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Understanding Current Mexico

The Grammar of Violence

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Thursday, March 2, 2023
12:00 PM (Pacific Time)In Person: UCLA 10383 Bunche Hall
Online: Zoom

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During this presentation (The Grammar of Violence) renown Mexican writer, Juan Villoro, will reflect about current Mexico's historical moment, in which the country is suffering from its worst outbreak of sustained violence since the 1910 Revolution, Just in 2022 alone, fifteen journalists were murdered. Villoro will shed some light about understanding the response of the governing elites, where the political establishment has turned hiding that truth into a fine art form. Villoro will explore the idea that the problem of violence in Latin America goes much further than drug trafficking. Organized crime is a far larger phenomenon, encompassing the cartels but also many more sectors of the economy and government. Today, the business elites are more powerful than presidents even in countries supposedly governed by left wing administrations such as Chile, Colombia and Mexico.

Juan Villoro is Mexico’s most prolific, prize-winning author, playwright, journalist, and screenwriter. His books have been translated into multiple languages. Several of his books have appeared in English, including his celebrated 2016 essay collection on soccer brought out by Restless Books, God Is Round. Villoro lives in Mexico City and has been a visiting lecturer at Yale, Princeton and Stanford universities.  


Cost: Free and Open to the Public

Download File: Understanding-Current-Mexico--The-Grammar-of-Violence-2m-k00.pdf

Sponsor(s): Center for Mexican Studies, Latin American Institute, Program on Caribbean Studies, Spanish and Portuguese, UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment