The Reverend Alejandro Solalinde will give the 2017 Austin Lecture on Contemporary Mexico, titled “El Camino del Migrante / The Migrants’ Path.”
Solalinde is a Catholic priest and coordinator of the Catholic Pastoral Care Center for Migrants in Southwestern Mexico. A dedicated defender of the rights of migrants, he is director of Hermanos en el Camino (Brothers on the Road), a shelter that provides humanitarian relief to migrants from Central and South America as well as Asia and Africa. Throughout his time as a priest and human rights activist, Father Solalinde has sought to focus attention on the human rights abuses that migrants experience, such as extortion, rape, kidnapping, and murder. He has continuously called upon authorities in both Mexico and the United States to make visible these forms of injustice, as well as the poverty and violence that migrants face in their home countries, leading them to emigrate.
Solalinde was born in Texcoco, Mexico, in 1945. He holds bachelor’s degrees in history and psychology from the Autonomous University of the State of Mexico, and a master’s in systemic family therapy.
Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.
The lecture will be in Spanish with simultaneous translation available.
For more information, contact Paloma Diaz.
Wednesday, November 15 at 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Texas Union Building (UNB), Santa Rita Suite, 3.502
2247 Guadalupe, Austin, Texas 78705