Upcoming Events

Robert Reich and J.M. Benavente

Part of the Chile-California Conference

Robert Reich of UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy and Chilean economist José Miguel Benavente of the Inter-American Development Bank will discuss the origins and consequences of inequality in the U.S. and Chilean economies with Harley Shaiken, Professor and Chair of Berkeley’s Center for Latin American Studies.

Friday, October 31, 2014, 6:00 - 7:30 pm
105 Boalt Hall


The Chile-California Conference is an annual event created in 2012 by the Chilean Student Associations of UC Berkeley, Stanford and UC Davis. Its objective is fostering a constructive dialogue between academics, students, entrepreneurs, and professionals from both Chile and California to promote exchange of ideas and international collaboration.  This year’s conference will feature speakers including Juan Gabriel Valdés, Chile’s ambassador to the United States, and Professors Emmanuel Saez and Paul Pierson of UC Berkeley.

For tickets and more information, please see the conference website.

Saturday, November 1, 2014, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Stanley Hall

Brad DeLong

The Spain and Portugal that conquered what is now Latin America were the most productive and sophisticated societies in 16th-century Europe — certainly more so than any rain-bound island populated by Saxons pretending that their grandmothers hadn’t been Welsh. But Latin America never realized its utopian New World-promise. Why, exactly? And are those blockages now gone?

Brad DeLong is a professor of Economics at UC Berkeley and a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Monday, November 3, 2014, 12:00 – 1:15 pm
180 Doe Library

Julia Maurmann Ximenes and Daniel Ximenes

Bolsa Familia is the largest conditional cash program in the world and covers 13.9 million families throughout Brazil. The program makes it possible to identify poor Brazilian families and to characterize their socioeconomic situation on a large scale. This data will be the basis for a discussion of social rights and the challenges for development in Brazil.

Julia Maurmann Ximenes is a faculty member at the Instituto Brasiliense de Direito Público, a professor at the Escola Nacional de Administração Pública, and a visiting scholar at the UC Davis Law School.

Daniel Ximenes is the director of the Department of Conditionality for the Bolsa Familia Program in Brazil’s Ministry of Social Development and a visiting scholar at the UC Davis Law School.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014, 4:00 pm
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Fall 2014

This symposium is an opportunity to learn about the research done by recipients of the 2014 CLAS Summer Research Grant, which provides opportunities for graduate students to conduct field work in Latin America.

Schedule of presentations

Thursday, November 6, 2014, 2:00 - 3:15 pm; Friday, November 7, 3:00 - 4:15 pm
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street


Chilean architects have to adapt their buildings to withstand the demands of nature, which in Chile range from earthquakes to rugged terrain to climatic extremes. This symposium will examine how some of the country’s leading architects have handled the extraordinary conditions that give Chile its unique beauty.

Co-sponsored by the Master of Urban Design Program and individual faculty from the architecture, planning, and landscape architecture programs.

Friday, November 7, 2014, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Wurster Hall Gallery

Peter Kornbluh

While the history of U.S.–Cuba relations is littered with acts of aggression, the story of back-channel communications and attempts at reconciliation is less well-known. President Obama would do well to look to the hidden past as he faces the best opportunity in 50 years to normalize relations.

Peter Kornbluh directs the Cuba Documentation Project at the National Security Archive in Washington D.C. and is the co-author of Back Channel to Cuba: The Hidden History of Negotiations Between Washington and Havana.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014, 4:00 pm
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Luis Valdez

Luis Valdez is the founder of El Teatro Campesino, a catalyst for social change in the region and one of the most influential theater ensembles in North America. As El Teatro Campesino prepares for its 50th anniversary, UC Berkeley honors its founder for his vital contributions to the arts, including numerous award-winning plays, films, and major contributions to a transnational philosophy of cultural arts production.

This event is free, open to the public, and ADA accessible. Please contact the TDPS box office for special arrangements. A reception will follow the talk. 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 5:00 pm
Zellerbach Playhouse

Beau Kilmer

The marijuana policy landscape is changing rapidly in the United States and abroad. Based on his research and work with various governmental bodies, Kilmer will describe what is happening with marijuana legalization and discuss the design choices that will shape its consequences.

Beau Kilmer is co-director of the RAND Drug Policy Research Center and co-author of Marijuana Legalization.

Thursday, November 20, 2014, 4:00 pm
370 Dwinelle Hall