The University of Iowa

Femicide, drug violence in Juarez, Mexico, focus of lecture March 30

March 24th, 2010

Maria Socorro Tabuenca will speak about her research surrounding femicide and drug violence in Juarez, Mexico, from 4 to 5:50 p.m. Tuesday, March 30, in Room 3321, Seamans Center on the University of Iowa campus. The Latin American Studies Program, part of International Programs at the University of Iowa, will sponsor the lecture.

Since 1992, Tabuenca has been a researcher at El Colegio de la Frontera, a research center that studies issues surrounding the U.S.-Mexico border. She has also served as the dean for the research center’s northwest region since 1999.

Femicide, or the mass murder of women because they are women, has been a phrase used to describe the nearly 400 murders of young women on the U.S.-Mexico border in the city of Juarez.

Tabuenca has published in national and international journals mainly on Mexican-border women writers, borders’ theories, border cultural production and Chicano/a film and literature. She has also been teaching at the University of Texas at El Paso as a part-time lecturer in the Chicano studies program since 1992.

For more information, contact Santiago Vaquera-Vasquez at or 319-335-3452.