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24 Oct
The Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts
Oct 24, 2019 | 7:00 PM-9:00 PM


Gallatin Global Writers: Óscar Martínez

Óscar Martínez, Gallatin’s 2019 Global Faculty-in-Residence, will read from A History Violence: Living and Dying in Central America (Verso, 2017), an investigation of one of the deadliest regions in the world, and the fear, corruption, gangs, and sense of abandonment that shape the lives of the people who live there. Writing in Los Angeles Review of Books, Sarah Campos heralded the book as “a necessary read, especially for US government officials crafting immigration policy against migrants and refugees from the region. It sheds light on why so many are braving the treacherous trek through Mexico to reach the United States.” Gallatin faculty member Paula Chakravartty will introduce the event and moderate a discussion.

Martínez is also the author of Los migrantes que no importan (Icaria, 2010), translated into English as The Beast (Verso Books, 2013), a chronicle of the journey of Central American undocumented immigrants through Mexico. The Beast was awarded a 2014 WOLA-DUKE Book Award and named one of the best books of the year by The Economist, Mother Jones, and the Financial Times. He has published articles, essays and opinion columns in American media outlets, including The New York Times, The Nation and The New Republic. Dedicated to in-depth journalism on issues of migration in Mexico and violence and organized crime in Central America, Martínez is the editor of special investigations at El Faro, a journalistic project begun in El Salvador, whose online component,, is the first Latin American internet newspaper. The journalists of El Faro were awarded the Award of Excellence of the Gabriel García Márquez Foundation for New Journalism in 2016. 

Gallatin Global Writers is an annual Writing Program event that highlights contemporary international authors and explores the diverse literary traditions and cultures from which their writing arises. Global Programs has co-sponsored this event.



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