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Acclaimed Author Luis Alberto Urrea Presents “Universal Border: From Tijuana to the World” Oct. 15

AUSTIN, Texas – Oct. 3, 2013 – Luis Alberto Urrea, acclaimed novelist and non-fiction writer, will present “Universal Border: From Tijuana to the World” at The University of Texas at Austin College of Communication at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 15 in the Belo Center for New Media’s second-floor auditorium, 300 W. Dean Keeton St. The event is free and open to the public.

Prolific in a variety of genres, from literary journalism to poetry and fiction, Luis Alberto Urrea is best known for his penetrating examination of life along the U.S.-Mexico border. “The Devil’s Highway,” his tragic account of a group of Mexican immigrants who died in the Arizona dessert, won the Lannan Literary Award in 2004 and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2005.

Among his many other accolades is an American Book Award for his memoir, “Nobody’s Son: Notes from an American Life.” His recent books include the acclaimed novels “The Hummingbird’s Daughter” and “Into the Beautiful North.” Urrea’s talk at UT Austin will examine the experience of immigration and the meanings of the border through his own life story.

The College of Communication’s Senior Fellows Honors Program and Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life are sponsors of the event. Co-sponsors include The Mary Lu Joynes Endowment in the Plan II Honors Program, the Center for Mexican American Studies, the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies, and the Department of English.

About The University of Texas at Austin College of Communication

One of the nation’s foremost institutions for the study of advertising and public relations, communication sciences and disorders, communication studies, journalism and radio-TV-film, The University of Texas at Austin College of Communication is preparing students to thrive in an era of media convergence. Serving more than 4,600 undergraduate and graduate students, the College is nationally recognized for its faculty members, research and teaching. For more information about the College of Communication, visit


Contact: Dave Junker, (512) 773-0673; Nick Hundley, (512) 471-7209

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