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Honors College to present Latino author Ed Morales

Latino author Ed Morales will speak at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, at New Mexico State University's Music Center Recital Hall.



Latino author Ed Morales will speak at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, at New Mexico State University's Music Center Recital Hall. (Courtesy Photo)


Morales' presentation, "Living in Spanglish," is part of the University Speakers Series, which brings prominent speakers to Las Cruces. No tickets are required and admission is free.

Morales has been called "one of the country's most important voices on America's vast patchwork of Hispanic sensibilities." In his highly acclaimed book, also titled "Living in Spanglish," Morales paints a portrait of America as it both embraces and turns away from an onslaught of Latino influence. His book tells the story of Hispanic immigrants struggling to move beyond identity politics into a postmodern melting pot.

In his lectures, Morales delves into Latino stereotypes and suggests that Latinos' ability to hold on to their heritage, while working to create a new culture, is a key component of America's future.

Morales is a longtime Village Voice contributor and a columnist for New York Newsday. His writing has appeared in The Los Angeles Times, The Miami Herald and Rolling Stone. He also is a poet and fiction writer.

The University Speakers Series, presented by the Honors College and the Office of the Provost, strives to bring to Las Cruces distinguished lecturers who will appeal to a broad community audience. Previous speakers have included environmental attorney Robert Kennedy Jr., Native American author N. Scott Momaday, and neurologist Oliver Sacks.

For more information, call the Honors College at (505) 646-2005.