Ambassador Héctor Timerman,
Consul General of Argentina in New York

Héctor Timerman
"State Terrorism: Memoir of a Family Under Siege"

Héctor Timerman is the Consul General of Argentina in New York.

Ambassador Timerman was cofounder and board member of Human Rights Watch, and the son of Jacobo Timerman, an outspoken journalist, who was imprisoned, tortured and held under house arrest in Argentina for 30 months in the 1970s, an experience detailed in the 1981 book, Prisoner Without a Name, Cell Without a Number.

- Download our poster for this event and the art opening (450KB .pdf)

-Recent article from the New York Times (reg. req.)
"Argentina's Dictatorship Stands Trial"

Wednesday, August 30, 4:00 pm
Seaborg Room, Faculty Club

Article on and photos of the event
Article by Amb. Timerman from Berkeley Review of Latin American Studies

Art Opening
"En Negro y Blanco: Images of State Terrorism in Argentina (1976-1983) on the Thirtieth Anniversary of the Military Coup"

featuring the work of Pablo Cerolini and Alejandro Reynoso

On March 24th, 1976, a military coup led to the bloodiest dictatorship in Argentine history. In the ensuing years, thousands of people were kidnapped, tortured and murdered by military forces, while many others were jailed or forced into a long exile.

Chronicling this period as a photo journalist was a perilous occupation. Pablo Cerolini and Alejandro Reynoso came away with stark images of repressive violence used by the modern state.

On Display August 31 to November 17, 2006
at the Center for Latin American Studies, 2334 Bowditch Street

Opening Reception
Wednesday, August 30, 6:00 pm
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Photos of the opening

The U.S.-Mexico Futures Forum

Denise Dresser
"Where is Mexico Headed?"

Professor Dresser will examine the current electoral crisis in Mexico in the context of the possibilities and problems that country faces.

Denise Dresser is a Professor in the Department of Political Science at ITAM in Mexico City. She is one of the leading commentators on the current crisis.

Professor Dresser on NewsHour

- Analysis of Professor Dresser's last visit to the Center for Latin American Studies
- Election round-up from the Washington Post

- Professor Dresser in print: México: lo que todo ciudadano quisiera (no) saber de su patria and in the compilation Gritos y susurros

Tuesday, September 5, 4:00 pm
Lounge, Women's Faculty Club

Photos of the event
Article by Prof. Dresser in the Berkeley Review of Latin American Studies

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 7, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
CLAS Conference Room
2334 Bowditch Street

Cine Latino

Favela Rising, by Jeff Zimbalist (2005)

Set in one of Rio de Janeiro’s most violent slums, a former drug trafficker uses hip-hop, street rhythms and Afro-Brazilian dance to transform his community. 80 minutes. Portuguese with English subtitles.

- Movie website: trailers and plot synopsis

Monday, September 11, 7:00 pm
Pacific Film Archive, 2575 Bancroft Way

Article and photos

"Terra de Ninguém! Conversas sobre Arte Pública /
Nobody's Land! Conversations on Public Art"

CLAS is pleased to co-sponsor a two-day conference on public art on September 12 and 13.

September 12, 4:00-6:00 pm
"Arte Pública e Consciência Social no Brasil / Public Art and Social Consciousness in Brazil"

September 13, 2:00-6:00 pm
"Sementes para a Paz - Arte Pública e Direitos Humanos / Seeds for Peace: Public Art and Human Rights"

More information-->

President Ricardo Lagos, official portrait and in the streets of Santiago on his last day in office. (photos: Presidencia de la Républica de Chile)

Ricardo Lagos, President of Chile (2000-2006)
"Challenges for Latin America"

President Lagos is a Visiting Professor at CLAS for Fall 2006.

Introduction: Chancellor Robert J. Birgeneau

Free tickets will be available at the door one hour before the event.

Co-sponsored by the Office of the Chancellor.

View archived webcast of the event (Realplayer)

Recent interview with President Lagos in MercoPress

Monday, September 18, 6:00 pm
Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Center

Article about and photos of the event
Article about President Lagos from Berkeley Review of Latin American Studies

Greg Grandin
“Empire's Workshop: Latin America, the United States, and the Rise of the New Imperialism”

Professor Greg Grandin will discuss his new book Empire’s Workshop. In it, he argues that the Reagan Administration’s Central American policy was the crucible where many of the characteristics of George W. Bush’s post-9/11 foreign policy first appeared.

Greg Grandin is Professor of History at New York University, and the author of three books, including most recently Empire's Workshop, published by Metropolitan Books in its American Empire Project series. He served as a consultant to the UN's truth commission on Guatemala, and has written for the New York Times, Harper's, The Nation, and The Boston Review.

- Review of Empire's Workshop from the Washington Post

Monday, September 25, 4:00 pm
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Article about and photos of the event


Bay Area Latin America Forum

Teresa Caldeira
"A Contested Public: Walls, Graffiti, and Pichações in São Paulo"

Professor Caldeira will discuss narratives of inequality in modern São Paulo . She explores expressions of separation in contemporary Brazilian cities. Separation and inequality help define the urban space itself, and also permeate music, film, and graffiti.

Teresa Caldeira is Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Irvine. She is the author of numerous articles and the book City of Walls: Crime, Segregation, and Citizenship in São Paulo (University of California Press, 2000).

Monday, October 2, 12:00 pm
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Article about and photos of the event
Article on event from Berkeley Review of Latin American Studies

"Trade, Development and the Americas"
Ricardo Lagos, David Bonior, and Harley Shaiken

A conversation with:

Ricardo Lagos, President of Chile, 2000-2006;
Visiting Professor, Center for Latin American Studies, Fall 2006

David Bonior, Professor of Urban, Labor and Metropolitan Affairs, Wayne State University; Member of Congress 1977-2003; House Democratic Whip 1991-2002

Moderated by:
Harley Shaiken, Chair of the Center for Latin American Studies; Professor of Geography and Education

Tickets will be available one hour before the event.

- View archived webcast of the event (Real)

Monday, October 2, 6:00 pm
Toll Room, Alumni House

Article by Lyal White and photos of the event
Article by Wendy Muse Sinek and photos of the event
Article on event from Berkeley Review of Latin American Studies

Inaugural CLAS Graduate Student Brown Bag Lunch
"Enforcement and Compliance with Labor Regulation," Lucas Ronconi

The Center for Latin American Studies is sponsoring a graduate student brown bag lunch series, where students are invited to present their work and receive feedback from their peers. The first speaker will Lucas Ronconi, presenting, “Enforcement and Compliance with Labor Regulation,” research dealing with labor policy in Argentina. Please bring your lunch. Beverages and dessert will be provided.

Tuesday, October 3, 12:30 – 1:30 pm
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Cine Latino

The Devil's Miner, by Kief Davidson and Richard Ladkani (2005)

This documentary follows the story of 14 year-old Basilio Vargas and his 12 year-old brother Bernardino. Working in the depths of the Bolivian silver mines of Cerro Rico, they and the other miners believe their fate is determined by the devil. While supporting their mother, the brothers work to placate the devil and to escape a life in the mines through education. 82 minutes. Spanish with English subtitles.

Wednesday, October 4, 7:00 pm
Room 160, Kroeber Hall

Opening Reception
"Exhibition Of The Works Of Paolo Mendes Da Rocha"

The work of 2006 Pritzker Prize recipient Paulo Mendes da Rocha will be featured in an exhibition October 9-27. The Opening Reception for the exhibition will feature a brief talk by Professor Kathleen James-Chakraborty on mid-20th Century Brazilian Architecture.

Co-sponsored with the College of Environmental Design Alumni Association.

Tuesday, October 10, 6:00 pm
108 Wurster 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

Thursday, October 12, 1:00 – 4:00 pm and
Friday, October 13, 1:00 – 3:30 pm
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Douglas Tompkins
"Toward Eco-localism"

Comau Fjord, Pumalín Park, Chile

The Chilean government plans to build two dams in and a highway right through Pumalín Park, one of the country's most pristine wilderness areas, "a move that environmentalists say threatens a unique experiment in international forest protection," says an Oct. 8 San Francisco Chronicle article.

At the same time, Argentina is threatening to seize huge tracts of land owned by an American environmentalist, as politicians speak of the dangers of foreign ownership.

The common factor in both cases is American entrepreneur Douglas Tompkins, the cofounder of the clothing retailers Esprit and North Face, who built Pumalín and is determined to save it.

Tompkins, the president of the Foundation for Deep Ecology in San Francisco and president of the Conservation Land Trust in Puerto Montt, Chile, will speak on "Eco-localism."

- Article from the Washington Post on Argentina and Tompkins

Friday, October 13, 4:00 pm
Room 141, McCone Hall

Article about and photos of the event
Article on the event and photos of Pumalin from the Berkeley Review

Bay Area Latin America Forum

Brad DeLong
"Afta Thoughts On Nafta"

“I was a true believer in NAFTA--the North American Free Trade Agreement. Now my faith is not gone but shaken.” So states Brad DeLong, economist and creator of one of the net’s most popular weblogs on economics, at www.j-bradford-delong.net.

J. Bradford DeLong is Professor of Economics and Chair of the Political Economy major at the University of California at Berkeley. He also serves as a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and was Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy.

- Webcast of this event

- Recent "Morning Coffee" video clip with Professor DeLong on NAFTA

Monday, October 16, 12:00 pm
Lounge, Women's Faculty Club

Article about and photos of the event
Article on the talk by Lauge Skovgaard Poulsen
Article by Prof. DeLong from the Berkeley Review of Latin American Studies

The U.S.-Mexico Futures Forum

Manuel Camacho Solís
"Where is Mexico Headed?"

In July 2006, Mexico experienced one of the closest presidential elections in its history between Felipe Calderón and Andrés Manuel López Obrador. The formal result was only ratified by federal electoral authorities after weeks of controversy, and their decision is still contested.

Manuel Camacho Solís is a key adviser to Andrés Manuel López Obrador and former mayor of Mexico City.

Wednesday, October 18, 6:00 pm
Maude Fife Room, Room 315, Wheeler Hall

Article about and photos of this event
Article on this event by Eugenio Urquiza Fernández
Article from Berkeley Review of Latin American Studies

Cine Latino

Voces Inocentes, by Luis Mandoki (2005)

Chava, an eleven-year-old boy, suddenly becomes the "man of the house" after his father abandons the family in the middle of the El Salvadoran civil war. As he helps his mother pay the bills and experiences the pangs of first love, Chava knows that soon he may be either drafted by the army or forced to join the rebels to avoid being conscripted with his classmates. 118 minutes. Spanish with English subtitles.

Wednesday, October 18, 7:00 pm
Room 160, Kroeber Hall (map)

Veronica Leyva
"Justice for Women on the Border"

Verónica Rosario Leyva is a grassroots organizer in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Employed in the maquiladora industry for a decade, she has spent fifteen years organizing in her community, conducting workshops on worker's and women's rights.  Ms. Leyva has worked for justice for the victims of the femicides in Ciudad Juarez and to change the overall living conditions in her community, most recently with the Mexico Solidarity Network.

In Spanish, with translation.

Co-sponsored with the Departments of Spanish and Portuguese, Peace and Conflict Studies, and Ethnic Studies.

Thursday, October 19, 2:00 pm
Room 370, Dwinelle Hall

Bay Area Latin America Forum

Daniel Coronell
"Plan Colombia: Corte de Cuentas"

In 2000, Colombia and the United States inaugurated Plan Colombia with the goal of delivering a mortal blow to cocaine traffic. Six years and 10.6 billion dollars later, the results have been disappointing. The price of cocaine on the American street hasn’t increased significantly, and the area under coca cultivation in Colombia has not diminished.

Daniel Coronell is a journalist from Colombia. He is the news director and founder of Noticias Uno, the most watched weekend news program on public stations in Colombia. He is also a columnist for the most widely circulated news magazine in Colombia, Semana. Daniel is currently a visiting scholar at the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

- Article on Coronell in the U.S. from the Los Angeles Times

Monday, October 23, 12:00 pm
Lounge, Women's Faculty Club

Article and photos of the event
Article by Daniel Coronell on Plan Colombia in
Berkeley Review of Latin American Studies

Bay Area Latin America Forum

Eva Harris
"Infectious Disease Research in Latin America: A Platform for Scientific Capacity Building and Social Mobilization"

Dr. Harris will discuss her work on dengue fever in Nicaragua: clinical investigations, vaccine trial sites, and promoting community participation in mosquito control. Her work illustrates how such research can empower scientists and community members alike.

Eva Harris is Associate Professor of Public Health at UC Berkeley, specializing in infectious diseases. She is also the founder and president of the Sustainable Sciences Institute (SSI), a non-profit organization based in San Francisco. Professor Harris was awarded the MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship in 1997.

- Interview with Professor Harris at the Institute for International Studies

- New York Times interview with Professor Harris (from the Acumen Fund website)

- The Sustainable Sciences Institute

Monday, October 30, 12:00 pm
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Article about and photos of the event

Adriana Amante and David Oubiña
Sarmiento, Borges, Saer y el paisaje Argentino”

This three-day seminar features both lectures and master classes (see below) taught by Adriana Amante and David Oubiña.

All lectures and classes will be conducted in Spanish.

Monday, October 30:

Adriana Amante, Lecture: Políticas y poéticas de la traducción para el siglo XIX argentino.
12:00 – 1:30 pm , Room 5125 (Spanish Library), Dwinelle Hall

Tuesday, October 31:

David Oubiña, Master Class: “Borges and film”
9:30-11:00 am , Room 234, Dwinelle Hall. Limited seating space.

Adriana Amante, Master Class: “Sarmiento”
12:30-2:00 pm , Room 105, Dwinelle Hall. Limited seating space.

Wednesday, November 1:

David Oubiña, Lecture: “Otros, ellos, antes podían”: Juan José Saer, el cine, y el fracaso de la literatura.
1:00 – 2:00 pm , Room 5125 (Spanish Library), Dwinelle Hall

This seminar is being co-sponsored by the Spanish & Portuguese Department and the Office of the Dean of Arts & Humanities.

Monday-Wednesday, October 30-November 1

Bay Area Latin America Forum

Susana Kaiser
"The Dirty War"

Thirty years ago, a military coup installed a dictatorship in Argentina that left an estimated 30,000 disappeared. Kaiser will discuss how young Argentines remember the years of state terrorism and their postmemories, focusing on how the younger generation is reconstructing this past from three main sources: dialogue, education, and the media.

Susana Kaiser is Assistant Professor at the Department of Media Studies and the Latin American Studies program at the University of San Francisco.

Monday, November 6, 12:00 pm
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Photos of the event

Jim Shultz
"Bolivia and Democracy"

Since Bolivia’s historic water revolt, popular movements have sought to reconstruct the state to better serve the needs of its indigenous majority. Those efforts culminated in last December's election of Evo Morales as the nation's first indigenous president. Since his election, Bolivia has struggled to implement reforms, from a stymied “nationalization” of the petroleum-based industries to contentious attempts at a new national constitution that adequately represents all of Bolivia’s ethnically diverse communities.

Jim Shultz is the Executive Director of the Democracy Center and he has lived in Bolivia since 1998.  His reports on the Cochabamba Water War, and his ongoing reporting on Bolivia, are featured in newspapers, magazines and radio across the US, Canada and Europe.  

Wednesday, November 8, 2006, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Room 166, Barrows Hall

Photos of the event

Cine Latino

De Nadie, by Tin Dirdamal (2005)

In De Nadie, Mexican filmmaker Tin Dirdamal follows Central American refugees in a South-Mexican refugee centre, from where they hitch illegal rides on freight trains to the northern border. Apart from the Mexican immigration service and police, the illegal aliens are threatened by the security service of the railroad companies, the criminal La Mara Salvatrucha gang and the train itself. The horror stories of refugees, are alternated with interviews with employees of the railroad, the immigration service and a relief organization, and complemented by background information. 84 minutes, Spanish with English subtitles.

Wednesday, November 8, 7:00 pm
Room 160, Kroeber Hall

CLAS Graduate Student Brown Bag Lunch
"El Tunel," Roberto Hernandez

As part of the CLAS Graduate Student Brown Bag Lunch series, Roberto Hernandez will present “El Tunel,” a 27 minute documentary film featuring the flaws in the Mexican criminal justice system. The Boston Latino Film Festival, in its film review claims, “In Mexico , a tunnel connects the prison and the courtrooms. Innocent people are locked up while the real criminals walk the streets. Meet the real legal thriller: the Mexican criminal justice system.”

Students are invited to attend and give Roberto their feedback. Please bring your lunch. Beverages and dessert will be provided.

Thursday, November 9, 12:30 – 1:30 pm
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Bay Area Latin America Forum

Amelia Barili
"Writing from the Margins: Borges, Reyes and Arguedas"

Amelia Barili will discuss links between the works of Jorge Luis Borges and José María Arguedas through Alfonso Reyes' concept of "inteligencia americana." She analyzes how Borges and Arguedas' ideas begin to converge through their mutual interest in ancient cosmogonies and marginality.

Amelia Barili teaches in the Spanish and Portuguese Department in UC Berkeley. She was a personal friend of Jorge Luis Borges and her conversations with him have been published in numerous newspapers. Her book "Jorge Luis Borges y Alfonso Reyes: La cuestión de la identidad del escritor latinoamericano" was published by Fondo de Cultura Económica with a prologue by Elena Poniatowska.

Monday, November 13, 12:00 pm
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Photos of the event

Cine Latino

Film Screening
Pancho Villa: The Revolution Has Not Ended
A documentary by Francesco Taboada

In 1999, Don Ernesto Nava celebrated his 85th birthday with his family and revealed to them a secret that he had kept all of his life. He recalled how, on his 8th birthday, his mother had told him: “Look you are the son of Gen. Francisco Villa, but you may never tell any one.” Eighty-two years after having crossed the Rio Bravo, Nava returns to Mexico to discover who his father was.

In Spanish with English subtitles, 102 minutes.

Part of the 10th International Latino Film Festival.

Tuesday, November 14, 7:00 pm
Room 159, Mulford Hall

Photos of the event

The U.S.-Mexico Futures Forum

"Perspectives on Immigration: A Discussion"

In December 2005, at the request of President Bush, the US House of Representatives passed legislation seeking to change US immigration policy and reduce illegal immigration.  The bill, deemed overly restrictive by immigrants and their supporters, sparked massive protests in many US cities.  Though the Senate passed more liberal legislation, the immigration issue remained unresolved and is a major campaign issue in the 2006 elections.  “Perspectives on Immigration” aims to explore the immigration debate, proposed legislation, and how the outcome of the 2006 election may affect the future of 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


"Reinventing Venezuela: A Symposium on Culture, Memory, and Power"

Friday, November 17
In the Tilden Room

Opening Remarks 4:00 - 4.30 pm

José Rabasa, Chair, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, UC Berkeley

Opening Keynote, 4:30 - 6:00 pm

Introduction: Julio Ramos (Spanish and Portuguese, UC Berkeley)

Fernando Coronil (Anthropology & History, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor) - "Bodies of Evidence: Truths and Secrets in the Coup Against Chávez"

Comments by Lydia Chávez, School of Journalism, UC Berkeley

Reception, 6:00 pm


Saturday, 18 November 2006
In the Tilden Room

Café, 8:30-9:00 am

Panel 1: Memorias heroicas, 9:00-11:00 am

Alicia Rios (Languages, Literature, and Linguistics, Syracuse University) - "El culto a Bolívar según Hugo Chávez"

Luis Ricardo Dávila (Ciencias Políticas, Vice-Rectorado, Universidad de Los Andes) - “Venezuela frente al espejo: estructura de poder heroico y revolución”

Javier Lasarte (Letras, Universidad Simón Bolívar) - "Algo de historia y cultura social entre miserias, cesarismos y utopías"

Comments: Tulio Halperín Donghi (History, UC Berkeley)

Panel 2: Razas, multitudes, y nación, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Luis Duno-Gottberg ( Languages & Linguistics, Florida Atlantic University) - “The Color of Crowds: Racial Politics and Media Representation in Bolivarian Venezuela”

Javier Guerrero (Spanish and Portuguese, New York University) - “El gran varón: Disputas del cuerpo nacional en tiempos de Revolución”

Comments: Richard Rosa (Spanish and Portuguese, UC Berkeley)

Lunch Break

Panel 3: Citizenship and Social Struggles, 2:30 - 4:00 pm

Alejandro Velasco (History, Hampshire College) - “We Are Still Rebels: Founding Myth, Revolutionary Change and the Challenge of Popular History in Bolivarian Venezuela”

Charles L. Briggs & Clara Mantini-Briggs (Anthropology, Public Health, UC Berkeley) - “Misión Barrio Adentro: Redefining Citizenship, the Body (Politic), and the State”

Comments: Laura Enríquez (Sociology, UC Berkeley)

Closing Keynote, 4:30 – 6:00 pm

Introduction: Mark Healey (History, UC Berkeley)

Steve Ellner (History, Universidad del Oriente) - "Venezuela under Hugo Chavez: From Antineoliberalism to the Outlines of a New Economic Model"

Comments: Mark Healey

Roundtable Discussion, 6:00 - 7:00 pm


Coordinator: Christene DeJong (Venezuela Studies Group, UC Berkeley)

Co-sponsored with the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, the Venezuela Studies Group, the Dean of International and Area Studies, the Townsend Center, the Dean of Letters and Science, and the Program for Chicano and Latino Studies

For more information call the Center for Latin American Studies (510-642-2088) or the Department of Spanish and Portuguese (510-642-0471) at UC Berkeley.

Friday and Saturday, November 17-18
Tilden Room, ASUC (King Student Union) Building

Article about the event

Carmen Aída Ibarra
"Los acuerdos de paz en Guatemala: La reconciliación, un proceso integral que supera los ámbitos, la justicia y la reparación"

For thirty-six years, civil war bled Guatemala. Though peace accords were signed in 1996 and extensive political reforms were subsequently implemented, corruption, impunity and lingering misgivings continue to plague the country. Carmen Ibarra will discuss efforts for reconciliation, justice and reparations.

Carmen Aída Ibarra is the political coordinator for Guatemala’s Fundación Myrna Mack, one of Guatemala’s leading human rights foundations.

This lecture will be delivered in Spanish.

Monday, November 20, 4:00 pm
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Article about and photos of the event

"Mesoamerican Time Before and After the Spanish Invasion"

The colloquium will provide an opportunity to reflect on what it means to think about time before and after the European invasion of the Americas. The conversation will explore concepts of time beyond the commonplaces that reduce European time to linear structures and Mesoamerican time to cyclical patterns.

Speakers include:

Johanna Broda, Instituto de Invesitaciones Históricas, UNAM
Johannes Neurath, Museo Nacional de Antropología e Historia, INAH
Gordon Brotherston, Spanish and Portuguese, Stanford University
José Rabasa (Spanish and Portuguese, UC Berkeley)
Kathleen Davis (English, Princeton University)
Jesús Rodríguez-Velasco (Spanish and Portuguese, UC Berkeley

Co-sponsored with the Townsend Center for the Humanities, Anthropology, Medieval Studies, and the Dean of Arts and Humanities.

Contact the department of Spanish and Portuguese for more information, at http://spanish-portuguese.berkeley.edu.

Tuesday, November 21, 8:30 am - 6:30 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall

Javier Echecopar
Between the Baroque and the Andean"

Javier Echecopar will play and discuss his music: guitar compositions that integrate European, Andean and African music and techniques. Echecopar plays both baroque and traditional guitar in a manner that demonstrates both technical precision and human passion.

Javier Echecopar is an award-winning Peruvian guitarist and composer. He is a founding instructor at the Pontifica Universidad Católica Peruana’s Conservatory of Music.

Tuesday, November 28, 6:00 pm
Homeroom, International House

Photos of the event

Mônica de los Rios and Brent Millikan
“Large Infrastructure Projects, Conflicts over Natural Resources and Challenges for Governance in the Western Amazon”

Large infrastructure projects in the western Amazon are being debated in Brazil, in terms of changing development paradigms, territorial planning, environmental justice and governance.  Brent Millikan and Mônica de los Rios will discuss case studies from the state of Rondônia and the tri-border region of Brazil, Bolivia and Peru, where large transportation and hydroelectric projects are planned in conjunction with IIRSA, a cooperative initiative among South American governments supported by the Inter-American Development Bank.  One focus will be the MAP Initiative, a civil society network linking academic institutions, NGOs and social movements.  MAP has played a major role in stimulating discussion of alternative development strategies for the tri-border region; however, major debates lay ahead, with the paving of the Transoceânica Highway linking Brazil to the Pacific Ocean in Peru, and a series of planned hydroelectric projects on the Madeira River.
Mônica de los Rios is a biologist and ecologist, a researcher with the Parque Zoobotânico at the Federal University of Acre and a founding member of the MAP Initiative. Brent Millikan is a geographer that is currently working as a consultant with the Ministry of the Environment and state government of Acre in Brazil.  Both are visiting scholars this semester at CLAS, as well as with the Luce Project on Green Governance coordinated by the Institute of International Studies. 

- IIRSA (Iniciativa para la Integración de la Infraestructura Regional Suramericana)
- MAP Initiative: map-amazonia.net
- CNN article on planned hydroelectric development on the Madeira River
- Federal University of Acre
- Brazil ’s Ministry of the Environment
- State government of Acre 

Date and Time Change: Wednesday, November 29, 4:00 pm
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Article about and photos of the event

Lyal White
"The India-Brazil-South Africa Alliance: A Fresh Look at South-South Cooperation"

Unlike previous efforts characterized by much talk and little action, the India-Brazil-South Africa forum is developing a plan for economic and political integration. White will analyze the implications of South-South cooperation moving toward a more constructive development agenda.

Lyal White is a CLAS visiting scholar and doctoral student at the University of Cape Town in South Africa researching investment rationale in Africa and Latin America.

- Article by White in Business Day (South Africa)

Thursday, November 30, 4:00 pm
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Photo of the event

Carlos Chamorro
"The Nicaraguan Elections: Ortega's Return to Power"

Carlos Chamorro

Carlos F. Chamorro is a renowned journalist and consultant on issues related to communication and democracy in Latin America. He currently serves as director of the television program Esta Semana y Esta Noche, Canal 8, and editor of the weekly paper Confidencial. He is also director of the radio show "Onda Local" on "Radio La Primerísima" and President of the Centro de Investigaciones de la Comunicación (CINCO).

Thursday, November 30, 6:00 pm
Lounge, Women's Faculty Club

Article about and photos of the event

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