UALR celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with special guest: Barbara Martinez Jitner

LITTLE ROCK, AR – The University of Arkansas at Little Rock, UALR has a fantastic month of celebration to commemorate the National Hispanic Heritage Month. The highlight is the lecture of Barbara Martinez Jitner, “Femicide at Our U.S. Border: To Bea Woman in Juarez is a Death Sentence” Thursday, September 27 at the Donaghey Student Center A & B • 6:00 pm

Martinez Jitner is the director of a powerful expose documentary short film – “LA FRONTERA” (run time, 15 minutes), which is the foundation for a major motion picture entitled BORDERTOWN scheduled for an October 2007 national release.

As for the movie BORDERTOWN, it will star Jennifer Lopez, Antonio Banderas, and Martin Sheen. Gregory Nava with Barbara Martinez directs it Jitner serving as the Executive Producer.

Book Discussion: The Daughters of Juarez

by T. Rodriguez et al

September 24 • Stabler Hall 202 • 12:30 pm

September 26 • Stabler Hall 302 • 12:30 pm

Despite the fact that Juarez is a Mexican border city just across the Rio Grande from El Paso, Texas, most Americans are unaware that for more than twelve years this city has been the center of an epidemic of horrific crimes against women and girls, consisting of kidnappings, rape, mutilation, and murder, with most of the victims conforming to a specific profile: young, slender, and poor, fueling the premise that the murders are not random.

Discussion Leader: Professor Karina Carballo,

UALR Spanish Department

Lecture: Barbara Martinez Jitner

Thursday, September 27, Donaghey Student Center A & B • 6:00 pm. “Femicide at Our U.S. Border: To Bea Woman in Juarez is a Death Sentence”

The border town of Juarez, Mexico has been nicknamed “The Capital of Murdered Women” because more than 400 women have been found raped, mutilated and murdered. Almost of all of these women worked in American owned factories, all created by NAFTA. Working with Amnesty International and superstar Jennifer Lopez, Barbara will outline steps that will empower listeners so they may stop the femicide that is occurring only 50 yards away from the United States.

LULAC Night at UALR - Friday, October 12, Donaghey Student Center, Leadership Lounge • 6:00 pm.

Meet the members of LULAC (League of United Latin American Citizens) and find out more about the history of the Mexican Civil Rights movement. A 30-minute documentary film will be shown, and refreshments will be provided.

LULAC Presents: Una Noche Mas! - Wednesday, October 17

Donaghey Student Center, Upper Concourse • 6:00 pm.

Enjoy music, food and a great time as we mark the end of a wonderful month of events!

For more information about these events, please contact the UALR Office of Campus Life at (501) 569-3308.

All events are free and open to the public. Free parking will be available.


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