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Latin American Studies Graduate Student Reception

The Center for Latin American Studies invites all current and incoming students in the Latin American Studies graduate program to a welcoming reception.

Wednesday, August 27, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Welcome Back Reception

The Center for Latin American Studies' faculty and staff would like to invite you to celebrate of another exciting year. Please join us for an informal reception.

Wednesday, September 3, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Photos from the event

Art Opening
Xavier Castellanos, "Paintings—Magical Mexico"

In the Mexican landscape paintings of Xavier Castellanos we find a broad lexicon of representative and narrative imagery complimented by a refreshing exploration of the expressive possibilities of landscapes rarely seen in today’s contemporary art. For more information on Mr. Castellanos’ work, please visit his website at www.xavierart.com.

Art Exhibit August 25 – December 15, 2003

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

Join us for a talk given by the artist, followed by an opening reception.

Tuesday, September 9, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Photo from the opening

Cine Documental

The Pinochet Case
Director: Patricio Guzmán

Augusto Pinochet, the general who overthrew President Salvador Allende of Chile in 1973, was the first dictator in Latin America, or the world, to be humbled by the international justice system since the Nuremberg trials. This film investigates the legal origins of the case in Spain, where it began two years before Pinochet’s arrest in England. 109 minutes, 2001.

(English and Spanish with English subtitles)

Wednesday, September 10, 7:00 p.m.
Room 160, Kroeber Hall

Photo from the event

Bay Area Latin American Forum

Carol A. Smith
“Indigenous Movements in Guatemala and Ecuador: Different Histories, Different Social Contexts, Different Strategies?”

This talk will focus on the differences between the indigenous movements in "peaceful" Ecuador and "violent" Guatemala. Smith, who has studied both areas, will also comment on input she solicited from other specialists comparing the situation in Ecuador with that of other parts of Latin America where indigenous social movements are taking place. Key to Smith's comparison is her challenge of the belief that the history of the Maya movement in Guatemala developed out of Guatemala's period of violence in the 1980s.

Carol A. Smith is Professor and Chair of Anthropology at UC Davis. She has worked with the Maya of Guatemala in many different parts of the country for 30 years, concentrating on ethnic/class relations. Recently, her work has considered the nature of Guatemala's Maya movement as it has shifted over time and space, race and racism in Guatemala and the intersection of race, class, and gender in Guatemala and other parts of Central America.

Postponed until Spring 2004 Semester

Conflict, Memory and Transitions

Father Jon de Cortina
"Buscando los niños desaparecidos de la guerra"
"Searching for El Salvador’s Disappeared Children"

The counterinsurgency campaign carried out by the Salvadoran military during the early 80’s resulted in many civilian deaths and the destruction of villages. Often, children that survived were kidnapped by the military and subsequently turned over to the Salvadoran Red Cross, which in turn arranged for their adoption or placed them in orphanages. Following the signing of the Peace Accords in 1992, parents and families began searching for their missing children. The NGO Pro Búsqueda was formed in 1994 as part of this movement. The group estimates that at least 200 children disappeared during the conflict. Padre Cortina will discuss the efforts made by families of the missing to locate their children and the advances in genetic testing that have helped make some family reunifications possible.

Padre Jon de Cortina is a Jesuit priest who has taken a leading role in the search for missing children in El Salvador. Padre Cortina is the Executive Director of Pro Búsqueda.

Cosponsored by the Human Rights Center

Tuesday, September 16, 2:15–3:30 p.m.
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street


The Center for Latin American Studies invites you to a reception following the lecture by Father Jon de Cortina.

Both Maria Julia Hernandez and Father Jon De Cortina will be special guests at the reception.

Maria Julia Hernandez is a leading advocate of human rights in El Salvador.
She has been the Director of Tutela Legal, the legal aid office of the
Archdiocese of San Salvador, since the 1980’s.

Father Cortina is the director of Pro Busqueda, an NGO that helps to reunify
families torn apart by the repression in El Salvador, especially those whose
children were kidnapped by the military and adopted through military channels.

Cosponsored with the International Human Rights Clinic at Boalt Hall School of Law and the Human Rights Center at Berkeley

Tuesday, September 16, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

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Bay Area Latin American Forum

Walter Goldfrank
“Harvesting Counter-Revolution: Women Workers in the Chilean Fruit Sector”

Over a 40-year period, agrarian reform and counter-reform, state subsidies and neoliberal restructuring in Chile have combined with global technological advances and shifting food tastes to fuel the growth and maturation of a highly profitable fresh fruit sector. The great majority of its work force has been comprised of young and middle-aged women whose situation has changed considerably since their initial portrayal in the 1980s as prototypical victims of neoliberalism.

W. L. Goldfrank is a professor of Sociology and Latin American & Latino Studies at UC Santa Cruz, where he has taught for 35 years. His research has focused on the Mexican Revolution, fascist movements and regimes in the interwar period, global hegemonic transitions and the development of the Chilean fruit sector. From 1993-96 he directed a collaborative project on social and ecological change in the Aconcagua Valley. He is currently co-editor of the on-line Journal of World-Systems Research.

Monday, September 29, 12:00–1:15 p.m.
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Analysis and photos of the event

Cine Documental

The Trials of Henry Kissinger
Director: Eugene Jarecki

This documentary focuses on Christopher Hitchens’ charges against Henry Kissinger as a war criminal, based on his role in countries such as Cambodia, Chile and Indonesia. Kissinger’s story raises profound questions about American foreign policy and highlights a new era of human rights. 80 minutes, 2002.

(in English)

Wednesday, October 1, 7:00 p.m.
Room 160, Kroeber Hall

CLAS Summer Research Symposium

This symposium is a unique opportunity to learn from the current research of UC Berkeley graduate students.

Tuesday, October 7, 2:00-4:00 p.m., and Wednesday, October 8, 2:00-5:00 p.m.
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Cine Documental

From the Other Side
Director: Chantal Akerman

Through images and interviews with Mexicans and American law enforcement officers, this films examines the plight of poor Mexicans who try to immigrate to the United States illegally in hope of a better life. 99 minutes, 2002.

(Spanish with English subtitles)

Wednesday, October 22, 7:00 p.m.
Room 160, Kroeber Hall

Bay Area Latin American Forum

Stefano Varese
“Witness to Sovereignty: Revisiting the Latin American Indigenous Peoples’ Ethnopolitical Movement”

During his last 40 years as anthropologist, Prof. Varese has followed, accompanied and witnessed the ethnopolitical struggle of the indigenous peoples of Latin America for their self-determination, autonomy and cultural sovereignty. He is now revisiting these years of political struggle and professional engagement in an attempt to reach some conclusions on the role of committed Latin American anthropology in the hemispheric indigenous movement for social, economic and cultural justice.

Stefano Varese is a professor in the Department of Native American Studies at UC Davis. He has done research in the Amazon region of Peru, in Southeast México, among the indigenous diaspora in California and at a continental level. He has completed and submitted to the University of Oklahoma Press a manuscript on these topics titled: “Witness to Sovereignty.”

Monday, October 27, 12:00–1:15 p.m.
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

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Gabriela Delamata
"The Organizations of Unemployed Workers in Greater Buenos Aires: The Erosion of Clientelistic Practices"

The number of unemployed workers’ organizations surged in Argentina in the late 1990’s as a contentious response to the policy of adjustment. More than a dozen organizations developed in the Province of Buenos Aires, breaking ties with the clientelistic networks of the Justicialista Party. This session gives an overview of the main demands and achievements of the unemployed workers’ movement and underlines the way it built up a new logic of political action.

The number of unemployed workers’ organizations surged in Argentina in the late 1990s as a response to the policy of adjustment. This session gives an overview of the main demands and achievements of the unemployed workers’ movement and underlines the way it built up a new logic of political action.

Gabriela Delamata is a professor in the School of Politics and Government at the University of San Martin and a researcher at the CONICET in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Professor Delamata is currently a visiting scholar at CLAS.

Wednesday, October 29, 4:00 p.m.
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Analysis and photo from the event

Cine Documental

"The Revolution Will Not Be Televised"
Directed by Kim Bartley and Donnacha O'Briain

Two Irish filmmakers gained unprecedented access to Venezuelan Pres. Hugo Chávez in early 2002 for a film about the leftist leader’s presidency. The focus of their documentary changed dramatically on April 11 when they were trapped inside the Presidential Palace by a rightwing coup. The architects of the coup knocked out the government television station, leaving only the oligarchy-controlled stations which filled the airwaves with propaganda that framed events to make it look as though Chávez had been forced to resign after ordering a bloodbath. These reports, later proved false by the footage in this film, were picked up internationally by CNN. 74 minutes. (2002)

( Spanish with English subtitles)

Wednesday, October 29, 7:00 p.m.
Room 60, Evans Hall

Ambassador Bernardo Alvarez Herrera
"Fact and Fiction in Venezuela: An Update on Venezuela’s Referendum Process"

Ambassador Bernardo Alvarez Herrera will give an update on the current political situation in Venezuela, including the latest information on where things stand with the referendum to recall President Hugo Chávez. This is a rare opportunity to hear a voice from an embattled democratic government.

Bernardo Alvarez Herrera is the Venezuelan ambassador to the United States. Previously he was elected as Deputy to the National Congress for Miranda State in 1994. While a Deputy, he served as Vice President of the Defense Committee and President of the Energy and Mines Committee. He later became the Director-General of Hydrocarbons and then the Vice Minister of Hydrocarbons in the Ministry of Energy and Mines.

From 1999-2002, Ambassador Alvarez Herrera held several international positions. He was the Venezuelan Coordinator for the Cooperation Agreement between the Venezuelan Ministry of Energy and Mines and the Department of Energy of the United States, the Coordinator of the Venezuelan-French Energy Task Force and head of the Venezuelan delegation to the ministerial-level conferences of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries.

An informal reception will follow the ambassador’s talk.

Thursday, October 30, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Lounge, Women's Faculty Club

Analysis and photos from the event

Rio Branco Forum on Brazil

Brazil Symposium
"Lula’s Brazil: A Challenge to Neoliberalism?"

The election of Workers’ Party candidate Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva to the Brazilian presidency with 61 percent of the popular vote has presented new possibilities for social change in Brazil and the rest of Latin America. Many Brazilian activists and intellectuals are currently engaged in an important debate about the best strategies for achieving long-term social transformation, the elimination of poverty and hunger and a reduction in social inequality. Three leading Brazilian Scholars will be present to share their views on the current political, social and economic situation in Brazil

Francisco Menezes is an economist who specializes in agricultural development. He is also the director of the Brazilian Institute of Economic and Social Analyses and a member of the National Council on Nutrition and Food Security. He has written extensively on sustainable agriculture and government food policy.

Maria Helena Moreira Alves is a political scientist and the author of State and Opposition in Military Brazil. Moreira Alves has served as an adviser to Workers’ Party elected officials. Currently, she works for Viva Rio, the largest non-governmental organization in Rio de Janeiro’s hillside shantytowns.

Marcos Arruda is an economist and the director of Policy Alternatives for the Southern Cone, Rio de Janeiro. Arruda has written about globalization, the Free Trade Agreement of the Americas and alternative courses for the Workers’ Party. Among his works is External Debt: Brazil and the International Financial Crisis.

Co-sponsored with the Institute of International Studies, the Center for Study of the Americas and Brazil Strategy Network, and the Mellon Foundation

Friday, October 31, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
220 Stephens Hall, Gabelle Room

Analysis and photo of the event

Bay Area Latin American Forum

Terry Karl
"The Vicious Cycle of Inequality in Latin America"

Latin America is the most unequal region in the world. This acute inequality affects virtually all aspects of political, economic and social life, yet it has received very little attention from social scientists. This lecture examines why inequality has been so persistent, why it is so difficult to address and what its implications are for the quality and durability of democracy in Latin America. Democratization, it posits, may have proved easier and yet far less consequential than analysts once thought in the context of extreme inequalities.

Terry Lynn Karl is a Professor of Political Science, a Senior Fellow at the Institute for International Studies and the William R. and Gretchen Kimball University Fellow in Undergraduate Education at Stanford University.

Monday, November 3, 12:00–1:15 p.m.
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Analysis and photos of the event

CLAS Event Series on the U.S. and Mexico

Enrique Dussel Peters
"The Fox Administration Three Years Later"

How has Fox progressed on the socioeconomic proposals he made during the transition period (July–December 2000)? Prof. Dussel Peters will outline what Fox’s proposals were and how much he has been able to achieve in the ensuing three years. Dussel Peters will present information from his research into economic policies, wages, production and trade, as well as Mexico’s relationship with the United States.

Enrique Dussel Peters is Associate Professor of Economics at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México where he was named “Young Academician” in 2000. Previously, he was a member of Mexico’s Sistema Nacional de Investigadores from 1997 to 2000. He has published several books and articles on the political economy of Mexico, the social effects of economic change and NAFTA, as well as on agroindustry, electronics and foreign direct investment in Mexico. His writings include: Polarizing Mexico. The Impact of Liberalization Strategy, “Mexico’s Liberalization Strategy, 10 Years On: Results and Alternatives” and “Ser maquila o no ser maquila, ¿es esa la pregunta?”

For more information, please see http://www.dusselpeters.com.

Thursday, November 6, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Analysis and photos of the event
Powerpoint presentation from the event

Bay Area Latin American Forum

Sylvia Guendelman
“The Health Consequences of Maquiladora Work: Female Workers on the U.S.–Mexico Border”

The U.S.–Mexico border is a powerful symbol of globalization and its effects on work and health. This session gives an overview of the health of women who work in the post-NAFTA maquiladoras and draws on findings from a research project done in maquiladoras in Tijuana.

Sylvia Guendelman is Professor and Chair of the Maternal and Child Health Program in the Division of Health Policy and Management at the School of Public Health at UC Berkeley. She has done extensive research on the health consequences of migration, U.S.–Mexico border health issues and binational access to health care. She teaches a course on Health and Social Policy in Mexico and Latin America.

Monday, November 10, 12:00–1:15 p.m.
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Analysis and photos of the event

Cine Documental

Split Decision
Director: Marcy Garriot

Talented boxer Jesus Chavez finds his rise to the world championship cut short when he is deported to Mexico for a crime committed in his youth. Back in the country he left as a child, Jesus finds himself facing two new battles: the fight for the right to return to his family and career in the U.S., and the struggle to be accepted in the country of his birth. 75 minutes. 2000.

(English and Spanish with English subtitles)

Wednesday, November 12, 7:00 p.m.
Room 160, Kroeber Hall

Rio Branco Forum on Brazil

Lula: A Winner’s Journey
Directed by Cosme Coelho (2003)
U.S. Premiere

This is the startling story of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, the son of a poverty-ridden family from Northeast Brazil, who learned to read at the age of ten, was mutilated by a factory-floor accident, lost his wife through medical negligence and was arrested and imprisoned under the oppressive law of the military dictatorship. In spite of a difficult life, he became the President of Brazil. 50 minutes.

Prof. Harley Shaiken, Chair of the Center for Latin American Studies, will conduct a question and answer session after the film.

Part of the 7th International Latino Film Festival takes place from November 6-16 at various locations throughout the Bay Area and includes 68 films from 12 countries.

Tickets are $7.00. Ticket phone line is 925-866-9559. A complete list of films and ticket information can be found at www.latinofilmfestival.org. More information on the film can be found on the festival website here.

(Portuguese with English subtitles)

Sunday, November 16, 2:15 p.m.
Wheeler Auditorium

Gustavo Palacio
"U.S.–Latin America International Relations: Past and Present"

Gustavo Palacio, the Consul General of Ecuador in San Francisco, has been a career diplomat since 1988. He studied economics and international relations at Moscow University and attended the Diplomatic Academy at Oxford University as well as Flasco University in Quito, Ecuador. Until recently he was the Director of Studies at the Diplomatic Academy of Ecuador and Counselor of the Ecuadorian Mission to the United Nations in New York.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies, the International House and the Consulate General of Ecuador.

Wednesday, November 19, 7:30 pm
Home Room, 2299 Piedmont Avenue

Alex Stepick
"Immigrants, Race and Power in Miami: Reconfiguring Relations"

In This Land Is Our Land, Immigrants and Power in Miami, award-winning author Alex Stepick has developed a new approach that will challenge the way Americans understand race and ethnic relations. A member of what has been dubbed the Miami School, Stepick and his colleagues focus on interactions between immigrants and native-born Americans. Based upon more than a decade of researching face-to-face interactions in Miami, Stepick documents not only the forces that produce ethnic strife, but also what can be done to promote harmonious relations. Reviewers of the book have already hailed this study as must-read for anyone wanting to understand how immigration is changing America.

Dr. Stepick has been conducting research on the impact of immigration on Miami for the past 20 years. His co-authored book, City on the Edge, on how immigration has changed Miami, has won two national awards, the Robert Park Award for the best book in Urban Sociology and the Anthony Leeds Award for the best book in Urban Anthropology. His recent book, Pride Against Prejudice: Haitians in the United States has already gone through numerous printings.

Dr. Stepick is currently Director of the Immigration and Ethnicity Institute and Professor of Anthropology & Sociology at Florida International University in Miami.

Thursday, November 20, 4:00 pm
Note: Venue changed to
Lounge, Women's Faculty Club

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Development, Labor Standards, and Economic Integration in the Americas

Development, Labor Standards, and Economic Integration in the Americas

Juliana So and Garrett Brown
“Maquiladoras in Latin America and China — The Interaction of Export Processing Zones on Women Workers in Asia and the Americas”

Juliana So of the Chinese Working Women Network and Garrett Brown of the Maquiladora Health and Safety Support Network will describe the impact of economic globalization on the lives of young women workers in the maquiladoras of Mexico and Central America and in the giant export factories of southern China. Accompanying the talks will be a slide show of photographs taken inside several sports shoe and garment factories in China and Guatemala run by Korean and Taiwanese contractors for “name brand” transnationals producing shoes and garments of the U.S. market.

Juliana So is Project Coordinator for the Chinese Working Women network and coordinates the independent non-governmental organization’s activities in southern China. These include an office and social center for young migrant workers in Nansham; a mobile van providing information on worker health issues which visits four industrial towns in the Pearl River Delta; and a workers information center attached to the main occupational disease hospital in Guangzhou, China.

Garrett Brown is Coordinator of the Maquiladora Health & Safety Support Network, a volunteer network of 400 occupational health professionals in Canada, Mexico and the U.S. The MHSSN has been providing information, technical assistance and Spanish-language trainings to maquila workers and their community-based organizations on the U.S.–Mexico border since 1993.

Visit the Maquiladora Health and Safety Support Network website.

Friday, November 21, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Analysis and photos of the event

CLAS Event Series on the U.S. and Mexico

"Perspectives on Immigration: A Panel Discussion"

A discussion featuring:
Gilbert Cedillo, California State Senator (D-Los Angeles); primary author of the bill allowing undocumented migrants to receive a drivers’ license.
Eliseo Medina, International Executive Vice President, Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
Philip Martin, Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics; Chair of UC Comparative Immigration & Integration Program, UC Davis
Harley Shaiken, Professor of Education and Geography; Chair of the Center for Latin American Studies, UC Berkeley

Postponed - Friday, November 21
Room 370, Dwinelle Hall

ATTENTION: Because of a conflict, this event has had to be postponed. We hope to reschedule the event in the near future.

Holiday Party

The faculty and staff of the Center for Latin American Studies would like to invite you to a reception to celebrate the holiday season.

We look forward to seeing you!

Wednesday, December 3, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

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An evening to welcome and honor Dolores Huerta, UC Regent

Dolores Huerta is among the most important labor leaders in the history of the United States. She is cofounder and first vice president of the United Farm Workers union. For more than forty years she has dedicated her life to the struggle for justice and dignity for migrant farm workers. She has also played a critical role in the modern Civil Rights Movement and is the president of the Dolores Huerta Foundation. This fall she was appointed to the UC Board of Regents, the highest decision-making body of the University of California.

-Biography of Dolores Huerta from the UFW website

Co-sponsored with the Center for Labor Research and Education, the Institute of Industrial Relations and the Institute for Labor and Employment.

Live music and refreshments provided.

Thursday, December 4, 4:00 – 7:00 pm
UC Berkeley Alumni House

Nora Lustig
"Poverty and Growth: The Two-Way Causality"

To reduce poverty rapidly, should countries and international organizations focus entirely on boosting per capita income and productivity? Or should they focus on actions to improve conditions for the poor? In the past few years, a debate has sprung up between those who agree with the former approach and those who support the latter. Those on the side of growth felt that the pendulum in the policy agenda was swinging away from economic principles toward approaches that downplay the importance of development in favor of empowerment as fundamental in the fight against poverty. It is unfortunate that these approaches have ended up as opposing views when in so many cases they can be complementary. Recent research findings demonstrate that pro-growth actions and those directly aimed at benefiting the poor are often mutually reinforcing. The more these two approaches are combined, the more effective economic growth can be in reducing poverty and vice versa.

Professor Nora Lustig is the President of the Universidad de las Americas in Puebla, Mexico. Previously, Dr. Lustig was Senior Advisor and Chief of the Poverty and Inequality Unit at the Inter-American Development Bank. Her recent publications include Shielding the Poor (IDB and Brookings Institution, 2000).

-download an Adobe Acrobat .pdf file of Professor Lustig's paper, "Poverty Reduction and Economic Growth: A Two-way Causality"

Co-sponsored with Executive and International Programs at the Goldman School of Public Policy, International and Area Studies and GSPP’s student-run International Public Policy Group.

Thursday, December 4, 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Room 250, Goldman School of Public Policy New Annex, 1893 Le Roy Street

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