Teodoro Petkoff
"Venezuela Faces the Future"

Opposition protests against the Chavez referendum. (photo by a.andres)

Teodoro Petkoff has taken on many roles in his varied life, among them professor, guerilla, economist, journalist and politician. One of the founders of the Movimiento al Socialismo (MAS), he left the party in 1998 when it decided to support the candidacy of Hugo Chávez. The former congressman and two-time presidential candidate is now the director of the newspaper he founded, Tal Cual, which has been critical of both Chávez and those who supported the coup attempt against him. Petkoff is also the author of several books including Chávez: Una segunda opinión, Chávez: Tal Cual and Las Dos Izquierdas.

Friday, January 25, 4:00 – 5:30 pm
Room 223, Moses Hall

Article about and photos of the event

Article on the event from the Berkeley Review of Latin American Studies

U.S.-Mexico Futures Forum

Martha Delgado
Title to be announced

Martha Delgado is a long-time leader in the Mexican environmental movement. She currently is the Secretary of the Environment for Mexico's Federal District.

Monday, February 4, 4:00 pm

Juan Gabriel Valdés
"The U.N. Mission in Haiti"

Juan Gabriel Valdés with Kofi Annan in 2003.

Juan Gabriel Valdés was Chile's Permanent Representative to the United Nations (2000-03) and a member of the Security Council during the deliberations prior to the invasion of Iraq. Subsequently, he served as head of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti. Ambassador Valdés now serves as the director of Chile's public diplomacy program for the Bachelet government.

Tuesday, February 5, 4:00 pm
Room 554, Barrows Hall

Photos of the event

Juan Gabriel Valdés
"Where is Latin America Heading?"

Juan Gabriel Valdés was Chile's Permanent Representative to the United Nations (2000-03) and a member of the Security Council during the deliberations prior to the invasion of Iraq. Subsequently, he served as head of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti. Ambassador Valdés now serves as the director of Chile's public diplomacy program for the Bachelet government.

Wednesday, February 6, 6:00 pm
Home Room, International House

Photos of the event
Article on the event from the Berkeley Review of Latin American Studies

Cine Latino

Directed by Alejandro Landes (Bolivia, 2006)

This film, nominated for the 2007 Sundance Grand Jury Prize, follows head of the coca-growers union, Evo Morales, as he campaigns for the Bolivian presidency. The director gets up close and personal with the unlikely candidate, following him from formal fundraising dinners to mass rallies to casual gatherings with friends. 94 minutes. Quechua and Spanish with English subtitles.

"In the midst of this consultant-polished election season, Alejandro Landes’s inside look at Evo Morales’s successful 2005 run for the Bolivian presidency is both refreshing and just plain fun." — The Village Voice

Wednesday, February 13, 7:00 pm
160 Kroeber Hall

Bay Area Latin America Forum

Jacquelynn Baas
"José Clemente Orozco at Dartmouth"

The mural cycle, “The Epic of American Civilization” at Dartmouth College (1932–34) proved to be a pivotal work in the career of José Clemente Orozco, one of the most significant artists of the 20 th century.  How did this inflammatory work by a Mexican artist come to be created at a liberal arts college in Hanover, New Hampshire during the depths of the Great Depression?

Jacquelynn Baas is Director Emeritus of the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive and an independent scholar. Her most recent book-length publications are: Buddha Mind in Contemporary Art, co-edited with Mary Jane Jacob and Smile of the Buddha: Eastern Philosophy and Western Art from Monet to Today.

Monday, February 25, 12:00 – 1:15 pm
Room 554, Barrows Hall

Article on the event from the Berkeley Review of Latin American Studies
Orozco's 'Epic of American Civilization' artwork from BRLAS

Glauco Arbix

“The Role of Innovation in the Brazilian Economy”


Brazil remains a strong competitor in global markets for standardized agricultural and industrial goods. However, a small but important group of Brazilian companies is also exporting medium and high-technology goods to international markets. This cluster of highly competitive Brazilian firms generates positive economic spillovers in terms of wages and productivity. Contrary to expectations in Brazil of a regressive specialization, the new competitive environment is unleashing innovative businesses. This process is different from the experiences of firms in Mexico and Argentina and could be giving birth to a new culture of entrepreneurship in Brazil.


Glauco Arbix is Professor of Sociology at the University of São Paulo and a Visiting Scholar at CLAS. He is also a member of the Brazilian National Council on Science and Technology and Chair of the Observatory for Innovation at the Institute of Advanced Studies.


Monday, February 25, 4:00 – 5:30 pm

554 Barrows Hall


Article from the Berkeley Review of Latin American Studies

Bay Area Latin America Forum

Tulio Halperin Donghi
“Whither Argentina?”

While Argentina has recovered from the 2001 financial melt-down, its economy continues to evolve. Although the market for primary-sector exports is booming, the country has also experienced de-industrialization which has led to an expansion of the informal sector. In the formal sector, labor unions are resurgent and form a key constituency for President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner who, with her husband former President Nestor Kirchner, is striving to refashion the Peronist movement on the lines of the Mexican PRI. Professor Tulio Halperin Donghi will discuss the challenges and opportunities facing Argentina’s new president as she works to maintain Argentina ’s economic recovery and navigate South American politics defined on one end of the spectrum by Chile ’s Ricardo Lagos and on the other by Venezuela’s Hugo Chávez. Tulio Halperin Donghi is Professor Emeritus in the Department of History at UC Berkeley. A distinguished Latin Americanist, he received the Award for Scholarly Distinction from the American Historical Association in 1998 for excellence in teaching and research. Among his numerous publications are Un conflicto nacional: moriscos y cristianos viejos en Valencia, El Río de la Plata al comenzar el siglo XIX and Tradición política española e ideología revolucionaria de Mayo.

Tuesday, February 26, 4:00 – 5:30 pm
554 Barrows Hall

U.S.-Mexico Futures Forum

Alfredo Corchado and Ricardo Sandoval
“How to Report in Mexico Without Being Jailed, Kidnapped or Killed”

Thousands of murders have been linked to drug trafficking along the U.S.–Mexico border. The victims include many of the women killed in Ciudad Juárez and Chihuahua since 1994. Journalists Alfredo Corchado and Ricardo Sandoval have spent much of their careers writing about the border, despite death threats and a tragic indifference among the bureaucrats of both nations. In this talk, the two will offer insight into the region’s troubles and illustrate the perils journalists confront today along on the border. Alfredo Corchado is Mexico Bureau Chief for the Dallas Morning News. Last year he was awarded the prestigious Maria Moors Cabot award, honoring his years of groundbreaking coverage of Latin America and the U.S.–Mexico border. Since 1984 he has written award-winning articles about life and death along the border — and the region’s social and cultural vibrancy — for the Wall Street Journal, the El Paso Herald Post and the Morning News. Ricardo Sandoval is Assistant City Editor at the Sacramento Bee. As a foreign correspondent in Latin America from 1997 to 2005, he covered crime, migration and insurgent movements in Mexico , Colombia and Venezuela — work that earned him awards from the Overseas Press Club and the InterAmerican Press Association. He is also the co-author of the 1997 biography, The Fight in the Fields: Cesar Chavez and the Farmworkers Movement.Co-sponsored with the Graduate School of Journalism.

Thursday, February 28, 4:00 – 5:30 pm
Library, North Gate Hall

Bay Area Latin America Forum

Sylvia Sellers-García
"When the Ground Turns in Its Sleep"

Sylvia Sellers-García will read from her recently published novel, When the Ground Turns in Its Sleep, and talk about her research process. Informed largely by oral history and the author’s personal experiences in Guatemala, the novel tells the story of a Guatemalan man raised in the United States who returns to his native country in 1993 as the armed conflict is winding down and the slow recovery process is beginning.Sylvia Sellers-García is a writer and a graduate student in the History Department at UC Berkeley.

Monday, March 3, 12:00 – 1:15 pm
Room 554, Barrows Hall

Article on the event from the Berkeley Review of Latin American Studies

Garrett Brown
“Striking Copper Miners in Cananea, Mexico — Fighting for Their Lives”

Copper miners at the giant open-pit copper mine in Cananea, Mexico, have been on strike for seven months to protect both themselves and their historic union, which have been jeopardized by the transnational mine operator Grupo México. The outcome of the current battle of the 1,200 union workers at the historic mine, where the 1906 strike led to the 1910 Mexican Revolution, will have a tremendous impact on workers’ rights and labor relations throughout Mexico for years to come. Garrett Brown (MPH, CIH) is a graduate of the UC Berkeley School of Public Health and compliance officer for Cal/OSHA’s Oakland District Office. Since 1993, Brown has also been the volunteer coordinator of the Maquiladora Health and Safety Support Network which provides information, technical assistance and training to workers in Mexico, Central America, Indonesia and China. The report of the independent occupational health team’s survey of the Cananea mine, as well as 25 photographs of the mine, is posted at: www.igc.org/mhssn

Monday, March 3, 4:00 pm
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Kirsten Sehnbruch
“The Concertación Is Dead! Long Live the Concertación!”

The government of Chilean president Michelle Bachelet has been in trouble almost since day one. Although the political legacy she inherited from the previous administration, a rapidly changing social environment and the personal characteristics of Bachelet herself have all contributed to her administration’s problems, much can also be attributed to the exhaustion of a coalition that has been in power since Chile’s transition to democracy in 1990. How much longer can this coalition perpetuate itself in power? Has Bachelet’s agenda for change failed? Kirsten Sehnbruch is a Senior Scholar and Lecturer at the Center for Latin American Studies at UC Berkeley. She has worked as a consultant to the Chilean government on a range of issues related to employment policy, unemployment insurance and the pension system. Her book The Chilean Labor Market: A Key to Understanding Latin American Labor Markets was published by Palgrave Macmillan in September.


Tuesday, March 4, 4:00 – 5:30 pm
554 Barrows 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.
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Wednesday, March 5: Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean
Thursday, March 6: The Andes
Friday, March 7: South America
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Article on one student's summer research from the
Berkeley Review of Latin American Studies

Alejandro Toledo
“Can Democracy Afford to Neglect the Poor?”

Alejandro Toledo, Ph.D., is the former president of Peru (2001–06) and the founder and current president of the Global Center for Development and Democracy which focuses on the interrelationship between poverty and inequality and the future of democracy. He is a Payne Distinguished Visiting Lecturer at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and a Distinguished Fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences, both at Stanford. Co-sponsored by the Blum Center for Developing Economies.

Monday, March 10, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Chevron Auditorium, International House

Article on the event from the Berkeley Review of Latin American Studies

Cine Latino

Heading South
by Laurent Cantet (Haiti, 2006)

In the late 1970s, three middle-aged, middle-class Western women vacation in a Haitian resort where handsome young locals cater to their every need. Two of the women are soon caught up in a rivalry over Legba, the most desirable man on the beach. Consumed by the politics of their own sexual escape, the women choose to remain ignorant about the economic and political situation that pushes young men like Legba into their arms. 108 minutes. Creole, French and English with English subtitles. "'Heading South' is a seemingly straightforward and simple picture that’s really defiantly complex, sexually, politically and emotionally." — Salon.com

Wednesday, March 12, 7:00 pm
160 Kroeber Hall

José Miguel Vivanco
"Rights vs. Trade: The U.S.–Colombia Free Trade Agreement and Anti-Union Violence in Colombia"

Human Rights Watch has urged the delay of ratifification of a free trade agreement with Colombia until the Colombian government can demonstrate sustained results in addressing paramilitary abuses and violence against trade unions.José Miguel Vivanco is Executive Director of the Americas Division of Human Rights Watch and the founder of the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL).

Monday, March 17, 6:00 pm
Lounge, Women’s Faculty Club

Bay Area Latin America Forum

Naomi Roht-Arriaza
"Reparations Programs in the Wake of Large-Scale Atrocities"

International law holds that reparations must be paid for serious violations of human rights and humanitarian law, yet doing so in situations where there are thousands of victims and scarce resources can be challenging even for well-intentioned governments. Reparations programs in Peru and Guatemala raise new possibilities, problems and dilemmas in the wake of large scale rights violations.Naomi Roht-Arriaza is Professor of Law at UC Hastings. She is the author of The Pinochet Effect: Transnational Justice in the Age of Human Rights along with other books and articles on transitional justice, universal jurisdiction and reparations.

Monday, March 31, 12:00 – 1:15 pm
Room 554, Barrows Hall

Bay Area Latin America Forum

Philip Martin
"International Migration: Global, American and Agricultural Issues"

About 9 percent of industrial country residents are international migrants. While many migrant-sending countries hope that remittances can spur development, the U.S. and other migrant-receiving countries are debating what to do about unauthorized migration. In the U.S., agriculture is developing a peculiar human capital structure — almost all farm operators are U.S.-born and almost all hired workers are foreign-born. This talk outlines the major migration issues, the contributions of research to policy making and opportunities for policy-relevant research.Philip Martin is a UC Davis professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics and the chair of the UC Comparative Immigration and Integration Program.

Wednesday, April 2, 12:00-1:15 pm
Room 554, Barrows Hall

Scholars Discuss
"Immigration: Challenges for the Next President"

Immigration is a hot-button political topic and a substantive issue for the country. How should the next president deal with the opportunities and challenges surrounding immigration?

- Frank D. Bean, chancellor's professor of sociology and economics, and director, Center for Research on Immigration, Population and Public Policy, UC-Irvine
- Philip Martin, professor of agricultural and resource economics, UC-Davis, and chair of the UC Comparative Immigration and Integration Program
- Peter D. Salins, professor of political science, Stony Brook University

Moderator: Max Neiman, associate director and senior fellow, Public Policy Institute of California

This event is part of a year-long series organized by the Institute of Governmental Studies at Berkeley to address the issues and politics of the 2008 presidential election. Series co-sponsors include the Center for Latin American Studies, Boalt Hall School of Law, the Institute of International Studies, and California Magazine.For more information on the Choosing the President series, including webcasts of past events, go to http://igs.berkeley.edu/events/president2008.

Wednesday, April 2, 4:00 pm
Lipman Room, Barrows Hall

Bay Area Latin America Forum

Alfonso Valenzuela Aguilera
"Surveillance, Territory and the Rule of Law in Mexico City"

Professor Valenzuela Aguilera will address the role in which legal frameworks and perceived norms shape the social control of space in Mexico City. He will examine the classic prevention/intervention/suppression model that frames our thinking on crime and the implications that mainstream surveillance policies are having in the urban realm. Alfonso Valenzuela Aguilera is Professor of Urban Planning at the Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Morelos and the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and a Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Urban and Regional Development at UC Berkeley. He is the author of numerous articles and the forthcoming book Urbanists and Visionaries. Planning Mexico City in the first half of the XX Century (Miguel Angel Porrua Editores).

Monday, April 7, 12:00 – 1:15 pm
Room 554, Barrows Hall

Ha-Joon Chang
“Bad Samaritans: The Myth of Free Trade”

Over the last 25 years, most developing countries have experienced a slowdown in growth, rising inequality and increased economic instability. The outcome is, Ha-Joon Chang contends, due to the policies imposed on them by the rich countries and the international organizations they control — free trade, free international investment, privatization, stronger protection of intellectual property rights and conservative macroeconomic policies. These are not the policies rich countries used when they themselves were developing countries nor are they policies used by more recent development success stories. Featuring Alexander Hamilton, the Lexus, Nokia mobile phone, his son, Orson Welles and an elephant, Chang’s talk argues for a fundamental reform of the international economic system and for national policies focused on raising long-term productivity (mostly) in manufacturing.

Ha-Joon Chang is a Reader in the Political Economy of Development at Cambridge University and a fellow at the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, DC. He is the author of Kicking Away the Ladder: Development Strategy in Historical Perspective and Bad Samaritans: The Myth of Free Trade and the Secret History of Capitalism.

About Bad Samaritans
"The best riposte [to contemporary globalization] from the critics that I have seen." – Paul Blustein, Washington Post Book World, February 17, 2008

Co-sponsored by the Center for Korean Studies.

Monday, April 7, 4:00 – 5:30 pm
2223 Fulton Street, 6th Floor

Peter Evans interviews Ha-Joon Chang from the
Fall 2008 Berkeley Review of Latin American Studies

Cine Latino

El Violin
by Francisco Vargas (Mexico, 2006)

"El Violin" tells the story of a family of traveling musicians living a dangerous double life in rural 1970s Mexico, gathering weapons for a revolt as they move from town to town. They return home to find that the army has occupied their village, and their neighbors have fled to the hills. Using his seeming helplessness as a disguise, the elderly Don Plutarco — played by Don Angel Tavira, who won the Best Actor prize at Cannes for his portrayal — takes his violin down to the army camp in an attempt to retrieve munitions buried in a village cornfield. 98 minutes. Spanish with English subtitles. “Pure and emotive cinema that shakes you with its honesty.” — Guillermo del Toro

Monday, April 7, 7:00 pm
Pacific Film Archive Theater

Stanford R. Ovshinsky
Stanford Ovshinsky
"Alternative Energy and the Americas"

Stanford R. Ovshinsky has been called “the modern world’s most important energy visionary.” His career has combined path-breaking scientific work, the creation of new industries and a deep commitment to “make a better world.” His work on energy and the environment has particular significance for the Americas.

Ovshinsky developed a new class of disordered or amorphous materials in an area of physics now called "Ovonics." He translated these scientific advances into non-polluting approaches to producing and storing energy from thin film solar technology that is mass produced to hydrogen fuel cells and storage devices. The nickel metal hydride batteries he developed currently power most hybrid cars.

Stan Ovshinsky holds about 350 U.S. patents and has authored more than 275 scientific papers in fields as diverse as neurophysiology and amorphous semiconductors. He has won innumerable honors including the 2005 Innovation Award for Energy and the Environment from the Economist magazine.

He and his late wife, Iris, were named Heroes of Chemistry 2000 by the American Chemical Society for "advances in electrochemical, energy storage and energy generation, including the development of Ovonic nickel metal hydride (NIMH) rechargeable batteries, regenerative fuel cells, solid hydrogen storage system and amorphous silicon photovoltaics" and for having "made significant and lasting contributions to global human welfare."

Stan Ovshinsky is a fellow of both the American Physical Society and of
the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Tuesday, April 8, 5:00 pm

María Carranza
"Agents of Change at Turrialba: A History of the Costa Rican Family Planning Program"

Costa Rica has been the source of demographic attention for at least two reasons: its startling rate of population growth — which at its peak, between 1955 and 1960, was considered one of the highest in the world — and the astounding decline in the total fertility rate, from 7.3 to 3.7 children, that took place between 1960 and 1975. The sharp reduction in the fertility rate has been attributed in significant measure to the use of modern contraceptive methods provided by state health institutions from 1968 onwards. This talk examines the first Costa Rican experience with mass contraception. María Carranza is a medical doctor who also holds a Ph.D. in Social Anthropology. She is a researcher at the Instituto Costarricense de Investigación y Enseñanza en Nutrición y Salud (INCIENSA) and the University of Costa Rica. Co-sponsored by the Department of Anthropology; the Science, Technology, and Society Center; the Gender and Women’s Studies Department; the Berkeley Population Center; and the Department of Anthropology and History of Social Medicine at UCSF.

Wednesday, April 16, 4:00 – 5:30 pm
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Laura Cházaro
"Trade in Medical Instruments and Colonialist Policies in 19th-Century Mexico"

In the mid-1800s, Mexico carried on a vigorous trade in shipping and transferring medical instruments from Europe, especially France. Though it is now common to question G. Bachelard’s concept of instruments as merely “reified theories,” it is not clear whether the space in which they may come to be placed determines the knowledge they produce. This talk proposes to respond to such questions as: how does the knowledge encapsulated in such artifacts travel from one place to another?; and, having been designed for universal use, how is it that they come to calibrate bodies and national issues? Laura Cházaro holds a Ph.D. in the History of Science and is a researcher at the Centro de Investigación y de Estudios Avanzados del Instituto Politécnico Nacional (CINVESTAV) in Mexico City. Co-sponsored by the Department of Anthropology; the Office for History of Science and Technology; the Science, Technology, and Society Center; and the Department of Anthropology and History of Social Medicine at UCSF.

Thursday, April 17, 12:00 – 2:00 pm
221 Kroeber Hall

Centolia Maldonado Vasquez and Bernardo Ramirez Bautista
"Binational Struggles of Mexican Indigenous Migrant Communities: Oaxacan Perspectives"

Centolia Maldonado Vasquez and Bernardo Ramirez Bautista of Mexico's Frente Indígena de Organizaciones Binacionales will discuss the current political situation in Oaxaca, including such topics as: the role of indigenous Mexican migration to the U.S. and its impact in the communities of origin; the role of women in the movement for social justice in Oaxaca; and the current challenges facing indigenous governing community institutions in Oaxaca. They will also screen the film, "Women Who Organize Make Progress." Centolia Maldonado Vasquez is the Binational Advisor for Economic Development Director and a District Coordinator. Bernardo Ramirez Bautista is the Mixteca Region Coordinator and Legal Advocacy Program Director. This event will be in Spanish with the option of English translation.

Monday, April 28, 12:00 - 2:00 pm
554 Barrows Hall

Lila Caimari
“Crime and Society in Interwar Buenos Aires”

In recent years, a number of studies have established the role of the “crime question” in the context of the spectacular growth of Latin American cities in the late 19 th century, producing a growing body of knowledge on prison reform, criminology and social control. This presentation shifts the attention to other historical dimensions of the Latin American “crime question.” Based on the analysis of a string of robberies and kidnappings that triggered a wave of moral panic in 1920s and 1930s Buenos Aires, it argues that crime remained at the forefront of public opinion concerns well beyond the urban revolution. Furthermore, it suggests that the Interwar period witnessed the decline of the influence of scientists as providers of concepts to describe criminality and led to the resurrection of the death penalty as a viable form of punishment. Finally, these arguments will be linked to the broader context of 1930s Argentine anti-liberalism.Lila Caimari is a Tinker visiting professor at Columbia University and a professor at the Universidad de San Andrés in Buenos Aires, Argentina.Co-sponsored by the Department of History.

Friday, May 2, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
2227 Dwinelle Hall

Roberto Dobles
"Costa Rica: The Carbon Neutrality Challenge"

Costa Rica has declared that it will go carbon neutral by 2021. To meet that challenge, energy officials from the Central American nation have gone on a fact-finding tour of the United States, seeking out best practices that can be incorporated at home. The Center for Latin American Studies together with the National Resources Defense Council have helped coordinate the delegation’s visit to Berkeley, focusing on global strategies for carbon neutrality, methods for reducing dependence on fossil fuels and the building of partnerships for future collaborations. Minister Dobles will discuss his country’s efforts to mitigate carbon emissions during this special presentation.Roberto Dobles is the Costa Rican Minister of the Environment and Energy.Co-sponsored by the National Resources Defense Council.

Monday, May 19, 4:30 pm
Room 554, Barrows Hall

Bay Area Latin America Forum

Daniel Kammen
Title to be announced
Daniel Kammen is a professor in the Energy and Resources Group, the Goldman School of Public Policy and the Department of Nuclear Engineering at UC Berkeley. He is also the director of the university’s Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory.

Date and location to be determined

Michelle Bachelet, President of Chile
"The Transformation of Chile"

President Michelle Bachelet will discuss the current challenges Chile faces and what the new Chile-California agreement means for her country.
Moderated by Professor Harley Shaiken
Introduction by Chancellor Robert J. Birgeneau

Tickets will be available prior to the event at the Chevron Auditorium on a first come, first served basis. NO backpacks, large bags, food, banners, signs, or sound-making devices.

Article on President Bachelet's visit from the San Francisco Chronicle

Thursday, June 12, 2008, 5:00 pm
Chevron Auditorium, International House

Article on President Bachelet's visit
Link to webcast and photos of the event

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