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NMSU book launch and panel discussion compares U.S.-Mexico and Mediterranean borders

New Mexico State University's Center for Latin American and Border Studies will present a book launch and panel discussion on the comparisons between the U.S.-Mexico and Mediterranean border regions at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, at the Nason House, 1070 University Ave.

The event will launch the book, Mediterranean Rio Bravo, which Natalia Ribas-Mateos edited with contributions from more than 30 international authors. Speakers at the event include Ribas-Mateos, Mercedes Jimenez, Maria Christina Morales, Maria Eugenia Hernandez and Josiah Heyman.

Mediterranean Rio Bravo describes many of the comparisons between the Mediterranean and U.S.-Mexico border regions such as border cultures, forms of transit, casualties near the border, vulnerability of crossing the border, emergence of an internal border and a possible solution of the problems, border activism.

This book was developed after a trans-border seminar on border regions in a time of globalization in Tangier, Morocco in 2009, which Ribas-Mateos organized. Cynthia Bejarano, an NMSU Criminal Justice professor, attended the seminar and co-wrote a chapter in the book with Morales, a UTEP sociology and anthropology associate professor.

This is a joint effort between NMSU, UTEP and Autonomous University of Ciudad Juarez and is sponsored by NMSU's Department of Criminal Justice, the NMSU Nason House, NMSU's College of Arts and Sciences Stan Fulton Endowment, UTEP's Department of Sociology and Anthropology and the Autonomous University of Ciudad Juarez's Postgraduate Studies and the Doctorate of Urban Studies. Events will also be held in El Paso, Dec. 2, and Juarez, Dec. 4.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit clabs.nmsu.edu.