On Thursday, Nov. 10 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Hokona Cellar classroom, New Mexico Higher Education Secretary Dr. Jose Z. García presents, "How Did Ciudad Juárez Become the Most Violent City in the World?" The event is free and open to the public.

García will address epistemological issues, violence and the political system as well as causes and consequences of the violence.

García has been a professor at New Mexico State University since 1975 and was director of the NMSU Center for Latin American Studies from 1991 to 2003. He has conducted research and lectured throughout Latin America, specializing in questions of political instability. He's a former member of the New Mexico Border Authority and a founding members of the Paso del Norte Water Task Force, a non-governmental, tri-state, bi-national organization created in the late 1990s, grouping together irrigation district and water utilities managers with environmental groups, citizens and academics, to stimulate greater cooperation toward more efficient regional water management in the Paso del Norte region.

After receiving a B.A. from Occidental College, García was awarded a Fulbright fellowship to Ecuador. He received an M.A. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and a Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico.

García, a political analyst, was the first Democrat to be chosen to serve as a secretary in the administration of Susana Martinez, a Republican.

Light refreshments will be served.

This talk is sponsored by the UNM Latin American & Iberian Institute.