Berkeley Review of Latin American Studies
Fall 2006


Expanding the Possible: President Ricardo Lagos on Berkeley campus during his stay, fall 2006, and with Chancellor Robert J. Birgeneau.
(photos: Dionicia Ramos and Scott Squire)

Expanding the Possible

Ricardo Lagos, President of Chile from 2000–2006, was a Visiting Professor at the Center for Latin American Studies this fall. In a public talk, he spoke about the challenges and possibilities for Chile and Latin America in the future.

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David Bonior (left) speaks about NAFTA and free trade agreements as President Lagos listens.
(photo: David R. Léon Lara)

Who Enjoys the Fruits of Trade?

President Lagos and David Bonior, House Democratic Whip 1991-2002, talked about the effects of free trade agreements, NAFTA, and labor during a free-wheeling discussion moderated by Professor Harley Shaiken.

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President Lagos with then-Defense Minister, now President Michelle Bachelet in 2004.
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Defining New Frontiers

During his presidency, Ricardo Lagos redefined the possibilities in Chile, planning and working for the future while also dealing with the ghosts of the past. Kirsten Sehnbruch analyzes Lagos' impact in Chile, Latin America and the world.

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American protestors fighting against the adoption of NAFTA in 1993 . (photo: AP Wide World)

Afta Thoughts on NAFTA

Brad DeLong, Berkeley Professor of Economics and part of the Clinton Administration team that negotiated NAFTA, has some second thoughts on its effects 12 years after the agreement was adopted.

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Colombian narcopolice guard a seized coca field.
(photo: AP Wide World)

Plan Colombia: Coca Moves to the Right

Daniel Coronell, a Senior Visiting Scholar at CLAS who will be teaching a course on modern Colombia in spring 2007, says that the plan to halve Colombian coca production hasn't decreased it, but has moved its production from areas controlled by leftist guerillas to those controlled by right-leaning paramilitaries.

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The army violently quashes a demonstration in Argentina in 1982.
(photo: Pablo Lasansky)

State Terrorism in Argentina:
Images and Memories

CLAS featured an art exhibit this fall, En Negro y Blanco, of news photographs about state terror in Argentina before, during and after the military dictatorship. Professor Mark Healey discusses its impact.

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A young man dragged off by the police in 1982.
(photo: David García)

The Screams Behind the Photographs

Ambassador Héctor Timerman, Argentina's Consul General in New York, was intimately familiar with state terror in Argentina; his father Jacobo was arrested, tortured and imprisoned. Ambassador Timerman talks about the art exhibit, and the emotions behind the images.

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Felipe Calderón, new president of a divided Mexico, holds up a newspaper proclaiming his victory.
(photo: AP Wide World)

Divided Mexico

Professor Denise Dresser of ITAM talks about the social and political tensions that underlie both the divisive campaign for and the ongoing disputes over the 2006 Mexican presidential election.

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Mexican legislators brawl in the Congress building, just prior to the inauguration of Felipe Calderón.
(photo: AP Wide World)

Civil Government?

Professor Rafael Fernández de Castro, head of International Studies at ITAM and the co-chair of the U.S.-Mexico Futures Forum, argues for the need for civility in Mexican politics.

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The wrestler "Little Ray of Hope" raises his fist in support of AMLO.
(photo: AP Wide World)

Not a Game for Angels

Manuel Camacho, former president of the PRI, mayor of Mexico City, and now a key strategist for Andrés Manuel López Obrador, spoke about the election, its aftermath, and the path ahead in a talk at UC Berkeley in November 2006.

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Professor Nancy Scheper-Hughes with Gaddy Tauber. (photo courtesy of Nancy Scheper-Hughes)

Portrait of Gaddy Tauber: Organs Trafficker, Holocaust Survivor

In a cell in Brazil, Professor Nancy Scheper-Hughes interviews a man who managed to survive the Holocaust as a child, but now is imprisoned in Brazil for persuading poor Brazilians to sell their kidneys abroad.

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The Writing on the Wall

Teresa Caldeira researches the subcultures of street artists in São Paulo, Brazil, tracing the dividing lines between the elaborate designs of the more accepted graffiti artists and the angular calligraphy of their competitors for public space, the pichadors.

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Anderson Sá of AfroReggae performs during "Favela Rising." (photo courtesy of Jeff Zimbalist)

A New Spin on Rio's Favelas

Favela Rising, a documentary screened at CLAS this fall, offers a new and hopeful take about improving people's lives in the poorest and most violent of Rio's shantytown neighborhoods.

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Environmental Entrepreneurs

Doug Tompkins went from the boardroom of Esprit to the wilds of Patagonia, helping to create new national parks and maintain open space in charting out an environmentally sustainable future for Latin America.

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