Media Advisory: Carlos Fuentes to speak at McGill


Literary icon to deliver the McGill Law Journal’s 2011 Annual Lecture

The McGill Law Journal is excited to present Carlos Fuentes, arguably Latin America’s greatest living author, as the keynote speaker for this year’s McGill Law Journal Annual Lecture. His lecture will take place on March 30, 2011 at McGill’s Faculty of Law and will be followed by a reception on the 5th Floor of New Chancellor Day Hall, where members of the audience may have the chance to speak personally with the author. This is a rare occasion to hear from one of the world’s most important minds.

WHAT: McGill Law Journal 2011 Annual Lecture:

An Evening with Carlos Fuentes

WHEN: Wednesday, March 30, 2010, 6:00 PM

WHERE: New Chancellor Day Hall Moot Court (room 100) of McGill’s Faculty of Law (3644 Peel Street, Montreal). Admission is free, first come first serve.

The catered reception that will follow Mr. Fuentes’ lecture is generously provided by Osler Hoskin & Harcourt LLP. The 2011 Annual Lecture is also sponsored by the McGill Alumni Society and the Students’ Society of McGill University.

About Carlos Fuentes

Mr. Fuentes has always stood at the intersection of politics and art. As the leading figure in the Magical Realism movement, he helped establish Latin America’s most important artistic movement of the twentieth century. He studied law in Mexico City and Geneva, and in addition to his career as a literary giant, he served in several diplomatic positions, including as Mexico’s Ambassador to France. For more than fifty years, Mr. Fuentes’ works have challenged the social boundaries of Latin American societies. His commentary on justice has inspired millions around the world, and his books have been translated into dozens of languages. Mr. Fuentes’ personal history is nothing short of inspiring, and will be the basis for his lecture—how his knowledge of the law has added to his world renowned social perspective and ability to speak to the soul of his generation.

As an academic, Mr. Fuentes has taught at many of the world’s premiere universities: Harvard, where he became the first Robert F. Kennedy Professor of Latin American Studies, Columbia, Cambridge (where he served as the Simón Bolívar Chair of Latin American Studies), the University of Paris, the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton, and Brown—where he currently holds the post of Professor-at-Large. In addition to his career as a novelist, he writes for El País, Spain’s highest circulating non-sports daily newspaper, and the Reforma newspaper in Mexico City. His newest book Destiny and Desire was released in early 2011.

About the McGill Law Journal

The McGill Law Journal was founded in 1952 by students of the Faculty of Law of McGill University. From its founding, the Journal has promoted the development of legal scholarship by appealing to an audience that includes professors of law, practicing lawyers, and law students. The Journal has consistently fostered a profound understanding of the common law and civil law legal traditions through the publication of cutting-edge articles. Today the Journal is recognized as an important forum for the critical analysis of contemporary legal issues, often from a comparative or transsystemic perspective. The publication remains entirely student-run.

Every year the McGill Law Journal invites a distinguished speaker to deliver a scholarly address of significant contemporary interest to members of the McGill community, the Bar, the judiciary, and the general public. This annual event has attracted many notable speakers in years past including members of the judiciary, dignitaries, and legal scholars of international repute.






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Tamarah Feder
Media Relations Office, McGill University
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