Mexican culture is deeply rooted in ancient civilizations, tales of adventure and conquest, and expressive art forms that influence neighboring countries and communities.
But today, these stories of tradition and lifestyle battle with overwhelming news of the country's increasing crime, poverty, and drug violence.
Four panelists will meet for a Zócalo Public Square forum tonight at Heard Museum to discuss this conflict, the tradition of storytelling, and how the art (and its subject) will affect the present situation and future of Mexico.
Susana Seijas, Mexico City-based News Producer will moderate discussion between Dallas Morning News Mexico City bureau chief Alfredo Corchado, Belo TV border bureau chief Angela Kocherga, host of Mexico's Imagen News Ana Maria Salazar and Gatopardo editor Guillermo Osorno.
Zócalo Public Square was established in 2003, and aims to connect people and cultures through its web magazine, lectures, panels, screenings, and conferences around the world.
Tonight's forum is free and open to the public, and will last from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave. in Phoenix. More info here.