The Taken: Violence and Resilience in Sinaloa

WhenOctober 17, 2017 12:30 PM - 1:50 PM
WhereSocial Science Research, Room 224
Event Website
Contact InformationKatz Center for Mexican Studies
DescriptionMexican Studies Seminar | Autumn 2017

The Taken: Violence and Resilience in Sinaloa


Ev Meade
Director of the Trans-Border Institute
Kroc School of Peace Studies
University of San Diego

On May 15, journalist Javier Valdez Cárdenas was dragged from his car and executed in broad daylight in Culiacán, Sinaloa. There’s little doubt that Javier was killed for his reporting on the factional struggles within drug cartels, and their connections to powerful political interests. But, Javier wasn’t really a crime reporter or even an investigative journalist, nor was he primarily an expert on drug trafficking. He was a cronista who pioneered a new form in testimonial literature. His murder was an act of terror that threatens to silence much more than the inconvenient truths of the drug war. Please join us for a discussion led by Ev Meade, who edited and translated the first of Javier's books to appear in English -- The Taken: True Stories of the Sinaloa Drug War (University of Oklahoma Press, 2017).

Ev is Director of the Trans-Border Institute at the University of San Diego's Kroc School of Peace Studies. He directs a certificate program in Applied Peace Education in Culiacán, Sinaloa that has helped to train more than 500 local activists, academics, and government officials and served as an incubator for dozens of local peacebuilding efforts.

Lunch will be provided for those who register in advance.
More information: 773.834.1987
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