Welcome Back Reception

The Center for Latin American Studies would like to invite you to celebrate the beginning of another exciting year. Please join us for an informal reception.

Wednesday, September 1, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Bay Area Latin American Forum

Lovell S. Jarvis
"The Long Term Agricultural Effects of Economic and Land Reforms in
Chile, 1965–2000"

Lovell S. Jarvis
Chile was the first Latin American country to engage in significant and sustained economic reform combined with land reform, beginning in the mid-1960s. Land reform ended around 1978, but the economic reforms were redirected and intensified between 1974 and 1984. This talk will examine the impact that reforms of the agricultural sector have had over the long term, including relative prices, income growth and distribution, political impact, product mix, employment and technology.

Lovell S. “Tu” Jarvis Lovell S. Jarvis is a professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at UC Davis. Professor Jarvis conducts research on agricultural development and agricultural policy in less-developed countries. He has written on international trade issues, biotechnology and nutrition policy in developing countries. Jarvis has also written extensively on the historical development of Chile’s agricultural sector.

Recent paper by Lovell Jarvis: "The Impact of Fruit Sector Development on Female Employment and Household Income"

Monday, September 13, 12:00 – 1:15 pm
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Analysis and photo of the event

Cinema Brasil: The Films of Walter Salles

Sneak Preview
“Diarios de Motocicleta / The Motorcycle Diaries”
Directed by Walter Salles (2004)

Gael García Bernal (right) stars as Che Guevara.
Based on the journals kept by Ernesto “Che” Guevara while crossing South America by motorcycle with his friend Alberto Granado in the early 1950s, The Motorcycle Diaries follows the young men as they unveil the rich and complex social topography of the Latin American continent.
128 minutes. Spanish with English subtitles.

“The Motorcycle Diaries is a beautifully wrought account of the dawning of the social conscience of one of the 20th century's most romanticized revolutionaries.” — Variety

Tickets will be distributed at 6:00 pm at the Pacific Film Archive on a first come, first served basis. The doors to the theater open at 6:40 pm.

Monday, September 13, 7:00 pm
Pacific Film Archive, 2575 Bancroft Way

Art Opening
Juanita Pérez-Adelman

Canastas / Brooms, Mercados I (2003)
by Juanita Adelman.
The Mexican market is an immensely rich visual and psychic encounter of food, taste, smell, sound, esthetic form and texture. Juanita Pérez–Adelman transforms this experience into images in her most recent work “Markets.” The series consists of a polyptych that is in constant evolution and whose number of pieces changes. Through the fragmentation of the object, the use of collage, photography and the objects themselves, “Markets” invites the viewer to participate in a kind of puzzle or game in which the familiar and known is seen anew.

Art Exhibit August 30 – December 10, 2004
For exhibit hours, please call (510) 642-2088

Join us for the artist’s talk, followed by an opening reception:

Tuesday, September 14, 2004, 5:00 pm
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Photos of the event

Kirsten Sehnbruch
“Privatized Unemployment Insurance in Chile”

In 2002 the Chilean government implemented a new unemployment insurance plan which it claimed was the first genuine alternative to traditional forms of unemployment benefits. Already, the Chilean government is advising other Latin American countries on how to copy this model. However, while the new plan benefits those who already have good jobs, it does little for those on the lower rungs of the economic ladder who are most likely to face unemployment.

Kirsten Sehnbruch received her Ph.D. from Cambridge University with a dissertation on the Chilean labor market. She has worked as a consultant to the Chilean government on a range of issues related to the labor market, the new unemployment insurance and the pension system.

Wednesday, September 22, 1:00 pm
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Analysis and photo of the event

Bridges Summer Field Research Symposium

This two-day symposium is a unique opportunity to learn about the current research done by UC Berkeley graduate students who spent last summer in Latin America. Field research grants were provided by CLAS with the generous support of Robert and Alice Bridges.

Schedule of presentations

Tuesday, September 28, 2:00 – 5:00 pm and
Wednesday, September 29, 2:00 – 5:00 pm
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Conflict, Memory and Transitions

Russell Cohen and Matt Eisenbrandt
“The Archbishop Romero Case: Legal Accountability in U.S. Courts”

No one has been held accountable for the 1980 assassination of Archbishop Oscar Romero, an outspoken critic of human rights abuses in El Salvador, until now. In August 2004, a California judge ordered Alvaro Saravia to pay $10 million in damages for arranging the assassination on behalf of Roberto D’Aubuisson, founder of the ARENA party which still governs El Salvador. The judgment has prompted calls for the Salvadoran government to renew its investigation into the assassination and served as an example of how U. S. courts can be used as a means of combating impunity.

Russell Cohen, of Heller Ehrman White & McAuliffe LLP, and Matt Eisenbrandt, of the Center for Justice & Accountability, are two of the attorneys who brought the case against Romero’s killers.

Website reporting the verdict in the case against Alvaro Saravia

Wednesday, September 29, 4:00 pm
Room 3, LeConte Hall

Analysis and photos of the event

Bay Area Latin American Forum

Daniel A. Sumner
"Agricultural Trade Disputes and U.S. Farm Subsidies: Implications for
Latin America"

Professor Sumner will review how Brazil has used the World Trade Organization’s provisions for dispute resolution to challenge U.S. and EU farm subsidy programs. The ongoing cotton dispute and Brazil’s challenge to EU sugar subsidies will be outlined along with their impact on the Doha Development Agenda negotiations. Latin American economic development and international relations will also be discussed.

Daniel A. Sumner is the Frank H. Buck Jr. Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at UC Davis and the Director of the University of California Agricultural Issues Center. Professor Sumner’s research includes all aspects of agricultural policy, with an emphasis on agricultural trade policy and the WTO and dairy industry issues.

Monday, October 4, 12:00 – 1:15 pm
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Analysis and photos of the event

Cinema Brasil: The Films of Walter Salles

“Abril Despedaçado / Behind the Sun”
Directed by Walter Salles (2001)

Ordered by his father to avenge the death of his older brother, a young man questions the tradition of violence between two rival families living in the desert landscape of the Brazilian Northeast.
99 minutes. Portuguese with English subtitles.

“Carvalho’s superb cinematography, Antonio Pinto’s score and a dedicated cast and crew admirably sustain this poetic and uncompromising film.” — Los Angeles Times

Wednesday, October 6, 7:00pm
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Conflict, Memory and Transitions

Rudy Monterroso
“50 Years Under the Gun: The Real Legacy of `Regime Change’ in Guatemala”

(Photo by Jonathan Moller.)
Despite the end of armed conflict in 1996, human rights violations continue to plague Guatemala and remain a serious obstacle to efforts to rebuild society. Many current and former members of the military are still in positions of power, both openly and clandestinely, across political and economic lines. This talk will focus on militarization and its consequences; efforts to investigate and prosecute clandestine security apparatuses; and victim’s reparations.

Rudy Monterroso is the Program Coordinator for the International Center for Research in Human Rights (CIIDH), founded in 1993 to research the impact of militarization and to promote, defend and disseminate information on human rights in Guatemala. Much of Monterroso’s recent work has focused on reparations issues.

This talk will be held in Spanish, but an interpreter will be present.

Thursday, October 7, 3:30 pm
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Photo of the event

“Pathways From Socialism: Agriculture in Post-1990 Nicaragua and Cuba”

Nicaragua and Cuba have each experienced a shift in their overarching political and economic agendas since 1990. In Nicaragua the shift has represented a retreat from socialism, while in Cuba it has represented a reconfiguring of socialism. This symposium will examine one area of policy-making — agriculture — to analyze the impact of this shift on the economy and those who engage in agricultural production.


“Changes in Nicaragua’s Agriculture Since 1990: The Atlantic Coast”
Selmira Flores is a Social Researcher at NITLAPAN-Universidad Centroamericana (UCA), Managua. She has conducted extensive research on gender and economic development and the situation of agriculture and agricultural marketing in Nicaragua.

-Download the Powerpoint presentations (#1 and #2) used by Ms. Flores

“Small Farmers and Technological Change in Cuba”
Lucy Martin is a Sociologist-Researcher at the Centro de Investigaciones Psicológicas y Sociológicas (CIPS), La Habana. She conducts research on social structures and the inequalities that arise from them, focusing particularly on small farmers.

-Download paper on which this portion of the symposium is based (.pdf file)

“Cooperatives: A Key Line of Agrarian Development in Cuba”
Armando Nova is an Economist at the Centro de Estudio de la Economía Cubana, Universidad de La Habana. He has studied the cooperative sector in Cuban agriculture, farmers’ markets in the post-1990 period and the sugar and citrus industries and their international linkages.

-Download paper on which this portion of the symposium is based (.pdf file)

Presider: Laura Enríquez is Associate Professor of Sociology at UC Berkeley. Dr. Enríquez has conducted extensive research on Nicaraguan and Cuban agriculture in the context of each country’s larger political and economic agenda.

Monday, October 11, 12:00 – 2:00 pm
223 Moses Hall

Photo of the event

Bárbara Belloc
“Poesía argentina hoy: las polémicas después de los ‘90”

Tras el “boom” creativo-editorial y la catástrofe económica que cerraron el último milenio, la poesía argentina buscó, como es su costumbre, las vías más inesperadas para darse a conocer y seguir interpelando a sus lectores. La propuesta es revisar los rasgos estilísticos y políticos más salientes de esa década en la obra de algunos autores “jóvenes” y abrir el camino a los nuevos modos de difusión/producción de la poesía en Argentina.

Bárbara Belloc es poeta, editora, traductora y periodista cultural. Publicó los libros de poesía Bla, Sentimental journey, Ambición de las flores, Ira y Orang-utans; la investigación periodística Tribus porteñas; y el libro-objeto de fotografías y textos digitalizados Obrero artificial. Actualmente prepara la publicación de su libro de prosas breves Espantasuegras. Su obra ha sido antologada en la Argentina, México y Brasil.

Cosponsored by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and the Department of Comparative Literature.

This lecture will be in Spanish.

Tuesday, October 12, 12:00 pm
5125 Dwinelle Hall

The U.S.-Mexico Futures Forum
Event Series

Mariclaire Acosta
“The Women of Ciudad Juárez”

Between 1993 and 2003 more than 300 women were murdered in the border town of Ciudad Juárez. In at least 86 of these cases, the victims exhibited signs of extreme violence including torture, rape and mutilation. Most of the slain women were poor immigrants from rural Mexico between 15 and 25 years of age.

The lecture will explore the causes of this extreme violence as well the reasons why the Mexican State has failed to investigate and prosecute the perpetrators of these crimes.

Mariclaire Acosta Urquidi is the former subsecretary for Human Rights and Democracy in the Secretariat of Foreign Relations Office in Mexico. Her career in the field of human rights has led her on missions ranging from investigating the treatment of immigrants in the United States to studying the effects of violence in Colombia. Currently she is a member of the Advisory Council on Foreign Relations and a board member for the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL).

Wednesday, October 13, 4:00 pm
Room 223, Moses Hall

Analysis and photo of the event

Martín Hopenhayn
"Jóvenes en América Latina: entre protagonistas y postergados"

En los campos de la participación social y el ejercicio ciudadano, la juventud latinoamericana dista mucho de los impulsos utópicos y mesiánicos de generaciones precedentes. Han cambiado radicalmente los espacios y los motivos que los nuclean. Las dificultades para conciliar sus aspiraciones de inclusión social con sus nuevas pulsiones de individuación plantean hoy los desafíos principales a programas públicos que buscan promover la participación juvenil. Ni redimidos por grandes proyectos de cambio social, ni reconocidos en condición de plena ciudadanía, los y las jóvenes ocupan hoy un lugar incierto y contradictorio entre la autonomía cultural y la dependencia material, entre más educación y menos empleo, entre el ideal de plenitud presente y la exigencia de capital humano futuro, entre más información y menos poder.

Martín Hopenhayn ha sido profesor de filosofía en la Universidad de Chile (1980-1985, 1993 y 1998), Universidad Diego Portales (1983-1988) y Academia de Humanismo Cristiano (1982-1983). Desde 1989 es investigador a tiempo completo de la División de Desarrollo Social de la Comisión Económica para América Latina y el Caribe (CEPAL) y durante 2004 ejerce como Oficial a Cargo de dicha División. Es autor de más de cincuenta artículos en temas como integración social, situación y políticas educativas, y dimensiones culturales y sociales de la juventud en Iberoamérica. Es autor del libro “Ni apocalipticos ni integrados: aventuras de la modernidad en America Latina” que obtuvo el Premio Iberoamericano de Ensayo de LASA en 1997, y fue traducido al ingles por Duke University Press.

Cosponsored by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and the Department of Comparative Literature.
This lecture will be given in Spanish.

Thursday, October 14, 12:00 – 1:00 pm
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Photos of the event

Bay Area Latin American Forum

Peter H. Smith
Illiberal Democracy in Latin America

Democratization in contemporary Latin America is a complex process. The most common polity throughout the region has become “illiberal” democracy — a form that combines free and fair elections with systematic restrictions on civil liberties. A central question is whether these “illiberal” democracies are likely (a) to endure, (b) to backslide into some version of authoritarianism, or (c) move in a more liberal direction.

Peter H. Smith is Professor of Political Science and Simón Bolívar Professor of Latin American Studies at UC San Diego. He is a specialist on comparative politics, Latin American politics, and U.S.–Latin American relations. Professor Smith has been an affiliate of CLAS since 2003.

-CLAS Working Paper "Cycles of Electoral Democracy in Latin America, 1900-2000" by Peter H. Smith (.pdf file)
-Download paper "The Rise of Illiberal Democracy in Latin America" on which talk is based (.pdf file)

Monday October 18, 12:00 – 1:15 pm
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Analysis and photos of the event

The U.S.-Mexico Futures Forum
Event Series

Claudine LoMonaco & Mary Spicuzza
Video Premiere: “Matías”

More than 3,000 people have died trying to cross the U.S.–Mexico border in the last decade. Filmmakers Claudine LoMonaco and Mary Spicuzza came face to face with one migrant’s tragedy when they met with the family of Matías Juan García Zavaleta, a father of two who perished in the Arizona desert during what U.S. border officials call the “season of death.” In this documentary, LoMonaco and Spicuzza interview the brother who accompanied Matías García on his tragic journey as well as the wife, children and parents he left behind.

Claudine LoMonaco and Mary Spicuzza are correspondents for Frontline/World and have recently received their master’s degrees from the Graduate School of Journalism at UC Berkeley.

Wednesday, October 20, 4:00 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall

Article on the film and photo of the event

The U.S.-Mexico Futures Forum
Event Series

Panel Discussion
“Perspectives on Immigration”

- Gilbert Cedillo, California State Senator (D-Los Angeles)
- Maria Echaveste, Attorney and CEO Nueva Vista Group; Deputy Chief of Staff, Clinton Administration (1998-2000)
- 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
- Lucas Guttentag, Director of the ACLU National Immigrants’ Rights Project; Lecturer, Boalt Hall School of Law, UC Berkeley

Thursday, October 21, 4:00 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall

Analysis and photos of the event

Bay Area Latin American Forum

Estela Neves
"Brazil 2004: Environmental Challenges and Local Action"

0What are the possibilities and limitations of municipal action in applying environmental policies in Latin America? To what extent can local authorities fulfill their constitutional responsibility regarding environmental management?
In this talk, Neves will examine the decentralization process of the 90s, how it changed the context of government action in the environmental arena and how local governments are responding to the new challenges. She will compare the situation in Brazil with that of Mexico, another environmentally rich country that shares many common threats.

Estela Neves is an environmental planner affiliated with the Universidade Federal Rural do Rio de Janerio. She specializes in environmental policies and management, particularly at the local government level. Originally trained as an architect and urban planner, Neves has 18 years of professional experience in environmental planning. She is currently a visiting scholar at CLAS.

Monday, October 25, 12:00 – 1:15 pm
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Analysis and photos of the event

Symposium: Brazil's Alternative Ways to Health

As the United States struggles with the its health care crisis and the rising costs of medicare, there are different models used elsewhere that we could look for inspiration. In the last years the idea of participatory democracy has spread in Brazil, and with it new patterns of health delivery. Porto Alegra has led the way. It created a universal program, which deals with medical care, the promotion of health, and the connection to needs throughout the city. Brazil has also demonstrated how Health Cities - a worldwide program - can be a paradigm both for health and for community governance.

Registration is required. Call 642-9513, email ccadigal@berkeley.edu, or visit the conference website at http://sph.berkeley.edu:7133/news/events/brazil_conf.htm

Tuesday, October 26, 9:00 am- 5:15 pm
Wednesday, October 27, 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Lipman Room, Barrows Hall (8th Floor)

Cinema Brasil: The Films of Walter Salles

“Central do Brasil / Central Station”
Directed by Walter Salles (1998)

A former school teacher and a young boy whose mother has just died in a car accident take an emotional journey to Brazil’s remote Northeast in search of the father he never knew.
113 minutes. Portuguese with English subtitles.

”Normally the sound in movie theaters is of popcorn crunching. But the sound at theaters where Central Station is showing is of hearts breaking.” — New York Daily News

Wednesday, October 27, 7:00 pm
Room 155, Kroeber Hall

Bay Area Latin American Forum

Suzana Sawyer
“Suing ChevronTexaco: Citizenship, Contamination and Capitalism in the Ecuadorian Amazon”

In November 1993, a Philadelphia law firm filed a $1.5 billion dollar class-action lawsuit against Texaco Inc. in the New York Federal Court on behalf of 30,000 Ecuadorian citizens. The plaintiffs sought reparations for alleged health problems and environmental degradation resulting from over 25 years of Texaco's petroleum activity in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Nearly ten years later, after being shuffled back and forth between the U.S. Federal Court and the Court of Appeals, the lawsuit was transferred to Ecuador, and the trial began in October 2003. Professor Sawyer will discuss the case and its implications for citizenship and corporate behavior in Ecuador and beyond.

Suzana Sawyer is Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at UC Davis. Her current research focuses on conflict over oil operations in Ecuador. Her new research examines the lawsuit against Texaco, focusing specifically on what it tells us about shifting regimes of citizenship, sovereignty and law.

-Professor Sawyer's homepage at UC Davis


2002 "Bobbittizing Texaco: Dis-membering Corporate Capital and Re-membering the Nation in Ecuador" Cultural Anthropology. 17 (2): 150-180.

2001 "Fictions of Sovereignty: Prosthetic Petro-Capitalism, Neoliberal States, and Phantom-Like Citizens in Ecuador." Journal of Latin American Anthropology. 6 (1): 156-197.

Monday, November 1, 12:00 – 1:15 pm
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Article about and photo of the event

Ximena Cuevas
Ximena Cuevas and the Laboratory of Life
Artist in Residence, November 3-5

Absorbed by the minutiae of the everyday, Cuevas calls her spirited work a "laboratory of life," an experimental process, personal in its origins but public in its scope. She looks upon Mexico City with an eye that carefully scrutinizes the world from the inside out, finding the secret whispers of individual yearning as telling as the great urban tumult. Cuevas begins with unadorned observations of mundane Mexican life, then reinvents them through her forceful vision. She is preoccupied with the implications of received behavior, with notions such as romance and machismo — in other words, with the myths that charge a culture.

As artist in residence, Cuevas will present videoworks spanning the early 1980s to the present, as well as a Free First Thursday screening of recent video art from Mexico City which she has selected for the occasion. On Friday afternoon she will conduct a free salon centered on her artistic process, conceived especially for students and aspiring artists.

More information, and a schedule of Ms. Cuevas’ visit -->

Wednesday, November 3 – Friday, November 5
All Events at the Pacific Film Archive, 2575 Bancroft Way

Rio Branco Forum on Brazil

Cristovam Buarque
“Education and Political Transformation in Brazil”

Cristovam Buarque is a member of the Brazilian Senate. He previously served as Minister of Education (2003-04) and governor of the Federal District of Brasília (1995-98) and is the founder and president of Missão Criança, an NGO which aims to help the children of poor families attend school. He holds a degree from the University of Pernambuco in mechanical engineering and a doctorate from the Sorbonne in Economics.

-Download Senator Buarque's Powerpoint presentation

Thursday, November 4, 4:00 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall

Analysis and photos from the event

Oral history interview from
"1932: Scars of Memory"
Jeff Gould
"1932: Scars of Memory"

In January 1932 indigenous communities together with a communist-led union rose up against local authorities and seized control of five towns in western El Salvador. The military government responded with unprecedented violence: in the week after the revolt, the army executed 10,000 Salvadorans. This terror devastated indigenous communities and silenced political debate in the country for decades.

In this extraordinary film, historians Jeff Gould and Carlos Henriquez Consalvi bring together documentary research, photographs and oral history interviews to tell the story of the massacre for the first time.

The screening of the film will be followed by comments from the director.

Jeff Gould is Professor of Latin American History at Indiana University.

Cosponsored by the Department of History and the Muriel McKevitt Sonne Chair in Latin American History

Monday, November 8, 2:00 pm
Auditorium, Pacific Film Archive, 2575 Bancroft Way

Cristina Fernández de Kirchner
“Women in Latin American Politics”

Senator Fernández de Kirchner represents the province of Santa Cruz and is the first lady of Argentina. She has also held the post of national deputy and served three terms as the provincial deputy of that state. Senator Fernández de Kirchner currently heads the Senate’s Constitutional Affairs Committee and is a member of the Judiciary Committee where she has played a central role in formulating and implementing the current administration’s institutional reforms.

Monday, November 8, 4:00 pm
Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler Hall

Analysis and photos of the event

Rio Branco Forum on Brazil

Teresa Caldeira
“Democratizing the Neoliberal City”

Teresa Caldeira is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the UC Irvine. She is the author of City of Walls: Crime, Segregation, and Citizenship in São Paulo (2001).

Monday, November 8, 5:00 pm
Room 112, Wurster Hall

Bay Area Latin American Forum

Beatriz Manz
“The Legacy of a Coup: A Guatemalan Village Perspective”

Fifty years ago the CIA orchestrated its first coup in Latin America. The overthrow of the democratically elected government in Guatemala was hailed by the U.S. as a victory for freedom and democracy. However, when viewed from a Guatemalan perspective the Cold War years had more to do with military dictatorships, death, destruction and dislocation, a legacy that is still hard to undo.

Beatriz Manz is Professor of Geography and Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley. She is the author of Paradise to Ashes: A Guatemalan Journey of Courage, Terror and Hope, a social and political history of a village in the Guatemalan rainforest.

Monday, November 15, 12:00 – 1:15 pm
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Analysis and photos of the event

Conflict, Memory and Transitions

Rigoberta Menchú
“The Legacy of War in Guatemala: Continuous Human Rights Abuses”

Rigoberta Menchú received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1992 for her work on indigenous people’s rights. Born to a poor K’iche’ Maya family, Menchú became involved in social reform activities in the late 1970s. After several members of her family were tortured and killed by Guatemalan government forces, she became increasingly active in the Committee for Peasant Union (CUC). Forced to flee to Mexico in 1981, she continued her involvement on behalf of poor peasants in Guatemala and assumed an international role in exposing human rights violations in her war-torn country. In 1983, the story of her life, I, Rigoberta Menchú was published and has since been translated into more than a dozen languages. She currently heads the Rigoberta Menchú Foundation with offices in Guatemala City and Mexico City.

Introductory remarks by Professor Beatriz Manz.

Plan to arrive early as seating is limited. Tickets will be passed out at the door.

Thursday, November 18, 2:00 pm
Lipman Room, 8th Floor, Barrows Hall

Analysis and photos of the event

Rodrigo Sabbatini
“Free Trade Area of the Americas: Perspectives From Brazil”

How is the FTAA viewed from Brazil? Part of the answer to this question lies in the negotiation process and how the original proposal for the agreement has evolved. Another factor is the potential effect of the FTAA — both positive and negative — on the Brazilian economy. Dr. Sabbatini will analyze these issues and present a range of Brazilian perspectives on the negotiations and their outcome for Brazil.

Rodrigo Sabbatini teaches international and Brazilian economics at the Faculdades de Campinas in Brazil and is a senior researcher at the State University of Campinas. He is currently a visiting scholar at CLAS.

Tuesday, November 30, 12:00 pm
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Cinema Brasil: The Films of Walter Salles

“O Primeiro Dia / Midnight”
Directed by Walter Salles (1998)

Fate brings together a fugitive prisoner and a depressed middle class teacher at midnight, December 31, 1999, as fireworks fall over Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana beach and the new millennium approaches.
76 minutes. Portuguese with English subtitles.

“Its mood, at once mournful and exuberant, owes something to the spirit of samba, Rio’s great contribution to world culture.”
— New York Times

Wednesday, December 1, 7:00 pm
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Video Screening: Rigoberta Menchu
“The Legacy of War in Guatemala: Continuous Human Rights Abuses”

The Center for Latin American Studies will be showing a video of Rigoberta Menchú’s public lecture from November 18th to accommodate those who were unable to see the event. A description of the event can be found here.

There will be three screenings of the video:

Tuesday, December 7, 10:00 am, 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Coletta A. Youngers and Joy Olson
“Drugs and Democracy in Latin America: The Impact of U.S. Policy”

Although the U.S. has spent more than $25 billion on international drug-control programs over the past two decades, it has failed to reduce the supply of cocaine and heroin entering the country. It has, however, succeeded in generating widespread, often profoundly damaging, consequences, most notably in Latin America and the Caribbean. The authors of Drugs and Democracy in Latin America (Westview Press, 2005) offer a comprehensive review of U.S. drug-control policies toward the region and assess the impact of those policies on democracy and human rights.

A project of the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA), this major work is the first systematic, region-wide documentation and analysis of the collateral damage caused by the U.S. war on drugs.

Coletta A. Youngers is a Senior Fellow at the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA).

Joy Olson is Executive Director of WOLA.

Friday, December 10, 2:00 pm
Director's Room, Institute of Industrial Relations,
2521 Channing Way (map-across from Anna Head Parking Lot)

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