Berkeley Review of Latin American Studies
Fall 2012


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CLAS Chair Harley Shaiken introduces this issue of the Review.

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Inequality: A Dialogue for the Americas

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A homeless man in San Francisco.
A homeless man in San Francisco.
(Photo by Paula Steele.)

A Dialogue for the Americas

Kirsten Sehnbruch and Harley Shiaken on the ground-breaking new series from CLAS connecting Berkeley with experts from Latin America in live video conferences. The featured topic for this semester: inequality.

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Ricardo Lagos and Robert Reich.
Ricardo Lagos and Robert Reich.
(Photo by Jim Block.)

A Challenge for Prosperity

Ricardo Lagos and Robert Reich on the causes and consquences for democracy and the economy of the huge increase in income inequality over the past 30 years.

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Networking technology connects Fajardo to Berkeley.

Catching Up With Colombia

Sergio Fajardo, the governor of Antioquia, Colombia, in conversation with Emmanuel Saez, the Berkeley professor whose research with Thomas Piketty has revolutionized our understanding of inequality.

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Left: Networking technology connects governor Sergio Fajardo of Antioquia to UC Berkeley. (Photo by Jim Block.)

Yachts in Monaco harbor.  Photo by Damian Morys.
Lifestyles of the “transnational global plutocratic overclass,” Monaco.
(Photo by Damian Morys Photography.)

The New Plutocrats

Berkeley professor and prominent economics blogger Brad DeLong and Oscar Landerretche, a professor at the Universidad de Chile, talk about the policy underpinnings of and possible responses to economic inequality in Chile and the United States.

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Library at the University of Bologna.
The library of the University of Bologna.
(Photo by Anna Hesser.)

The New Global University

A short intervention by Brad DeLong introduces the Dialogue for the Americas series by ruminating on the role of the university in using new technology to disseminate knowledge.

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Workers clean vaporizing tanks in a São Francisco ethanol and sugar plant.
Workers clean vaporizing tanks in a São Francisco ethanol and sugar plant.
(image courtesy of Ricardo Funari.)

The Low-Skill Trap

Political scientist Ben Ross Schneider explains the "low-skill trap," where workers in unequal societies have little opportunity or incentive to improve their job skills and contribute more to economy.

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Nicaraguan kids playing cops and robbers.
Nicaraguan kids playing cops and robbers.
(Photo by Eric Molina.)

Citizenship Under Siege

Deborah Yashar looks at the roots of domestic insecurity in Central and Latin America, arguing for a more detailed view of the role of drug trafficking.

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Ricardo Lagos in 1988.
Ricardo Lagos points at the camera and accuses Pinochet of torture, murder, and human
rights violations before the 1988 Chilean plebiscite that deposed the dictator.
(Photo courtesy of Rubén Ignacio Araneda Manríquez.)

A Memoir About the Future

Ricardo Lagos, President of Chile from 2000-2006, talks about his country and his role in its history, as well as the vision he has for its future.

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City council of Salvador.
City council chamber of Salvador, one of Brazil’s most diverse cities.
(Photo by Valter Pontes/Coperphoto.)

The Puzzling Whiteness of Brazilian Politicians

Brazil does have some of the characteristics of a "racial democracy." But why are the city councils of major cities generally so much lighter-skinned than their constituents? Thad Dunning describes some experiments to find out why.

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Fernando Botero's Abu Ghraib in Santiago
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Botero's Abu Ghraib in Santiago, 2012.
Newspaper coverage of the Abu Ghraib exhibition.
News accounts of the Botero exhibit at Chile’s Museo de la Memoria.

Botero and the Museum of Memory

Fernando Botero's Abu Ghraib exhibition travels from its home in Berkeley to Santiago's Museo de la memoria, and changes the conversation about human rights and art when it arrives.

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Fernando Botero in Berkeley, 2007.
Fernando Botero at "Abu Ghraib" in Berkeley, 2007.
(Photo by Jan Sturmann.)

Santiago Opening Remarks

Fernando Botero's remarks to open the Abu Ghraib exhibition in Chile.

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Abu Ghraib 57 in Berkeley Law School.
Botero’s “Abu Ghraib 57” hangs outside the library of the Berkeley Law School.
(Photo by Jim Block.)

Art and Law in a Time of Torture

Christopher Edley, the Dean of the Berkeley Law School, on the role of art and the law in protecting human rights as part of the opening of the Abu Ghraib exhibition in Santiago.

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A cow grazes beside the Canal de Torca.
A cow grazes beside the Canal de Torca.
(Photo by René Davids.)

Restoring Bogotá’s Waterscapes

Berkeley professor René Davids on efforts in the Colombian capital to reclaim and renew the city's waterscapes.

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Celery pickers in California.
Workers cut and pack celery in the Salinas Valley.
(Photo by Dan Long.)

A Long Dry Season

Philip Martin, professor of Agriculture and Resource Economics at UC Davis, on the mixed history of efforts to unionize California's farm workers.

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Andy shows off his tattoos.

El Fish and the General

Berkeley student Anthony Fontes on the concurrent stories of El Fish, a small-time gang member, and Otto Pérez Molina, the ex-general and now president of Guatemala.

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Left: Andy shows off his tattoos.
(Photo by Anthony Fontes.)

Basta inseguridad sign in Argentina.
A sign reading “enough insecurity” hangs from a tall fence.
(Photo by Asa Perry.)

The Politics of Insecurity

Hernán Flom on the use and abuse of insecurity as an issue in Argentine politics.

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Fernando Birri in "Vanishing Landscapes."
Fernando Birri in "Vanishing Landscapes."
(Photo courtesy of Orgon Films.)

The Method in the Madness

Director Eliseo Subiela brings his film "Vanishing Landscapes" and its portrayal of memory, madness and movies to Berkeley.

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The performers practice.
Circus performers practice in Brazil.
(Photo courtesy of Kelly J. Richardson.)

Life on the Tightrope

Berkeley alum Kelly J. Richardson documents her time with an urban circus in Brazil and its affect on neighborhood young people in "Without A Net."

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Rua Líbero Badaró, São Paulo.

On the Impossibility of Narrating

Award-winning writer Luiz Ruffato, who was the Distinguished Brazilian Writer in Residence at UC Berkeley in spring
2012, on writing about the sprawling megalopolis of São Paulo.

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Left: Rua Líbero Badaró, São Paulo.
(Photo by Jurandir Lima.)

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