Media Advisory

Lecture on " The New Narco-Cultura"

Contact: Kathleen Maclay, Media Relations
(510) 643-5651

09 March 2009

ATTENTION: Political and Latin American writers and editors


"The New Narco-Cultura," a public lecture by award-winning Latin American journalist and essayist Alma Guillermoprieto. She will explore policy decisions that have brought the drug war to the forefront of Mexican politics, as well as cultural responses by Mexican society to drug trafficking and its related violence.

Guillermoprieto will be a visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley's Center for Latin American Studies this spring. In addition to her public talk that is sponsored by the center, she will teach a seminar at the center on Central America, Colombia and Venezuela.


6-7:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 18


Home Room at International House, 2299 Piedmont Ave., at the intersection of Piedmont and Bancroft Way.


Guillermoprieto was one of two reporters to break the shocking story of the El Salvadoran army's massacre of 900 villagers at El Mozote in 1981. She has covered the Shining Path guerilla organization in Peru, life in Cuba, the aftermath of Argentina's "Dirty War" and post-Sandinista Nicaragua. A native of Mexico City and a former professional dancer, she also has published a book about studying at a samba school in Rio de Janeiro.

Foreign Policy magazine in May 2008 named her one of the 100 most influential public intellectuals in the world.


Guillermoprieto's talk will be free and open to the public. More information is online at the Center for Latin American Studies homepage.