LACC hosts author and former Nicaragua VP Sergio Ramírez


WHAT: Florida International University’s Latin American and Caribbean Center and Department of Modern Languages is hosting a series of lectures focusing on politics and literature with award-winning author and former Nicaraguan Vice-President Sergio Ramírez, from Feb. 17-19. The first lecture “El Oficio Más Viejo Del Mundo”, will be held in Spanish and will center on his literary work. The second lecture, “Nicaragua: A Lost Revolution,” will be in English and will focus on the politics of Nicaragua. The third lecture, “Una Charla Con Sergio Ramírez”, will be held in Spanish at Books & Books and is a conversation with Ramírez about his experiences as a leader in two very different worlds: the literary world and the world of politics. Acclaimed writer and syndicated columnist Carlos Alberto Montaner will moderate the Books & Books event.

WHO: Sergio Ramírez holds a law degree from the University of Nicaragua. In 1977, he headed the Group of Twelve, an organization comprised of intellectuals, businessmen, and priests united against the Somoza regime. In 1979, after the Sandinista Revolution, Ramírez became Vice President of Nicaragua. As an author, he has been the recipient of several prizes including The International Prize for Human Rights awarded by the Bruno Kreisky Foundation; the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres, France; the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, and the Guggenheim Fellowship for creative writing, among others. He was granted the Robert Kennedy Professorship in Latin American Studies at Harvard University in 2009. He is a novelist and essayist whose work offers a powerful vision of culture, politics and society. His literary work has been translated into fifteen languages. His award-winning books include Castigo Divino, Un baile de máscaras, and Margarita está linda la mar.

WHEN AND WHERE: The lecture “El Oficio Más Viejo Del Mundo,” will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 17 from 6:30-8 p.m. in room 220 in the Green Library at FIU’s Modesto A. Maidique Campus, 11200 SW 8th St., Miami. The lecture “Nicaragua: A Lost Revolution,” will be held on Thursday, Feb. 18 at 12:30 p.m. in the West Ballroom of the Graham Center at the Modesto A. Maidique Campus. “Una Charla Con Sergio Ramírez” will be held on Saturday, Feb. 20 at 5 p.m. at Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. All events are free and open to the public, but an RSVP is requested.

FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO RSVP: Call the Latin American and Caribbean Center at 305-348-2894.

Media Contact: Madeline Baró at 305-345-2234.