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Brazil in Berkeley

Lavinia Barros de Castro
“The Brazilian Economy Today”

Is Brazil improving? In this talk Ms. Barros de Castro will analyze different perspectives on the Brazilian economy. Topics to be discussed include fiscal policy, the new pattern of trade and capital flows, debt and country risk evolution and the results achieved by the inflation target model.

Lavinia Barros de Castro is an economist at the Brazilian National Development Bank and teaches at IBMEC, Rio de Janeiro. She is one of the editors of the recently published Economia Brasileira Contemporanea, which is in contention for the 2005 Brazilian Jabuti Book Prize. The author also worked on the Brazilian version of Vocabulaire Économique et Financier (1998) which has been translated into four languages. Ms. Barros de Castro is currently a visiting scholar at the Center for Latin American Studies.

-Government of Brazil Inflation Report (in Portuguese)

Thursday, August 25, 2:00 pm
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

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.

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

Photos of the event
Ambassador Adolfo Aguilar Zinser during a visit to Berkeley. (Second image: Walking the campus with Professor Harley Shaiken, Chair of the Center for Latin American Studies.)

Adolfo Aguilar Zinser, Mexico´s former Ambassador to the United Nations (2002-2003), died tragically in an automobile accident on June 5, 2005. He played a central role in Mexican politics over the last several decades, pushing forward a democratic agenda with intelligence, integrity, and courage. At the UN, Secretary General Kofi Annan reflected that “Mr. Aguilar Zinser served his country with dedication, wit and independence of spirit at a crucial time for the multilateral system, and will be remembered with respect and affection by many colleagues and friends around the world.”
Ambassador Aguilar’s life and work will be honored by colleagues, friends, and family at a public event at 5:00 pm in the Morrison Room of Doe Library (map), on September 9, the date he was expected to start teaching at the UC Berkeley campus for the 2005-2006 academic year.

Program and List of Participants

Webcast of Adolfo Aguilar Zinser: A Tribute, A Reflection

Retrospective of Ambassador Aguilar Zinser's long and fruitful relationship with the Center for Latin American Studies and Berkeley

Friday, September 9, 5:00 pm
Morrison Room, Doe Library

Photos of the event

Cine Documental

El Dia Que Me Quieras
Directed by Leandro Katz (1998)

Director Leandro Katz deconstructs the myth of Che Guevara in this meditation on the famous photo of Che’s corpse. Using close-up photography and masking techniques, Katz re-photographs the image and reflects upon the power of photographic and cinematic representation in an attempt to place Guevara back into the Latin American intellectual life of his day. 30 minutes. English and Spanish with English subtitles.

“Visually exquisite and deeply moving... an elegy to the passing of the age of revolution in Latin America...” — Jeffrey Skoller, Afterimage.

Cuban Story
Directed by Victor Pahlen (1959)

Both Errol Flynn and Fidel Castro appear in this 1959 documentary that was shelved for 40 years until its 2002 video release. Flynn and producer Victor Pahlen owned a Havana movie theater when Castro’s revolution broke out. Taking to the streets with cameras, they captured footage of the upheaval. 50 minutes. English.

Wednesday, September 14, 7:00 pm
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Horacio Franco

Award-winning Mexican musician Horacio Franco has been described by the international press as “one of the most distinguished recorder players of our time.” Franco has brought the recorder — an instrument long relegated to the “early music” genre — to modern audiences with the help of both Mexican and international composers who have written a broad repertoire of contemporary music especially for him. He  has established a very active concert career and has made many recordings of both early and contemporary music for CD, radio and television.

Co-sponsored with Cal Performances and the Mexican Consulate.

Wednesday, September 14, 8:00 pm                      
Wheeler Auditorium

Tickets are available at the Cal Performances Ticket Office, Zellerbach Hall; by phone at (510) 642-9988; on the web at www.calperfs.berkeley.edu; and at the door.

Price: General public $32; Berkeley students $16

Xavier Velasco
“A Conversation With Mexican Author Xavier Velasco”

Xavier Velasco was an advertising copywriter and rock journalist before he turned his secret vice — writing fiction — into a full-time occupation. Now one of Mexico’s best-known young authors, Velasco won the prestigious Premio Alfaguara de Novela 2003 for his second novel Diablo Guardián, an unforgettable journey that followed the turbulent adventures of Violetta, a 15-year-old immigrant and runaway, in New York City. His new collection of short stories, El materialismo histérico: Fábulas cutrefactas de avidez y revancha was released last fall.

This event will be in Spanish.

Thursday, September 15, 3:00 pm
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Analysis and photos of the event

Art Opening and Book Presentation
"Capitalism, God, and a Good Cigar: Cuba Enters the 21st Century"
Photos by Mimi Chakarova

Capitalism, God, and a Good Cigar: Cuba Enters the 21st Century, the recently published book of essays edited by Prof. Lydia Chávez, examines contemporary Cuban life from a variety of perspectives and features over 75 photographs from Chakarova’s Cuba series.

Photographs on exhibit September 7 – November 1, 2005

Join us for a talk with Prof. Lydia Chávez, along with the authors and photographer, followed by an opening reception.

Friday, September 16, 6:00 pm
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Photos of the reception

Bay Area Latin American Forum

Erin Murphy-Graham
Para Seguir Adelante : Women’s Empowerment and Education in Honduras”

Women’s empowerment is a common goal of development organizations and donor agencies. However, we know relatively little about how and why education might empower women. This presentation describes results from a qualitative study that investigated the relationship between an alternative secondary education program, the Sistema de Aprendizaje Tutorial or SAT, and women’s empowerment in Garífuna villages on the northern coast of Honduras . Spanning grades 6-12, SAT provides educational opportunities for adolescents and adults in rural areas who otherwise would not have attended secondary school.

Erin Murphy-Graham is Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of Education at UC Berkeley. Murphy-Graham has worked as an education consultant in Honduras , Nicaragua and Colombia and has co-authored articles on evaluation and policy influence, gender and secondary education in Latin America.

Monday, September 19, 12:00 – 1:15 pm
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Analysis and photos of the event

Isabel Allende and Sandy Curtis
"The Mistresses of Zorro in Conversation"

In her latest novel, acclaimed author Isabel Allende delves into the legend of Zorro to create a new version of the story steeped in both Spanish and U.S. history. Allende’s masked man is Diego de la Vega, son of a California hidalgo and the beautiful daughter of a Spanish deserter and an Indian shaman. As a young man he travels to Spain where he is inducted into the secret society, La Justicia, and gains the skill with his sword that will allow him to become the legendary Zorro. Allende’s mix of historic events with feminist and racial themes explodes with vivid characterization and high-speed storytelling.

Isabel Allende is the author of several novels and a short fiction collection as well as plays and stories for children.

Sandy Curtis is the head of creative development for Zorro Productions in Berkeley, California. She has written seven Zorro novels as well as Zorro Unmasked: The Official History.

Note: This is a ticketed event. Tickets will be distributed one per person at the door on a first come, first served basis.

CLAS invites our readers to submit questions for Isabel Allende and Sandy Curtis electronically in advance of the event.  Selected questions will be asked at the event, and the answers will be published on the CLAS website.  To submit a question, please contact Greg Louden at galadan@socrates.berkeley.edu.

Moderated by Harley Shaiken, Chair of CLAS.

Co-sponsored by International House.

Thursday, September 22, 7:30 pm
2299 Piedmont Ave, Chevron Auditorium, International House

Analysis and photos of the event

Armando Nova
“Cooperatives: A Key Line of Agrarian Development in Cuba”

Armando Nova is a professor and researcher at the Centro de Estudios 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 international linkages of the sugar and citrus industries.

Event in Spanish, with translation available.
Moderator: Laura Enríquez, Associate Professor of Sociology, UC Berkeley.

-UBPC, mercado agropecuario y propiedad, paper by Professor Nova (in Spanish)

Tuesday, September 27, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Analysis and photos of the event

Cine Documental

Directed by João Moreira Salles (2004)

Salles and his film crew followed Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva in the five weeks leading up to the 2002 Brazilian presidential elections. Granted astonishing access, the filmmakers uncover behind-the-scenes details, including Lula’s unguarded conversations and private moments. Intermissions also documents Lula’s political evolution and his increasing moderation as he strives to widen political alliances and move closer to public opinion. 117 minutes. Portuguese with English subtitles.

Wednesday, September 28, 7:00 pm
CLAS Conference room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Monday, October 3, 7:00 pm
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Film screening and discussion with director Tommy Davis
“Mojados: Through the Night”

Armed with a handheld camera and an 85-pound backpack full of batteries and film, filmmaker Tommy Davis follows four young immigrants from Michocán, Mexico into the desperate world of illegal immigration. Accompanying them on the 120 mile cross-desert journey, Davis brings their hopes and stories to life as they evade the Border Patrol and face barbed wire, brutal storms and the ever-present confrontation with death that is the reality for the tens of thousands of illegal immigrants who make a similar journey into the United States every year. 65 minutes. English and Spanish with English subtitles

“... manages to capture the danger, fatigue and tedium of an illegal border crossing from Mexico without becoming tedious itself.” — The New York Times

-Official Mojados website

Wednesday, October 5, 7:00 pm
159 Mulford Hall

Analysis and photos of the event

Bay Area Latin American Forum

Herbert Klein
“Popular Mobilization and the State in Bolivia Today”

Professor Klein will discuss the impact of the “Participación Popular” reorganization of the state in the late 1990s; the recent collapse of the traditional party system and the rise of ethnic parties in the latest municipal and national elections; and the origins and evolution of the recent popular protest movements.

Herbert S. Klein is Professor of History and Director of the Center for Latin American Studies at Stanford University. He is the author of several books on Bolivia: Parties and Political Change in Bolivia, 1880-1952 (1969); Revolution and the Rebirth of Inequality (co-author) (1981); Haciendas and Ayllus (1993) and A Concise History of Bolivia (2003). Among his other recent books are The American Finances of the Spanish Empire, 1680-1809 (1998), The Atlantic Slave Trade (1999), Slavery and the Economy of São Paulo, 1750-1850 (co-author) (2003), and A Population History of the United States (2004).

-Professor Klein's webpage at Stanford
-Free Colored in a Slave Society: São Paulo and Minas Gerais in the Early Nineteenth Century, paper by Professor Klein

Monday, October 10, 12:00 – 1:15 pm
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Analysis and photos of the event

Juan Flores
“Financial Instability in Argentina: Microeconomic Evidence From the Baring Crisis” 
In this talk, Prof. Flores will analyze Argentina’s historical experience with financial crises. In particular, he will examine the impact of the 1890 crisis, using new microeconomic evidence drawn from bank archives. Implications will also be drawn for the country’s subsequent experience with financial instability.

Juan Flores, originally from Mexico, has a doctorate from the Sorbonne and is currently Visiting Professor of Economics and Economic History at the Universidad Carlos III in Madrid.

Moderator: Barry Eichengreen, Professor of Economics, UC Berkeley.

Co-sponsored by the Economic History Seminar.

Monday, October 10, 2:00 pm
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Analysis and photos of the event

Roy Bourgeois
“A Conversation With the Founder of School of the Americas Watch”

Father Roy Bourgeois will discuss the impact of U.S. foreign policy on social welfare issues as well as current movements to create lasting social change.

Father Roy Bourgeois served as a Naval Officer for two years before being ordained as a Catholic priest in 1972. Bourgeois worked with the poor of Bolivia for five years before being arrested and forced to leave the country, then under the repressive rule of dictator and SOA grad General Hugo Banzer. In 1980, events in El Salvador caused Fr. Roy to become an outspoken critic of U.S. foreign policy in Latin America.

Co-sponsored by the School of Social Welfare Caucus for International Awareness, the Townsend Center for the Humanities and SOA Watch–East Bay.

Tuesday, October 11, 4:00 pm
YWCA Berkeley, 2600 Bancroft Avenue

Photos of the event

Conflict, Memory and Transitions

Tom Melville
"The Impact of U.S. Foreign Policy: A Priest's Tale of Deception, Destruction and Devotion in Guatemala"

In 1967, after nearly a decade working with Mayan communities in Guatemala, Maryknoll priest Thomas Melville was expelled for sympathizing with the rebel movement against the U.S.-backed military dictatorship. A year later, he was arrested and imprisoned in the U.S. for nonviolent civil disobedience protesting U.S. intervention in Vietnam and Guatemala. Now he has written Through a Glass Darkly: The U.S. Holocaust in Central America, a compelling chronicle of resistance and repression in Guatemala and El Salvador, based on the life and work of his former colleague, Father Ron Hennessey.

Co-sponsored by the Guatemala News & Information Bureau, SOA Watch and the East Bay Sanctuary Covenant.

-Interview with Tom Melville, from SOA Watch website

Tuesday, October 11, 5:00-6:30 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall

Photos of the event

Brazil in Berkeley

Paul Heritage
“Parallel Power: Shakespeare, Gunfire and Silence”

On June 8, 2004 Shakespeare silenced the guns in the no-man’s land separating two warring drug gangs in Rio de Janeiro . This lecture looks at a production of “ Antony and Cleopatra” produced in association with the Cultural Group Afroreggae on the frontier between two favelas. Exploring the divided nature of the divided city, Paul Heritage will place the performance of Shakespeare within the context of the gang culture that dominates the borderlands of Rio de Janeiro.

Paul Heritage is Professor of Drama and Performance at Queen Mary, University of London . For over a decade he has been working on a range of socially engaged arts projects across Brazil , including the Love in Time of War project in Rio ’s favelas.

- Short biography of Professor Heritage
- Article on the People's Palace Project
- Taking Hostages: Staging Human Rights, by Paul Heritage

Co-sponsored by the Department of Theater, Dance and Performance Studies.

Friday October 14, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall

Analysis and photos of the event

Brazil in Berkeley

João André da Rocha
“Workshop on Brazilian Dance”

Popular celebrations and festivals allow us to reflect upon social integration and regulation, creativity and interaction among groups. Popular culture can also be used as a tool to promote cooperation and conflict resolution among social groups. In this workshop, João André da Rocha will focus on Brazilian popular dance as a means of creating a dynamic of social interaction and communication.

João André da Rocha is a visiting scholar at Queen Mary, University of London and a lecturer in the Department of Communication and Performance at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo.

Co-sponsored by the Department of Theater, Dance and Performance Studies.

Saturday, October 15, 11:00 am – 12:15 pm
Room 126, Barrows Hall

Photos of the event

Brazil in Berkeley

Paul Heritage
“Seminar: Staging Human Rights”

Theater director Paul Heritage will discuss Human Rights in Scenes, a performance-based human rights project in Brazilian prisons from the Amazon to São Paulo . Professor Heritage will also discuss strategies to improve social integration and communication by using elements of popular culture and arts. João André da Rocha will present his research on Mané Gaiola, Brazilian street artist.

Paul Heritage is Professor of Drama and Performance at Queen Mary, University of London . For over a decade he has been working on a range of socially engaged arts projects across Brazil .

João André da Rocha is a visiting scholar at Queen Mary, University of London and a lecturer in the Department of Communication and Performance at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo.

Co-sponsored by the Department of Theater, Dance and Performance Studies.

Monday, October 17, 10:00 am
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

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Paola Cortes-Rocca
“Photography and the Law”

From the time of its first appearance in 1839, photography was used primarily to take portraits. However, this practice quickly broke through the limits of the private sphere to become a technology at the service of the State. The “Register of Public Women in Mexico City” — which contains images of the city’s prostitutes and was created by the order of Emperor Maximilian in 1865 — inaugurated the relationship between photography and legal control in Latin America. In the following decades, people ranging from criminals to those belonging to certain occupational groups such as journalists and coachman had to submit to being photographed. In the context of the modernization process of national states, photography is an unequalled technique for analyzing the relationship between the body and the Law.

Paola Cortes-Rocca is a Postdoctoral Fellow of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Southern California.

Please note that this presentation will be in Spanish.

Co-sponsored by the Departments of Spanish and Portuguese and Ethnic Studies and the Townshend Center for the Humanities.

Tuesday, October 18, 12:00 – 1:30 pm
5125 Dwinelle Hall

Tinker 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 the Tinker Foundation.

Schedule of presentations

Tuesday, October 18, 2:00 – 4:00 pm and
Wednesday, October 19, 2:00 – 5:00 pm
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Cine Documental

Fernando Is Back
Directed by Silvio Caiozzi (1998)

Powerful and uncompromising, Fernando Is Back documents the horrors committed during the Pinochet regime. Recording the work of Chiles’s Forensic Identification Unit, the film chronicles the efforts of a devoted group of individuals who are reclaiming their country’s troubled history, one person at a time. As one of the doctors explains, “Before we were talking about ghosts. Now we have full proof.” 31 minutes. Spanish with English subtitles. 

“Powerful and moving, this film shows the viewer the consequences of the Chilean dictatorship and what it did to the people of the nation.” — Educational Media Reviews Online

- Film abstract and awards

100 Children Waiting for a Train
Directed by Ignacio Aguero (1988)

This film poetically tells the story of a group of 100 or so Chilean children who discover a different world through the cinema. Every Saturday, Alicia Vega transformed a chapel in Santiago into a screening room, conducting a film workshop for children who had never seen a movie. After learning about cinema through films such as The Red Balloon and The Arrival of the Train to the Station, they design their own films with drawings and take a trip to the theater in Santiago. 55 minutes. Spanish with English subtitles.  

- Film abstract and awards

Wednesday, October 19, 7:00 pm
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Brazil in Berkeley

Benjamin Lessing
"Banning Guns in Brazil : The Disarmament Referendum in Perspective"

On October 23, Brazil will hold a nationwide, obligatory-vote referendum on a single question: “Should the sale and purchase of firearms be prohibited in Brazil?” With parliamentary fronts formed and media campaigns regulated by the Federal Election Court , the first referendum in Brazil ’s history is forcing a national debate on crime, public security, constitutional rights and the democratic process itself. A brief presentation, including an update on the current state of the campaign, will be followed by an open discussion of the implications of this historic event.

Benjamin Lessing has worked as a researcher on public security issues for the Small Arms Survey and the Brazilian NGO Viva Rio since 2002. He is currently a Ph.D. student in the Department of Political Science at UC Berkeley.

Thursday, October 20, 4:00 pm
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Photos of the event

Bay Area Latin American Forum

Cori Hayden
“Economies of the Similar: Generic Drugs and the Question of Access in Mexico”

This talk addresses the recent emergence of generic drugs in Mexico, currently Latin America’s biggest, and fastest growing, pharmaceutical market. Unlike in Brazil, where antiretrovirals and HIV/AIDS treatment have been the centerpiece of the powerful, state-led generics ‘revolution,’ in Mexico, the promise of cheaper, generic medicines has made its strongest mark in the private sector. This talk will focus on the rapidly growing pharmacy chain, Farmacias de Similares, whose populist nationalism, affiliated laboratories, political movements, health clinics and motto—“The same but cheaper”—have begun to transform the face of health care provision in that country. With the Similares phenomenon firmly in sight, Prof. Hayden will explore the specific contours of Mexico ’s “pharmaceutical publics.”

Cori Hayden is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at UC Berkeley. She received her Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from UC Santa Cruz in 2000 and has held postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Cambridge and the Center for U.S.–Mexican Studies at UC San Diego. Prof. Hayden is the author of When Nature Goes Public: The Making and Unmaking of Bioprospecting in Mexico (Princeton University Press, 2003).

- Professor Hayden's webpage
- Introduction and sample chapter from When Nature Goes Public

Monday, October 24, 12:00 – 1:15 pm
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Analysis and photos of the event

Alex Fattal
“Shooting Cameras for Peace in Colombia”

In 2002 Alex Fattal founded the participatory photography program, Disparando Cámaras para la Paz (Shooting Cameras for Peace), in Colombia. The project targets children who have been displaced by the armed conflict or who are at high social risk, teaching them to use photography and other audiovisual tools to express themselves. These young photographers and their intimate portraiture of their daily lives provide a unique and insightful perspective on the perplexing Colombian conflict.

For more info see www.ajaproject.org — Colombia Project. 

Monday, October 24, 12:00 – 2:00 pm
Gifford Room, 221 Kroeber Hall

Robert Irwin
“Joaquín Murrieta and la Santa de Cabora: History, Legend and Law in the Borderlands”

Gold rush bandit Joaquín Murrieta and insurgent faith healer Teresa Urrea, popularly known as “la Santa de Cabora,” were both major 19th century borderlands outlaws. Marginalized by historiography and glorified in popular legend, each was punished without legal process for crimes never clearly articulated. How might a criminal trial have affected the cultural meanings that have been generated through these icons on both sides of the border?

Robert Irwin is Associate Professor of Spanish and Classics at UC Davis.

-Professor Irwin's homepage

Co-sponsored by the Departments of Spanish and Portuguese and Ethnic Studies.

Thursday, October 27, 12:30 – 1:30 pm
370 Dwinelle Hall

Bay Area Latin American Forum

Peter Evans
“Counter-Hegemonic Globalization and the Nation State: A Brazilian Lens”

Globalization is often seen as displacing the nation state from the center of progressive politics. While it is true that alliances between local and transnational social movements lie at the core of opposition to the current neoliberal global regime, nation states — particularly the major states of the global south — are also essential actors in the politics of “counter-hegemonic globalization.” This talk will use the case of Brazil to illustrate this proposition.

Peter Evans teaches in the Sociology Department at the University of California, Berkeley, where he holds the Marjorie Meyer Eliaser Chair of International Studies. He has worked for many years on the comparative political economy of development, focusing for most of those years on questions of industrial transformation, as discussed in his 1995 book Embedded Autonomy. This talk builds on his chapter on counter-hegemonic globalization in the 2005 edition of the Handbook of Political Sociology.

-Professor Evans' homepage

Monday, November 7, 12:00 – 1:15 pm
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Photos of the event

Oswaldo Peredo
"New Political Trends in Latin America: Focus on Bolivia"

Oswaldo "Chato" Peredo was the political advisor to Evo Morales and the MAS party and the former leader of Bolivia's Socialist Party, PS 1.

This talk will be in Spanish with English translation.

Co-sponsored by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and the Center for Latin American Studies.

Monday, November 7, 4:00 pm
5125 Dwinelle, Spanish & Portuguese Library

Photos of the event

John Kraniauskas
“Deathworks: The Politics and Ethics of Amores perros

Amores perros is a Mexican work of urban neo-naturalism with the populist scope and will-to-representativity of a moving three-paneled mural. In this paper, Prof. Kraniauskas will read each of the film’s three parts with a view to understanding their autonomous compositional principles and themes, as well as their specific articulation to the film’s narrative as a whole. If each part focuses on a broken familial relation, they do so in different ways. The three sections examine economic, cultural and political aspects of Mexican life, together producing an overarching narrative centered on “el Chivo” that that dramatizes the deathwork of the state.

John Kraniauskas is Senior Lecturer of Spanish and Latin American Studies at the University of London.

Co-sponsored by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese.

-Dr. Kraniauskas' homepage at the University of London
-Dr. Kraniauskas' introduction to "The Fourth World War Has Begun"

Tuesday, November 8, 12:00 – 1:00 pm
370 Dwinelle Hall

Cine Documental

Directed by Patricio Guzmán (2002)

Offering up a whimsical, personal view of one of the world’s truly great cities, Chilean director Patricio Guzmán captures Madrid ’s secrets. Exploring the city inside the traffic-snarled ring, he uncovers a place where people enjoy the finest things in life: superb food, engaging conversation and the company of friends. 41 minutes. Spanish with English subtitles.

Robinson Crusoe Island
Directed by Patricio Guzmán (1999)

Patricio Guzmán was 13 years old when he discovered Daniel Defoe’s novel Robinson Crusoe. In 1999, he directed this film on Robinson Crusoe Island off the coast of Chile , a place he had long believed to be fictitious. This intimate and sentimental visit to the “lost” island is a personal meditation on the Crusoe legend and an exploration of the story’s actual setting. 45 minutes. Spanish with English subtitles.

-the films of Patricio Guzman, from the First Run Icarus Films website
-Interview with Patricio Guzman, from IndieWire website

Wednesday, November 9, 7:00 pm
CLAS Conference room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Bay Area Latin American Forum

Nancy Scheper-Hughes
“Human Rights, Democracy and Citizenship in Northeast Brazil”

Death squads are nothing new to the sugar plantation zone of rural Northeast Brazil, an area with a long history of self-styled justiceiros — often in the employ of the region’s sugar barons — taking justice into their own hands. What requires some explanation is the resurgence of extermination groups and death squads in the neoliberal, democratic, civil rights-oriented decades of the 1990s to the present day. In the plantation market town of Timbauba a state of siege and political anarchy peaked in the late 1990s when a particularly virulent death squad took control of the municipio. An unanticipated turn of events in 2001 led to the arrest of 14 gang members when a small group of local activists joined forces with a fearless judge and a tough-minded district attorney in a battle to wrest the town from the vigilantes. In the past year, however, death squad and vigilante attacks have resumed. Among the targets today are journalists and members of the activist human rights community themselves.

Nancy Scheper-Hughes is Professor of Anthropology at UC Berkeley. She is best known for her award-winning books Saints, Scholars and Schizophrenics: Mental Illness in Rural Ireland and Death without Weeping: The Violence of Everyday Life in Brazil.

-video interview with Professor Scheper-Hughes
-Professor Scheper-Hughes' web page

Monday, November 14, 12:00 – 1:15 pm
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Analysis and photos of the event

Cine Documental

Born to be Blind
Directed by Roberto Berliner (1998)

Following three blind sisters as they perform their daily chores and earn money singing and playing ganzá in the streets of poverty-stricken northeast Brazil , this film weaves a complex tale of survival, humor, love, anguish and art. Maria Barbosa, the oldest and most talented of the three sisters, invokes “the will of God” to describe her existence, largely dependent on the kindness of strangers. The camera continues to accompany them as their lives take an unexpected turn as a result of the film. 84 minutes. Portuguese with English subtitles.

-New York Times review of the film

Wednesday, November 30, 7:00 pm
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Adolfo Gilly
"The Mexican Revolution: A People’s History"

In his talk, Adolfo Gilly will discuss his seminal work, The Mexican Revolution: A People’s History, which has recently been published in English. His book — which spans the years between the first peasant uprisings against Porfirio Diaz and the inauguration of Álvaro Obregón in 1920 — has been described as the definitive study of a critical stage in Mexico’s history. Gilly portrays the Mexican Revolution as the starting point for the socialist uprisings of the 20 th century, emphasizing that its reverberations are still felt today in social justice movements in Latin America and the rest of the world.

Adolfo Gilly is Professor of History at the Universidad Autónoma de México. He is the author of numerous books on the history and politics of Mexico and Latin America.

Wednesday, December 7, 4:00 pm
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street



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