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CLAS Welcome Back Reception

CLAS invites all new and continuing Latin Americanist Students and Faculty to a Bienvenidos/Benvindo Reception at the Center. Refreshments will be served.

(Travel grant recipients 1999: Please remember to come to CLAS at 3:15 PM to sign up for travel talks. We hope you will stay for the Welcome Reception.)

Wednesday, September 1, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

David Bacon
"Immigrant Workers/Trabajadores Inmigrantes"

Please join us at CLAS for the official opening of an exhibit by photographer David Bacon. The photographs that will be on display, taken over the past eight years, are part of a larger documentary project on immigration and the lives of working people. David Bacon will talk about the exhibit and a reception will follow.

View the CLAS online exhibit of David Bacon's work in the Gallery.

Wednesday, September 8, 4:00 p.m.
CLAS, 2334 Bowditch Street

Juan Luis Martín
"The New Cuban Social Sciences"

Juan Luis Martín is the Director of the Centro de Investigaciones Psicológicas y Sociológicas in Havana, Cuba and a member of the Working group on Cuba of the SSRC's (Social Science Research Center)
Latin America Program. He will talk about the Social Sciences in Cuba today.

Please note that this talk will be in Spanish.

Thursday, September 16, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
CLAS, 2334 Bowditch Street

"Iber-American Consular Association Roundtable on
Trade and Economic Integration Among Latin American Countries"

Ecuador's Consul General, Hon. Fernando Flores, The Consul General of Brazil, Hon. José Lindgren Alves, CLAS Chair Harley Shaiken, and International and Area Studies Dean David Leonard introducing the roundtable (from left to right). 9/23/99

Consul Generals from various Latin American countries, including Brazil, Mexico and Ecuador (among others) will speak about trade and economic integration in the region. An update on the recent Rio Summit, which included all chiefs of state, will also be offered. Following the introductory presentations of the Consul Generals, Harley Shaiken, director of the Center for Latin American Studies, will moderate a discussion, which will include an opportunity for the audience to ask questions of the Consul Generals.

Thursday, September 23, 7:30 p.m.
International House, 2299 Piedmont Avenue

Cine Acción in Association with the Center for Latin American Studies
Presents two Programs of Films at the ¡Cine Latino! Film Festival

Fine Arts Theatre, 2451 Shattuck Avenue (at Haste)

Friday, September 24, 8:30 p.m.
TRES VERANOS, Director: Raúl Tosso
Argentina 1999, Spanish w/English subtitles, 35 mm
After twenty years two friends come back to a village by the seaside where they shared three key summers in their lives in Argentina (the years between 1973 and 1975). The story interweaves the typical experiences of the transition between adolescence and adulthood with the political events that foreshadow the tragedy which will leave indelible marks on them as well as the entire '70s generation.

Saturday, September 25, 3:00 p.m.
These four short films (all by women directors) present a cross-generational group of females in tales that are both realistic and mythical, playful and powerful, all with unique perspectives about rites of passage, myths, spirituality and sexuality.

    U.S. 1998, narrative, English, 16mm, 10 min.
    Director: Maria Teresa Murillo
    U.S. 1999, narrative, English/Spanish, 16mm, 18 min.
    Director: Ruth C. Sosa
    U.S. 1998, narrative, English, 16mm, 17 min.
    Director: Trina Lopez
    Costa Rica, narrative, Spanish w/English subtitles, 18 min.
    Director: Hilda Hidalgo

For prices, details, and other showtimes, call (415) 553-8140 or go to http://www.cineaccion.com/. The film festival opened on Thursday, September 16, 1999 at the Castro Theater in San Francisco with a reception and film honoring writer, actor and director Cheech Marin.

Photo taken 9.16.99 at Opening Night of Cine Acción's Cine Latino Film Festival. After the film "Born in East LA", Chuy Varela interviewed writer/director Cheech Marin on the direction Chicanos/Latinos are taking in film and television today.

Dr. Fernando Spagnolo
"What Is Changing in Brazilian Higher Education"

Co-Sponsored with the Center for Studies in Higher Education and International and Area Studies

Thursday, September 30, 12:00-1:30 p.m.
South Hall Annex, Center for Higher Education Library

~Viernes de Poesía~
Carmen Berenguer, Chilean Poet

"Viernes de Poesía" is a lunchtime poetry series sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies and the Department of Spanish & Portuguese. Readings will be held every Friday at noon through November 19th. Please check our website for weekly readings.

Friday, October 1, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Spanish Department Library, 5125 Dwinelle Hall

Luisa Campuzano
"Reconstruyendo El Canon Nacional: Literatura Cubana de los 80-90"

Luisa Campuzano is Vice Director of the renowned cultural institution Casa de Las Americas in Havana, Cuba. She is a prominent scholar of 19th century literature, women's culture and the relations between ideology and society in contemporary Cuba.

(In Spanish)

Co-sponsored with the Departments of Ethnic Studies, Spanish & Portuguese and Women's Studies

Monday, October 4, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
370 Dwinelle Hall

"The Ethnically Rich Afro-Mexican Culture and Cuisine"
Reception w/ cuisine samples

The reception will celebrate the following three Afro-Mexicanists:

Theodore G. Vincent has been a researcher and scholar of West Indies and African American history since the 1960s. For the past eight years he has researched and published on Afro-Mexico.
Dora Elena Careaga Gutierrez studied and produced "Cocina Tradicional de Veracruz" for public television in Veracruz and is the author of an Afro-Mexican cookbook.
Sagrario Cruz Carretero has published extensively on the Mexican Slave revolt leader - Gaspar Yanga. She has published various booklets and pamphlets about the present day city of Yanga.

Co-sponsored with the Departments of African American Studies and Ethnic Studies

Tuesday, October 5, 12:30-2:00 p.m.
African American Studies Conference Room, 650 Barrows Hall

with PACO PENA, guitar

Read a CLAS conversation with Horacio Salinas, founder and composer of Inti-Illimani. En español. Preview article about the performance. Pre-tour interview with former CLAS chair Beatriz Manz and Horacio Salinas.

Horacio Salinas and Prof. Jocelyne Guilbault, Ethnomusicologist 10/6/99 Official description of the event

Wednesday, October 6, 8:00 p.m.
Zellerbach Hall

George Collier
"Cultural Change and the Zapatista Movement in Chiapas"

George Collier, Stanford Anthropologist and the author of Basta! Land and the Zapatista Rebellion, has been leading analysis on the complex issues that have led to the conflict in Chiapas for more than 35 years. This talk will focus on the recent changes in the indigenous communities of Chiapas sparked by the Zapatista rebellion.

Co-Sponsored with the Rural Mexico Working Group

Thursday, October 7, 1999, 4:00 p.m.
105 Northgate Hall, Graduate School of Journalism

~Viernes de Poesía~
Monica Sifrim, Argentine Poet and Cultural Journalist

Friday, October 8, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Spanish Department Library, 5125 Dwinelle Hall

"Música Venezolana"
Cristóbal Soto, Mandolin
Aquiles Báez, Guitar
Jackeline Rago, Venezuelan Cuatro

Cristóbal Soto is a distinguished mandolinist, teacher, producer and composer. He routinely presents his original scores alongside the works of other Venezuelans. He has recorded with Mercedes Sosa, Simón Diaz, Soledad Bravo, Cecilia Todd, Grupo Malembe and many more. Soto has participated in the founding of several pivotal Latin American Music ensembles including Cañon Contigo, Brisas de Avila, and most recently the internationally acclaimed Venezuelan group, Ensemble Gurruño. He lives in Paris, where he continues to research and perform as a seasoned soloist, or with his recently founded Latin-American ensemble, Recoveco.

Aquiles Báez
is a Venezuelan guitarist, arranger, composer and professor at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. He has participated in recordings of major label artists including Paquito D' Rivera, Danilo Pérez and Farred Haque. He has studied with master musicians such as George Russell and Luis Zea. Báez has developed, through personal research and extensive performing experience, a deep and exceptional knowledge and understanding of Latin American Music. He has produced five CD's of his own.

Jackeline Rago is the artistic and musical director of the Venezuelan Music Project, and Venezuelan Music (formerly Grupo Campana) which she founded in 1991. She teaches at La Peña Cultural Center in Berkeley where she has been the California Arts Council Artist in Residence since 1989. She is the director of the Latin Music Program for the Young Musicians Program at U.C. Berkeley. She has performed nationally and internationally with such groups as John Santos & Machete Ensemble, Carlos Santana and Conjunto Cespedes. In addition to playing the cuatro, she plays the mandolin and Venezuelan percussion instruments.

Friday, October 15, 1999, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Analysis and commentary for this event

~Viernes de Poesía~
Marcelo Pellegrini, Graduate Student in Spanish & Portuguese
Nelson Ramírez, Graduate Student in Spanish & Portuguese

Friday, October 15, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Spanish Department Library, 5125 Dwinelle Hall

"Hacia una Estética para Inmortales; Borges Para Fin de Siglo"
Eduardo Sabrovsky with Amelia Barili


Eduardo Sabrovsky, a Professor from the Institute of Humanities and the School of Engineering at the Universidad de Chile and the Universidad Diego Portales, both in Santiago, Chile, will be having a dialogue with Amelia Barili about Argentinean writer and poet, Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986). Barili, a lecturer in the Spanish and Portuguese Department at UCB, worked closely with Borges during the last six years of his life. She published interviews with him in Clarín, The Buenos Aires Herald and The New York Times. She has contributed to Borges, published by Fundación Banco de Boston in 1995 and Jorge Luis Borges: Conversations, published by University of Mississippi Press in 1998. Her new book, Jorge Luis Borges y Alfonso Reyes: La cuestión de la identidad del escritor latinoamericano, will be published by Fondo de Cultura Económica with a prologue by Elena Poniatowska.

Monday, October 18, 1999, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Room 370, Dwinelle Hall



For Latin American Studies Majors and Others Interested in Latin America

Wednesday, October 20, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Gloria Rolando, Cuban filmmaker

AfroCuban filmmaker Gloria Rolando, will give a slide show presentation of her work-in-progress, "Searching in my Dreams" which deals with the Independence of Color in Cuba. This film follows a young woman as she finds out about her family's roots, which includes disturbing revelations around the 1912 Genocide (El Doce) and the Cuban Army's massacre of over 6,000 AfroCubans, members of the first Black political party in the hemisphere outside Haiti -- the Independents of Color (Los Independientes de Color).

Gloria Rolando's career spans over 20 years at ICAIC, the Cuban national film institute. She also heads an independent filmmaking group, Imágenes del Caribe, based in Havana. She has recently finished another documentary, El Alacrán (the Scorpion), concerning the comparsas, the music and dance style of congo origin so popular in the Cuban carnivals. In the past few years, she has directed four documentaries that focus on the African cultures in Cuba, all of which have English versions: Eyes of the Rainbow, Oggún, My Footsteps in Baragua, and El Alacran. Photos and information about the 1912 massacre and her other works are available at www.afrocubaweb.com.

Co-sponsored with the Center for African Studies and the Department of African American Studies

Monday, October 25, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
159 Mulford Hall

Marcio Ferreira da Silva
" Five Hundred Years of Indigenous Education in Brazil"

Marcio Ferreira da Silva, Asst. Professor of Anthropology, is Vice-Chair of the Graduate Program of Social Anthropology at the Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil. His current research focuses on images of society and nature, the economy, ritual processes, cosmology and social organization among the Enawene-Nawe, an isolated Aruak people of Southern Amazonia.

Thursday, October 28, 4:00 p.m.
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Transcription of Marcio Ferreira da Silva's speech

Santiago Pérez Benítez
"Cuban-Mexican Relations in the 1990s"

Professor Santiago Pérez Benítez is a researcher affiliated with the Instituto Superior de Relaciones Internacionales of the University of Havana and the Cuban Foreign Ministry. He is the author of "El Fin de la URSS y Cuba," in Cuba en Crises: Perspectivas Economicas y Politicas (1994).

Co-sponsored with the Center for Latino Policy Research, the California Policy Research Center, the Chicano Studies Program and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese

Friday, October 29, 1999, 12:00-1:30 p.m.
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

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"Found in Translation"
Two Readings and a Symposium

"Lunch Poems Reading by Pura López Colomé"
Thursday, November 4, 12:10 pm
Morrison Room, Doe Library

Pura López Colomé is the author of four books of poetry including the 1997 book, "Intemperie" (In the Open). She has translated the work of dozens of English language poets and authors into Spanish, Including William Carlos Williams, Wallace Stevens, Seamus Heaney, and Adrienne Rich.
She lives in Mexico City.

"Holloway Series Reading by Forrest Gander"
Thursday, November 4, 8:00 pm
Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler Hall

Forrest Gander is the author of several books of poetry including the recent, "Science and Steepleflower". He is the editor of "Mouth to Mouth: Twelve Contemporary Mexican Poets". Co-editor of the literary book press, Lost Roads Publisher, Gander lives outside Providence, Rhode Island.
He teaches at Harvard University.

"Symposium on Translation" with Robert Haas, Pura López Colomé,
and Forrest Gander, moderated by Spanish and Portuguese
professor Francine Masiello.
Friday, November 5, 4:00 pm
Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler Hall

Robert Hass, professor of English at U.C. Berkeley, is the author of several books of poetry, most recently "Sun Under Wood". He has translated the work of Polish poet Czeslaw Milosz, and an anthology of Japanese haiku masters. He was U.S. Poet Laureate from 1996-1997.

Co-sponsored by the Lunch Poems Reading Series, the Holloway Reading Series of the English Department, and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese

~Viernes de Poesía~

Janet Thoma, Graduate Student in Spanish & Portuguese
Sergio Waisman
, Graduate Student in Spanish & Portuguese

Friday, November 12, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Spanish Department Library, 5125 Dwinelle Hall

"Isidora Aguirre, Chilean Playwright"

Soledad Falabella, Graduate Student in Spanish and Portuguese moderates a discussion by Isidora Aguirre on Chilean Theater
Isidora Aguirre is recognized as an important playwright in her country and elsewhere. Her works span a myriad of subjects, from a concern for social problems, to musical comedies with social undertones, to humorous portrayals of local characters. *The Altarpiece of Yumbel, showing at Cal State-Hayward November 12-21, reenacts Saint Sebastian's martyrdom by establishing a parallel between the saint's tribulations and the murder of nineteen political activists who disappeared in 1973.

Co-sponsored by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and the Department of Theatre and Dance at
Cal State University-Hayward

Tuesday, November 16, 1999 , 4:00 p.m.
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

~Viernes de Poesía~
Soledad Bianchi, Chilean poet
Arturo Dávila, Mexican poet
Fabian Banga, Dept. of Spanish and Portuguese

Fabian Banga and Arturo Dávila

Friday, November 19, 12:00-2:00 p.m.
Spanish Department Library, 5125 Dwinelle Hall

Amelia Barili
Jorge Luis Borges y Alfonso Reyes: La Cuestión de la Identidad del Escritor Latinoamericano" (Fondo de Cultura Económica)

Amelia Barili received her Ph.D. at UC Berkeley where she currently teaches in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. In her new book, Barili traces the social and historical circumstances in which Borges and Reyes reflected about their role as writers in Latin America. She also explores the idea of how the authors influenced writers such as Julio Cortázar, Juan Rulfo, Octavio Paz, Mario Vargas Llosa and Alejo Carpentier.

Co-sponsored with the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and Doe Library

Thursday, December 2, 4:00 p.m.
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

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