Upcoming Events

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, Esquire.com

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

Enrique Rodriguez-Alegria

Archaeological excavations in the heart of Mexico City can help to explain how indigenous people created and transformed public and private spaces in the city before and after the Spanish conquest of 1521. Archaeological data from Mexico City show that many pre-conquest engineering techniques were used to build the colonial city, allowing us to see the role of indigenous engineering, architecture, and technology in building the capital of New Spain.  The data also show, surprisingly, that indigenous builders created the earliest houses for Spanish colonizers with their traditional, indigenous aesthetics. 

Professor Enrique Rodriguez-Alegria is an associate professor at the University of Texas, Austin. 

Co-sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies and the Archaeological Research Facility.

Thursday, October 26, 2017, 5:00 pm
Room 101, Archaeological Research Facility, 2251 College Avenue

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