In his keynote speech, Dr. Gabriel Vargas Lozano, distinguished professor from Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, encouraged students to protect Mexico’s humanities programs. This was motivated by the government of Japan’s recent decision to force its universities to close all its humanities departments in order to meet the demands of technical professions.
He stated the long- and short-term effects that come with such a decision. He then suggested that many other countries will follow suit. While many high schools have stopped teaching the humanities, for instance, philosophy, he felt that there was still time to save the university humanities programs.
He also stressed that advances in technology go hand in hand with those in humanities and the importance of putting them to use in economics and in law for the good of society.