Upcoming Events

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, Rogerebert.com

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

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

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.”

Monday, April 17, 2017, 4:00 pm
Location TBA