BALA Spring 2013, Fog at the Golden Gate, by Toby Harriman.
Fog streams through the Golden Gate. (photo by Toby Harriman.)
The Bay Area Latin America Forum is a series that brings together Latin Americanist scholars and observers from throughout the Bay Area to present their research and prompt discussions. Additionally, this series fosters the creation of a local community of Latin Americanists.

Spring 2013

Nancy Scheper-Hughes
“The Revolution in Maternal Thinking and Child Survival in Northeast Brazil:
20 Years After Death Without Weeping

In this public lecture, Prof. Scheper-Hughes will discuss life and death in the interior of Northeast Brazil, 20 years after the publication of Death Without Weeping: The Violence of Everyday Life in Brazil. Her controversial discussion of mother love and child death is one of her most well-known — though least well-understood — theses.  She will clarify her argument and explain how a veritable sexual and reproductive  revolution came about in the first decade of the 21st century.

Nancy Scheper-Hughes is Chancellor’s Professor of Anthropology at UC Berkeley, where she directs the doctoral program in Medical Anthropology, and the co-founder and director of Organs Watch, a medical human rights project on human trafficking to supply organs for transplant patients. A new, updated edition of her landmark 1993 ethnography Death Without Weeping: The Violence of Everyday Life in Brazil is in preparation. 

Monday, February 25

Paul Wise
Health and Justice in Indigenous Guatemala

What is the relationship between health services and justice in settings of political instability and poor governance? How do persistent tensions between the health, social science, and human rights communities play out when assessing the role of technical interventions, such as medical care, to address health problems clearly generated by profound poverty and social oppression? Prof. Wise will describe the experience of community-driven health programs in indigenous areas of highland Guatemala as a basis for discussing an integrated strategy that respects both medical capacity and the social determinants of health.

Paul Wise is the Richard E. Behrman Professor of Child Health and Society and a professor of Pediatrics at Stanford University’s School of Medicine. He is also a senior fellow at the Freeman-Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University.

Monday, March 11, time changed to 5:00 pm
554 Barrows Hall

Alison Post
“Decentralizing and Corporatizing Water and Sanitation in Developing Countries”

Over the last 20 years, international financial institutions and academics have advocated for two types of reforms for urban water and sanitation systems: decentralization and institutional reforms designed to insulate service providers from interference by elected officials. This presentation documents their adoption in the developing world and analyzes experiences to date with both reform initiatives.

Alison Post is an assistant professor of Political Science and Global Metropolitan Studies at UC Berkeley. Her research focuses on the political economy of development, the politics of public policy, and subnational politics in Latin America. 

Monday, March 18, 12:00 - 1:15 pm
NEW LOCATION: CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Mathias Craig
From the Classroom to the Field: Building Energy and Water Systems in
Remote Nicaragua

blueEnergy delivers energy, water, and sanitation to some of the world’s most isolated communities, providing a foundation for health, education, and economic opportunity. While remote, these communities are at the center of the battle over indigenous rights and eco-system sustainability — and their fates are closely linked to ours. Craig will discuss blueEnergy’s work on the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua and its focus on creating a learning platform for future leaders interested in energy, water, and international development.

Mathias Craig is a UC Berkeley alum and the co-founder and executive director of blueEnergy.

Monday, April 29, 12:00 pm
Location TBA

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