NMSU Las Cruces To Host Expert On Mexican Drug War

Las Cruces – Alma Guillermoprieto, recognized as one of the world's leading Latin American journalists, will visit New Mexico State University to speak about the violent drug war now taking place in Mexico.

The event will take place at 7:30 p.m. March 16 at the Corbett Center Student Union Ballrooms. It is free and open to the public as part of NMSU's annual University Speaker Series.

"Alma Guillermoprieto has been reporting on Latin America for years and is an authority on the narco culture in Mexico," said William Eamon, dean of NMSU's Honors College. "This is a very relevant and topical lecture for our area."

Dozens of people are killed each week in Mexico as part of a feud between rival drug cartels in that country.

Guillermoprieto, known for her political and cultural writing, has written for The New Yorker, is a MacArthur Fellow and winner of the George Polk Award for Foreign Reporting. Her books include "Looking for History" and "The Heart That Bleeds," which cover Latin America's "lost decade" of the 1980s where foreign debt crippled many countries in the region.

The University Speakers Series is sponsored by the Honors College, the Office of the President, the Office of the Provost and the Associated Students of NMSU. Since its beginning in 1992, the event has brought numerous high-profile guests to campus, free of charge for the community to attend. Previous guests include author Salman Rushdie in 2009, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. in 2004 and Edward James Olmos in 2003. For more information, call 575-646-2005.