The Berkeley Review of Latin American Studies


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Highlights from the Spring 2015 edition of the Berkeley Review of Latin American Studies include:

- Alberto Díaz-Cayeros on the disappearance of 43 students in Ayotzinapa, Mexico in “It Was the State.”
- UC Berkeley Professor Alain de Janvry’s insight about the connection between land reform and poverty in Mexico.
- An interview with museum director Graham Beal and visit to “Diego and Frida in Detroit” at the Detroit Institute of Arts.

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CLAS Chair Harley Shaiken highlights the Spring 2015 issue of the Berkeley Review of Latin American Studies’ in-depth coverage of Mexico, the art of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, and the first Latin American Pope.
Political scientist Alberto Díaz-Cayeros defines the role of the Mexican State in the disappearance of the 43 students in Ayotzinapa.
UC Berkeley Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics Alain de Janvry digs deep into the connection between property rights, effective land reform and poverty in Mexico.
Anthropologist Nancy Scheper-Hughes and historian Jennifer Scheper Hughes shed light on Pope Francis’ background and the multiple challenges he faces as the first leader of the Catholic Church from Latin America.
Medical anthropologist Nancy Scheper-Hughes provides a personal account of meeting Pope Francis to discuss human trafficking.
Is Mexico’s reform of the criminal justice system making a difference? Attorney Roberto Hernández shares his research from inside some of the world’s most notorious criminal courts.
Archaeologist Linda Manzanilla’s decades of research at Teotihuácan have unearthed the history of an immense and sophisticated city with a complex sociopolitical organization based on group identity.
In the midst of the Great Depression Mexican artists Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo went to Detroit, Michigan commissioned by Edsel Ford. CLAS Chair Harley Shaiken provides a personal perspective on their time in the American Midwest and the profound impact it had on the artists and on generations of Detroiters.
CLAS Chair Harley Shaiken interviews Graham Beal, Director of the Detroit Institute of Arts.
The Mexican State of Querétaro is an example of success amidst the dark stories of corruption, economic struggle and violence that plague the country.
Filmmaker Bernardo Ruiz exposes the life-threatening work of journalists in Mexico.
RAND’s Beau Kilmer outlines the debate facing policy-makers over marijuana legalization in the U.S. and Latin America.
The documentary “H20mx” is a call to action as Mexico City’s more than 8 million inhabitants face a dire water crisis.
Archaeologist Alejandra Korstanje untangles the complex history of colonization and indigenous communities in Argentina.
Labor organizer Garret Brown discusses what Latin American manufacturing can learn from the Bangladesh Accord for Fire and Building Safety.
Author Linda Farthing discusses the successes and ongoing challenges facing Evo Morales and Bolivia.
The Calbuco Volcano and Neruda poetry.