Center of Mexican American Studies
Center of Mexican American Studies

Public Talk: Luis Alberto Urrea

Tue, October 15, 2013 | Auditorium (BMC 2.106), Belo Center for New Media, The University of Texas at Austin

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Prolific in a variety of genres, from literary journalism to poetry and fiction, Luis Alberto Urrea is best known for his penetrating examination of life along the U.S.—Mexico border. “The Devil’s Highway,” his tragic account of a group of Mexican immigrants who died in the Arizona dessert, won the Lannan Literary Award in 2004 and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2005. Among his many other accolades is an American Book Award for his memoir, “Nobody’s Son: Notes from an American Life.” His recent books include the acclaimed novels ‘The Hummingbird’s Daughter” and “Into the Beautiful North.” Urrea’s talk, “Universal Border: From Tijuana to the World,” will examine the experience of immigration and the meanings of the border through his own life story.

Co-sponsored by the Senior Fellows Honors Program, the Plan II Honors Program, the Center for Mexican American Studies, the Strauss Institute for Civic Life, the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies and the Department of English.

This event is free and open to the public. For questions, contact Dave Junker at 512-773-0673 or

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