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Patricio Guzman
"Chilean Films"

Patricio Guzman was a bodyguard to Salvador Allende.
Moderator: Soledad Falabella, Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese

"The Battle of Chile: The Struggle of an Unarmed People/
La Batalla de Chile: La Lucha de un Pueblo Sin Armas"

Part 1: The Bourgeois Insurrection, 1975.
The first film in a two-part documentary on the fate of Allende's Popular Unity government filmed throughout Chile from February to
September 1973. Part one examines the escalation of rightist opposition following the left's victory in Congressional elections held in March, 1973.

Part 2: The Coup, 1976.
The second film in a two-part documentary on the fate of Allende's Popular Unity government filmed throughout Chile from February to September 1973. Part two opens with the attempted military coup of June 1973, which is put down by troops loyal to the government but everyone now realizes the final showdown is only a matter of time. The film shows a left divided over strategy, while the right methodically lays the groundwork for the military seizure of power.

Part 3: The Struggle of an Unarmed People (La Fuerza del pueblo)", 1978.
Completed two years after the first two parts of "The Battle of Chile" in 1978, this film deals with the creation of thousands of local groups of "popular power" by ordinary workers and peasants.

"Obstinate Memory" 1997.
Patricio Guzman, returns to Chile 23 years later to show his film The Battle of Chile (which has never been shown in Chile) to his old friends and to a student group to enlighten them concerning the historical facts surrounding the military coup.

Wednesday, January 26, 6:30 p.m.
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Amos Megged
"Demarcating Memories: Indians' hidden voices in early-colonial settings"

This talk examines the ways in which ordinary Indians, who had once belonged to the former city-states around the Valley of Mexico, reshaped and reconstructed their own conception of time, space, and authority right after the Spanish conquest. The talk is first in a series of meetings held by the working group on Early-Colonial Endeavors. Amos Megged, Associate Professor at the University of Haifa and visiting scholar at CLAS, co-chairs the working group with Professor William B. Taylor.

Friday, January 28, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Maria Angelica Madeira and Mariza Veloso:
"Leituras Brasileiras: Pensamento Social e Literatura no Brasil"
Brazil 2000

An intensive seminar on Brazilian social thought and literature with Profs. Maria Angelica Madeira, Professor of Literature and Sociology, and Mariza Velozo, Professor of Anthropology and Sociology, at the Universidade de Brasilia and the Instituto Rio Branco. Cosponsored with the Consulate General of Brazil and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese.

Monday, January 31 to Friday, February 4, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
CLAS, 2334 Bowditch Street

Bienvenidos / Boas-vindas
Welcome Back Reception

The Center for Latin American Studies cordially invites all new and continuing Latin Americanist students and faculty, visiting scholars, and friends to an informal reception.

Tuesday, February 1, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Arturo Dávila on Octavio Paz
Latin American Writers Video Series

Arturo Dávila, Poet and Visiting Professor at Mills College, will be giving a brief presentation on Mexican poet/writer/cultural critic Octavio Paz, followed by a Lannan Literary Video interviewing the late writer.

Tuesday, February 8, 12:00-1:30 p.m.
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Research Reports from the Field

Maria Elena Martinez-Torres
, Latin American Studies: "Organic Coffee and Organizational Membership in Chiapas, Mexico" and
Adrienne Pine, Anthropology and Demography: "Mitch, Maquiladoras y Mujeres: An Examination of Recent Demographic Trends in the Female Population of Honduras."

Thursday, February 10, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Ted Levine
Guatemala Update:
"Elections, Human Rights and the Peace Accords"

For the past eight months Ted Levine has been living in a returned refugee community, Copal AA, in the Ixcan in Guatemala. He is working through a national grassroots program, the Guatemala Accompaniment Project, locally sponsored by The San Francisco Jewish Sanctuary Coalition. Ted will be speaking about the recent elections, the status of the peace accords, the human rights situation for returned refugees and rural community development in the context of globalization.

Tuesday, February 15, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
CLAS Conference Room 2334 Bowditch Street

Research Reports from the Field

Isabelle Fauconnier
, Agricultural and Resource Economics: "Equity, Efficiency, and Environment: The Private Provision of Public Services to Low-income Households in Latin American Cities - A Case in Urban Argentina" and
Misha Klein, Anthropology: "Creating Community: Jewish Identity in Contemporary Brazil."

Thursday, February 17, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Brazil 2000

Ruth Cardoso
"Youth in Brazil: Social Conditions, Culture and Public Policies"

Ruth Cardoso
A public talk and discussion by Ruth Cardoso, anthropologist and First Lady of Brazil. Dr. Cardoso is the president of the organization Comunidade Solidária, Brazil's most important umbrella organization for community service. As an anthropologist, Dr. Cardoso has specialized in urban culture and youth and has extensively researched political participation and the informal sector. She will discuss the current situation of youth in Brazil and Latin America.

-view a Powerpoint presentation on Comunidade Solidária

Thursday, February 17, 4:00-6:00 p.m.; reception to follow
Lipman Room, 8th floor, Barrows Hall

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"Challenges for Brazil: A Dialogue"
Brazil 2000

Focusing on global economic integration in the Americas, this conference will feature dialogue among Brazilians, and between Brazilian and U.S. participants. Topics will include the impact of globalization on Brazil, perspectives on labor in the Americas, and social problems and political alternatives.

For more information, see the Challenges for Brazil website.

Friday, February 25, 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Lipman Room, 8th Floor, Barrows Hall

Fabián Banga on Jorge Luis Borges
Latin American Writers Video Series

Jorge Luis Borges
Fabián Banga, a graduate student in Spanish and Portuguese, will be introducing Argentinean writer Jorge Luis Borges. He will follow his presentation with a video interview of the author.

Tuesday, February 29, 12:00-1:30 p.m.
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Claudia Bernardi
Opening Reception"

Bernardi, an Argentine artist whose work focuses on human rights themes, has exhibited her "frescoes on paper" internationally. This reception marks the opening of her exhibit at CLAS.

Wednesday, March 8, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Visit the online gallery of Ms. Bernardi's exhibit

Guatemalan Reflections

Mynor Melgar
"Human Rights Challenges in Contemporary Latin America"

Guatemalan lawyer Mynor Melgar, a visiting scholar at the Center for Latin American Studies in 2000, has led the prosecution of a number of prominent human rights cases, including those of assassinated anthropologist Myrna Mack, the massacre at Dos Erres, and the murder of Bishop Juan José Gerardi following the church's release of its human rights report.

Thursday, March 9, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall

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Santiago Oñate
"Mexico in 2000: A Leap Ahead or a New Crisis?"

Santiago Oñate is the Ambassador of Mexico to the United Kingdom. In the last decade, he has held several positions in the Mexican government, including Head of the President's Coordination Office, Secretary of State for Labor, and Ambassador of Mexico to the Organization of American States.

Tuesday, March 14, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Sproul Room, International House, 2299 Piedmont Avenue

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Adolfo Gilly
"The Long Strike at the UNAM: Higher Education and the Restructuring of the Mexican State"

Adolfo Gilly, a professor of political science at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), is a renowned scholar of Mexican politics. His recent publications include Chiapas: La Razón Ardiente. Ensayo sobre la Rebelión del Mundo Encantado (1997), and México, el Poder, el Dinero, y la Sangre (1996). From 1997 to 1999 he served as adviser to Mexico City Mayor Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas.

Wednesday, March 22, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

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Memorial for Woodrow Borah

Woodrow Borah, an expert in Latin American history and Professor Emeritus at UC Berkeley, recently passed away. Chair of CLAS from 1973 to 1979, Prof. Borah was for decades one of the most influential and active scholars working to reconstruct the colonial experience in Spanish America. Prof. Eric Van Young, of UC San Diego's Department of History, a former student of Prof. Borah, will speak at CLAS on Borah's scholarly legacy.

Tulio Halperin remembers Woodrow Borah

Friday, March 24, 2:00-5:00 p.m.
Irving Stone Room, Bancroft Library

Mexico in Transition

Lorenzo Meyer:
"The End of Mexico's Transition?"

Will the 2000 elections succeed in changing the nature of Mexico's regime? Lorenzo Meyer, a leading scholar on U.S.-Mexico relations, and a professor affiliated with the Centro de Estudios Internacionales at El Colegio de México. will examine this question in depth. His recent publications include Fin de Régimen y Democracia Incipiente: México Hacia el Siglo XXI (1998), and Liberalismo Autoritario: Las Contradicciones del Sistema Político Mexicano (1995).

Wednesday, April 12, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

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The Fair Trade Movement
Change the World: One Cup at a Time

The Fair Trade is a growing movement throughout the U.S.!  Join Trans Fair USA and the Rural Mexico Working Group to learn about the new alternatives to current global trade practice. Meet fair trade farmers from Peru. Free Fair Trade coffee served!

Wednesday, April 19, 12:00 p.m.
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Adolfo Aguilar Zinser
"The Fate of the Opposition in the Year 2000 Presidential Election"
Adolfo Aguilar Zinser
The first Independent to be elected to the Mexican Federal Congress, Senator Aguilar Zinser is a specialist on U.S.-Mexico relations, NAFTA, human rights, government corruption, and the environment. His publications include "Operation Casablanca's Sting (International Sting Operation Against Money-laundering in Mexico)" (1998) and "Vamos a Ganar!: La Pugna de Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas por el Poder" (1995). Senator Aguilar Zinser is a former visiting scholar at CLAS.

Wednesday, April 19, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

International Reporting: Mexico

Students from Prof. Francis Pisani's International Reporting class will present their work following their in-depth reporting trip to Mexico. The ten-day trip culminates an international reporting course focusing on Mexico. Some students plan to report on concerns along the border between Mexico and the U.S., and others will focus on issues affecting Mexico's southern states.

Thursday, April 20, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Mexico in Transition

Denise Dresser: "Blood Sport: The Politics of Mexico's Presidential Elections"

Professor Dresser teaches political science at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM). She is currently a visiting fellow at the Pacific Council, a research institution affiliated with the University of Southern California focusing on policy issues in the Pacific Rim.

Wednesday, April 26, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

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Guatemalan Reflections

Rigoberta Menchú
Rigoberta Menchú
"Guatemalan Reflections"

Ms. Menchú, the winner of the 1992 Nobel Peace Prize, will deliver a lecture, moderated by Professor Beatriz Manz of Ethnic Studies and Geography.

Friday, April 28, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Chevron Auditorium, International House, 2299 Piedmont Avenue

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Guatemalan Reflections

Vivian Rivera (right), with Professor Beatriz Manz
Vivian Rivera
"Peasant Cooperatives in the Ixcan, Guatemala"

Since 1997, Vivian Rivera has worked in the promotion, education, administration and finance management of the agricultural cooperative Zona Reyna, El Quiche, Guatemala.

Tuesday, May 2, 2:00 p.m.
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Francis Pisani
"The Hurricane Basin and the Future of the Americas - Creolization, Informal Networks and Technology"

The Hurricane Basin (or Mediterranean of the Americas) - Southern United States, the Caribbean, Venezuela, Colombia, Central America and Mexico - should be seen as a metaregion. Informal networks, the inventive use of technology and hybridization will benefit the South in its relationship with the North.

This provoking approach to the future of the continent draws from Dr. Francis Pisani's experience in Latin America as a correspondent for over 20 years and has been the subject of his dissertation recently presented at La Sorbonne. He is presently a Regent's Lecturer at the Graduate School of Journalism.

Cosponsored with the Graduate School of Journalism

Thursday, May 4, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Mauricio Cárdenas
Department of Economics Commencement Address

Mauricio Cárdenas, director of the Department of National Planning in Colombia, is a cabinet member of Andrés Pastrana's administration, an author of the "Plan Colombia," and involved in the peace talks with insurgent leaders in Colombia. He gave the Department of Economics commencement speech on May 18. He also met with CLAS faculty and students for a breakfast and informal discussion. Cárdenas is a UC Berkeley alum, and obtained a PhD in Economics in 1991.

May 18, 2000

Text of Mr. Cárdenas Commencement Address

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