D. Busby was the United States government’s ambassador-at-large for counter-terrorism, and directed the nation’s international counter-terrorism efforts during the Persian Gulf War. Busby has traveled throughout Latin America, holds a master’s degree in Latin American government and politics from George Washington University, and speaks Spanish fluently. In addition to heading a program assisting the Nicaraguan resistance, he served as President Reagan’s Special Envoy to Central America, working with the presidents of the region on the peace process. Among the posts he has held have been those of deputy chief of mission in Mexico City, and principal deputy assistant secretary of state for inter-American affairs.

Advance registration, with a tuition payment of $35, is required to take this course. For more information on “Why is Mexico Mexico?—Looking to our South” and other upcoming courses, or to register, please call Sharon Drotleff at the RCC Educational Foundation office (804-333-6707, or toll-free at 877-722-3679), or e-mail her at

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