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Steve Murphy & Javier Pena

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Date(s) - 09/12/2017
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Cox Auditorium, Alumni Memorial Building


The DEA agents who captured drug kingpin Pablo Escobar and inspired the Netflix series, NARCOS reveal their story and the secrets to effective leadership and decision-making in extreme environments.

Steve Murphy and Javier Peña take audiences to the edge of their seats as they recount their riveting pursuit of Pablo Escobar and deliver practical and oftentimes unorthodox advice on working together to achieve success despite challenges.

The American heroes responsible for the capture and downfall of infamous drug cartel leader Pablo Escobar, Steve and Javier were DEA special agents at the center of the largest, most complex, multi-national, high-profile investigation of its time. Their incredible journey pursuing the world’s first narco-terrorist following his brutal reign as head of the Medellin cartel in the 1980’s and early 1990’s is depicted in the Golden Globe-nominated Netflix series, NARCOS.

Now, these celebrated law enforcement officers take you deep into the history books as they reveal inside stories from a good-versus-evil battle that seems too wild to be true. Along the way, they share lessons they learned on effective leadership, teamwork and split-second decision making amid extreme circumstances.

With tactful humor and rarely seen visuals, Steve and Javier complement anecdotes about their experiences in hostile and oftentimes life-threatening conditions to leave audiences with a memorable and entertaining look at the real-life cartel drama. As a team, their admiration for one another’s efforts in their celebrated battle over evil is unmistakable and inspires you to recognize the possibilities created by working together.


This event is free for UT students who opted-in to the Student Services & Programs Fee. Tickets are $5 for UT students who opted-out to this fee and the general public.

Tickets may be purchased at the door using Cash, Credit, or Vol Card. Box office opens one hour prior to event.

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