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Lecture Series to feature Latin American novelist

Carlos Fuentes, one of Latin America’s most prominent novelists, will speak on "U.S. and Latin America: Sharing a Continent" at 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 30, in Hall Auditorium.

A prolific and legendary literary figure—an essayist, literary historian, author of short stories, screenplays and dramas—Fuentes is best known for his novels, which use innovative narrative techniques to examine Mexican history. His novel Old Gringo (1985) was the first by a Mexican author to become a best seller in the United States.

Fuentes, who holds a law degree, served as Mexico’s ambassador to France (1975-77), after combining a successful career in international diplomacy with his literary career. He was an active participant in the quest for peace in Central America and is currently a member of Mexico’s National Commission on Human Rights.

In 1992 he narrated the television series based on his book The Buried Mirror carried on the Discovery channel. The book and series embrace a comprehensive history of the Hispanic world on both sides of the Atlantic and provide an understanding of the changes facing the growing Hispanic population in the United States.

The lecture is free, but tickets are required. Tickets will be available from the Hall Auditorium box office starting at 7 p.m. the day of the event.

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Date Published: 10/19/2000
Volume: 20   Number: 12


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