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CLABS book talk to provide glimpse into a woman's life in Mexico

New Mexico State University's Center for Latin American and Border Studies will present a book talk at 6 p.m. Sept. 12 at the Nason House, 1200 University Ave.

Along with special guest Anay Palomeque Carrillo, author Elaine Hampton will present her book, "Anay's Will to Learn: A Woman's Education in the Shadow of the Maquiladoras." Through Carillo's first-hand accounts, Hampton documents what it was like to be a woman living in the low-income neighborhoods of Juarez, Mexico, during its most violent times.

This study presents Carillo's experiences in a series of narrative essays addressing the economic, social and political context of her world. At the book talk, Hampton and Carillo will highlight events in this struggle.

"As a Hispanic-serving institution located on the U.S.-Mexico border, events relating to the border and Latin America are of great relevance," said Inigo Garcia-Bryce, director of the Center for Latin American and Border Studies. "Despite our region's deep historic, cultural and economic ties to Mexico, we often know little about events occurring to the south of the border."

The talks at the Center for Latin American and Border Studies offer the entire campus community and the general public the opportunity to engage with an array of issues that will further their understanding of the region's connection to our southern neighbors.

Elaine Hampton is a retired associate professor, chair of teacher education at the University of Texas at El Paso and author of fiction and nonfiction books relevant to the U.S.-Mexico border.

The event is free, open to the public and light refreshments will be available. The book will be for sale at the event for $9.99.