Film Screenings
Paolo Benvenuti (Italy, 1992)
Le petit soldat
Jean-Luc Godard (France, 1960)

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition of Fernando Botero's Abu Ghraib collection at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. More information -->

Thursday January 21, 7:00 pm
Pacific Film Archive Theater

Film Screening
Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom
Pier Paolo Pasolini (Italy, 1975)

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition of Fernando Botero's Abu Ghraib collection at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. More information -->

Recommended for adults only; this film contains many graphic and disturbing scenes.

Saturday, January 23, 8:30 pm
Pacific Film Archive Theater

Film Screening
Open City
Roberto Rossellini (Italy, 1945)

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition of Fernando Botero's Abu Ghraib collection at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. More information -->

Please see the BAMPFA website for ticket prices

Thursday, January 28, 8:35 pm
Pacific Film Archive Theater

Film Screening
The Wall
Yilmaz Güney (France, 1983)

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition of Fernando Botero's Abu Ghraib collection at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. More information -->

Please see the BAMPFA website for ticket prices

Sunday, January 31, 6:00 pm
Pacific Film Archive Theater

Film Screening
How Nice to See You Alive
Lúcia Murat (Brazil, 1989)

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition of Fernando Botero's Abu Ghraib collection at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. More information -->

Please see the BAMPFA website for ticket prices

Tuesday, February 2, 7:30 pm
Pacific Film Archive Theater

David Fitzgerald
"Citizenship à la Carte: Emigration and the Sovereign State"

As people, goods, and ideas flow across borders, scholars have argued that globalization is eroding the sovereignty of the nation-state. In contrast, David Fitzgerald argues that far from undermining sovereignty, efforts by migrant source countries to institutionally embrace their citizens abroad highlight the robustness of the nation-state system. Indeed, the new state-citizen relationship emphasizes voluntary ties, options for expressing membership, an emphasis on rights over obligations, and the legitimacy of plural legal and affective national affiliations.

David Fitzgerald, Associate Professor, Sociology, and Associate Director of the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies, University of California, San Diego

Michael Peter Smith, Distinguished Professor of Community Studies and Development, University of California Davis, respondent

Co-sponsored with the Institute for the Study of Social Change.

Wednesday, February 3, 12:00-1:30 pm
554 Barrows Hall

Photos of the event

Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas
"The Promise and Legacy of the Mexican Revolution"

Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas is president of the Fundación para la Democracia and served as mayor of Mexico City from 1997-99.

Wednesday, February 3, 2009, 7:00 pm
2050 Valley Life Sciences Building

Article, photos and link to YouTube video of event

Mark Danner
“Why Is Haiti Poor? Politics, Disaster and the Predatory State”

Mark Danner, a UC Berkeley professor of journalism, has covered war, foreign affairs and political violence for two decades. He is the author of Torture and Truth (2004) and, most recently, Stripping Bare the Body: Politics Violence War.

Read his NY Times Op-ed

Thursday, February 4, 6:00 PM
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall

Photos and link to YouTube video of event

Film Screening
Seven Moments
Diana Cardozo (Mexico, 2008)

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition of Fernando Botero's Abu Ghraib collection at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. More information -->

Please see the BAMPFA website for ticket prices

Thursday February 4, 8:30 pm
Pacific Film Archive Theater

Film Screening
Archeology of Memory: Villa Grimaldi
Quique Cruz, Marilyn Mulford (U.S./Chile, 2008, 88 mins)

Musical performance by Quijeremá

Cruz, a Chilean composer/musician/poet now living in the Bay Area, converts his memories of imprisonment in Pinochet's notorious torture center Villa Grimaldi into art in this touching documentary on the power of remembrance and healing.

Presented in conjunction with the Pacific Film Archive, and UC Berkeley's Human Rights Center, with the support of the Mellon Foundation through its Distinguished Achievement Award to Thomas Laqueur, Helen Fawcett Distinguished Professor, UC Berkeley Department of History.

More information -->

Please see the BAMPFA website for ticket prices

Sunday, February 7, 5:30 pm
Pacific Film Archive Theater, 2575 Bancroft Way

Crude Oil Reflections

Cine Latino

Which Way Home
Directed by Rebecca Cammisa (United States, 2009)

Recently nominated for an Academy Award, the documentary “Which Way Home” follows several migrant children as they make their solo journey to the United States atop a Mexican freight train nicknamed “The Beast.” The film captures both the beauty and the grimness of the journey, recording the heartbreaking naïveté of children too young to comprehend the magnitude of what they have undertaken and the evils that lie in their path. 90 minutes. English and Spanish with English subtitles.

“…tremendous, eye-opening filmmaking…” — Erik Price, Esquire.com

Wednesday, February 10, 7:00 pm
Room 2060, Valley Life Sciences Building

Panel Discussion
Reporting on Mexico: Drugs, Violence and the Prospects for a Nation’s Future

Mexico’s brutal drug war has rattled that country’s sense of security, deepened its economic crisis and shifted attention from other pressing concerns. Leading journalists and scholars explore the roots of the violence, what its lasting impact may be, and how the drug war might be resolved. They examine ways that the narco-violence is affecting – and affected by – the United States. And they discuss how the U.S. press is covering the issue and what stories about Mexico we might be missing.

A panel of journalists who have covered Mexico will discuss their work and their observations. They will be joined by Harley Shaiken, chair of the Center for Latin American Studies at Berkeley, to go behind the headlines and talk about the political and economic forces shaping Mexico today.

Andrew Becker, Center for Investigative Reporting
Steve Fainaru, Washington Post
Susan Ferriss, Sacramento Bee

Moderated by Tyche Hendricks, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism

The event is jointly sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies and the Graduate School of Journalism, both at UC Berkeley.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010, 5:30 p.m.
North Gate Hall Library

Graham W. J. Beal
Mutual Admiration, Mutual Exploitation: Rivera, Ford and the Detroit Industry Murals

Diego Rivera regarded his mural cycle at the Detroit Institute of Arts as his finest achievement in the fresco medium. Graham W. J. Beal will discuss the personal, political and economic motivations that lay behind the creation of this complex and controversial work.

Graham W. J. Beal has served as director at the Joslyn Art Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and, since 1999, at the Detroit Institute of Arts.

Thursday, February 25, 5:00 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall

Photos and link to YouTube video of event

Crude Oil Reflections

Cine Latino

Crude: The Real Price of Oil
Directed by Joe Berlinger (United States, 2009)

“Crude” looks at all sides of the “Amazon Chernobyl” case, a multibillion-dollar lawsuit that pits 30,000 Ecuadorean rainforest dwellers against Chevron. The plaintiffs claim that Texaco, which merged with Chevron in 2001, spent three decades systematically contaminating one of the most biodiverse regions on Earth, poisoning the water, air and land and leaving its inhabitants to suffer the consequences: skyrocketing rates of birth defects and cancer. Chevron denies the claims, arguing that the case was cooked up by greedy “environmental con men” seeking to line their pockets with the company’s billions. 105 minutes. English, Spanish, A’ingae and Secoya with English subtitles.

“These real characters and events play out on the screen like a sprawling legal thriller.” — Stephen Holden, The New York Times

Wednesday, March 10, 7:00 pm
2060 Valley Life Sciences Building

Lorenzo Meyer
Commemorating Mexico's Great Upheavals

The 2010 bicentennial of Mexico’s independence and the centennial of its revolution offer an opportunity to explore the causes and principles behind these two great social upheavals and what they mean to contemporary Mexico.  The conflicts and contradictions of the past still help determine Mexico’s present.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010, 4:00 pm
Lounge, Women’s Faculty Club

Link to YouTube video and photos of the event

BALA Spring 2010 Pier 39 Sealions

Bay Area Latin America Forum

M. Paz Gutierrez
The Next Fifty Years: MicroArchitecture into Architecture

M. Paz Gutierrez is an assistant professor of Architecture at UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design and founder of BIOMS, an interdisciplinary research initiative which combines architecture and bioengineering.


Wendy Muse Sinek
When the River Has No Fish: Community Organizing in Rio de Janeiro

Despite the fact that residents of Rio’s slums (favelas) have a rich associational life, community leaders rarely translate their activism into making demands on elected officials. Political channels are often unavailable or co-opted due to the presence of drug trafficking gangs. Nevertheless, community organizers are taking advantage of the space that remains, finding resourceful ways to improve their neighborhoods. This talk will describe the political, economic and social factors that affect community organizing in Rio’s favelas and expand on some of the innovative solutions that local community leaders have created.

Wendy Muse Sinek is a visiting instructor in the Department of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA, and a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science at UC Berkeley. She has recently completed 18 months of research on community organizing strategies in the slums of Rio de Janeiro.

Wednesday, April 7, 4:00 – 5:30 pm
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Photos of the event

BALA Spring 2010 Pier 39 Sealions

Bay Area Latin America Forum

Karen Musalo
Crimes Without Punishment: Violence Against Women in Guatemala

Sexual violence against women was widely used as a war strategy during Guatemala’s internal armed conflict. Although the conflict ended over 14 years ago, violence against women continues to plague the country, making Guatemala arguably the most dangerous place for women in all of Latin America. Since 2001, more than 4,000 women have been killed in gender-motivated murders known as “femicides,” crimes that have been committed with virtual impunity. This talk will address the femicides, the conditions that lead to impunity and the relationship between this violence and women’s claims for refugee protection in the U.S.

Karen Musalo, a clinical professor of Law at UC Hastings, is widely recognized for her innovative work on refugee issues. In 2009 she won a landmark victory in the case of Rody Alvarado, a Guatemalan woman who fled to the United States because of domestic violence.

Thursday, April 8, 12:00 – 1:00 pm
554 Barrows Hall

Photos of the event

Crude Oil Reflections

Cine Latino

The Milk of Sorrow
Directed by Claudia Llosa (Peru, 2009)

Nominated for the 2009 Academy Award for a Foreign Language Film, “The Milk of Sorrow” (“La Teta Asustada”), was inspired by the work of Dr. Kimberly Theidon. A medical anthropologist studying Latin America, Dr. Theidon compiled the testimonies of women from the Peruvian Andes who were mistreated or violated during the political violence of the 1980s. Some of these women spoke of an illness, “la teta asustada,” in which the mother’s trauma was passed on to her children through her breast milk. Fausta, the film’s protagonist, struggles to overcome this affliction and escape the legacy of the past.

After the film screening, Professor Nancy Scheper-Hughes will engage Dr. Theidon in a discussion about her research and its translation to the screen.

Note new time: Thursday, April 8, 4:00 pm
155 Barrows Hall

BALA Spring 2010 Pier 39 Sealions

Bay Area Latin America Forum

Paul Steinberg
Surviving the Storm: Environmental Policy Reform in Unstable Political Systems

Environmental sustainability requires long-term political commitments to the protection of environmental resources. Yet most of the world’s countries, particularly in the developing world and post-communist states, are subject to chronic political and economic upheaval, making any effort at institution-building a daunting task. We will consider this practical challenge from the analytic vantage point of theories of policy change and mechanisms of institutional reproduction. The results carry important implications for environmental policy and for comparative politics research on institutional stability and change.

Paul Steinberg is an associate professor of Political Science and Environmental Policy at Harvey Mudd College and a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley’s Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management. His books include Environmental Leadership in Developing Countries (MIT Press, 2001) and Comparative Environmental Politics (MIT Press, forthcoming 2010). See http://www.hmc.edu/steinberg.

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

Link to YouTube video and photos of the event

Dan Kammen and Harley Shaiken
“A Conversation on Energy and Development in the Americas”

Dan Kammen is the Class of 1935 Distinguished Professor of Energy in the Energy and Resources Group and the Goldman School of Public Policy. As of mid-April, 2010, he will be adding a new role with the U.S. State Department on Clean Energy.

Harley Shaiken is Class of 1930 Professor and Chair of the Center for Latin American Studies.

Tuesday, April 13, 12:00 pm
Labor Center Conference Room, 2521 Channing Way

Photo of the event

José Narro Robles
Mexico: Bicentennial of Independence, Centennial of the Revolution

José Narro Robles is the Rector of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), one of the largest universities in the world. Prior to taking that office, he was the director of the university's Faculty of Medicine from 2003-2007.

Thursday, April 15, 5:00 pm
Home Room, International House

Photos of the event

BALA Spring 2010 Pier 39 Sealions

Bay Area Latin America Forum

Mari Lyn Salvador
“The Textiles of Kuna Women”

The intricate blouses made and worn by the Kuna Indian women of Panama, known as molas, are decorated with designs that illustrate aspects of Kuna life and culture. The themes and objects depicted on these garments are incredibly varied; they include: household items, Kuna political meetings, symbols of healing, myths and girls puberty ceremonies as well as designs inspired by the outside world such as helicopters, tractors, Panamanian and American political figures, boxers and comic books. Using an ethno-aesthetic perspective, Dr. Salvador will discuss the history of the mola and explore Kuna artistic criteria and the concepts of form and beauty held by the artists themselves.

Mari Lyn Salvador began her research into the textiles of Kuna women in 1966. She is currently the director of the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology at UC Berkeley.

Monday, April 19, 12:00 – 1:15 pm
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Crude Oil Reflections

Cine Latino

by Greg Barker • 2009

Charismatic Brazilian diplomat Sergio Vieira de Mello spent his career with the U.N. trying to bring peace to global hot spots, finally being persuaded by Kofi Annan, Condoleezza Rice and Tony Blair to take the dangerous position of U.N. ambassador to Iraq in 2003. 94 minutes. English.

Monday, April 19, 7:00 pm
Pacific Film Archive Theater, 2575 Bancroft Way

Maria Rita Kehl
Twenty-Six Years of the MST

The Brazilian Landless Workers’ Movement (MST, for “Movimento dos Sem Terra”) is one of the largest activist organizations in the world, with 1.5 million members representing all of Brazil’s states. Maria Rita Kehl will speak on the history of the organization and its culture, triumphs and defeats.

Maria Rita Kehl is a Brazilian writer, psychoanalyst and columnist for the Estado de Sao Paulo, and is currently the Distinguished Brazilian Writer in Residence at UC Berkeley’s Department of Spanish and Portuguese.  In addition to a full-time clinical practice, she also works with patients at the MST’s Florestan Fernandes School.

Wednesday, April 21, 4:00 – 5:30 pm
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Bertrand M. Patenaude
Trotsky: Exile and Murder in Mexico

Patenaude will discuss his new book, Trotsky: Downfall of a Revolutionary, which describes Leon Trotsky’s last years in Mexico in the late 1930s. At the center of this gripping and tragic story are Trotsky’s tumultuous friendship with painter Diego Rivera; his affair with Rivera’s wife, artist Frida Kahlo; and his torment as his family and comrades become victims of the Great Terror and Stalin’s assassins close in.

Bertrand M. Patenaude is a lecturer in history and international relations at Stanford University and a research fellow at the Hoover Institution.

Thursday April 22, 4:00 pm
554 Barrows Hall

Panel Discussion Featuring Helen Mack
“Using the Courts to Combat Impunity in Guatemala”

Fourteen years after the official end of Guatemala’s long civil war, impunity for crimes both past and present remains a fact of life. In this panel discussion, human rights leaders will explore an array of national and international legal strategies being used to make the guilty accountable for their crimes.

Helen Mack Chang is the executive director of the Myrna Mack Foundation, the human rights organization she founded after the 1990 assassination of her sister by the Guatemalan military.

Roxanna Altholz is Associate Director of the International Human Rights Clinic at Berkeley Law and has represented hundreds of victims before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.

Almudena Bernabeu is an attorney with the Center for Justice and Accountability and a private prosecutor for Mayan survivors of the genocide in Guatemala.

The moderator, Beatriz Manz, is a professor of Ethnic Studies and Geography at UC Berkeley and the author of Paradise in Ashes: A Guatemalan Journey of Courage, Terror, and Hope.

The Center for Latin American Studies is co-sponsoring this event with the International Human Rights Law Clinic at Berkeley Law School and the Center for Justice and Accountability.

Tuesday, April 27, 5:00 – 7:00 pm
NOTE NEW VENUE: Room 110, Berkeley Law School

Crude Oil Reflections

Cine Latino

Presumed Guilty
Directed by Roberto Hernández and Geoffrey Smith (Mexico, 2009)
Part of the 53rd San Francisco International Film Festival (April 22-May 6)

This taut exposé of Mexico’s dysfunctional criminal courts follows a young man wrongfully convicted of homicide as he pursues justice in a system in which guilt is presumed and the conviction rate is 95 percent. 

Co-presented by the Center for Latin American Studies at UC Berkeley.                    

For more information on “Presumed Guilty,” visit http://fest10.sffs.org/films/film_details.php?id=74.

For tickets and festival information, visit http://fest10.sffs.org or call 925-866-9559.

Three screenings:
Sunday, May 2, 3:30 pm
Thursday, May 6, 3:15 pm                
Sundance Kabuki Cinemas, 1881 Post Street, San Francisco
Monday, May 3, 6:30 pm
Pacific Film Archive, 2575 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

Michelle Bachelet
Progressive Change in Latin America: The Chilean Path

Michelle Bachelet was President of Chile from 2006 to 2010.

Tickets: This event is SOLD OUT. A limited number of seats may become available on a first-come first-served basis at the door.

We ask that all those attending be in their seats no later than 5:15 pm. No large bags, backpacks or noisemakers will be permitted.

- Download a poster for the event.

Tuesday, May 4, 5:30 pm
Wheeler Auditorium, UC Berkeley

Webcast and photos of President Bachelet's visit

Tyche Hendricks
“The Wind Doesn’t Need a Passport”

From a distance, the border looks like a dividing line. For journalist Tyche Hendricks, it’s really a region: more borderlands than borderline. In The Wind Doesn’t Need a Passport, she captures the stories of American and Mexican ranchers, factory workers, police and doctors who inhabit one of the least understood places in either country.
A new picture of the borderlands emerges from her reporting — as a common ground alive with the energy of cultural exchange and international commerce, burdened with too-rapid growth and binational conflict, and underlain with a deep sense of history.

Tyche Hendricks is an editor at KQED Public Radio and a lecturer at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. For many years she covered immigration and demographics at The San Francisco Chronicle.

Co-sponsored by the Graduate School of Journalism and the Center for Latin American Studies.

Thursday, May 6, 5:30 – 7:00 pm
North Gate Hall Library, 121 North Gate Hall


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