Bay Area Latin America Forum Fall 2011

Bay Area Latin America Forum

G. Cristina Mora
Hispanic Panethnicity, 1960-1990

Between 1960 and 1990, America witnessed the dramatic growth of “Hispanic” political, market and cultural organizations. How did this shift occur? Drawing on archival research, Professor Mora traces the series of networks and negotiations between activists, state officials and media executives to reveal how the “Hispanic” category became consolidated and popularized as a collective identity in the United States.   

G. Cristina Mora is an assistant professor of Sociology at UC Berkeley.  She is currently finalizing a book manuscript on “Hispanic” panethnicity in the United States.

Monday, September 19, 12:00 – 1:15 pm
370 Dwinelle Hall

US-Mexico Futures Forum, Fall 2011

U.S.-Mexico Futures Forum

Robert Pastor
The North American Idea

Initially, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) tripled trade and quintupled foreign investment among the United States, Mexico and Canada. Beginning in 2001, however, trade slowed, manufacturing jobs shrank and illegal migration and drug-related violence soared. Europe caught up, and China leaped ahead. To reinvigorate the continent, NAFTA countries need to embrace their interdependence. Robert Pastor offers a detailed blueprint for a more integrated, dynamic and equitable North America.

Robert Pastor is a professor of International Relations and the founder and director of the Center for North American Studies at American University. The author of 17 books, most recently The North American Idea: A Vision of a Continental Future, Pastor has also served on the National Security Council and as a consultant to the State and Defense Departments.

Read Professor Pastor's recent op-ed in The Los Angeles Times

Co-sponsored with the Canadian Studies Program.

Monday, September 19, 4:00 pm
554 Barrows Hall

Cine Latino Fall 2011 - Nostalgia for the Light

Cine Latino

Directed by Caio Sóh (Brazil,2011)

An orphan, raised by his aunt and uncle, Gil lives for his guitar, poetry and alcohol. After a family argument, Gil leaves home with only a guitar on his back. En route, he meets a music producer who will change his destiny forever. 100 minutes. Portuguese with English subtitles.

Co-presented with the San Francisco Latino Film Festival.

Tuesday, September 20, 7:00 pm
Pacific Film Archive Theater, 2575 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

US-Mexico Futures Forum, Fall 2011

U.S.-Mexico Futures Forum

Rafael Fernández de Castro
Mexico’s Foreign Policy Under Calderón

Rafael Fernández de Castro offers an insider’s perspective on Mexican diplomacy during the Calderón years. The former Presidential Advisor for International Affairs and Competitiveness will discuss Mexico’s relations with Central America, Brazil and the United States with a particular focus on the issues of climate change and security.

Professor Rafael Fernández de Castro is the founder and chair of the Department of International Studies at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) and the co-convener of the U.S.–Mexico Futures Forum, an annual conference hosted by CLAS and ITAM.
Thursday, September 22, 4:00 pm
Lounge, Women's Faculty Club

Luisa Schwartzman
Ten Years of Affirmative Action in Brazilian Universities: What Happened to the Racial Agenda?

Luisa Schwartzman is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto.

Monday, September 26, 2:00 pm
402 Barrows Hall

Fernando Botero, "Autorretrato," oil on canvas, 1994.

Juan Carlos Botero
“The Art of Fernando Botero”

Juan Carlos Botero is a prize-winning author and has written for the Colombian dailies La Prensa, El Tiempo and El Espectador. In his most recent book, “El arte de Fernando Botero,” he takes on a subject close to home: his father’s legacy as an artist.

Right: Fernando Botero, "Autorretrato," oil on canvas, 1994.

Monday, September 26, 4:00 pm
Room 140, Boalt Hall

Cine Latino Fall 2011 - Nostalgia for the Light

Cine Latino

“Portales: The Last Letter”
Directed by Paula Leonvendagar (Chile, 2010)

In 2005, the long-lost remains of Diego Portales, one of Chile’s most divisive leaders, were discovered during renovations of Santiago’s Metropolitan Cathedral. The principle architect of Chile’s Constitution of 1833, which established a strong central government dominated by the conservative oligarchy, Portales never became president, yet wielded dictatorial power from behind the scenes. After his assassination in 1837, Portales became a political reference point, considered a Founding Father by some and a cruel dictator by others. “Portales: The Last Letter” narrates the process of excavating and identifying Portales’ remains and explores his significance for Chile. 68 minutes. Spanish with English subtitles.

The film will be followed by a question-and-answer session with Paula Leonvendagar, the director.

Wednesday, September 28, 4:00 pm
145 McCone Hall

Jerry Brown signs the CA Dream Act on Gil Cedillo's back
Jerry Brown signs the first part of the California Dream Act on Gil Cedillo's back, July 2011. (Photo by Christina House / For The Los Angeles Times).

Gil Cedillo
Living the Dream

On July 25, 2011, Governor Jerry Brown signed the first part of the California DREAM Act into law. The second part passed the California State Assembly on September 2, and is currently sitting on the governor’s desk. Together, AB 130 and 131 allow undocumented students who have been admitted to California public colleges and universities and who meet in-state tuition requirements to apply for privately-funded scholarships and non-competitive, state-funded financial aid. For State Assemblyman Gil Cedillo, the passage of the California DREAM Act has been a long time coming. He first introduced the bill in 2005 and has worked tirelessly to have it passed into law.

Gil Cedillo is a California State Assemblyman representing the 45th State Assembly District in Los Angeles County and the lead author of the California Dream Act. Previously he served as a California State Senator representing the 22nd district and a State Assemblyman representing the 46th District.

Thursday, September 29, 4:00 pm
Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler Hall

Video and photos of the event

Raúl Zurita (with Anna Deeny)
The Craft of Poetry: A Bilingual Reading

Considered Chile's major poet, Raúl Zurita is direct heir to the traditions of Pablo Neruda. He writes of mutilation and loss, the traumatic experience of silence and displacement, the anguish of Chileans living under authoritarian rule. Despite the highly political charge of his poetry, Zurita never abandons his attention to experimentalism and form‐breaking style. His work situates him as one of the great innovators of poetry in Spanish.

Raúl Zurita is the author of 20 books of poetry and recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship, the DAAD prize, the Casa de las Americas Prize and the Chilean National Prize for Literature. His most recent books are Kurosawa Dreams (2010) and Zurita (2011).

Anna Deeny is a critic of Latin American and U.S. poetry and a Lecturer at Harvard University. She received her doctorate from UC Berkeley in '09 and has translated Zurita's Purgatorio (UC Press 2009) and his Kurosawa Dreams (in press).

Co‐sponsored with the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Office of the Dean of Arts & Humanities, Center for Latin American Studies, The Townsend Center for the Humanities.

Monday, October 3, 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall

Tinker Summer Field Research Symposium

This 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 - Wednesday, October 4-5, 3:00-5:00 pm
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Bay Area Latin America Forum Fall 2011

Bay Area Latin America Forum

Frank Zimring
What, if Anything, Can New York Teach Mexico About the Control of Border City Violence?

The contrast in crime trends between U.S. and Northern Mexican cities is striking but instructive. Lethal violence is down by four-fifths in New York City, yet it has increased to epidemic proportions in some Mexican border cities. Can New York’s emphasis on priorities and “hot spots” help frame anti-violence policy in Mexico? Professor Zimring draws on his New York research to address this question.

Franklin Zimring is the Simon Professor of Law and Wolfen Distinguished Scholar at Berkeley Law School. Oxford will publish his book, The City That Became Safe: What New York Teaches about Urban Crime and Its Control,in November.

Article on Professor Zimring from the Berkeley Review of Latin American Studies

Monday, October 24, 12:00 pm
370 Dwinelle Hall

US-Mexico Futures Forum, Fall 2011

U.S.-Mexico Futures Forum

Amalia García Medina
Mexico at the Crossroads:  The 2012 Election

Amalia García Medina served as governor of Zacatecas from 2004 to 2010. Prior to her turn as governor, she was elected to both the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate and served as the National President of the Partido de la Revolución Democrática (PRD).


Horacio Salinas
"An Evening with Horacio Salinas"

On November 1, CLAS presented a recital by Horacio Salinas, one of Latin America's most highly regarded musicians and composers.  He is one of the founders and musical director of the legendary Chilean musical group, the Historic Inti-Illimani.

Tuesday, November 1, 6:00 pm
Great Hall, Bancroft Hotel

Videos and photos of the event

César Rodríguez-Garavito
Ethnicity.gov: Global Governance, Indigenous Peoples, and the Right to Prior Consultation in Social Minefields

César Rodríguez-Garavito is Associate Professor of Law at the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá.

Part of the Mellon Program in Latin American Sociology event series "Emerging Political Faultlines in South America."

Wednesday, November 2, 12:00 pm
554 Barrows Hall

Cine Latino Fall 2011 - Nostalgia for the Light

Cine Latino

“Granito: How to Nail a Dictator”
Directed by Pamela Yates (Guatemala, 2011)

“Granito” is the story of how a documentary film about Guatemala’s turbulent history emerges as an active player in current human rights cases. The film’s characters sift for clues buried in archives and memories, seeking to uncover a narrative that could unlock the past and settle matters of life and death in the present. 103 minutes. English.

A discussion between Almudena Bernabeu of the Center for Justice and Accountability, the lead counsel in the Guatemalan genocide case, and Professor Beatriz Manz, an expert witness, will follow the film.

Co-sponsored with the Berkeley Law School.

Wednesday, November 2, 5:00 pm
100 Boalt Hall

Edgardo Lander
Tensions and Contradictions within the Current Political Processes in Latin America: Bolivia, Ecuador and Venezuela

Edgardo Lander is a Professor of Sociology at the Universidad Central de Venezuela.

Part of the Mellon Program in Latin American Sociology event series "Emerging Political Faultlines in South America."

Monday, November 7, 12:00 pm
554 Barrows Hall

Steven Levitsky
Peru’s Surprising Left Turn

The election of left-leaning ex-military officer Ollanta Humala in Peru’s 2011 election came as a surprise to observers. Peru’s economy boomed under market-oriented governments in the 2000s, and it was widely expected that a pro-establishment candidate would win. This talk will seek to explain Humala’s victory and examine future scenarios under the Humala government.

Steven Levitsky is a professor of Government at Harvard University. He is the author of Transforming Labor-Based Parties in Latin America: Argentine Peronism in Comparative Perspective (2003), and the co-author (with Lucan Way) of Competitive Authoritarianism: Hybrid Regimes after the Cold War (2010).

Monday, November 7, 4:00 pm
141 Giannini Hall

Encuentros 2011: “Connecting Chilean Minds Worldwide”

The fifth Encuentros international conference will be held in North America for the first time at the University of California Berkeley.  It brings together scholars, Nobel laureates, artists, scientists, entrepreneurs, and opinion leaders from the United States, Chile, India, and Europe.

CLAS is a supporter of the conference.

Thursday-Saturday, November 10-12, 2011
To register and further information see: http://www.encuentros2011.org/

Michelle Bachelet
"Engaging Global Possibilities"

Michelle Bachelet is the Executive Director of UN Women. She served as President of Chile from 2006 to 2010.

Free and open to the public


Bay Area Latin America Forum Fall 2011

Bay Area Latin America Forum

Daniel Alarcón
An Unlikely Democracy: Inside Peru’s Lurigancho Prison

Inside Peru’s largest and most notorious prison, an unlikely sort of democracy has emerged. Bloc 7, which houses those accused of international drug trafficking, is the site of yearly elections, with everything a political campaign on the outside would have: door-to-door politicking, horse-trading, intrigue, campaign parties and rallies, speeches and even secret ballots. How did this surprising system develop, and why? Daniel Alarcón spent two weeks inside Lurigancho, observing the most recent election, in order to find out.

Daniel Alarcón is a CLAS Visiting Scholar and the author of two story collections, a graphic novel, and Lost City Radio, which won the 2009 International Literature Prize. He is co-founder of Radio Ambulante and was named one the New Yorker’s 20 Writers Under 40 in 2010.

Monday, November 14, 12:00 pm
370 Dwinelle Hall

Cine Latino Fall 2011 - Nostalgia for the Light

Cine Latino

“Nostalgia for the Light”
Directed by Patricio Guzmán (Chile, 2010) 

The renowned Chilean documentarian Patricio Guzmán goes to the Atacama Desert – one of the highest, driest places on earth – to examine both the work of astronomers who search the skies to understand our universe and that of the relatives of Pinochet-era disappeared who search the sands for the bodies of their loved-ones. 90 minutes. Spanish with English subtitles.

“The filmmaker’s masterpiece, an exquisitely filmed, poetically written meditation on how past and present fuse in humanity’s most unresolved questions.”
  —Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post

Monday, November 14, 7:00 pm
Center for Latin American Studies at the
Pacific Film Archive Theater, 2575 Bancroft Way

Mapuche Delegation Visits Berkeley
“Broadcasting Araucania”

Representatives of Chile’s Mapuche people will discuss the culture of Aruacania and display representative handicrafts and goods.

In Spanish with translation.

Tuesday, November 15, 3:00 – 5:00 pm
554 Barrows Hall

José Quiroga
"The Book of Flight: Modernism, Pop Culture and Homosexuality"

José Quiroga is professor of Spanish and Latin American studies at Emory University and author of Tropics of Desire: Interventions from Queer Latino America (2000).

Co-sponsored with the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, the Department of Comparative Literature, the Department of Gender and Women's Studies, and the Townsend Center for the Humanities.

Thursday, November 17th, 5:00 pm
Spanish and Portuguese Library, 5125 Dwinelle Hall

Bay Area Latin America Forum Fall 2011

Bay Area Latin America Forum

Nathan Sayre
Fatal Follies of Fortification: Conservation and Violence in the U.S.–Mexico Borderlands

For the last decade, U.S. immigration policy has focused disproportionately on interdiction, especially in the area immediately north of the U.S.–Mexico border. Unfortunately, policymakers fail to understand the ineffectiveness of this policy or its actual effects in the borderlands. Nathan Sayre explores these effects from the vantage point of long-time rural residents in the Arizona–New Mexico portion of the border, for whom border fortification has brought violence on a scale not seen since the late 19th century, interfering with both their livelihoods and their efforts at innovative conservation.

Nathan Sayre is an associate professor of Geography at UC Berkeley. He has worked in the borderlands of Arizona, New Mexico, Sonora and Chihuahua for nearly two decades and studies the region’s environmental history, land use and conservation politics.

Monday, November 28, 1:00 pm
370 Dwinelle Hall

Manuel Garreton
New Trends in Social Movements and Politics: The 2011 Student Movement in Chile

Manuel Garreton is a Professor of Sociology and Political Science at the Universidad de Chile.

Part of the Mellon Program in Latin American Sociology event series "Emerging Political Faultlines in South America."

Wednesday, November 30, 12:00 pm
554 Barrows Hall

Giorgio Jackson
Inside Chile's Student Movement

Over the past 20 years Chile has made significant strides in expanding access to higher education. However, much of this expansion has been achieved through for-profit universities of uneven quality. Overall, the state pays only 15 percent of higher education costs, leaving families to come up with the rest, often by taking on heavy debt. In recent months, students have taken to the streets in the most massive and sustained set of demonstrations since the end of the Pinochet regime, protesting the inequalities and shortcomings of the education system. Similar movements throughout the Americas show the growing influence of the “Chilean winter.”

In 2010, Giorgio Jackson was elected president of Chile’s Catholic University Student Federation (Federación de Estudiantes de la Universidad Católica de Chile or FEUC) and has become one of the principal leaders of the 2011 student demonstrations.

In English and Spanish (with translation).

Video and photos of an October 2011 video conference with Giorgio Jackson

Wednesday, November 30, 6:00 pm
Room 105, Boalt Hall

Video and photos of the event

Film Screening:
“Miss Bala” With Producer Diego Luna

“Miss Bala,” Mexico’s official selection for the Oscars, will premiere across the U.S. in January 2012. The film, which is drawing raves for its superb acting and innovative style, tackles the subject of Mexico’s drug war from the perspective of a naïve beauty pageant contestant. Spanish with English subtitles. 113 minutes.

Diego Luna, also a film director and actor (Y tu mamá también and Milk), will speak on art and cinema as a tool for social change and answer questions about the film.

Free tickets will be available at the door on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 5:00 pm. Doors open at 6:30 pm.

Sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies.

PLEASE NOTE: This film is rated "R," for mature audiences.

Download the poster (2 MB .pdf)
See the trailer for "Miss Bala"
Article about the film from NPR

Thursday, December 1, 2011, 7:00 pm
Wheeler Auditorium, Wheeler Hall




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