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Ricardo Legorreta and Dr. Bruno Estañol

Mexico Center hosts lectures by Mexican notables

By Alison Beshur
Public Affairs Specialist

(April 4, 2006)--The UTSA Mexico Center will host world-renowned architect Ricardo Legorreta and prominent Mexican author Dr. Bruno Estañol for lectures Thursday, April 6, at the Downtown Campus.

Legorreta, who designed the "enchilada red" Central Library in San Antonio and heads Legoretta + Legorreta with his son Víctor, will discuss his latest work at 9 a.m. in the Buena Vista Theater (1.326).

Estañol's presentation, "The Dreamer's Profession: An Interdisciplinary Theory of Creative Writing," and reading from his novels and short stories will begin at 6 p.m. in the Buena Vista Street Building Aula Canaria (1.328).

Both lectures are free and open to the public.

During the last 50 years, Legorreta, 75, has designed dozens of major projects around the world. Some include the Marco Museum in Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico; Santa Fe Visual Arts Center in Santa Fe, N.M.; and the College of Business and Computer Science in Qatar.

Legorreta is a native of Mexico City and earned a bachelor's degree in architecture from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México in 1952.

Estañol is one of the most accomplished living authors in Mexico. He has written several award-winning volumes of short stories and novellas. The 61-year-old Frontera, Tabasco, native also has published more than 150 articles in national and international scientific journals and is considered one of Mexico's most notable neurologists.

The UTSA Mexico Center, which partnered with the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México in San Antonio to host Legorreta, recently opened and quickly has gained momentum in offering rich cultural insight and exchanges to the UTSA community and greater San Antonio area.

"Although the UTSA Mexico Center is new, we have a number of exciting projects underway," said Harriett Romo, UTSA associate sociology professor and director of the Mexico Center.

For more information on upcoming activities sponsored by the UTSA Mexico Center, contact Laura Perez at (210) 458-2849.

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