Lectures + Seminars, City Picks

The History of Drugs in Latin America: from Hallucinogens to Marijuana/Maconha

When: Wed., March 11, 4:30-5:30 p.m. 2015

Travelers take note: If you want to want to live dangerously, to really test your mettle, to look death in the face and say FU, then there’s only place in the world you should go: Australia. There are more thing that can kill you in the Land of Oz than anywhere else on the planet, from great white sharks to killer crocodiles, 100 different types of poisonous snakes, and marauding bands of post-apocalyptic, leather-bar gear heads. But when it comes to the place with the most mind-altering substances, then Latin America is the place to be. Not only is Latin America home to cocaine, salvia divinorium, and an ever-growing list of rainforest psychedelics, it’s the conduit by which the good ole U.S. of A. gets the vast majority of its drugs, from marijuana to heroin. This week, UNC professor John Chasteen is in town to discuss Latin America’s singular role in the drug trade, and he’ll cover everything from reefer to hard-core psychedelics. His talk is sure to be enlightening. Tune in. Turn out. And lecture out. —Chris Haire

Price: Free


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