Lectures

Travelers in Hiding: Telling a Story of Central Americans in Mexico

2012–2013 Maurine and Robert Rothschild Lecture

Alma Guillermoprieto RI '07 will deliver the Schlesinger Library's 2012–2013 Maurine and Robert Rothschild Lecture. 

In August 2010, 72 Central American migrants traveling through Mexico to the northern border were taken off a bus and murdered. Guillermoprieto will tell the story of their pilgrimage and of 72 Mexican intellectuals’ and artists’ attempt to honor them.

Photo by Tony RinaldoPhoto by Tony RinaldoAlma Guillermoprieto was born in Mexico in 1949. She has written about Latin America for a variety of publications for the past 30 years, most frequently National Geographic, the New Yorker, and the New York Review of Books. Guillermoprieto is the author of four books: Samba (Knopf, 1990), an account of the year she spent with the impoverished carnival-makers of Brazil, which was nominated for the 1990 National Book Critics Circle Award, The Heart That Bleeds: Latin America Now (Knopf, 1994) and Looking for History: Dispatches from Latin America (Vintage, 2001) are collections of her essays, and Dancing with Cuba: A Memoir of the Revolution (Vintage, 2001).

She has received numerous awards, including, in 1995, a MacArthur Fellowship. In 2006–2007, she was the Rita E. and Gustave M. Hauser Fund Fellow here at the Radcliffe Institute. In 2011, a poll conducted by Foreign Policy magazine selected her as one of the 100 most influential public intellectuals in the world.  She is currently a lecturer in The Council of the Humanities and the McGraw-Robbins Professor of Writing, Princeton University


Alumna and former Radcliffe College trustee Maurine Pupkin Rothschild ’40, who died in 2004, and her husband Robert Rothschild ’39 established the annual Rothschild Lecture at the Schlesinger Library in 1989. Distinguished speakers in the series have included Angela Davis, Eve Ensler, Julio Frenk, Linda Greenhouse, Samantha Power, Adrienne Rich, Amartya Sen, Reva Siegel, Maxine Singer, and Anita Hill.

This event is free and open to the public.