Semester Calendar

Informational Meeting

2017 Tinker Field Research Grants are available to individuals for travel and field-related expenses for brief periods of pre-dissertation field research in Latin America, defined here as the Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking countries of the region. Awards are open to students across all academic disciplines and graduate degree programs.

Friday, January 20, 2017, 12:00 pm
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street


With Jeffrey R. Webber and Alejandro Velasco

A symposium on the left in Latin America, featuring:

"The Last Day of Oppression, and the First Day of the Same: The Politics and Economics of the New Latin American Left"

Jeffery R. Webber is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Politics and International Relations at Queen Mary University of London.

"Oil, Socialism, and Revolution in Venezuela: A Reckoning" 

Alejandro Velasco is Associate Professor of Modern Latin America at the Gallatin School and the Department of History at New York University.

Event co-sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies, Department of Sociology, the Department of History, and the Center for Race and Gender.

Monday, February 6, 2017, 12:00 pm
Social Science Matrix Conference Room, 8th Floor, Barrows Hall

Carlos Milani

Brazil is going through its first major political and institutional crisis since the new Constitution was passed in 1988. In this lecture, Carlos Milani will examine the current political and institutional crisis, its causes, and its impact on future public policies in Brazil.

Carlos R. S. Milani is Associate Professor of Political Science and International Relations at the State University of Rio de Janeiro. His research focuses on comparative foreign policy, Brazilian foreign policy, international development cooperation, and foreign aid. He is currently a visiting scholar at the Center for Latin American Studies.


Thursday, February 9, 2017, 4:00 pm
223 Moses Hall

Book Talk

With author Antonia Mardones-Marshall

Cumbia – a Colombian musical genre – arrived in Chile in the middle of the twentieth century. Today, after being adopted and transformed in Chile, certain cumbia songs have become an essential part of Chilean celebrations. The author will highlight how this genre of music challenges the idea of what is "Chilean" by presenting some of the ethnic and national tensions that have arisen from its popularization.  

Antonia Mardones-Marshall is a Sociology PhD student at UC Berkeley and the author of Hagan un Trencito (with Lorena Ardito Aldana, Eileen Karmy Bolton, and Alejandra Vargas Sepúlveda). Her research interests include international migration, race and ethnicity, national identities, and popular art and culture.



Tuesday, February 14, 2017, 4:00 pm
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Cine Latino

Directed by Kleber Mendonça Filho (Brazil, 2015)

Clara, a 65-year-old widow and retired music critic, is the last resident of the Aquarius, a vintage seaside building in Recife. All the neighboring apartments have been acquired by a company planning a high-rise development. Clara, having pledged to leave only upon her death, engages in a frightening and mysterious “cold war” with the company, which puts her on edge and brings up thoughts about past and future loved ones. 142 minutes. Portuguese with English subtitles.

“Aquarius is a marvelous and surprising act of portraiture, a long, unhurried encounter with a single, complicated person.” — A.O. Scott, New York Times 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017, 7:00 pm
105 North Gate Hall

Denise Dresser

Denise Dresser will speak about  the demise of the "Mexican Moment" due to corruption, the mass kidnapping of students from Ayotzinapa, increasing violence, and economic mismanagement by the Peña Nieto administration. She will also focus on U.S.-Mexico relations in the Trump era, and what Mexican civil society and its political class can do to put the country on a better track.

Denise Dresser is a political analyst, columnist, and academic who writes for Reforma and Proceso, and teaches at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM). She is the author of numerous publications on Mexican politics and U.S.-Mexico relations and was recently named one of the 50 most powerful women in Mexico by Forbes.


Friday, February 24, 2017, 6:00 pm
Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center

Katrina Dodson

The 2015 publication of The Complete Stories, by Clarice Lispector, set off a global wave of appreciation for the Brazilian icon. Translator Katrina Dodson discusses the phenomenon of "Lispectormania" and the pleasures and challenges of translating a lifetime of stories marked by echoes of mysticism, explorations of women's everyday lives, and Lispector’s often-puzzling use of Portuguese.

Katrina Dodson is the translator of The Complete Stories, by Clarice Lispector, for which she was awarded the PEN Translation Prize in 2016. She holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Berkeley. 


Thursday, March 2, 2017, 4:00 pm
223 Moses Hall

Cine Latino

Directed by Alonso Ruiz Palacios  (Mexico, 2014)

Tomas is a boy from Veracruz whose mother, fed up with his poor behavior, sends him to stay with his brother in Mexico City. His arrival coincides with a strike at the national university that leaves its students, including Tomas’ brother Sombra and Sombra’s roommate Santos, in an angst-ridden limbo. Hearing that Mexican folk-rock hero Epigmenio Cruz has been hospitalized somewhere in the city, Tomas convinces Sombra and Santos to search the city in order to pay their final respects. 106 minutes. Spanish with English subtitles.

“A sly, insouciant masterpiece, it marks Alonso Ruizpalacios as a talent to watch.” 
-– Godfrey Cheshire,

All Cine Latino screenings are free and open to the public. No tickets required.
Wednesday, March 8, 2017, 7:00 pm
105 North Gate Hall

Karen Chapple

Much of our understanding of local economic development is based on large urban areas. This framework not only over-represents the regional dynamics of cities of the global North, it also fails to properly characterize the challenges of smaller cities and peripheral regions in both the North and South. This talk will present an alternative view of local economic development by exploring rural and urban areas throughout Latin America.

Karen Chapple is a professor of City and Regional Planning at UC Berkeley specializing in regional planning, economic development, and housing. She is a founding member of the MacArthur Foundation’s Research Network on Building Resilient Regions.


Thursday, March 9, 2017, 4:00 pm
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Research presentation

This symposium is a unique opportunity to learn about the current research done by UC Berkeley graduate students who spent last summer in Latin America. Field research grants were provided by CLAS with the generous support of the Tinker Foundation.

Schedule of presentations

Thursday, March 16, 2017, Th 2:00 - 4:30 pm; Fr 2:00 - 4:45 pm
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Cine Latino

Directed by Icíar Bollaín (Spain, Mexico, France 2010)

Gael Garcia Bernal and Luis Tosar play filmmakers who arrive in Cochabamba, Bolivia, to make a movie about Columbus’s arrival in the Americas. The shoot gets off to a smooth start, but things get complicated when the main actor and extras join local protests against the privatization of drinking water.   103 minutes. Spanish, Quechua, and English with English subtitles

“Splendidly panoramic...a grandeur and a force reminiscent of Terrence Malick films." Critics Pick!”  - Stephen Holden, The New York Times

 *All Cine Latino screenings are free to the public. No registration or tickets are required.  

Wednesday, March 22, 2017, 7:00 pm
105 North Gate Hall

Adriana Lisboa and Leonel Alvarado

Readings and Conversation with Adriana Lisboa and Leonel Alvarado

Writers Adriana Lisboa and Leonel Alvarado will read their own poetry and discuss the process of writing and translation in Portuguese, English, and Spanish. 

Adriana Lisboa is a Brazilian author who has published short stories, children’s books, poetry, and novels, including Symphony in White, which won the José Saramago Award and was shortlisted for the PEN Translation Prize. Her books have been translated and published in twenty countries.

Leonel Alvarado is a Honduran poet who has published many poetry collections, including El reino de la zarza (EDUCA Latin American Poetry Award), and Xibalbá, Texas (Rogelio Sinán Central American Poetry Award. He directs the Spanish Program at Massey University of New Zealand, where he currently lives.

Readings in Portuguese and Spanish, with a discussion in English.


Tuesday, April 4, 2017, 4:00 pm
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Celso Amorim

Between 2003 and 2010, Brazil practiced a new assertive foreign policy and extended its diplomatic reach on the global stage. Celso Amorim was at the forefront of this process. In this talk, Amorim will discuss his new book, Acting Globally: Memoirs of Brazil’s Assertive Foreign Policy. Acting Globally lays out Brazil’s approaches to three major international situations: the Iranian nuclear issue, diplomatic efforts in relation to the Middle East, and the Doha Round of multilateral trade negotiations. 

Celso Amorim is Brazil’s longest-serving foreign minister (1993-1994; 2003-2010). He was also Minister of Defense from 2011 to 2014. In 2009, Foreign Policy magazine referred to him as the “world’s best foreign minister.”


Wednesday, April 19, 2017, 4:00 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall

Preview Screening and Q+A

From the producer of "Sully" and "The Armstrong Lie," this documentary starts with a forgotten massacre during Guatemala’s decades-long civil war in which a young boy was spared, only to be raised by one of the very soldiers who killed his family. Nearly 30 years after the tragedy, it will take a dedicated team to uncover the truth and bring justice to those responsible. 

A post-screening Q&A will feature:

· Ryan Suffern, Director
· Eric Stover, Faculty Director, Human Rights Center
· Roxanna Altholz, Associate Director, International Human Rights Law Clinic


Thursday, April 20, 2017, 5:30 pm
110 Boalt Hall

Carmen Aristegui

Acclaimed Mexican journalist Carmen Aristegui will present her views on how the news media in Mexico perceives U.S. President Donald Trump's first 100 days in office. Aristegui will speak in conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and UC Berkeley investigative reporting professor Lowell Bergman.

Carmen Aristegui is a broadcast journalist with a wide radio and television presence in Mexico and Latin America. She has has received numerous awards, including Mexico’s Premio Nacional de Periodismo, the Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Prize, and Mont Blanc’s Woman of the Year award.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies, UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism, the Investigative Reporting Program, the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists UC Berkeley Chapter, and the Mexican Association of Students at UC Berkeley.


Friday, April 21, 2017, 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center


Honoring the Work of Nancy Scheper-Hughes

CLAS is pleased to join with friends and colleagues in celebrating the work of anthropologist Nancy Scheper-Hughes.

On May 1 and 2, scholars from around the world will discuss her work in such diverse areas as migration, maternal health, and organ trafficking.

For speakers and a more detailed schedule, please download the event program and/or download the event poster (.pdf).

Monday, May 1, 2017, Mon 1:00 - 7:00 pm; Tues 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Alumni House, Hearst Museum, Morrison Library