International trade and development official to give Donald B. Regan Distinguished Lecture Patricia Sirek April 14, 2010 Carnegie Endowment international trade and development official Eduardo Zepeda will explore the links between trade agreements and economic development in a lecture next week at the University of St. Thomas.Eduardo ZepedaZepeda’s lecture is the third in St. Thomas’ Donald B. Regan Distinguished Lecture Series, which explores the study of North American economic and political integration.The speech, titled “The Road From Trade to Development: Where Did We Lose the Compass?” is free and open to the public. It begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 20, in Thornton Auditorium in Terrence Murphy Hall on the St. Thomas campus in downtown Minneapolis.Zepeda joined the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in 2007 as a senior associate in the Trade, Equity and Development Program. Since 2003 he also has served as a policy adviser in the Bureau for Development Policy at the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). His research focuses on employment, poverty, and development policy.Before joining Carnegie, Zepeda was senior researcher at UNDP’s International Poverty Centre in Brasilia, Brazil, taught at the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana-Azcapotzalco in Mexico City, and served as the economic and social policy coordinator for the Office of the Chief of Staff for the president of Mexico. He also was a visiting fellow at the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies of the University of California, San Diego, and has taught at El Colegio de la Frontera Norte, a Tijuana, Mexico-based research center focused on U.S.-Mexico border studies.The lecture is supported by a gift to the university’s College of Arts and Sciences from Donald B. Regan, a North St. Paul businessman who is founder and chairman of Premier Bank system in Minnesota. For further information on Donald B. Regan Distinguished Lecture Series, call Dr. Robert Riley, professor of economics and director of the university’s International Studies Program, (651) 962-5687.