19th annual Mexican literature conference to take place at UTEP

Javier Cortez, Staff reporter

The Prospector

This Friday on March 7, UTEP will host the 19th annual Mexican contemporary literature conference or XIX Congreso de Literatura Mexicana Contemporánea.

The conference will be held daily from Friday, March 7 to Sunday, March 9 from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. The conference will be in the Union Building East, third floor and the keynote speech, by Debra A. Castillo, will take place at the El Paso Natural Gas Conference Center.

Castillo’s speech titled “Tiny Terrorist” is about the violence of organized crimes as it impacts children recruited as hit men. Castillo is a professor at Cornell University with a Ph.D. and a leader in the analysis of contemporary Spanish fiction, gender studies and cultural theory.

Castillo’s lecture is part of UTEP’s Centennial Celebration and will take place at 5 p.m. Friday, March 7 at the EPNGCC.

This year the conference will hold more than 50 discussion panels and close to 200 participants will attend to discuss various topics such as film, novels and poetry.

The conference is sponsored by UTEP’s Department of Languages and Linguistics and is free and open to the public.

For more information about the conference media inquiries can be directed to Daniel Centeno Maldonado, Ph.D., conference coordinator, at 915-747-7043.

Javier Cortez may be reached at [email protected]