FALL 2002 CALENDAR OF EVENTS

September | October | November | December

Series:
US-Mexico Futures Forum

"The Politics of Petroleum and the Future of the U.S.-Mexico Relationship"

A discussion featuring:

-José Alberro, director of LECG, an economic consulting firm, and former CEO of Pemex Gas y Petroquímica Básica.
- Michael J. Economides
, professor of engineering at the University of Houston, and formerly chief scientist of the Global Petroleum Research Institute (GPRI).
-Sandy Tolan, journalist and visiting lecturer at UC Berkeley; teaching "Politics and Petroleum," a course co-sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies.

Moderated by Harley Shaiken, professor of geography and education at UC Berkeley

Thursday, September 12, 1:30-3:00 p.m.
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Analysis and photos of the event
Notes for: • Mr. Alberro's remarksMr. Tolan's remarks



Welcome Back Reception

The Center for Latin American Studies faculty and staff would like to invite you to come celebrate the beginning of the semester with us at a reception.

We look forward to seeing you!

Thursday, September 12, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Photo from the event


Development, Labor Standards, and Economic Integration in the Americas

Series
Development, Labor Standards, and Economic Integration in the Americas

Sarah Cleveland and Terry Collingsworth
"
International Labor Standards: From Definition to Enforcement"

Professor Sarah Cleveland, Marrs McClean Professor of Law at the University of Texas at Austin, and Terry Collingsworth, Executive Director of the International Labor Rights Fund, will be speaking about international labor standards at Boalt Hall School of Law. Professor Cleveland will discuss her research on international labor standards and give an overview of the field. Mr. Collingsworth will discuss his work with the ILRF and the use of the Alien Tort Claims Act to address labor rights abuses. A question and answer period will follow.

(co-sponsored with the Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law)

Friday, September 13, 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Room 140, Boalt Hall School of Law (map)

Photos of the event


Carolyn Patty Blum and Carlos Mauricio
"Romagoza v. Garcia: A Case of Justice for Victims of Torture"

Learn about the landmark case in which three torture survivors won a federal lawsuit against two former Salvadoran Ministers of Defense filed under the Torture Victim Protection Act and the Alien Tort Claims Act.

Professor Blum is director of the International Human Rights Clinic at Boalt Hall School of Law. Mr. Mauricio is one of the plaintiffs in the above lawsuit.

Co-sponsored by: the International Human Rights Clinic, Boalt Hall; International Human Rights Advisory Board, Boalt Hall; and the Human Rights Center at UC Berkeley

Tuesday, September 17, 6:00 p.m.
Room 110, Boalt Hall School of Law (map)

Photos of the event


Marina Castañeda
"EL MACHISMO INVISIBLE: Machismo in Contemporary Mexico"

Marina Castañeda, a psychologist, is the author of El Machismo Invisible (2002), a new best seller in Mexico, and Comprendre l'homosexualité (1999) which addresses the psychology of homosexuality.

She will be introduced and the talk moderated by Professor Beatriz Manz, Department of Geography and Ethnic Studies.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Race and Gender and the Womens' Studies Department

Thursday, September 19, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Geballe Room,
220 Stephens Hall (map)

Photos and analysis of the event


Series:
Bay Area Latin American Forum

Dr. Manuel Pastor Jr.
"From Poster Child to Basket Case: Argentina on the Edge"

Dr. Manuel Pastor Jr. is Professor of Latin American and Latino Studies at UC Santa Cruz and director of the Center for Justice, Tolerance and Community. Dr. Pastor's work focuses on urban poverty and regional development, macroeconomic stabilization in Latin America, and distribution, democracy and growth in the developing world.

Monday, September 23, 12:00-1:15 p.m.
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Photos and analysis of the event


Development, Labor Standards, and Economic Integration in the Americas

Series
Development, Labor Standards, and Economic Integration in the Americas

Carmen Valadez
"CITTAC: Organizing and Advocating for Workers' Rights Under Mexican Law"

Carmen Valadez has worked extensively in Tijuana with the workers' information center, CITTAC (Centro de Información para Trabajadores y Trabajadoras, A.C.). CITTAC is a grassroots organization that has worked principally with maquiladora and other low-wage workers since its founding in 1991. Its comprehensive and innovative approach to labor rights advocacy includes community education and outreach, as well as training workers to enforce their rights on the job and to represent themselves before government agencies. Carmen Valadez is a co-founder of Casa de la Mujer/Grupo Factor X, a Tijuana organization dedicated to organizing for the human rights of women workers.

Biography of Ms. Valadez

Co-sponsored with the Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law (BJELL)

Tuesday, September 24, 12:00 p.m.
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Photos from the event


Art Opening
Denise Zmekhol, "Children of the Amazon"

Photographs by Denise Zmekhol
Art Exhibit August 26 - December 10, 2002

For exhibit hours, please call us at (510) 642-2088

Join us for the opening reception:

Tuesday, September 24, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Photos from the opening


Series
Cine Chile

"Coronación / Coronation," by Silvio Caiozzi (2000)

Based on the novel by José Donoso, "Coronation" is a masterfully directed drama of sexual obsession, greed, and social inequity. Estela is a peasant girl hired by an older bachelor, Andrés, to care for his wealthy, bullying grandmother.

(in Spanish, no subtitles)

Wednesday, September 25, 6:00 p.m.
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street


Series:
US-Mexico Futures Forum

Discussion Forum
"Perspectives on the United States and Mexico: A Journalists' Forum"

A discussion featuring:

-Dolia Estevez, El Financiero
Some articles by Ms. Estevez (in Spanish, © El Financiero) :
--
"A dos años del triunfo "histórico" hay decepción en EU"
--"Rotundo fracaso del Consenso de Washington"

-Mary Beth Sheridan, The Washington Post/
Los Angeles Times
Sample article by Ms. Sheridan (© Times Mirror Company)

-- "Drug Lords Buy Way into Church's Heart"
from Washington Post-- "Administration, Mexico 'Advancing' on Immigration Issues" (link to North American Institute website archived article from Washington Post)

-Ginger Thompson, The New York Times
Articles by Ms. Thompson (© New York Times Company)
-- "San Salvador Atenco Journal; Cornfields or Runways?"
-- "Great Expectations Of Mexico's Leader Sapped by Reality"
(with Tim Weiner)

Moderated by Harley Shaiken, professor of education at UC Berkeley and chair of the Center for Latin American Studies.

Thursday, September 26, 4:00-6:00 pm
Geballe Room,
220 Stephens Hall (map)

Photos and analysis of the event


Development, Labor Standards, and Economic Integration in the Americas

Series
Development, Labor Standards, and Economic Integration in the Americas

Stephen Herzenberg
"The NAFTA Labor Agreement"

Stephen Herzenberg, one of the U.S. negotiators of the labor side agreement to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), will describe the dynamics that shaped the labor agreement. He will discuss both the tensions within the United States' negotiating team and the trilateral interaction among the United States, Mexico, and Canada. Following this, Dr. Herzenberg and Professor Harley Shaiken will lead an open discussion of what, if any, value the labor side agreement might have in future efforts to strengthen labor and environmental protections in trade agreements.

Friday, September 27, 12:00 p.m.
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street


Series:
Colombia 2002

FILM: "The Rose Seller" by Victor Gaviria (1998)

In this surreal adaptation of a Hans Christian Andersen fable, director Victor Gaviria uses real street urchins and a cinéma vérité style to explore the lives of young girls living on the streets of Medellín. After fleeing her shanty-town home where her mother's boyfriend hits on her and her mom beats her, Monica joins a gang of street girls and begins to sell roses in hopes of creating a better life for herself. As she confronts the brutal realities of the urban jungle and the difficult relationships formed there, Monica must arm herself with the street smarts necessary to survive. Gaviria's visceral filmmaking shapes this beautiful yet painful coming-of-age story.

(in Spanish, with subtitles)

Director Victor Gaviria will be at the screening to give an introduction and answer questions about the film.

Tuesday, October 1, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Kroeber Hall, Room 160
(map)


Series:
Colombia 2002

FILM: "Rodrigo D: No Futuro" by Victor Gaviria (1990)

A truly powerful film about growing up on the streets in the drug capital of Medellín, Colombia. Shot in a documentary style, many of the young people who appeared in the film are now dead or in jail. In the tradition of Los Olvidados and Pixote, we meet a variety of young people who will never have to worry about growing old.

(in Spanish, with subtitles)

Wednesday, October 2, 9:30-11:30 a.m. and 1:00-3:00 p.m.
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street


Series:
Colombia 2002

Victor Gaviria
"Discussions with Victor Gaviria"

Victor Gaviria, a respected film producer and director, is noted for his powerful portrayals of life on the streets of Colombia. He produced several feature films including Rodrigo D., No Future (1990), and The Rose Seller (1998). Rodrigo D. won first prize at the Latino Film Festival of New York.

Wednesday, October 2, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Photos and summary of Mr. Gaviria's visit


Series:
Bay Area Latin American Forum

Robert Collier
"A Murky Mix: Venezuelan Instability and U.S. Oil Geopolitics"

Robert Collier is a staff writer for the San Francisco Chronicle. He writes the column "Global California" in which he provides views of foreign affairs from the local angle. He has written extensively about contemporary issues in Latin America.

Monday, October 7, 12:00-1:15 p.m.
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Photos and analysis of the event


Series
Cine Chile

"Matta," by Pablo Basulto (1994)

This documentary vividly captures Roberto Matta Echaurren, the famous Chilean surrealist painter. Matta was influenced by his association with the surrealists Salvador Dalí and Andre Breton and by Marcel Duchamp's theories of movement and process. Through his work, he began to explore the realm of the subconscious and to develop an imagery of cosmic creation and destruction.

(in Spanish, with subtitles)

Wednesday, October 9, 6:00 p.m.
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street


Discussion Forum:
"The Brazilian Elections: What's Next?"

A discussion featuring:

-Manuel Castells, Professor of Sociology and City and Regional Planning, UC Berkeley

-Harley Shaiken, Professor of Geography and Education and Director of the Center for Latin American Studies, UC Berkeley

Thursday, October 10, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Photos and analysis of the event


Series:
US-Mexico Futures Forum

Jeffrey Davidow
“Possibilities and Challenges for the U.S. and Mexico”

Jeffrey Davidow is the former U.S. Ambassador to Mexico.

Monday, October 14, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Lounge in the Women’s Faculty Club
(map)

Photos and analysis of the event


Development, Labor Standards, and Economic Integration in the Americas

Series
Development, Labor Standards, and Economic Integration in the Americas

Blanca Velasquez Diaz, “The Economic Consequences of NAFTA: A Labor Organizer’s Point of View”

Blanca Velazquez Diaz is a representative and co-founder of CAT, the Support Center for Workers located in Atlixco, Puebla in central Mexico. In addition to supporting the organizing efforts of workers in maquiladoras (assembly-line factories producing for export), the CAT also does education and outreach to workers through workshops, trainings, and street theater.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Labor Research and Education

Wednesday, October 16, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Photo and summary of the event


Graciela Speranza
"Manuel Puig y sus precursoras" (literatura y cine)

Graciela Speranza is professor of Spanish American literature, co-editor of the cultural journal milpalabras, and columnist for the literary supplement of Clarín. Among her recent books are Manuel Puig : después del fin de la literatura, Guillermo Kuitca: documentación e imágenes, Los hijos de la guerra, and Primera persona : conversaciones con quince narradores argentinos. As a Guggenheim fellow this year, she is preparing a book on the interrelationship between the visual arts and literature.

Co-sponsored with the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and the
Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities

Friday, October 18, 12:00 p.m.
Department of Spanish and Portuguese Library, Room 5125, Dwinelle Hall


Series:
Bay Area Latin American Forum

Bruce Cain
"Voting Rights and Mexican Americans: New Tactics for a Changing Context"

Bruce Cain is Robson Professor of Political Science at UC Berkeley and the director of the Institute of Governmental Studies. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard in 1976, and was co-editor of the series Developments in American Politics.

-Professor Cain's biography
- On-line paper: "Is the Democratic deficit a deficiency? The Case of Immigration Policy in the US and EU"

Monday, October 21, 12:00-1:15 p.m.
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Summary and photos of the event


Series:
US-Mexico Futures Forum

"States, Domestic Politics, and the U.S.-Mexico Relationship"

-Alejandra Barrales, Secretary for Social Development, State of Michoacan, Mexico

-Richard D. Polanco, Majority Leader of the California State Senate (official website)

POSTPONED: Due to political developments in Michoacan, Secretary Barrales has had to postpone her trip to the Center. We hope to reschedule for a date in November; please check back on this site for updates.


Series
Cine Chile

"Amnesia" by Gonzalo Justiniano (1994)

Amnesia follows Private Ramírez, an ineffectual soldier serving in the Chilean army in the 1960s, who defies his brutal commanding officer and allows a prisoner to escape. This touching and provocative story addresses the horrors of war and what happens when peace returns.

(in Spanish, no subtitles)

Wednesday, October 23, 6:00 p.m.
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street


Series:
Colombia 2002

“Civilians Under Fire in Colombia: A Discussion with Human Rights Defenders from Cali and Quibdó”

Mr. José Amin Cortes, former-director of the Human Rights Office of the Archdiocese of Cali, and Sister Elsa Maria Rueda Jaimes, coordinator of the Displaced Persons Program in Chocó, Colombia, will explore the current challenges human rights defenders face in Colombia. Photographs along with a new 30 minute documentary--"Bojayá: A Crime of War"--will be presented.

Moderated by Michael Donovan, City and Regional Planning

(Presentation in Spanish with English translation)

Friday, October 25, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Summary and photos of the event


CAL PERFORMANCES:
California Festival of Son 2002
La Tercera Raiz— La Influencia Africana en el Son
ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION & FANDANGO with the Artists

The Mexican Son tradition and new work will be discussed by ethnomusicologists Carlos Ruiz Rodríguez, National College of Mexico, and Guillermo Contreras, National School of Music, Veracruz; Armando Herrara, Cultural Director of Central and Western Regions, Mexico City; Patricio Hidalgo of Chumchumbé; Festival Artistic Director, Artemio Posadas; Jordan Simmons, Director, East Bay Center for the Performing Arts & CK Ladzepko, UCB.

Co-sponsored with Cal Performances & the East Bay Center for the Performing Arts.

Friday, October 25, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Seaborg Room of the Faculty Club
(map)


Series:
US-Mexico Futures Forum

"Democracy: Perceptions in Mexico and the U.S."

-Roderic Camp, Professor of Government at the Claremont McKenna College (website)
-Alejandro Moreno
, Professor at the Departamento de Ciencias Sociales, ITAM

Moderated by Harley Shaiken, professor of geography and education at UC Berkeley

Monday, October 28, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Summary and photos of the event


Series:
Bay Area Latin American Forum

Dr. Philip Martin
"Mexico-US Migration Ten Years After NAFTA"

Dr. Philip Martin studied Labor Economics and Agricultural Economics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he earned a Ph.D. in 1975. Martin does research on farm labor, labor migration, economic development, and immigration issues, and has testified before Congress and state and local agencies numerous times on these issues. Dr. Martin is currently a professor in the Agricultural and Resource Economic department at UC Davis. He is the chair of the UC Comparative Immigration and Integration Program and the editor of the monthly Migration News and the quarterly Rural Migration News.

Dr. Martin's recent publications

Monday, November 4, 12:00-1:15 p.m.
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Photo of the event


"Art and Resistance: Economic Catastrophe and Strategies of Solidarity in Argentina"

-Claudia Bernardi, Human rights activist, artist, and professor at the California College of Arts & Crafts
--Earlier exhibition of Ms. Bernardi's art at the Center

-Roberto Varea, Theatre director and professor, Performing Arts and Social Justice Program, University of San Francisco

Monday, November 4, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
CLAS Conference Room

Photo of the event


Series
Cine Chile

"Ardiente Paciencia," by Antonio Skármeta (1983)

Based on Antonio Skármeta's novel, Ardiente Paciencia is the story of a poor postman in Isla Negra who is befriended by Pablo Neruda. The postman asks Neruda's help writing poems to the woman of his dreams. Skármeta's work was the basis for the movie Il Postino. Come see how the author originally adapted his novel to film!

(in Spanish, with subtitles)

Wednesday, November 6, 6:00 p.m.
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street


"Demanding the Land: Urban Social Movements and Local Politics in Peru and Ecuador"

Building on a year of field research in Peru and Ecuador, political scientist Paul Dosh and documentary photographer James Lerager explore the political struggles of urban social movements in the shantytowns of Lima and Quito.

Friday, November 8, 12:00 p.m.
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Photos of the event


Helen Mack
"The Myrna Mack Case: Challenge to Military Impunity in Guatemala"

Myrna Mack, an anthropologist, was assassinated by a Guatemalan army sergeant in 1990. Her sister Helen has sought justice against those responsible, both the sergeant and his superiors, in Guatemalan courts for the last 11 years. Recently, the court handed down a landmark decision, convicting a colonel of ordering the murder and sentencing him to 30 years in prison, after convicting the sergeant in 1993.

-Lawyers' Committee for Human Rights Myrna Mack Case reports

Tuesday, November 12, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Ethnic Studies Library, Stevens Hall
(map)

Photos and interview with Ms. Mack


Series:
US-Mexico Futures Forum

Adolfo Aguilar Zinser
"Mexico in the Security Council"

Ambassador Zinser is the Permanent Representative of Mexico to the United Nations. He served as National Security Advisor to President Fox until January 2002. Mr. Zinser has also been a visiting faculty member here at the Center for Latin American Studies.

-Recent New York Times article on Mr. Zinser's role in the UN Iraq resolution

Monday, November 18, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Moses Hall, Room 224
(map)

Analysis and photos of Zinser's visit


Development, Labor Standards, and Economic Integration in the Americas

Series
Development, Labor Standards, and Economic Integration in the Americas

Dr. Huberto Juárez Núñez
"Labor Regulations and Development of the Modular Production of the Auto Industry in Mexico : The Cases of VW and GM"

Dr. Huberto Juárez Núñez is Professor of Economics at the Autonomous University of Puebla, Mexico.

Thursday, November 21, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Photo from the event


THE LAST ZAPATISTAS: FORGOTTEN HEROES
A documentary by Francesco Taboada Tabone

The Last Zapatistas is the chilling testimony of the soldiers who fought beside their General Emiliano Zapata in the 1910 Mexican Revolution. Almost one hundred years later, the Mexican filmaker Francesco Taboada discovered the last twelve survivors of the legendary Liberation Army of the South. They reveal a truth not to be found in any book. They speak of the failure of the Revolution, of the agrarian and ecological disaster threatening their country and of imminent civil war if the Zapatista ideals they represent continue to be ignored.

Thursday, November 21, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Kroeber Hall, Room 160

Photos from the screening


Development, Labor Standards, and Economic Integration in the Americas

Series
Development, Labor Standards, and Economic Integration in the Americas

Dr. Huberto Juárez Núñez
"Impacts of the Maquiladora Clothing Industry in Mexican Regions, 1994-2001"

Dr. Huberto Juárez Núñez is Professor of Economics at the Autonomous University of Puebla, Mexico.

-"LA INDUSTRIA MAQUILADORA DE CONFECCIÓN DE PRENDAS DE VESTIR EN MÉXICO" - Adobe .pdf file of a paper from Dr. Juárez Núñez

Friday, November 22, 4:00-6:00 pm
Location: CLAS Conference Room


Series:
Bay Area Latin American Forum

Dr. Barry Eichengreen
"The Monetary Consequences of a Free Trade Agreement for the Americas"

Barry Eichengreen is a professor of Economics at the University of California, Berkeley. He received his Ph.D. from Yale, and has taught at UCB since 1986 where he specializes in the history and current operation of the international monetary and financial system.

Monday, November 25, 12:00-1:15 p.m.
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Photos of the event


Series:
Colombia 2002

Luis Garzón
"A Critical Look at the Uribe Government"

Luis Garzón was the president of Colombia's largest labor federation, the CUT (Confederación Unitaria de Trabajadores), from 1996-2001. He was a presidential candidate in 2002 for the new party, Polo Democratico, and won the largest support a third-party candidate has ever received in the history of Colombia. Currently, he is a key figure in the peace process, serving as a member of the Executive Committee of the National Peace Council. A light reception will follow.

Mr. Garzón's visit has been postponed until February 2003.


Vivian Rivera
"Rural Cooperatives in Northern Guatemala"

Vivian Rivera has worked for many years with rural cooperatives, especially in the Ixcán rainforest. She conducts workshops to train local peasants on the principles and organization of a cooperative as well as providing advice once the cooperatives are functioning. Ms. Rivera serves as liaison with international funding agencies as well as maintaining the accounting books and reporting.


Monday, December 2, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Photos and analysis of the event


Series:
US-Mexico Futures Forum

Albert Fishlow, Columbia University

Professor Albert Fishlow teaches at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. Previously Dr. Fishlow was Professor of Economics at the University of California, Berkeley and Dean of International and Area Studies. He served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs from 1975 to 1976.

Mr. Fishlow's visit has been postponed until February 2003.

 

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