Award-winning Mexican author to present at Lycoming College

Cristina Rivera Garza, an award-winning Mexican author, will discuss the social dynamics that have led to the emergence of a drug cartel in Mexico at 10:15 a.m. on Feb. 9 in the archives area of Snowden Library at Lycoming College.

In her presentation, “Chronicles from the U.S. - Mexico Border: The Afterlife of Cotton: Documentary Fiction and Road Trip,” Rivera Garza discusses the heart-wrenching history of poor farmers that resulted in the erosion of soil and the inability to grow cotton. The loss of their major source of income led to sweatshops and, later, to the rise of Mexico’s drug cartel and the subsequent brutal violence of the War on Drugs.

Rivera Garza, Ph.D., is a writing professor at the University of Houston. She has written several novels, poetry collections and non-fiction books, many of which have been translated into multiple languages. Her works have earned four international awards and she is the Breeden Eminent Scholar at Auburn University.

Born in Mexico, Rivera Garza has lived in the United States since 1989. She studied urban sociology at the National Autonomous University of Mexico and received her Ph.D. in Latin American history from the University of Houston. She received a doctorate in Humane Letters Honoris Causa from the University of Houston in 2012.