The War on Both Sides: Drug Addiction as Lived in New Mexico’s Española Valley and in Mexico City
6:00 p.m. Doors open, light reception in lobby
7:00 p.m. Presentation begins in auditorium
This presentation considers the “drug war” from the vantage of two sites—the Española Valley in Northern New Mexico and a working-class neighborhood in Mexico City. It examines the unorthodox ways families care for addicted relatives and demonstrates how these are inseparable from broader social and political arrangements. In thinking comparatively about these two sites, this talk raises urgent questions about the nature of addiction, violence, care, and commitment.
Angela Garcia, Ph.D., is an associate professor of Anthropology at Stanford University. Her work engages historical and institutional processes through which violence and suffering is produced and lived. Her book, The Pastoral Clinic: Addiction and Dispossession Along the Rio Grande received the 2012 Victor Turner Prize and a 2010 Pen Center USA Award. The Pastoral Clinic explores the relationship between intergenerational heroin use, poverty, and colonial history in Northern New Mexico.
Special thanks to the Mellon Foundation and the Paloheimo Foundation for their support of this program.
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Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and Andrew S. Curran discuss the invention of race and its worldwide effects, including impacts in the American Southwest. Their evaluations of a series of European essays from 1739 on “sources of ‘blackness'” were published in a book titled Who’s Black and Why? (Harvard University Press) in 2022. Drs. Gates and Curran have held this conversation at lecture venues around the country, but never in New Mexico, until now.
Henry Louis Gates, Jr., is the author of numerous books and has written extensively on the history of race and anti-Black racism in the Enlightenment. His most recent works include Stony the Road, and The Black Church. He is the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the Hutchins Center for the African and African American Research at Harvard University.
Andrew S. Curran is a leading specialist in the Enlightenment era and the author of The Anatomy of Blackness and Diderot and the Art of Thinking Freely. He is the William Armstrong Professor of the Humanities at Wesleyan University.
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