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Video: Keynote Lecture—"The Birds, or My Life as a Writer and Environmentalist Activist"

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

This keynote lecture inaugurated Americas Society’s Eco-Literature in Latin America symposium. Homero Aridjis, distinguished Mexican poet, novelist, and essayist, as well as an environmental activist, founded the international organization Grupo de los Cien (Group of 100), which has defended monarch butterflies, sea turtles, gray whales, and forests, and has addressed air pollution and other environmental concerns. In English.

The symposium continues with a panel on eco-literature with scholars Laura Barbas Rhoden, Sofia Kearns, Jeremy Larochelle, and Christopher M. Travis. The symposium concludes with the launch of Review 85, featuring guest editor Steven F. White and contributing writers Homero Aridjis, Astrid Cabral, Esthela Calderón, Juan Carlos Galeano, and Leonel Lienlaf.

Homero Aridjis (b. 1940, Contepec, Michoacán, Mexico) is one of Latin America’s most prominent writers. He has served as president of PEN International (1997-2003) and as Mexico’s ambassador to Switzerland, the Netherlands, and UNESCO.

With the Mexican Cultural Institute of New York.