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"The Hollywood Kid: How the U.S. and El Salvador Created the Mara Salvatrucha"
Óscar Martínez, in conversation with Diana Taylor and Marcial Godoy-Anativia 

Thursday, November 21, 2019 6:00pm-8:00pm

The event will be in Spanish and English. 

Please join us as Óscar Martínez reads from and discusses his most recent book, The Hollywood Kid: The Violent Life and Violent Death of an MS-13 Hitman. In conversation with Diana Taylor and Marcial Godoy-Anativia, Martínez will address how the failed policies of the governments of both the U.S. and El Salvador have created the forced displacement and violence that we see today. 

See our interview with Óscar Martínez here, featured as part of the Hemispheric Institute's Ecologies of Migrant Care initiative

Hemispheric Institute
20 Cooper Square, fifth floor
New York, NY 10003

Óscar Martínez (San Salvador, 1983) is an award-winning journalist and the editor of special investigations at El Faro. He is the author of the book Los migrantes que no importan (Icaria, 2010), which appeared in the English translation 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. He is also the author of A History of Violence (Verso Books, 2016), which looks at violence, corruption, gangs and the abandonment of the population in northern Central America. He is co-author of Jonathan no tiene tatuajes (UCA Editores, 2010), Crónicas Negras, desde una región que no cuenta (Aguilar, 2013) and El Niño de Hollywood (Debate, 2018; Verso Books, 2019), which explains through the life of a hitman the story of the Mara Salvatrucha-13. He has published articles, essays, and opinion columns in American media outlets, including The New York Times, The Nation and The New Republic. He is currently a Gallatin Global Fellow at New York University. 

Diana Taylor is a University Professor and Professor of Performance Studies and Spanish at New York University. She is the award-winning author of multiple books, among them: Theatre of Crisis (1991), Disappearing Acts (1997), The Archive and the Repertoire (2003), and Performance (2016). Her new book, ¡Presente! The Politics of Presence is forthcoming with Duke University Press. Taylor is the director of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, which she helped found in 1998. In 2017, Taylor was President of the Modern Language Association and in 2018 she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. 

Marcial Godoy-Anativia is a sociocultural anthropologist and Managing Director of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics at New York University (NYU). He is also co-editor of the Institute’s digital journal, emisférica

The event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow. A photo ID is required to enter NYU buildings and 20 Cooper Square is a wheelchair accessible venue.