Cine Latino

“The Invisibles”
Directed by Marc Silver and Gael García Bernal (Mexico, 2010)

Driven from home by insecurity and grinding poverty, thousands of Central American migrants travel through Mexico every year in hopes of reaching the United States. But all too often, their dreams turn into nightmares. Without legal protection, they are vulnerable to criminal gangs who target them for kidnapping, rape and murder. "The Invisibles" tells the stories of those who make the journey north through Mexico — one of the most dangerous in the world. 25 minutes. Spanish with English subtitles.

Co-sponsored with the UC Berkeley campus chapter/ Western Regional Office of Amnesty International.

Wednesday, January 19, 7:00 pm
145 Dwinelle Hall

Rufino Tamayo's Human Rights Trilogy

U.S.-Mexico Futures Forum

Kate Doyle
“Hidden Archives and Human Rights Prosecutions in Latin America”

Kate Doyle has spent two decades tracking down secret U.S. and Latin American government records to use in investigations and criminal prosecutions targeting some of the hemisphere’s worst human rights violators. She has testified as an expert witness in legal proceedings in Spain, the United States and Latin America, including the trial of former Peruvian president Alberto Fujimori. Doyle will describe some of her experiences in the field in the context of the National Security Archive’s campaign to link the right to information with justice and accountability struggles in the Americas.

Kate Doyle is senior analyst of U.S. policy in Latin America at The National Security Archive where she directs several research projects, including the Mexico Project, an investigation into democracy and human rights in Mexico. Doyle has edited collections of thousands of declassified records on El Salvador and Guatemala for The National Security Archive and her articles have appeared in many publications including Harper’s Magazine, The New York Times and World Policy Journal.

Thursday, January 27, 4:00 pm
554 Barrows Hall

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BALA Spring 2011

Bay Area Latin America Forum

Manuel Perlo Cohen
"The Global Economic Crisis and the Mexican–U.S. Border"

Both Mexico and the United States were hit hard by the 2008 global economic crisis, experiencing high unemployment rates, negative growth, falling exports and a rise in bankruptcies. In both nations, the crisis hit some cities and regions harder than others. Drawing on historic, demographic and economic data, as well as on information from local governments, the author will address the following questions: How has the border region performed during the crisis? Is the border faring better or worse than other regions? How have local governments addressed the crisis?

Manuel Perlo Cohen is an economist at the Universidad Autónoma Nacional de México and a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley’s Institute of Urban and Regional Development. He received his Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from UC Berkeley.

Download working paper "Cities in Times of Crisis" (.pdf)

Monday, January 31, 12:00 – 1:15 pm
575 McCone Hall

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2011 Tinker Summer Field Research Grants
Informational Meeting

CLAS announces a research grant competition for graduate students seeking to conduct field research in Latin America in 2011.

There will be an informational meeting at the Center at 12:00 pm noon on FRIDAY, February 4.

Guidelines and application materials are available here:

Friday, February 4, 12:00 pm noon
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

CLAS 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 with funding from CLAS.

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Tuesday-Wednesday, February 8-9
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

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Cine Latino

“The Middle of the World”
Directed by Vicente Amorim (Brazil, 2003)

In search of a better life in Rio de Janeiro, Romão, an illiterate and unemployed father of seven, lets his faith guide him as he and his family journey on bicycles 2,000 miles across the hinterlands of Brazil. Along the way, the story explores the family’s dynamics as they grapple with poverty, adolescence, and physical hardship while pursuing their dreams. 85 minutes. Portuguese with English subtitles.

Wednesday, February 9, 7:00 pm
2040 Valley Life Sciences Building

Janice Perlman
“Marginality: From Myth to Reality”

What has changed in Rio’s favelas from 1969 to 2009? Janice Perlman will address this question, using findings from both her original study of the favelas and recent follow-up interviews of the survivors along with their children and grandchildren. She will address the way the concept of marginality and its policy implications have been transformed since the end of the dictatorship; the inclusion of the urban poor in the consumer society juxtaposed with their exclusion from full democratic rights; the stigma of favela living as a barrier to work despite educational gains; and the effect of drug-related violence on life in the favelas. The current policy of Pacifying Police Units, undertaken to prepare for the World Cup and Olympic Games, is the topic of her current research.

Janice Perlman is a research scholar, consultant and nonprofit leader. Her most recent book, FAVELA: Four Decades of Living on the Edge in Rio de Janeiro (Oxford University Press, 2010), is a multi-generational follow-up of her first book The Myth of Marginality (UC Press, 1976). Prior to founding the Mega-Cities Project, Perlman was a tenured professor in UC Berkeley’s Department of City and Regional Planning.

Wednesday, February 23, 4:00 pm
554 Barrows Hall

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“Inside Out: The New Borders of Immigration Policy”

Over the past two decades, immigration policy debates have largely shifted away from concerns about who can enter the United States to focus instead on how we regulate immigrants who are already here. Anti-immigrant rhetoric frequently invokes racist, sexist, homophobic and Christian fundamentalist imagery to suggest that recent immigrants are a bad fit for the United States. Meanwhile, immigrants’ rights advocates assert that the stereotypes lurking beneath current immigration law and policy ignore the incredible diversity of immigrant America. At the core of both groups’ advocacy, though generally unspoken, are deeply-held convictions about the identity of America itself.

Co-sponsored by the Asian American Law Journal; the Berkeley Journal of African-American Law & Policy; the Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law and Justice; the Berkeley Journal of Middle Eastern & Islamic Law; the Berkeley La Raza Law Journal; the California Law Review; and the Center for Latin American Studies.

February 24 - March 3, 2011
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Cine Latino

Mexico, 2010

Created as a response to the centennial of the Mexican Revolution, this anthology of 10 short films from 10 different directors examines the Revolution’s legacy and its influence on contemporary Mexican life. The film’s vignettes run the gamut from linear short narratives to impressionistic, dreamlike sequences. Together they provide a multifaceted view of a country struggling to attain its revolutionary ideals. 105 minutes. Spanish and English, subtitled in English.

“…compelling and provocative…” — Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times

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

Those Who Remain
Directed by Juan Carlos Rulfo and Carlos Hagerman (Mexico, 2008)

“Those Who Remain” tells immigration’s backstory, focusing on the families Mexican migrants leave behind when they cross over to the United States. The film documents the experience of those who stay at home, following them as they wait, love, dream and create lives for themselves around the void emigration has created. 100 minutes. Spanish with English subtitles.

Director Carlos Hagerman will be on hand to answer questions after the film.

Tuesday, March 8, 7:00 pm
160 Kroeber Hall

Susan M. Reverby
"The U.S. Public Health Service STD Inoculation Studies in Guatemala, 1946-48: Why Do They Matter Now?"

On October 1, 2010, the U.S. government apologized to the government of Guatemala for research done by the National Institutes of Health in the 1940s that deliberately infected nearly 700 Guatemalans with venereal diseases. This lecture explains what the studies were, how they went from an obscure archive to the front-page, and what we can learn from the responses.

Susan M. Reverby is the Marion Butler McLean Professor in the History of Ideas and Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at Wellesley College. An historian of American women, nursing, medicine and public health, she is most recently the editor of Tuskegee’s Truths: Rethinking the Tuskegee Syphilis Study (2000) and author of Examining Tuskegee: The Infamous Syphilis Study and its Legacy (2009).

Discussants: Jodi Halpern, Associate Professor, Community Health and Human Development, School of Public Health and Arthur Reingold, Professor of Epidemiology and Associate Dean for Research, School of Public Health.

Co-sponsored by the Human Rights Center, the Center for Latin American Studies, the Boalt Hall Committee for Human Rights, the Berkeley Law School, the Graduate School of Journalism and the Departments of History and African American Studies.

Thursday, March 17, 5:00 – 7:00 pm
100 Boalt Hall, School of Law

BALA Spring 2011

Bay Area Latin America Forum

Ruy Braga
“Lula’s Hegemony and Brazilian Labor Relations: Call Centers and Their Unions”

The rise of the Brazilian call center industry provides important insights into the larger trends that have transformed that nation’s working class over the past decade. In this talk, Prof. Braga will examine labor relations and telemarketers’ trade union organizations in order to develop some hypotheses about “Lulismo.”

Ruy Braga is a professor in the Department of Sociology at the Universidade de São Paulo (USP), the former Director of USP’s Center for the Study of Citizenship Rights (Cenedic) and the Writing Secretary for the journal Outubro. He is currently a visiting scholar in UC Berkeley’s Department of Sociology.

Monday, April 4, 12:00 - 1:15 pm
575 McCone Hall

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Damian Alegría
Political Transition in El Salvador and Relations with the United States

In the last 20 years, El Salvador has gone through incredible transformations, from civil war to democratization and from neoliberal reforms and right-wing governments to a left-of-center administration. Today, the country’s Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN) government faces daunting problems, including high levels of violence, narcotics trafficking and a weak economy boosted by remittances from the 25 percent of the population now residing in the United States. The current administration is trying to implement significant economic reforms while at the same time improving public security, developing an independent foreign policy and maintaining good relations with the United States.

Damian Alegría is a member of the Salvadoran National Assembly for the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN). He sits on the International Relations and Budget committees and runs Radio MayaVision. During the civil war, he spent 12 years in the jungle as a commander of the FMLN.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies and the Center for Latino Policy Research.

Wednesday, April 6, 12:00 pm
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Cine Latino

Directed by Javier Fuentes-León (Peru 2009)

Miguel, a fisherman in a small Peruvian fishing village, and his wife Mariela are active in the local church and happily expecting their first child. But Miguel is also in love with Santiago, an urban transplant who first came to the village to paint. When Santiago drowns accidentally, he cannot pass peacefully to the other side. He returns to ask Miguel to look for his body and bury it according to the rituals of the town. Miguel must choose between sentencing Santiago to eternal torment or doing right by him and, in turn, revealing their relationship to Mariela — and the entire village. 100 minutes. Spanish with English subtitles.

Wednesday, April 6, 7:00 pm
2060 Valley Life Science Building

Rufino Tamayo's Human Rights Trilogy

U.S.-Mexico Futures Forum

Sergio Aguayo
Mexico and the United States: Neighbors in Crisis

Sergio Aguayo Quezada is a professor at the Center for International Studies at El Colegio de México and a researcher at the National Researchers System (SNI). He writes a weekly column for Reforma and is a columnist for El País, a panelist on “Primer Plano” and a weekly participant in the round table radio program “MVS Radio.”

Thursday, April 7, 2011, 6:00 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall

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BALA Spring 2011

Bay Area Latin America Forum

Nancy Scheper-Hughes
“Transplant Tourism: João’s Kidney Safari”

João Cavalcanti was among the first of the Recife slum residents recruited to travel to Durban, South Africa to provide a spare kidney to an international transplant tourist. On his return, Cavalcanti helped recruit new donors for the scheme and was eventually arrested, along with 11 others, for organized crime and human trafficking. But the “mutilated boys” of Recife — as the Brazilian media labeled them — refused to accept the idea that they had been “trafficked,” instead asserting that they had taken an opportunity to travel to Africa. This talk grapples with the consequences of organs trafficking and the very different meaning selling a kidney has for the Brazilian cohort compared to the Romanians and Israelis with whom they shared quarters in a Durban safe house.

Nancy Scheper-Hughes is the Chancellor’s Professor in Medical Anthropology at UC Berkeley and the director of Organs Watch.

Monday, April 11, 12:00 – 1:15 pm
575 McCone Hall

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Rufino Tamayo's Human Rights Trilogy

U.S.-Mexico Futures Forum

Kevin P. Gallagher
“The Dragon in the Room: China and the Future of Latin American Industrialization”

In the eyes of many, China’s unprecedented economic rise has brought nothing but good news to the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean. Indeed, China’s growing appetite for primary products, and the ability of Latin America to supply that demand, has played a role in restoring growth in Latin America. However, China is simultaneously out-competing Latin American manufacturers in world markets — so much so that it may threaten the region’s ability to generate long-term economic growth.

Kevin P. Gallagher is an associate professor of International Relations at Boston University, where he directs the Global Development Policy Program. He is also senior researcher at the Global Development and Environment Institute at Tufts University. The author of: The Dragon in the Room: China and the Future of Latin American Industrialization, with Roberto Porzecanski (Stanford University Press, 2010), Professor Gallagher also writes regular columns on global economic and development policy for The Guardian, Financial Times and POLITICO.

Professor Gallagher's article from the Berkeley Review, Fall 2010

Wednesday, April 13, 4:00 pm
554 Barrows Hall

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Michelle Bachelet at the UN, 2007
Photo courtesy of the United Nations.

Michelle Bachelet
"Women's Rights: A Global Challenge"

Michelle Bachelet is the United Nations' first Under-Secretary-General for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. She was President of Chile from 2006-10.


Thursday, April 14, 5:30 pm
155 Dwinelle Hall

BALA Spring 2011

Bay Area Latin America Forum

Robert Collier
"California Climate Policy — A New Template for the Americas?"

California’s pathbreaking climate policies could increase both cooperation and tensions in the Americas. The state’s cap and trade policy is being eyed as a model by Canadian provinces and Mexico; its low-carbon fuel standard is a direct challenge to extra-heavy petroleum in Alberta and Venezuela; and influential U.S. foundations are spending millions to spread the new energy gospel throughout the Americas.

Robert Collier is a visiting scholar at the Center for Environmental Public Policy at UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy and a consultant to nonprofit organizations on climate and energy policy.

Monday, April 25, 12:00 pm
575 McCone Hall

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Film Screening
Nostalgia for the Light
Directed by Patricio Guzmán (Chile 2010) 

The renowned Chilean documentarian Patricio Guzmán goes to one of the highest, driest places on earth, the Atacama Desert, to examine the work of astronomers who search the skies to understand our universe at the same time that relatives of those disappeared under the Pinochet dictatorship search the sands for the bodies of the victims. 90 minutes. Spanish with English subtitles.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies and the San Francisco International Film Festival.

For tickets and more information, see: http://fest11.sffs.org/films/film_details.php?id=68

Two screenings:

Tuesday, April 26, 6:30 pm
Sundance Kabuki Cinema
1881 Post Street, San Francisco

Thursday, April 28, 6:15 pm
Pacific Film Archive
2575 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

Baltasar Garzón
"Universal Jurisdiction and International Justice: An Inseparable Reality?"

Baltasar Garzón, an investigating magistrate of the Spanish National Court, 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.

Wednesday, April 27, 5:00 pm
Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler Hall

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Charles Kernaghan
"Triangle Fire Legacies? Fighting for Workers' Rights in the Global Economy"

The 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire led to reforms in the United States such as fire protection and the minimum wage. Today electronics, auto parts, toys and 97 percent of all garments are made offshore, many in sweatshop conditions. On December 14, 2010, a fire broke out at a factory making Gap-brand clothing in Bangladesh. Twenty-nine workers were killed and over 100 were injured. The factory's wage is 28 cents an hour--less than what the Triangle workers earned. Charles Kernaghan will discuss the efforts of the Institute for Global Labor and Human Rights to improve conditions and protect workers around the world.

Charles Kernaghan is director of the Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights and a leading spokesman against child labor and sweatshops.

Co-sponsored with the Graduate Program in Medical Anthropology.

Thursday, May 5, 12:00
Atrium, Archaeological Research Facility, 2251 College Building

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