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Border literature to be discussed at roundtable

New Mexico State University's Department of Languages and Linguistics has invited three prominent female writers and critics to lead a roundtable discussion on border literature from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, in Breland Hall, Room 173B.

the discussion will be Debra Castillo, professor of romance studies and comparative literature at Cornell University and nationally renowned translator and literary critic; Rosina Conde, prizewinning Mexican border narrator, essayist and playwright; and Maria Socorro Tabuenca, dean of the Northwest Region, Colegio de la Frontera, and a distinguished Mexican literary critic.

"We wanted to highlight the important woman writers in this area," said Ricardo Aguilar Melantzon, a professor in languages and linguistics at New Mexico State. "We are the only New Mexican institution of higher education close to the border and we are a leader in border studies in this area. This is an important presentation."

Aguilar Melantzon said the experts will be asked to comment on an Anthology of Mexican Border Literature his graduate seminar students are putting together. He said the languages and linguistics department is developing a new curriculum in border culture.

The discussion is sponsored by the New Mexico State Department of Languages and Linguistics, the Institute for Chicano Studies, the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and the National Endowment for the Humanities/Southwest and Border Cultures Institute.

For more information call (505) 646-2403.

Julie M. Hughes
Jan. 29, 2002