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Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa to speak on globalization at Inter-American Development Bank lecture

Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa will speak on "Culture and Liberty in a World without Frontiers" on Sept. 20 in one of a series of lectures sponsored by the Inter-American Development Bank to mark the 21st Century.

The presentation, part of the IDB´s Cátedra Siglo XXI series, will take place at 6:15 p.m. in the Andrés Bello Auditorium on the ninth floor of the Bank's headquarters building at 1300 New York Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C.

The lecture series offers a platform for prominent personalities to present their views on the political, economic, social and cultural outlook of Latin America and the Caribbean.

Previous lecturers in the series have included Mexican author Carlos Fuentes; Federico Mayor Zaragoza, ex-director general of UNESCO; Michel Camdessus, ex-managing director of the International Monetary Fund; and Sir Shridath Ramphal, chancellor of the University of the West Indies.

Vargas Llosa is one of Latin America´s most prominent novelists and also the author of numerous short stories, plays, and essays. He has taught literature at universities in Europe and the Americas, and his articles have appeared in El País of Spain and Letras Libres of Mexico.

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