Berkeley Review of Latin American Studies
Spring 2007


Commentary: Art in a Time of Violence
CLAS Chair Harley Shaiken introduces this issue of the Review.

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Botero at Berkeley

A Special Section of the Review on

Fernando Botero's
"Abu Ghraib"

at Berkeley in 2007

Fernando Botero (left) talks with Robert Hass.
(photo by Jan Sturmann)

A Conversation with the Artist

Fernando Botero in conversation with UC Berkeley Professor and former Poet Laureate Robert Hass.

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Fernando Botero,"Abu Ghraib 79," 2005, watercolor on paper. (Image courtesy of Fernando Botero)

Fernando Botero: Abu Ghraib

Selections from the paintings and drawings in the exhibit.


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Fernando Botero, Abu Ghraib 37, 2005, pencil on paper.
(Image courtesy of Fernando Botero)

Art and Violence

Three UC Berkeley professors, Francine Masiello, Tom Laqueur and T.J. Clark, place Fernando Botero’s “Abu Ghraib” series in historical and artistic context.

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The Stanford Prison Experiment led to behaviors strangely similar to treatment of Iraqi detainees.
(photo courtesy of Philip Zimbardo)

Torture in a Time of Terrorism

Leading figures from the fields of human rights, law, art and psychology--Aryeh Neier, José Zalaquett, Jenny Martinez, and Philip Zimbardo--discuss the role of torture from the Middle Ages to the present.

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Mr. Botero inspects the
exhibit prior to opening night.
(photo by Jan Sturmann)

Figures in Light and Shadow

Colombian journalist and CLAS Senior Scholar Daniel Coronell interviews Fernando Botero.


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Fernando Botero outside the Free Speech Movement Cafe. (photo by David R. Léon Lara)

Bringing Botero to Berkeley

Jean Spencer reveals the inside story of how this remarkable exhibition and series of events came about.

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A crowded Transantiago subway station.
(photo: Daniel Ebensperger)

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

CLAS Senior Scholar Kirsten Sehnbruch discusses the rocky implementation of Chile’s Transantiago transport system and its effect on Michelle Bachelet’s presidency.

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A sign in English and Spanish outside a polling place in San Antonio, Texas.
(photo: Associated Press)

Who Is the Latino Voter?

CLAS Senior Scholar Maria Echaveste performs a close analysis of the 2006 election results and what they reveal about Latino voters.

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A Nicaraguan brigadista holds a test tube containing larvae of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, which transmit dengue virus. (photo courtesy of Eva Harris)

Science, Sustainability and the South

UC Berkeley Public Health Professor Eva Harris builds community and capacity in her efforts to control the spread of dengue.

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Supporters of Daniel Ortega celebrate his victory.
(photo: Getty Images)

El Comandante Returns

Carlos Chamorro provides a perspective on the recent election of Sandinista Daniel Ortega in Nicaragua.

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Lázaro Cárdenas (who nationalized Mexico's oil industry) remains part of that country's landscape.
(photo by Melanie Bateman)

Black Rain: Veracruz 1900-1938

Professor Myrna Santiago describes “the ecology of oil” created by oil barons in Veracruz early in the last century.

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Argentine presidents Néstor Kirchner and (mouseover photo) Juan Domingo Perón.
(photos: Associated Press and Getty Images)

The Persistence of Peronism

More than 60 years after Juan Perón was first elected president of Argentina, his party continues to dominate Argentine politics. Torcuato Di Tella of the University of Buenos Aires looks at this continuity.

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Brazilian workers march for an increase in the minimum wage.
(photo: Getty Images)

Labor’s Love Lost?

Kjeld Jakobsen discusses the challenges facing the Brazilian labor movement.

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

My Life in the Clouds

Graduate student and Tinker Summer Research Grant recipient Christian DiCanio describes his research into the Trique language of western Oaxaca state.

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Stealing From the People or
Stealing People?

Graduate student Joshua Jelly Schapiro reviews the film "Manda Bala."

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Cover art from Lost City Radio.
(image courtesy of HarperCollins)

Locating Lost City Radio

Graduate student Meredith Perry reviews Daniel Alarcón’s Lost City Radio.

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Parque Pumalín, Chile.
(photo courtesy of the
Foundation for Deep Ecology.)


A poem by Robert Hass.

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