New York University will host Anabel Hernández, one of Mexico’s leading investigative journalists, for a panel discussion, “Too Dangerous for Words: Life & Death Reporting the Mexican Drug Wars,” on Thurs., Sept. 26, 6:30 p.m. at NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute (20 Cooper Square [between 5th and 6th Streets], 7th Floor).
The event, co-sponsored by the New York Institute for the Humanities at NYU, PEN American Center, and Committee to Protect Journalists, is free and open to the public. Call 212.998.2101 for more information. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis. Reporters interested in attending the discussion, co-hosted by the Carter Journalism Institute, must RSVP to Stephanie Steiker at 212.998.2101 or email@example.com. Subways: 6 (Astor Place); N, R (8th Street).
Hernández has written about the drug cartels and high-level corruption among Mexico's government, military, and business elites under the presidencies of Vicente Fox and Felipe Calderón. Author of the newly translated Narcoland: The Mexican Drug Lords and Their Godfathers (Verso), Hernández has worked on national dailies, including Reforma, Milenio, El Universal, and its investigative supplement La Revista. She has written about slave labor, sexual exploitation, political corruption, and drug cartels and was awarded the 2012 Golden Pen of Freedom by the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers.
Joining Hernández in conversation will be Carlos Lauría of the Committee to Protect Journalists; investigative journalist Guy Lawson, who has written about war, crime, and politics around the globe and reported on Mexico and the drug cartels for Rolling Stone; and Nik Steinberg, senior researcher on Mexico in the Americas Division of Human Rights Watch.
The New York Institute for the Humanities at NYU was established in 1976 as a forum for promoting the exchange of ideas between academics, professionals, writers, musicians, and other artists in New York City—and between all of them and the city. It currently comprises approximately 240 Fellows. The NYIH typically holds luncheon-lectures for Institute Fellows every Friday of the academic year. In addition to these events the NYIH organizes a variety of seminars, conferences, discussions, readings and performances that are free and open to the public. For more information, please visit nyihumanities.org.
Founded in 1922, PEN American Center is a fellowship of writers dedicated to defending freedom of expression and persecuted writers and journalists, advancing literature and literary translation, and fostering international literary exchange. It is the largest and most active of the 145 chapters in 101 countries that comprise International PEN.
Committee to Protect Journalists promotes press freedom worldwide and defends the right of journalists to report the news without fear of reprisal. CPJ ensures the free flow of news and commentary by taking action wherever journalists are attacked, imprisoned, killed, kidnapped, threatened, censored, or harassed.