Persephone Braham started her presentation with a warning of graphic, disturbing images included in her slideshow.
Braham, who spoke at the university on Wednesday in Recitation Hall, told students to imagine walking into a supermarket, picking up a copy of the “National Enquirer” and seeing images of severed body parts on the front page. This happens in Mexico.
“More civilians are killed in Mexico as a result of drug violence than in our two wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, which are ongoing,” Braham said.
Braham, an associate professor of Spanish and Latin American and Iberian Studies, presented on the Mexican Drug War and the cartels’ use of the Internet and news outlets. She studies tabloid journalism and the growing online presence of Mexican cartel violence from the ’90s forward.
She has written “Crimes Against the State, Crimes Against Persons: Detective Fiction in Cuba and Mexico” and has published several articles on Latin American and Caribbean literature.
Her talk was part of the Global Digital Cultures lecture series, which is offered by the Center for Global and Area Studies. It may be taken as a one-credit pass or fail course titled Issues in Global Studies.
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BY KRISTEN MULVIHILL