Journalist Elena Poniatowska to Speak at UTD

The Center for U.S.-Mexico Studies at The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) resumes its lecture series about the nuances of Mexican politics and culture on Tuesday, March 19, at 2 p.m. with a talk by journalist Elena Poniatowska.

Poniatowska, who in 1979 became the first woman to win the Mexican national award for journalism, has lived in and written about Mexico for nearly four decades.

Poniatowska pursued her studies in Mexico and the United States and began her journalism career in 1953 with an article in the journal El Excelsior. Although born in Paris, she acquired Mexican nationality in 1969. Throughout her career, she has contributed to numerous other major magazines and newspapers in Mexico and has received scholarly awards from such institutions as Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes in 1993 and the Guggenheim Foundation in 1994.

Poniatowska has taught courses in creative literature, journalism and translation. Among her books are Massacre in Mexico, a report about the student massacre in 1968, and Todo empezó el Domingo. Her works have been translated into English, French, Italian, German, Polish, Danish and Dutch.

The lecture is free and open to the public and will take place on the UTD campus in Room 4.614 of the Jonsson Academic Center. Poniatowska’s talk will begin at 2 p.m. and last approximately 45 minutes. It will conclude with a question-and-answer session.

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