Three lectures by world authorities

By Susan Page

“Drug Trafficking and Literature: The Seduction of Crime”
Mon, Feb 18, noon
By Dr. Cecilia López Badano
Hotel Real de Minas

“How Ms. Magazine Changed the World — And My Life!”
Mon, Feb 18, 3pm
By Suzanne Braun Levine
US$25 or 300 pesos
Hotel Real de Minas
Tickets available on line: or at the door

“Life on the Border — Building Bridges, Not Fences”
Mon, Feb 18, 6pm
By Luis Alberto Urrea
US$25 or 300 pesos
Hotel Real de Minas
Tickets available on line: or at the door

Several of the celebrity authors arriving in town for the Writers’ Conference have agreed to offer extra lectures about current events. These three events are rare opportunities to hear historic figures discuss topics of current importance. They are all open to the public. All three lectures will take place in the Hotel Real de Minas ballroom on Monday, February 18.

“Drug Trafficking and Literature in Latin America: The Seduction of Crime” — Dr. Cecilia López Badano

Dr. López will bring an unusual perspective to our understanding of the drug trafficking that plagues Mexico. She has considerable experience with Latin American literature, and it is through this lens that she will examine the current situation. From fictional accounts of the drug wars to journalist’s reports, she will look at how this literature affects our lives.

Dr. Badano is a professor at the Autonomous University in Querétaro and has received numerous awards and fellowships for her pioneering work. She has presented papers to great acclaim in international congresses in the US, Latin America, and Europe. This lecture will be presented in English and simultaneously translated into Spanish. Admission is free.

“How Ms. Magazine Changed the World — And My Life!” — Suzanne Braun Levine

As the first editor of Ms. Magazine, Suzanne Braun Levine was at the very eye of the feminist hurricane that swept through the world in the ‘70s and permanently changed male/female relationships everywhere, from the bedroom to the boardroom. In this talk, she will give us a feel what it was like to be in the inner circle at that time of tumultuous societal change. We will hear an intimate account of a moment in history that permanently changed the world.

Ms. Levine is a nationally recognized authority on women, family issues and media. In addition to being the first editor of Ms. Magazine, she was the first woman editor of the Columbia Journalism Review. She produced the Peabody Award-winning HBO documentary She’s Nobody’s Baby: American Women in the 20th Century.  She is a blogger on Huffington Post and contributes to many other publications.

“Life on the Border — Building Bridges, Not Fences” — Luis Alberto Urrea

As one who grew up on the border, is both Mexican and American and has been a keen observer of border issues his entire life, Urrea brings much passion to the controversies and stories that hover around the border. While the US government is busy making enemies of Mexicans and pouring billions into keeping them out of the US, we expats are just as busy making close friends with Mexicans and decrying the US laws that devastate the lives of so many people. Does Luis Urrea see a way out?

Luis Alberto Urrea is a prolific and award-winning writer. He is a master of language and a gifted storyteller who uses his dual-culture life experiences to explore greater themes of love, loss and triumph. The author of fourteen books, Urrea has published extensively in many genres and has received many prestigious awards. The Devil’s Highway, his 2004 non-fiction account of a group of Mexican immigrants lost in the Arizona desert, won the Lannan Literary Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. This lecture will be presented in English and simultaneously translated into Spanish. Tickets may be purchased on line at, or at the door. These lectures are not included in any of the Full Conference packages.


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