The Faulkner County Library welcomes Carroll Williams at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 7. Carroll will present a different view of Mexico derived from an understanding that every culture possesses social memory of two types:
1. Long term historical memory
2. Short term cultural memory based upon living experiences
In the USA we have collective memories of iconic personalities and events, shared ideas of who we are as a people and these ideas shape our paradigm or world view. Consider that Mexico plays an integral role in the North American economy, that art, literature and music are all on a par with Europe and the U.S.A. and Canada, that most Mexican States have outstanding colleges, universities and technical schools, that Mexican history predates our own, and that Harvard is fully 85 years younger than the National Autonomous University of Mexico, which was founded in 1551. In consequence, Mexico may hold some views about the USA that some might consider surprising.
Presenter Carroll Williams is a retired professor who taught History and Economics at Arapahoe Community College in Littleton, Colo., from 1968 to 1990 and served as Chairman of the ACC History Faculty from 1980-1990. He established a Mexican Studies Program at ACC and led several student expeditions to archeological and historical sites in the Republic of Mexico. As a private business owner, and with reference assistance from the Commercial Attaché at the U.S.
Embassy in Mexico City he organized business seminars in Mexico for American business leaders to learn about doing business in Mexico. Carroll is a former member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce of Mexico.