Panel Discussion
"Global Expectations for the Obama Administration"
Moderated by Martin Brennan

The Consul Generals of Botswana, Germany, Japan and Mexico lend perspectives
on the Obama era.

Co-sponsored with International House, United Nations Association USA E. Bay, World Affairs Council, UCB Center for African Studies, UCB Center for Japan Studies, and the UCB European Union Center for Excellence.

Space is limited! To pre-register sign up in the Program Office or e-mail
ihprograms @berkeley.edu.

Thursday, January 29, 7:30 pm
Chevron Auditorium, International House
Free for Residents of International House and UC Students
Open to the public: $5 suggested donation at the door


San Francisco in the fog

Bay Area Latin America Forum

Lowell Bergman
“Mexico: Crimes at the Border”

Lowell Bergman examines the increasingly lucrative business of human smuggling at the U.S.–Mexico border and the American border officials corrupted by the trade. Drawing upon interviews conducted in Tijuana and San Diego as well as dramatic undercover surveillance video from U.S. law enforcement, he will discuss how this illicit and growing business has spurred an increase in corruption cases investigated by the FBI and other federal agencies.

Lowell Bergman is the Reva and David Logan Distinguished Professor of Investigative Reporting at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism and a producer/correspondent for the PBS documentary series “Frontline.” He has spent 30 years covering stories that touch on Mexico, the war on drugs, money laundering and the CIA.

New York Times articles:
"Border Agents, Lured by the Other Side" (Lowell Bergman, contributing reporter)
"Former Border Agents Arrested"

Article about and photos of the event

Monday, February 2, 12:00 – 1:15 pm
554 Barrows Hall

"Peripheries: Decentering Urban Theory"

Conference Schedule

Cosponsored with Global Metropolitan Studies, Center for Contemporary Culture of Barcelona, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Department of Anthropology, Department of City and Regional Planning, and the Townsend Center for the Humanities

Thursday, February 5, Second Floor and Room 112, Wurster Hall
Friday-Saturday, February 6-7, Howard Room, Faculty Club

San Francisco in the fog

Bay Area Latin America Forum

Alberto Diaz-Cayeros
“Indian Identity, Poverty and Colonial Development in Mexico”

This presentation will report on the initial findings of a new project dealing with geographic poverty traps and the survival of Indian ethnic identity in Mexico. The study correlates institutional variation in forms of encomienda exploitation during the 16th century with the location of those institutions in space as determined by Geographic Information Systems (GIS). The results do not support the thesis of a “reversal of fortune” emerging from the colonial experience, in which rich areas of the country became impoverished as a consequence of Spanish rule. Rather, it seems that the preexisting geographic concentration of poverty was reinforced through the interaction of inherited social structures, natural geographic conditions and variations within colonial political institutions.

Alberto Diaz-Cayeros is Associate Professor at the School of International Relations and Pacific Studies and Director of the Center for U.S.–Mexico Studies at UC San Diego. His work deals with the political economy of federalism, decentralization, poverty relief and social policy in Mexico and Latin America.

- Op-ed by Professor Diaz-Cayeros on Mexican poverty in San Diego Union-Tribune

Photos of the event

Monday, February 9, 12:00 – 1:15 pm
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Partes Usadas

Cine Latino

Partes Usadas
Directed by Aarón Fernández (Mexico, 2008)

Fourteen-year-old Iván and his uncle Jaime, a used car parts dealer, dream of a better life as immigrant workers in Chicago. When Jaime realizes that it will cost more than he expected to pay the “coyote” who will guide them across the border, he decides to initiate his nephew into the world of car part theft. Iván quickly learns his new trade and recruits his best friend, Efraín, to help. Everything seems to be going smoothly until Iván realizes that his uncle’s plans have changed. 95 minutes. Spanish with English subtitles.

Note: This film has not been rated. It does contain some violence.

Firmly grounded in Mexico City street realism yet steeped in the fluid rhythms and visually sensitive traditions of French cinema… — Robert Koehler, Variety

- Official site of the film
- Trailer

Wednesday, February 11, 7:00 pm
159 Mulford Hall

San Francisco in the fog

Bay Area Latin America Forum

Bryan S. Graham
“Banana Company Railroads and the Economic Development of Honduras”

In the early 20th century the United and Standard Fruit Companies, now respectively Chiquita Brands International and the Dole Food Company, laid hundreds of kilometers of railroad track across the north coast of Honduras. While ostensibly built to satisfy the terms of land concessions granted by the Honduran government, the railroads’ primary purpose was to transport bananas from company plantations to coastal towns for shipment to the United States. An incidental consequence of their construction, however, was the connection of hundreds of previously isolated rural communities to the cities of San Pedro Sula, Puerto Cortes, Tela, La Ceiba and Trujillo. This talk explores the long term consequences of these “banana railroads” for the socioeconomic development of the North Coast.

Bryan S. Graham is an Assistant Professor in the Economics Department at UC Berkeley.

Photos of the event

Monday, February 23, 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Jaime Breilh
"The Dialectics of Indigenous Knowledge and Critical Epidemiology"

During this so-called post-normal period of science, new emphasis has been placed on transdisciplinary and intercultural knowledge building. The field of health research is touched by this important debate with its epistemological and methodological implications. Latin American researchers of the collective health/social medicine movement have pioneered the introduction of innovative social determinants of health and health rights perspectives and, as part of that movement, have stressed the need for intercultural science. The intertwining of critical epidemiology and indigenous knowledge played an important role in the introduction of the principle of sumac kawsay (humanly living) as a fundamental health right, which is a guiding principle in the new Ecuadorian Constitution. 

Jaime Breilh Paz y Miño is Director of the Health Area of the Universidad Andina “Simón Bolívar” in Quito, Ecuador and the founding director of the Health Research and Advisory Center (CEAS). Through his research and teaching throughout the Americas, he has shaped the fields of critical epidemiology, Latin American Social Medicine and the Social Determinants of Health.

Co-sponsored by the Joint Ph.D. Program in Medical Anthropology, the School of Public Health and the Berkeley Diversity Research Initiative.

Monday, February 23, 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Gifford Room, 2nd floor, Kroeber Hall

San Francisco in the fog

Bay Area Latin America Forum

Lisa García Bedolla
“Why U.S. Foreign Policy Matters: Latino Migration and Political Adaptation in the United States”

Most studies of U.S. immigration begin at the border. Yet, when looking at the migration and adaptation patterns of Latin American-origin immigrants in the United States, it becomes clear that which national origin groups migrate, when they choose to migrate and how they are treated under U.S. law upon arrival are strongly influenced by the economic and geopolitical relationships the United States has with their countries of origin. This talk explores this relationship, examining the experiences of the largest Latino national origin groups in the United States: Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, Salvadorans, Guatemalans and Cubans.

Lisa García Bedolla is Associate Professor of Social and Cultural Studies at UC Berkeley. She is author of Fluid Borders: Latino Power, Identity, and Politics in Los Angeles.

Article about and photos of the event

Monday, March 2, 12:00 – 1:15 pm
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Partes Usadas

Cine Latino

Sleep Dealer
Directed by Alex Rivera (United States, 2008)

Set in a dystopian near future, the Sundance award-winner “Sleep Dealer” follows its protagonist, Memo Cruz, as he flees his struggling hometown in rural Mexico and heads for Tijuana. Once there, he becomes a node worker, plugging into the global network to serve as a virtual migrant laborer — one who never sets foot into the country where his labor is consumed. Along the way he meets a writer and a soldier who help him avenge the tragedy of his past. 90 minutes. Spanish with English subtitles. Rated PG-13.

“Sleep Dealer” serves up a radical vision of a troubling tomorrow, injecting viewers into a high-tech, developing-world future.” — Jason Silverman, Wired.com

- Trailer for the film
- Remarks by director Alex Rivera

Wednesday, March 4, 7:00 pm
100 Genetics and Plant Biology

Panel Discussion and Celebration of Title VI
"Berkeley and the World 50 Years of International Education"

Charles Eckman, Associate University Librarian and Director — Collections

Keynote Speaker:
George Breslauer, Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost

Justin Brashares, Assistant Professor, ESPM
Kay Corcoran, Instructor, 6th Grade History and Language Arts
Andrew Jones, Associate Professor, East Asian Languages & Cultures
Osamah Khalil, Doctoral Candidate, Department of History

Harley Shaiken, Class of 1930 Professor and Chair, Center for Latin American Studies

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Department of Education’s Title VI program, known at its inception as the National Defense Education Act. Title VI, a response to the Cold War and the launch of Sputnik, recognized the need for the United States to develop a stronger and broader capacity in foreign language and international and area studies in order to be effective in the modern era. Title VI was later incorporated into the Higher Education Act of 1965.

Three programs included in the original 1958 legislation continue today: the National Resource Centers (NRC) program, the Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship (FLAS) program, and the International Research and Studies (IRS) program. Designed to improve secondary and postsecondary teaching and research, train specialists, and better the public’s understanding of other countries, the program has been critical to advancing international education in the United States.

UC Berkeley has participated in Title VI since its inception in 1959 and today receives $3.35 million per year from the program. These funds are used to finance core campus teaching and research priorities as well as to support graduate students across many disciplines. The campus is proud to host Title VI funded centers and institutes.

 In recognition of the importance of Title VI programs on campus, UC Berkeley’s Title VI Centers are hosting an event to commemorate the program’s 50th anniversary.

Friday, March 6, 3:00 pm - Panel Discussion, 4:30pm - Reception
Morrison Library, 101 Doe Library

San Francisco in the fog

Bay Area Latin America Forum

Jorge Bravo
“The Political Economy of Mexico–U.S. Migration: A View From the Source Country”

A common, if often only implicit, assumption is that recent out-migration from Mexico to the U.S. has been politically neutral in the sending country. My research shows that this assumption is untenable: migration has not been politically neutral, especially at the sub-national level. Its effects can be seen in such disparate arenas as: partisan competition for local office; the demand for, and supply of, good local governance; levels of political participation and patterns of political recruitment at the local level; and the dynamics of gender roles, local marriage markets and female political participation.

Jorge Bravo is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at UCLA and a Research Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford. His current work examines the political economy of contemporary Mexico–U.S. migration, particularly the ways in which migration and remittances have reshaped the lives of Mexicans in Mexico.

Monday, March 9, 12:00 – 1:15 pm
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Article about and photos of 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.

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Wednesday, March 11, 1:00 pm
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Tamayo Human Rights Triptych

U.S.-Mexico Futures Forum

Ethan Nadelmann
“After the War on Drugs in the Americas”

The last century has witnessed the construction of a global drug prohibition regime, promoted by the U.S., which relies heavily on the criminal justice system and other coercive institutions and mechanisms to try to reduce the use of forbidden substances. In the last few years, however, Europeans and Latin Americans have proposed reforming drug policy in ways that are more consistent with health, human rights and science.  Nadelmann will discuss possibilities for international drug control policy that focus on reducing the harmful effects of both drug misuse and failed prohibitionist policies, with their often violent consequences.

Ethan Nadelmann is the founder and executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, the leading organization in the United States promoting alternatives to the war on drugs. Educated at Harvard and the London School of Economics, he taught politics and public affairs at Princeton University, and has written articles on drug policy for publications from Science to Rolling Stone, as well as two books on the internationalization of criminal law enforcement.

- "How to Stop the Drug Wars" and "On the Trail of the Traffickers" from The Economist, March 9, 2009

Thursday, March 12, 4:00 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall

San Francisco in the fog

Bay Area Latin America Forum

Beatriz Magaloni
“Assessing the Political Returns of Social Spending Strategies: Mexico 1988–2006”

What is the payoff of electoral investments in antipoverty programs? Do voters respond more favorably to transfers that benefit individuals directly or to the provision of public goods and social infrastructure projects? Do clientelistic antipoverty programs generate more votes for incumbent parties than non-clientelistic ones? Prof. Magaloni will analyze the vote-buying potential of various social programs implemented in Mexico between 1988 and 2006.

Beatriz Magaloni is Associate Professor of Political Science at Stanford University. Her book, Voting for Autocracy, won the 2008 Leon Epstein Award for the best book written in the previous two years on political parties and organizations and the Comparative Democratization Award.

Monday, March 16, 12:00 – 1:15 pm
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Article about and photos of the event

Partes Usadas

Cine Latino

Rodrigo D: No Futuro
by Victor Gaviria (1990)

Gaviria gives us a powerful film about growing up on the streets in the drug capital of Medellín, Colombia. Shot in a documentary style, many of the young people who appeared in the film are now dead or in jail. In the tradition of Los Olvidados and Pixote, we meet a variety of young people who will never have to worry about growing old. 93 minutes. Spanish with English subtitles.

Monday, March 16, 7:00 pm
2060 Valley Life Sciences Building

Tamayo Human Rights Triptych

U.S.-Mexico Futures Forum

Alma Guillermoprieto
"The New Narcocultura"

Born in Mexico, Ms. Guillermoprieto has for the last 30 years written about Latin America in the pages of The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books and other prestigious publications. The magazine Foreign Policy listed her among the 100 most important public intellectuals in the world.

Here are examples of corridos Mrs. Guillermoprieto used to exemplify the gradual evolution of the musical genre from its early musical compositions to the narcocorridos of present day:

Siete Leguas
Rodolfo Coronel - El Sinaloense
Los Tigres del Norte - Contrabando y Traicion
El Chapo
Los Perros Zetas
A Mis Enemigos...

Additional resources:
- "Days of the Dead: The New Narcocultura," from The New Yorker
- More on Ms. Guillermoprieto

Wednesday, March 18, 6:00 pm
Home Room, International House

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Baltazar Garzón and Santiago Pedraz
"The Long Arm of the Law: Universal Jurisdiction and the Spanish Courts"

Strong supporters of the concepts of universal jurisdiction and international justice, the Spanish federal judges Baltazar Garzón and Santiago Pedraz have played key roles in cross-border investigations of both state and non-state terrorism. In this panel discussion they will focus on the use of universal jurisdiction, the challenges of indicting former heads of state and the issues involved in trying terrorist cases in domestic courts. 

Baltazar Garzón, an investigating magistrate of the Spanish National Audience, came to international attention in 1998 when he issued an international warrant for the arrest of former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet on human rights charges. He has also presided over human rights cases against Argentine and Chilean military leaders and worked to unearth crimes committed during the Franco era in Spain.

Santiago Pedraz is the Spanish National Court Judge presiding over the Guatemala genocide case. On July 7, 2006, he charged several former Guatemalan military officers, including Ríos Montt, with genocide, torture and other crimes against humanity. That case continues today.

- Article on recent case involving Justice Garzón

NOTE: Due to events beyond our control, this event has been POSTPONED INDEFINITELY.

Harley Shaiken
"Thoughts on the Current Economic Crisis"

Harley Shaiken is a Professor of Education and Geography and Chair of the Center for Latin American Studies.

Co-sponsored with the Department of Geography.

Wednesday, April 1, 4:00 pm
575 McCone Hall

Chico Simões and Jeremias Zunguze
“Mamulengo: Brazilian Puppet Theater”

Mamulengo is the most traditional and popular kind of puppet theater in Brazil. Passed along over the centuries by itinerant performers, mamulengo reveals the influence of both the Italian Commedia Dell’Arte and African cultural aesthetics. The form is still alive in the Brazilian countryside and in the marginalized outskirts of big cities.

Chico Simões is this semester’s Distinguished Writer in Residence, holding the Mario de Andrade Chair in Brazilian Culture. He is a puppeteer and educator and has traveled throughout Brazil since 1983 lecturing and giving demonstrations of mamulengo and other traditional forms.

Jeremias Zunguze, a doctoral student in Hispanic Languages and Literature from Mozambique, will be accompanying Mr. Simões on the acoustic guitar.
Co-sponsored by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese.

Thursday, April 16, 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Dwinelle Steps

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Tamayo Human Rights Triptych

U.S.-Mexico Futures Forum

Denise Dresser
“What’s Wrong with Mexico? Drugs, Dinosaurs and Dithering”

Denise Dresser will evaluate the limitations of the Calderon government’s “war” on drugs and how the current climate of insecurity explains the renewed electoral strength and political renaissance of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). She will also address the characteristics of Mexico’s dysfunctional political economy that explain why the country seems condemned to “muddle through,” instead of undertaking substantive reforms that would assure greater equality and growth.

Denise Dresser is a professor of Political Science at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) where she has taught comparative politics, political economy and Mexican politics since 1991. She writes a political column for the Mexican newspaper Reforma and the news weekly Proceso and was the host of the political talk shows “Entreversiones” and “El País de Uno” on Mexican television.

Photos of the event

Read Professor Dresser's testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee

Thursday, April 23, 4:00 pm
223 Moses Hall

San Francisco in the fog

Bay Area Latin America Forum

Maiah Jaskoski
“Army Security Work for the Private Sector in Peru and Ecuador”

This talk addresses the question of who benefits from army security services in Peru and Ecuador in the contemporary period. In both countries, regional and local army commanders have worked as entrepreneurs, providing additional security for paying clients. Largely as the result of these local deals, the private sector has disproportionately benefited from army security services relative to the “public.”

Maiah Jaskoski is an assistant professor in the Department of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School and a visiting scholar at CLAS. Her research interests include state-society relations, military roles and security for natural resource sectors, particularly in the Andes.

Photos of the event

Monday, April 27, 12:00 – 1:15 pm
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

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