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Novelist and Journalist Is One of the "Voices of the Americas"

Novelist and Journalist Is One of the "Voices of the Americas"

(February 12, 1999)

Elena Poniatowska, one of Latin America's most prominent novelists and journalists, will give the second lecture in the "Voices of the Americas" series at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, at Landis Auditorium in Riverside.

The lecture is free to the public. Landis Auditorium is at Riverside Community College, 4800 Magnolia Ave., Riverside.

Poniatowska, a native of France and resident of Mexico, was the first woman to win Mexico's prestigious National Award for Journalism. Her best known works include La Noche de Tiatelolco, published in 1971 and Tin’sima, published in 1992.

An outspoken critic of oppression and corruption, Poniatowska is known for her essays and testimonial writing. Her work has been included in many anthologies, as well as translated to English, French, Italian, German, Polish, Czecho-Slovakian, Swedish, Norwegian and Danish.

"Voices of the Americas" is a new lecture series sponsored twice a year by Riverside's four colleges and universities -- Riverside Community College, California Baptist University, La Sierra University and the University of California Riverside -- in cooperation with Common Ground, an organization formed in Riverside to promote understanding between people of different ethnic and cultural backgrounds. For this lecture, the Greater Riverside Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is also a co-sponsor.

The lecture series is designed to bring world-class figures from literature and the arts to enhance the cultural life of the community; to serve as a resource for teachers and students in the area's college classes; and to celebrate the heritage and cultural diversity of the Riverside area. It also serves as the plenary lecture of the "Cultural Borders of Latin America and Spain" symposium which will be held Feb. 25 through 27 at UCR.

Other speakers who have been suggested for the "Voices of the Americas" lecture series are Isabel Allende, Maxine Hong Kingston, David Mamet and Sandra Cisnero. Additional information is available at (909) 222-8857.

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