Upcoming Events

Lowell Bergman, Anabel Hernández (video) and Steve Fisher

In conversation with Lowell Bergman, reporters Anabel Hernández (video) and Steve Fisher reveal evidence — including testimonies, documents from the Attorney General’s investigation, and raw cellphone footage — that contradicts the official version of the September 26 attack on the Ayotzinapa students.
 
Lowell Bergman is a correspondent for the PBS documentary series Frontline and the director of the Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism.
 
Anabel Hernández is an award-winning Mexican journalist who is currently a postgraduate fellow with the Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. 
 
Steve Fisher is a postgraduate fellow with the Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism.
Tuesday, March 3, 2015, 6:00 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall

Erin Murphy-Graham

Dr. Murphy-Graham will share preliminary results from a study of the “A Ganar” program in Honduras and Guatemala, two of the Central American countries hardest hit by violence. The program uses a sports-based curriculum to reach at-risk youth and equip them with job-related skills.

Erin Murphy-Graham is an associate adjunct professor at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Education. She is the author of Opening Minds, Improving Lives: Education and Women's Empowerment in Honduras.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015, 4:00 pm
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Alain de Janvry

Mexico granted land ownership to 2.5 million ejidatarios over the 1993-2006 period. The reform induced land consolidation and more effective land use. By freeing labor from residency on ejido land, it also induced large-scale out-migration and a switch among beneficiaries toward the more market-oriented political party.

Alain de Janvry is a professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics at UC Berkeley. His work focuses on impact evaluation and the role of agriculture in development.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015, 4:00 pm
370 Dwinelle Hall

Cine Latino

Directed by María Gamboa (Colombia, 2014)

Colombia’s entry for the 2015 Oscars, “Mateo” centers on a 16-year-old who seems destined to follow his uncle into a life of violent crime. Forced to take a theater class in order to stay in school, Mateo finds himself caught between his uncle’s insistence that he turn over incriminating information about the troupe and his growing love of the theater. 86 minutes. Spanish with English subtitles.

This event is free and open to the public. No registration necessary.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015, 7:00 pm
Room 105, North Gate

Garrett Brown 

Following the Rana Plaza factory collapse, the “Bangladesh Accord” was signed by 190 international clothing brands and international unions and their local affiliates. The Accord requires independent factory inspections, public reporting, mandatory repairs, and worker participation. What can garment workers in Central America learn from this experience? 

Garrett Brown, coordinator of the Maquiladora Health & Safety Support Network, is an occupational health and safety professional who retired from Cal/OSHA after 20 years of factory inspections. 

Tuesday, March 31, 2015, 4:00 pm
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Cine Latino

Directed by Pedro Asbeg (Brazil, 2014)

“Politics, football, and rock ’n’ roll,” are the themes explored in “Democracy in Black and White,” a documentary on Brazil’s 1980s-era re-democratization movement. The film juxtaposes popular demands for free elections, the surge in Brazilian rock groups, and the activism of São Paulo’s Corinthians soccer club. 90 minutes. Portuguese with English subtitles.

This event is free and open to the public. No registration necessary.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015, 7:00 pm
Room 2060, Valley Life Sciences Building

Directed by José Cohen (Mexico, 2013)

The 2014 Margaret Mead Filmmaker Award-winning documentary “H20mx” highlights the economic, political, and geographical difficulties that stand between Mexico City’s 22 million residents and a safe, reliable water supply. 90 minutes. Spanish with English subtitles.

The film will be followed by a panel discussion with Isha Ray and Ivonne del Valle.

Isha Ray is Associate Professor with the Energy and Resources Group and Co-Director of the Berkeley Water Center at UC Berkeley.

Ivonne del Valle is Associate Professor at UC Berkeley’s Department of Spanish & Portuguese. Her research currently focuses on the drainage of the lakes of Mexico City that started in 1607.

Thursday, April 2, 2015, 6:00 pm
Room 160, Kroeber Hall