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Inequality: A Dialogue for the Americas

Ricardo Lagos and Robert Reich
"Inequality in the Americas"

Ricardo Lagos was president of Chile from 2000-2006. Since that time he has served as UN Special Envoy for Climate Change and is currently president of the Fundación Democracia y Desarrollo. In 2006 Chancellor Birgeneau awarded him Berkeley’s highest honor, the Berkeley Medal.

Robert Reich is Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at UC Berkeley. Previously, he served as Secretary of Labor in the Clinton administration. He is a founding editor of The American Prospect and chair of Common Cause.
- Article in The New York Times referencing the work of Robert Reich

Moderated by Harley Shaiken, Professor and Chair, Center for Latin American Studies

Co-sponsored with the Berkeley Law School.

Tuesday, September 11, 12:30 pm
Booth Auditorium, Berkeley Law School

- Short highlight video of Ricardo Lagos
- Short highlight video of Robert Reich
- Full event video and photos

Ricardo Lagos
"A Memoir About the Future"

Costanera Center at night. Photo by piper.
Costanera Center at night, Santiago.
(Photo by piper.)

In The Southern Tiger, Ricardo Lagos’ memoir, he chronicles Chile's journey from terror and repression to a thriving open society, and from crushing poverty to one of the most prosperous nations in Latin America.

Ricardo Lagos was president of Chile from 2000-2006. Since that time he has served as UN Special Envoy for Climate Change and is currently president of the Fundación Democracia and Desarrollo. His memoir, The Southern Tiger: Chile’s Fight for a Democratic and Prosperous Future, was published in in 2012.

Thursday, September 13, 6:30 pm
105 Stanley Hall

Full video and photos of the event
CLAS Two Minute Take

Julia Sweig
The Practical Power: Brazil's Far-Flung Global Agenda

Globe. Photo by Hipolito Luiz.
(Photo by Hipolito Luiz.)
Brazil’s emergence as a global power has given the new president, Dilma Rousseff, considerable voice abroad. Stronger diplomatic ties, increased Brazilian investment, and the waning authority of the United States have allowed Brazil to rise as the pivotal player in Latin America. Concurrently, Brazil’s domestic priorities have grown due to the rapid movement of 40 million people into the middle class.  This presentation assesses the Rousseff administration’s challenge of maintaining a strong international presence while advancing an ambitious social and economic agenda in Brazil.

Dr. Julia Sweig is the Council on Foreign Relation’s Senior Fellow and Director of Latin America Studies and the Global Brazil Initiative. She is also the award-winning author of Inside the Cuban Revolution: Fidel Castro and the Urban Underground.

Thursday, September 27, 5:00 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall

Full event video and photos
CLAS Two Minute Take

Cuba and California: Prospects for Change and Opportunity

On January 14, 2011, President Obama eased some restrictions between the United States and Cuba that offer a slight thawing in this historically uneasy relationship. At the same time, the Cuban government has initiated a new program of modest economic reforms that have the potential to expand business and cultural exchanges between these two nations. It is the purpose of this conference to offer fresh insight and analysis into this evolving bi-national relationship, and to ask, what might these developments mean for California and the U.S.?

The purpose of this gathering is to bring together leading experts from the United States, Canada, and Cuba to explore the evolving relationship and emerging opportunities between these countries. The conference will examine the economic, social and political developments taking place in Cuba and the role Californians, especially, might play in advancing U.S.-Cuba business and cultural exchanges and initiatives.

Registration for this event is now closed.

Conference website

Friday, September 28, 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall

Photo from Elite Squad: The Enemy Within

Cine Latino

Tony Manero
Directed by Pablo Larraín (Chile, 2008)

Poster from Tony Manero
(Photo by Hipolito Luiz.)

Raul, a psychopathic, middle-aged thug in Pinochet’s Chile, becomes obsessed with the disco king immortalized by John Travolta in “Saturday Night Fever.” Dreaming of winning a Tony Manero look-and-dance-alike contest, Raul devotes most of his time to perfecting his act and the rest wreaking shocking violence in this award-winning thriller from acclaimed Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larraín. 98 minutes. Spanish with English subtitles.

“More than an indelible portrait of a sociopath with the soul of a zombie, ‘Tony Manero’ is an extremely dark meditation on borrowed cultural identity.” — Stephen Holden, The New York Times

Wednesday, October 3, 7:00 pm
105 North Gate Hall

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Inequality: A Dialogue for the Americas

Oscar Landerretche and Brad DeLong
The Politics of Inequality

Oscar Landerretche is the director of the School of Economics and Business at Universidad de Chile. Previously, he worked as the Chilean consultant for Global Source Partners’ Consulting Network in New York (2006-2011) and was the Executive Secretary of the first phase of Michelle Bachelet’s presidential campaign. He is an editorial columnist for La Tercera.

Brad DeLong is a professor of economics at UC Berkeley, chair of the Political Economy of Industrial Societies major, and a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy from 1993 to 1995.

Monday, October 15, 12:00 PM
Room 370, Dwinelle Hall

Full video of the event
Video and photos of the event

Vanishing Landscapes
Directed by Eliseo Subiela (Argentina, 2012)

Image from "Vanishing Landscapes."
(Image from "Vanishing Landscapes.")

Is Remoro Barroso a lunatic imagining a past life as a successful director or a long-vanished filmmaker pretending to be insane? “Vanishing Landscapes” follows three film students as they make a documentary about Barroso, a mysterious character living in a Buenos Aires mental hospital who they suspect might actually be a famous 1960s-era director who disappeared after the still-unsolved murder of a young actress. 75 minutes. Spanish with English subtitles.

“A small but enchanting work celebrating the idiosyncrasy of artists...” —The Hollywood Reporter

The film will be followed by a discussion with director Eliseo Subiela.

Review: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/montreal-film-festival-vanishing-landscapes-paisajes-devorados-review-367591

Tuesday, October 16, 6:00 pm
Room 110, Berkeley Law School

Videos (in Spanish) and photos of the director's talk

Photo from Elite Squad: The Enemy Within

Cine Latino

Directed by Pablo Larraín (Chile, 2010)

An image from Post-Mortem.
(Image from "Post-Mortem.")

Set at the time of the 1973 coup in Chile, “Post Mortem” follows the path of Mario, a dour coroner’s assistant obsessed with his neighbor, a burlesque dancer. As his morgue begins to fill with bodies, and her left-wing friends are hunted down, the social fabric is torn asunder, revealing previously hidden destructive impulses. 98 minutes. Spanish with English subtitles.

“[Post Mortem] positively crackles with strangeness and an oppressive sense that the awfulness of what was happening was being ingested into the national bloodstream.” — Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

Interview with director Pablo Larraín:

Wednesday, October 17, 7:00 pm
Room 160, Kroeber Hall

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Inequality: A Dialogue for the Americas

Paul Pierson and Daniel Hojman
New Perspectives on Inequality

Paul Pierson is the John Gross Professor of Political Science at UC Berkeley. His most recent book is Winner-Take-All Politics: How Washington Made the Rich Richer and Turned Its Back on the Middle Class, co-authored by Jacob Hacker. He has served on the editorial boards of The American Political Science Review, Perspectives on Politics, and The Annual Review of Political Science. From 2007 to 2010 he served as Chair of the Berkeley Political Science Department.

Daniel Hojman is the director of the Economics Ph.D. and Master’s programs at the Universidad de Chile and an associate professor at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He was a researcher at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies and has published articles in The Journal of Economic Theory and Games and Economic Behavior. He is a frequent commentator in the media.

Monday, October 22, 12:00 pm
Room 150, Goldman School of Public Policy

Full video of the event
Videos and photos of the event

Film screening:
Without A Net
Directed by Kelly J. Richardson (Brazil, 2012)

Image from "Without a Net."
(Image from "Without A Net.")

In an abandoned parking lot in a Rio de Janeiro ghetto sits a circus tent—an incongruous sight, but no more unusual than its motley crew of young performers, searching for a life apart from the drug-related violence around them. As chronicled by first-time feature filmmaker Kelly J. Richardson, putting on a show takes rigor and resourcefulness in their impoverished community, and even this modest production of acrobats, aerialists, and contortionists isn’t free of injuries and ego clashes. But the big top is their oasis, and the human drama of hope and ambition is the greatest show on earth. 60 minutes. Portuguese with English subtitles.

“Richardson's astounding skill is demonstrated in striking visuals and the themes of escape and flight that extend beyond the circus’ aerial acts.” —The Oakland Tribune

The film will be followed by a discussion with director and Berkeley alumna Kelly J. Richardson.

Interview with the director: http://www.documentary.org/magazine/meet-docuweeks-filmmakers-kelly-richardson-without-net

Review: http://articles.latimes.com/2012/aug/09/entertainment/la-et-mn-without-a-net-docuweeks-capsule-20120810

Tuesday, October 23, 6:00 pm
Valley Life Sciences Building 2060

Video coming soon
Photos from the event

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

Thursday, October 25, 4:00 pm; Friday, October 26, 3:00 pm
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

David Barstow
The Story Behind the $100 Million Story

In April, David Barstow described in The New York Times how Wal-Mart’s highest executives covered up evidence of systematic bribery by Wal-Mart de Mexico, its largest and most important foreign subsidiary. The story triggered investigations by the Justice Department, the SEC, and Mexican authorities, along with at least a dozen lawsuits by Wal-Mart shareholders, including several major pension funds. Wal-Mart says it expects to spend at least $100 million this year alone handling the legal fall-out.

David Barstow, a senior writer at The New York Times, is the winner of two Pulitzer Prizes.

Co-sponsored by the Graduate School of Journalism.

Link to article: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/22/business/at-wal-mart-in-mexico-a-bribe-inquiry-silenced.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

Thursday, October 25, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Library, North Gate Hall

Jean-Paul Faguet
Decentralization and Popular Democracy: Governance from Below in Bolivia

Decentralization is meant to deepen democracy, improve public services, and make government more accountable. But evidence from across the globe is contradictory. Is it an empty fashion? A giant mistake? Jean-Paul Faguet uses the remarkable case of Bolivia to investigate reform over a generation. Decentralization succeeded in Bolivia because change was driven by smaller, poorer municipalities prioritizing their greatest needs. Faguet combines broad econometric data with deep qualitative evidence to plumb the social underpinnings of governance. To understand decentralization, he argues, we must understand governance from the ground up.

Jean-Paul Faguet is a Reader in the Political Economy of Development at the London School of Economics and Political Science and Chair of the Decentralization Task Force of the Initiative for Policy Dialogue at Columbia University.

Monday, October 29, 4:00 pm
554 Barrows Hall

Video and photos of the event

Film Screening
Proyecto Historias de Hombres — ¡En Voz Alta! 
Directed by Josie Lehrer (Chile, 2012)

Men who tell their stories in the film Proyecto Historias de Hombres

What does it mean to “be a man” in Latin America? Described by viewers as “a gift for the soul,” “courageous,” “motivating,” and “necessary,” this documentary film highlights a diverse group of Chilean men — celebrities, community leaders, and first-time presenters — sharing personal stories with a live audience at a popular theater in Santiago. With unusual candor, the men’s stories explore Chilean social beliefs about masculinity and gender relations, and links with issues including family relationships, domestic violence, LGBT rights, classism, physical disability, and HIV/AIDS. Introduced by Coco Legrand. Spanish with no subtitles.

CLAS will show selected clips from the film, followed by a discussion with the director.

Trailer for the film

Tuesday, October 30, 5:00 pm
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Radical Politics and the Rule of Law in Mexico

Radical Politics in Mexico

This conference brings together scholars working in Mexico and the United States to consider the current crisis to the “rule of law” in Mexico. Participants will reflect — through literature, political theory, and history — on the Mexican state of exception and how it has been imagined, criticized, or combatted by different groups. We hope to illuminate the tenuous line between legality and illegality, and to make sense of the deep ambivalence about the state’s legitimacy that has shaped approaches by both academics and activists to the rule of law in Mexico.

Conference schedule

Co-sponsored with the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, the Office of the Dean of Arts and Humanities, the Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities, and the Sydney and Margaret Ancker Chair in the Humanities.

Saturday, November 3, 9:30 am – 6:30 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall

Photo from Elite Squad: The Enemy Within

Cine Latino

¡De Panzazo!
Directed by Juan Carlos Rulfo and Carlos Loret de Mola (Mexico, 2012)

“¡De Panzazo!” a documentary that takes its name from the Mexican slang term for “barely passing,” takes a hard look at the state of education in Mexico. While the film includes typical documentary fare such as interviews with the parents, teachers, and the country’s fearsome union boss, its hardest hitting moments were filmed by students themselves, covertly wielding handheld cameras inside their classrooms. “¡De Panzazo!” has generated widespread interest and solid box office in Mexico, focusing the nation’s attention on its dismal educational results. 80 minutes. Spanish with English subtitles.

“In a country where ‘education for everyone’ has been a battle cry since the Mexican Revolution 100 years ago, ‘De Panzazo’ finds fault all around.” — Ken Ellingwood, The Los Angeles Times

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

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Inequality: A Dialogue for the Americas

Sergio Fajardo and Emmanuel Saez
Inequality Across the Americas

Sergio Fajardo was elected governor of Antioquia (economically the most important province of Colombia) in 2011. As Mayor of Medellín (2003-2007), he received international recognition for his innovative and effective policies.  Governor Fajardo holds a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
- Article featuring Sergio Fajardo speaking on violence for CLAS (.pdf)

Emmanuel Saez is Professor of Economics and directs the Center for Equitable Growth at UC Berkeley.  Among many honors, he was awarded the John Bates Clark medal by the American Economics Association in 2009 and a MacArthur Fellowship for his research on income inequality in 2010.
- Article from the New York Times on Professor Saez' work
- Paul Krugman column featuring the work of Piketty and Saez

After the webcast, an archive video of this event should be available by November 21 at noon.

Monday, November 19, 4:00 pm
Room 140, Berkeley Law School

Video and photos of the event
Larger version of the video

Film Screening
Captive Radio
Directed by Lauren Rosenfeld (2012)

Image from "Captive Radio"
(Image from "Captive Radio.")

Every Sunday morning, men and women held captive deep in the Colombian jungle listen to messages from their families on “The Voices of Kidnapping” radio show. “Captive Radio” tells the story of two families who use the unique radio program to communicate with their loved ones held hostage by guerrillas.  Nominated for a 2012 International Documentary Association Award.  23 minutes. Spanish with English subtitles.

A question and answer period with director and Berkeley alumna Lauren Rosenfeld will follow the screening.

Tuesday, November 27, 5:00 pm
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Photo from Elite Squad: The Enemy Within

Cine Latino

Elite Squad: The Enemy Within
Directed by José Padilha (Brazil, 2010)

After a prison riot gone wrong, supercop Captain Nascimiento finds himself fired and then promoted. In his powerful new position, Nascimento brings the gangs that rule Rio’s favelas to their knees but quickly discovers that he’s only made things easier for the dirty cops and corrupt politicians who are truly running the show. Now, Nascimento must confront his true enemies, who are much more dangerous and sitting just down the hall. 116 minutes. Portuguese with English subtitles.

“…bracing and tightly wound, in charge of its style, and fuelled by an indignation that makes the blood boil.” — The Telegraph

Wednesday, November 28, 7:00 pm
Room 160, Kroeber Hall

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