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Author Ted Botha to Discuss "Femicides" in Juarez, Mexico

Amnesty International event to include lecture and film

Bethlehem, Pa., October 29, 2010--Ted Botha, author of The Girl with the Crooked Nose, will visit Moravian College to discuss the femicides (murder of women) in Juarez, Mexico and experiences of Frank Bender, the subject of his book, as he worked with forensic examiners to help identify some of the bodies. Botha's talk, is sponsored by Amnesty International, will be held on Wednesday, November 3 at 7 p.m. in Prosser Auditorium, Haupert Union Building. At the beginning of the talk, a segment of clips from "Boarder Echoes" will be shown and the event will conclude with a book signing.

Botha will tell of Frank Bender, a world-renowned autodidact forensic artist and fine artist, who makes facial reconstructions of the dead and of fugitives, many who have been on the run for a long time. The Girl with the Crooked Nose tells the story of Frank Bender. Bender is an artist who is able to create realistic sculptures that reconstructed the faces of the murdered women of Juarez. The story follows Bender as he arrives in Mexico and gradually comes to suspect that he is not meant to succeed in his mission.

The film "Boarder Echoes" will be shown on Tuesday, November 2, at 7 p.m. in Prosser Auditorium. The film depicts the truth and reality of the Juarez femicides. It provides previously unreported and shocking details about the murders. Many families feel the Mexican authorities have not solved most of the crimes. Some victims were as young as 5 years old, while most are teenagers or young women. The film tells the story of the slayings through the eyes of investigative reporter Diana Washington Valdez.

For more information please email amnesty@moravian.edu or Amnesty International Moravian College President Rania Hanna, strnh06@moravian.edu.

Moravian College encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. Anyone who anticipates needing any type accommodation or who has questions about the physical access provided should contact Kathi Roman at Katro@moravian.edu or 610 625-7880.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.