Semester Calendar

Mestre Moraes

Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian martial art form. Many practitioners claim that capoeira is normally accompanied by music because it had to be disguised as a dance in order to fool the slave owners. Such a simplistic reading diminishes and negates the complex interplay between sound, object, and body that unfolds within the ritual space of the capoeira roda (circle). Music not only helps inspire movements, but also creates energy and transmits oral history and tradition. Mestre Moraes discusses how music, through the rhythm, words, and meaning, produces trance, merges the past and the present, and connects a community to its ancestors. The lecture will be accompanied by a musical performance of capoeira instruments. 

Mestre Pedro Moraes Trindade (Mestre Moraes) is the founder of Grupo de Capoeira Angola, Pelourinho (GCAP). He has devoted himself to promoting and preserving the African roots of capoeira. Moraes is PhD candidate at the Federal University of Bahia, where he conducts ethnographic research on Angola.  In 2004, Mestre Moraes was nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Traditional World Music Album category.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies, the Center for Latino Policy Research, and La Peña Cultural Center.

Friday, August 25, 2017, 6:00 pm
Center for Latino Policy Research, 2547 Channing Way

Juan Camilo Sandoval, Julián David Cortés-Sánchez,
and Claudia Steiner

How are urban and rural landscapes, livelihoods, and subjectivities changing in the midst of current peace-building efforts in Colombia? How do farmers, victims of the armed conflict, and former combatants face the political, cultural, and economic challenges of these transformations? Colombian researchers will share their perspectives on how urban agriculture initiatives and land restitution processes provide fruitful vantage points for thinking about these questions.

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Thursday, August 31, 2017, 11:30 am
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

David Bacon

Please join us for a conversation with activist and photographer David Bacon to talk about his new book, In the fields of the North / En los compos del norte. In this landmark work of photo-journalism, Bacon documents the experiences of some of the hardest-working and most disenfranchised laborers in the country: the farmworkers who are responsible for making California “America’s breadbasket.” Combining haunting photographs with the voices of migrant farmworkers, Bacon offers three-dimensional portraits of laborers living under tarps, in trailer camps, and between countries, following jobs that last only for the harvesting season. He uncovers the inherent abuse in the labor contractor work system, and drives home the almost feudal nature of laboring in America’s fields.

This event is free and open to the public. Please register for the event.

Books will be available for purchase at the event or can be purchased from University of California Press.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017, 6:00 pm
UC Berkeley Labor Center, 2521 Channing Way

James Cavallaro

Professor James Cavallaro, the founding director of Stanford Law School’s International Human Rights and Conflict Resolution Clinic, has dedicated his career to human rights through his scholarly research and his legal practice. His extensive expertise is derived from active involvement in the defense of rights, in the development of international human rights law and the human rights movement, and in international human rights litigation.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies, Mexico: Between Radical Politics and the Rule of Law, UC Berkeley Department of Spanish and Portuguese, the Townsend Center for the Humanities, and La Escuelita Comunitaria.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017, 1:00 pm
370 Dwinelle Hall

Omar Garcia

Omar Garcia, a student from the school for rural teachers, “Raul Isidro Burgos,” was present at the events of September 26th, 2014 and survived the attack by the army and the police. He has been one of the most visible spokespersons representing the group of parents and students who continue to demand truth and justice. (In Spanish with simultaneous translation)

Co-sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies, Mexico: Between Radical Politics and the Rule of Law, the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, the Townsend Center for the Humanities, and La Escuelita Comunitaria. 

Tuesday, September 26, 2017, 5:00 pm
370 Dwinelle Hall

Now at 6 pm - Advance Screening

Directed by Catherine Gund and Daresha Kyi
(Mexico, Spain, USA, 2017)

Through its lyrical structure, Chavela takes viewers on an evocative, thought-provoking journey through the iconoclastic life of game-changing artist Chavela Vargas. The film is centered around never before-seen interview footage of Chavela shot 20 years before her death in 2012. Guided by the stories in Chavela’s songs, as well as the myths and tales others have told about her – and those she spread about herself – the film weaves an arresting portrait of a woman who dared to dress, speak, sing, and dream her unique life into being. 90 minutes, Spanish with English subtitles.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017, PLEASE NOTE TIME CHANGE to 6:00 PM
105 North Gate Hall (tentative)

Cine Latino

Directed by Rebecca Cammisa (United States, 2009)

In a context of xenophobic rhetoric, walls and deportations have focused national and international attention on the southern border of the United States. Academy Award nominee Which Way Home shows the personal side of migration across this border, through the eyes of children. Director Rebecca Cammisa follows several unaccompanied child migrants as they journey through Mexico en route to the U.S. on a freight train they call “The Beast.” These are stories of hope and courage, disappointment and sorrow. They are the ones you never hear about - the invisible ones. 90 minutes. Spanish with English subtitles. 

“…tremendous, eye-opening filmmaking…” — Erik Price,

Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 7:00 pm
105 North Gate Hall (tentative)

Aila Matanock

Settlements to civil conflict are notably difficult to secure. When they are finalized, they sometimes contain clauses that enable the combatants to participate as political parties in post-conflict elections. In this talk, Matanock will discuss her new book Electing Peace, which presents a theory that explains both the causes and the consequences of these provisions. She draws on new international data on electoral participation provisions, case studies in Central America, and interviews with representatives of all sides of the conflicts. 

Aila M. Matanock is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research addresses international intervention, civil conflict, and weak states. 

Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 4:00 pm
223 Moses Hall

Cine Latino

Directed by Pamela Yates (Guatemala, 2017)

"500 Years" tells the sweeping story of resistance in Guatemala, from the genocide trial of former dictator General Ríos Montt to the popular movement that toppled sitting President Otto Pérez Molina. Focusing on universal themes of justice, racism, power and corruption, 500 Years is told from the perspective of the majority indigenous Mayan population, and explores their struggles in the country’s growing fight against impunity. 105 minutes. Spanish with English subtitles.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017, 7:00 pm
105 North Gate Hall