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Narcomedia: Latinxs, Drug Economies, and the Politics of Representation

Professor Ruiz’s work looks to the (over)representation of Latinx in U.S. media narratives that the tell the story of how the nation procures, uses, and abuses illicit narcotics. This talk will examine the most recent cycle of Latinx drug films and series, focusing on those embedded in the so-called “Prestige Television” movement (series like Breaking Bad and Narcos) to argue that we are entering a period of renewed cultural interest in Latinxs’ roles in the international drug trade.

Prof. Ruiz’s talk is the fall lecture for International Comparative Studies. A reception will follow the talk. Free and open to the public.


October 6, 2016
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Duke Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute


Smith Warehouse, Bay 4, Ahmadieh Family Lecture Hall (C105)
114 S. Buchanan Blvd.
Durham, NC 27708 United States
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919 668 1911