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Exiled Colombian journalist to speak at NMSU

Exiled Colombian journalist Fernando Garavito will lecture on "Latin America Facing the Future" at New Mexico State University at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24, at the Center for Latin American and Border Studies.

o, a newspaper columnist from Bogota, Colombia, was forced into exile in 2002 after publishing a biography linking the country's drug cartels, right-wing paramilitary groups and current President Alvaro Uribe Velez.

He relocated to Santa Fe after being sponsored by the Poets (and Playwrights), Editors (and Essayists) and Novelists (PEN) New Mexico, a part of International PEN, the world's largest literary organization, and the Lannan Foundation, a foundation dedicated to cultural freedom, diversity and creativity.

Garavito is now a lecturer and artist-in-residence in the Department of Latin American Studies at the University of New Mexico.

He also will present a lecture on journalism, censorship and Colombian and Latin American politics Saturday, Sept. 25, at the Las Cruces Peace and Justice Center, 1210 E. Madrid Ave.

Both events are free and open to the public.

The Center for Latin American and Border Studies is located in the Nason House, which is directly across from Kinko's on University Avenue.

Garavito's visit is sponsored by the PEN New Mexico Cities of Asylum Lecture and Discussion Series, the Lannan Foundation, the New Mexico Humanities Council, the Las Cruces Peace and Justice Center and NMSU's Center for Latin American and Border Studies.

The mission of the Center for Latin American and Border Studies, which was created in 1979, is to foster excellence in Latin American academics at NMSU. The center works to stimulate scholarship on Latin America, encourage excellence in academic programs related to Latin America, provide outreach to schools and the public on Latin America, encourage grant writing relevant to Latin America and serve as a clearinghouse for activities related to Latin America on the NMSU campus.

NMSU's Center for Latin American and Border Studies and the Latin American and Iberian Institute at the University of New Mexico are one of 14 National Resource Centers for Latin America funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

For more information on the NMSU lecture, call Judy Forney at (505) 646-6814. For more information about the Sept. 25 lecture, call Steve Klinger at (505) 521-0122.