Berkeley Review of Latin American Studies
Spring – Summer 2010


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CLAS Chair Harley Shaiken introduces this issue of the Review.

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Michelle Bachelet at Berkeley, May 2010
Michelle Bachelet at Berkeley, May 2010.
(photo by Jim Block)

The Chilean Path to Progressive Change

Michelle Bachelet reflects on her time in office as president of Chile and on the challenges facing Latin America’s young democracies.

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The U.S. Mexico Futures Forum
Spring 2010

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Amalia Garcia at US-Mexico Futures Forum, Spring 2010
The U.S.-Mexico Futures Forum, Zacatecas, 2010.
(photo courtesy of the Office of the Governor of Zacatecas)
Immigration: The Long and Winding Road

Graduate student Brian Palmer-Rubin reports on the immigration session of the 2010 U.S.–Mexico Futures Forum which featured Amalia García Medina, Governor of Zacatecas; Maria Echaveste, co-founder of the Nueva Vista Group and lecturer and Berkeley Law; and Tamar Jacoby, president and CEO of ImmigrationWorks USA.

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Forum participants with Jerez residents
Forum participants with Jerez residents.
(photo by Dionicia Ramos)

Immigration Viewed From the Other Side

Graduate student Jude Joffe-Block covers a special session of the 2010 U.S.–Mexico Futures in which participants met with some of the townspeople of Jerez, Zacatecas.

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Signs welcoming people to Arizona
Signs welcoming people to Arizona.
(photo by Melanie Velez)

We’re All Arizonans Now — The Fallout of SB 1070

Tamar Jacoby, president and CEO of ImmigrationWorks USA, analyzes the political repercussions of Arizona’s recently passed immigration law.

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Cuauhtemoc Cardenas at Berkeley, Spring 2010
Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas at Berkeley, 2010.
(photo by Beth Perry)

Cárdenas: Making and Teaching History

Graduate student Jude Joffe-Block reports on Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas’ stay in Berkeley.

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Pancho Villa and Emiliano Zapata
Villa and Zapata in Mexico City.
(Photo from the Library of Congress)

The Promise and Legacy of the Mexican Revolution

Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas offers his perspective on the Mexican Revolution and what it means for Mexico today.

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Stamping Machine by Diego Rivera
Detail from the Detroit Industry Murals by Rivera.
(image courtesy of Graham Beal)

Mutual Admiration, Mutual Exploitation: Rivera, Ford and the Detroit Industry Murals

Director of the Detroit Institute of Arts Graham W.J. Beal provides an analysis both of the history behind Diego Rivera’s Detroit Industry Murals and the murals themselves.

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Leon Trotsky and Diego Rivera
Leon Trotsky and Diego Rivera.
(Bernard Wolfe Slide Collection,
Hoover Institution Archives.)

Exile and Murder in Mexico

Hoover Institution research fellow Bertrand M. Patenaude describes Leon Trotsky’s last days in Mexico.

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Calderon with Heroes of the Mexican Revolution
President Felipe Calderón speaks at a ceremony honoring heroes of the War of Independence.
(Photo by Fernando Castillo/Latin Content/Getty Images.)

Limited Independence, Limited Democracy

Graduate students Lucas Novaes and Sinaia Urrusti Frenk report on historian Lorenzo Meyer’s irreverent assessment of the legacy of Mexico’s War of Independence and Revolution.

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The Los Ebanos ferry over the Rio Grande
The Los Ebanos ferry on the border.
(Photo by Jerry Peek/

Permeable Membrane

Journalist and Berkeley lecturer Tyche Hendricks discusses the complexity of the U.S.–Mexico borderlands.

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Hawksbill turtle
A hawksbill turtle that may outlive governments.
(Photo by Neil O'Halloran.)

Surviving the Political Storms

Visiting professor Paul Steinberg examines the difficulties faced by environmental reformers in states subject to chronic political turnover.

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Anti-domestic violence poster in Guatemala
An anti-domestic violence poster in Guatemala.
(Photo by Orlando Sierra/AFP/Getty Images.)

Refuge From Femicide: Facing Gendered Violence in Guatemala

Graduate student Anthony Fontes reports on Karen Musalo’s talk on the case of Rodi Alvarado, a Guatemalan woman who sought asylum in the United States to escape her abusive husband.

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Cantos Populares Maderistas
Handbill from the Mexican Revolution.
(Photo from the Library of Congress.)

Cantos Populares Maderistas

Popular songs formed an important cultural backdrop to the Mexican Revolution.

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