Mexican Historian, Author to Speak at UALR Oct. 27


Enrique Krauze, Mexican historian, author, and Octavio Paz protégé, will give a lecture at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock on Wednesday, October 27, 2010. Krauze’s appearance at UALR is part of the Winthrop Rockefeller Distinguished Lectures, made possible through funding by the Lectures Program. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Krauze’s lecture, “Octavio Paz: Mexico Poetry and History,” will be held at the UALR University Theatre in the Center for Performing Arts beginning at 4:30 p.m. A reception will follow his lecture in Gallery I in the Fine Arts Building on the UALR campus. For more information or to request tickets, call (501) 569-3296.

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Born in Mexico City in 1947, Krauze, is recognized as one of the world’s leading visionaries on Mexico’s political future. His groundbreaking work, including his book Mexico: Biography of Power, earned him a place in Foreign Policy magazine’s top 100 public policy intellectuals of our time.

For more than twenty years, Krauze worked alongside Octavio Paz, Nobel laureate in literature, at Editorial Vuelta, the publishing company Paz co-founded. In 1999, Krauze created, Letras Libres, a cultural magazine that is published by Editorial Vuelta in both Mexico and Spain. In 1991, he founded the publishing house Editorial Clío, which publishes books and produces documentaries.

Krauze has authored several documentaries and television series about Mexican History including México: Siglo XX (1998-2000) and México: Nuevo Siglo (2001-2006).

In 2003, the Spanish Government conferred Krauze the “Gran Orden de Alfonso X, El Sabio,” and in 2005 he was inducted as a member of El Colegio Nacional in Mexico. The King of Spain granted him the “Gran Cruz de la Orden de Isabel la Católica” in 2008.

He has written for The New Republic, The Washington Post, The New York Review of Books and The New York Times.

The event, in collaboration with the Arkansas Mexico 2010 Celebration, is also cosponsored by the UALR Chancellor’s Office, the UALR Office of Campus Life, and the UALR College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences.

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