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San Miguel PEN’s 2019 Winter Lecture Series Addresses Urgent Issues

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By Signe Hammer

The thirty-third annual San Miguel de Allende PEN Winter Lecture Series contains riches for all, including talks about Central American migrants, the US/Mexico border, being a Latina journalist in Trump’s America, and the state of the press in México.

The series opens on January 15 with Pastor Ignacio Martínez Ramírez, founder and director of Abba Albergue in Celaya.

On January 22, Maria Hinojosa, Emmy-award-winning reporter, reports on finding her voice as a journalist, a Mexican immigrant, and a Latina in Trump’s America, where journalists are “enemies of the people.”

Andrew Paxman returns January 29 to offer some surprising news about the state of the press in México.

On February 5, former US Border Patrol agent Francisco Cantú—author of The Line Becomes a River: a Chronicle of the Border—will discuss the US/México border as geography, psychology, and policy.

On February 19, weaving artist Elizabeth Starčević and master weaver Don Agapito Jiménez will discuss weaving then and now, with original work by both presenters.

On February 26, John Phillip Santos, author, journalist, poet, and producer, will delve into the enduring themes of migration and mestizaje in the codices of Mesoamerica.

And finally, on March 5, Peruvian-American author Marie Arana will explore three driving forces shaping the Latin American character: exploitation, violence, and religion.

The 150-peso admission helps fund local activities and includes a free glass of wine with dinner after the event at Vivali’s, across the street from Bellas Artes at Hernandez Macias 66.



San Miguel PEN 2019 Winter Lecture Series

Tue, Jan 15–Mar 6, 6pm

In English and Spanish

Bellas Artes Second Floor Auditorium

Hernandez Macias 75

150 pesos 50 pesos for students

Tickets: Ticket Central in the Biblioteca or at the door.


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