The University of Arizona

Mexican Poet, Peace Activist to Speak at UA

By Rebecca Ruiz-McGill, University Communications | April 24, 2012

Javier Sicilia, whose son was killed by a Mexican drug cartel a little more than a year ago, will speak at the UA on April 30. The talk is free and open to the public and will be given in Spanish with simultaneous translation into English.

Javier Sicilia, a Mexican poet, essayist, novelist, journalist and now peace activist, will speak at the UA on April 30. The talk will be in Spanish with simultaneous translation into English for the first 200 people.
Javier Sicilia, a Mexican poet, essayist, novelist, journalist and now peace activist, will speak at the UA on April 30. The talk will be in Spanish with simultaneous translation into English for the first 200 people.

In the year since his son's death in March 2011, Mexican poet Javier Sicilia has become a social leader and a prominent voice protesting Mexico's militarized war against the drug cartels. He will share his experiences on April 30 during a talk at the University of Arizona that is free and open to the public. 

A poet, essayist, novelist and journalist before the death of his son, Juan Francisco, Sicilia has unified tens of thousands of Mexicans as a peace-activist protesting against drug-related violence and was profiled in Time magazine's "2011 Person of the Year: The Protester."

He founded the Movimiento por la Paz con Justicia y Dignidad (the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity), which has galvanized protests throughout Mexico under the banners "No mas sangre" ("No more blood") and "Estamos hasta la Madre" ("We've had it up to here").

He will speak in the UA's Harvill Building, Room 150, 1103 E. Second St., from 5-6:30 p.m., sharing his view of Mexico's future. The talk will be in Spanish with simultaneous translation into English for the first 200 people.

Sicilia also will meet with local community and student groups during the day.

His visit to the UA is organized by the Southwest Center and the Center for Latin American Studies in collaboration with Global Exchange.

In addition, the event is co-sponsored by the College of Public Health, the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, the Office of Western Hemispheric Programs, the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy, the School of Anthropology, Regents Professor John Olsen, the School of Geography and Development, the Little Chapel of All Nations, the Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry, the Poetry Center, the Institute of the Environment and the Border Journalists' Network.

Contacts

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Michelle Kuhns Brodesky

Center for Latin American Studies

520-626-0189

michellek@email.arizona.edu