Bruno Estanol
Bruno EstaƱol

Top Mexican novelist to speak at UTSA April 6

By Eduardo Jimenez
Lecturer, Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching

(March 29, 2006)--The UTSA Mexico Center will sponsor a seminar at 6 p.m., Thursday, April 6 in the Buena Vista Street Building Aula Canaria (1.328), Downtown Campus, featuring a lecture by renowned Mexican author Bruno Estañol. The event is free and open to the public.

Estañol will present a lecture in English, "The Dreamer's Profession: An Interdisciplinary Theory of Creative Writing," and will read from his novels and short stories. The lecture will be followed by a Q&A session and an opportunity to purchase the author's books in Spanish and English versions. Four of Estañol's books are available in the UTSA Library, 1604 Campus.

Additionally, Estañol will be awarded a certificate of merit as part of the Mexico Center's mission to promote premier cultural exchanges between San Antonio and Mexico.

Estañol was born May 28, 1945, in Frontera, Tabasco, Mexico. He trained in medicine and neuroscience at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), and completed postgraduate medical training in the United States at Howard University, Thomas Jefferson University and Johns Hopkins University, where he taught courses in neurology and trained residents.

Upon returning to Mexico to initiate a career in teaching and private practice, Estañol rapidly established himself as one of the nation's leading neurologists, working at the prestigious Angeles Hospital and providing instruction at the UNAM Medical School.

He belongs to more than a dozen medical associations and has received more than a dozen certifications and honors, including a special citation from Juan Ramón de la Fuente, UNAM rector, for his outstanding contributions to the field of medicine.

Estañol has published more than 150 articles in national and international scientific journals and has published more than 50 articles in scientific anthologies, in addition to being the primary author of six medical books.

He has been cited more than 500 times in the Science Citation Index, and served as president of the Mexican Academy of Neurology from 1993 to 1994. As Senior Research Fellow at the Salvador Zubirán National Institute of Nutrition and Medicine, Estañol continues to be actively engaged in medical research.

Estañol also has distinguished himself in the field of literature by writing seven volumes of short stories and novellas. He was awarded some of Mexico's most celebrated literary prizes, including the José Fuentes Mares Prize, the San Luis Potosí Prize and the Juchimán de Plata.

For more information, call Laura Perez at (210) 458-2849.

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