Upcoming Events

Matthew O'Brien

No Dar Papaya is Matthew O'Brien's photographic exploration of Colombia celebrating the beauty, diversity, and distinctive character of the country.  Published last year in Colombia to rave reviews, this is the first public presentation of the book in the U.S., before its official publication here.

O’Brien will be available to sign books following the presentation.

Matthew O'Brien has worked extensively in Colombia as a photographer, teacher, exhibiting artist, and Fulbright Fellow.  He is a UC Berkeley alum.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015, 4:00 pm
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Cine Latino

Directed by Damián Szifron (Argentina, 2014)

In this 2015 Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign-Language Film, six tales of revenge play out in a series of one-act vignettes that take their characters to outrageous extremes. Murder, violence, betrayal and unchecked rage mark the actions of a wide variety of individuals as they respond to situations that bring out the worst in them. 122 minutes. Spanish with English subtitles.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015, 7:00 pm
Room A0001, Hearst Annex

Bay Area Latin America Forum
Rebecca Bodenheimer 

Regionalist sentiment has been pervasive in Cuba since the colonial period, yet it has rarely been addressed in literature on contemporary social dynamics. Rebecca Bodenheimer examines the intersections between race and place, arguing that the longstanding divisions between eastern and western Cuba challenge the traditional image of a unified hybrid nation. 

Rebecca Bodenheimer is an ethnomusicologist who has conducted fieldwork in Cuba for more than a decade. Her book, Geographies of Cubanidad: Place, Race, and Musical Performance in Contemporary Cuba, was published in July 2015 by University Press of Mississippi.  

Tuesday, October 20, 2015, 4:00 pm
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Cine Latino

Directed by Matthew Heineman (USA, 2015)

“Cartel Land” is an on-the-ground look at two modern-day vigilante groups and their shared enemy – the murderous Mexican drug cartels. From Executive Producer Kathryn Bigelow (“The Hurt Locker,” “Zero Dark Thirty”) this documentary offers a chilling view of the brutal drug war along the U.S. – Mexico border. 98 minutes. English and Spanish with English subtitles.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015, 7:00 pm
Room 2040, Valley Life Sciences Building

Bay Area Latin America Forum
Marian Schlotterbeck 

2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of Chile’s MIR (Movimiento de Izquierda Revolucionaria, or Movement of the Revolutionary Left). Dr. Schlotterbeck sheds light how grassroots organizing strategies endured despite the defeat of the Latin American Left’s vanguard politics.

Marian Schlotterbeck is an assistant professor of history at UC Davis, where she teaches courses on modern Latin America, social revolutions, and human rights.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015, 4:00 pm
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Cine Latino

Directed by Anna Muylaert (Brazil, 2015)

The tranquil existence of a live-in housekeeper, who has served a middle class Brazilian family for more than a decade, is turned upside down when her estranged daughter arrives. “The Second Mother” is a fresh, contemporary spin on class in Brazil, wrapped in a deeply moving story of what belonging and family mean. 111 minutes. Portuguese with English subtitles.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015, 7:00 pm
Room 2040, Valley Life Sciences Building

Author's Talk
Juliana Barbassa 

In 2009, when Rio de Janeiro was chosen to host the 2016 Olympics, Brazil was booming. But readying this beautiful and deeply flawed city for international scrutiny was a tall order. Journalist and author Juliana Barbassa examines Rio during this moment of flux, introducing the reader to the people who make up this city of extremes.

Juliana Barbassa is an award-winning journalist. Born in Brazil, she returned decades later as the Associated Press’ Rio de Janeiro correspondent.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies and the Institute of International Studies.

Monday, November 9, 2015, 4:00 pm
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Sergio Aguayo

Organized crime has accumulated an enormous capacity for inflicting violence. For nearly a century, mafias, cartels, and gangs have woven together a network that fosters all types of illegal activities. Professor Aguayo will present an overview of this process through the personalities of three key gangsters. He will also make an argument for a regional and comprehensive response.

Sergio Aguayo is a Mexican scholar and political analyst. He is a full professor at the Center for International Studies, El Colegio de México and a Visiting Professor at the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights (Harvard School of Public Health).

Thursday, November 12, 2015, 4:00 pm
223 Moses Hall

Cine Latino

Directed by Álvaro Brechner (Uruguay, 2014)

“Mr. Kaplan,” Uruguay’s submission for the 2015 Foreign-Language Oscar, is a comedy about a Jewish retiree living in Uruguay after fleeing Europe because of World War II. When he becomes convinced that a German café owner is a former Nazi, the 76-year-old secretly hatches a plan to kidnap and bring him to justice in Israel. 98 minutes. Spanish with English subtitles.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 7:00 pm
Room 2040, Valley Life Sciences Building