US: Dealing with International Organized Crime. Italy, Asia, Colombia and Mexico

US: Dealing with International Organized Crime. Italy, Asia, Colombia and Mexico

Mike Gallagher, Investigative Reporter at Albuquerque Journal
June 3, 2018 (Sun) 3:00 – 5:00 pm
UNM Continuing Education Conference Center
1634 University Blvd. NE

From the olive groves of Sicily to the jungles of Columbia to the teeming streets of Bangkok, United States diplomats and law enforcement have worked successfully with their counterparts in foreign countries to fight organized crime groups trafficking in large quantities of illegal drugs. Now the United States, including New Mexico, is faced with the largest opioid epidemic in the nation’s history. As it confronts multiple organized crime groups supplying heroin and other illegal drugs from Mexico, will the United States be able to use lessons from the past to fight the increasing threat of Mexican drug cartels? +More Info

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Curanderismo:  The Revival of Traditional Medicine Using Herbs and Rituals

Curanderismo: The Revival of Traditional Medicine Using Herbs and Rituals

Cheo Torres, UNM
June 10, 2018 (Sun) 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
ABQ Museum of Art & History
2000 Mountain Rd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104

“Curanderismo”  is an ancient healing tradition that dates back to the arrival of the Spaniards to the New World in 1519. Curanderos, or faith healers, blended Old World and Native American medicinal plants and belief systems to secure their place in the new world including what is now Texas and the Southwest. In this talk, he will trace the history of curanderismo, from Mayan to Aztec to modern-day  healers and discuss the revival of traditional medicine in the Southwest and Mexico.  +More Info

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The Role of Images in Mexican Politics from the Colonial Period to the Present

The Role of Images in Mexican Politics from the Colonial Period to the Present

Ray Hernández-Durán, UNM
July 8, 2018 (Sun) 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
ABQ Museum of Art & History
2000 Mountain Rd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104

Images have played and continue to play a central role in not only capturing specific events but in conveying political ideas and facilitating debates in a manner that is accessible to a larger public. In this lecture, we will look at three case studies from Mexico: late colonial (18th century), post- independence (19th century), and revolutionary (early 20th century) to illustrate how images have shaped some of Mexico’s most important historical events up until the present. +More Info