Upcoming Events

Film Screening and Director's Talk

Directed by Raymond Telles and Yvan Iturriaga
(United States, 2015)

“A Photographer’s Journey,” tells the story of Pedro E. Guerrero, a Mexican American raised in segregated Mesa, Arizona, who goes on to a remarkable international career. With his outsider’s eye he made iconic portraits of three of the most important artists of the 20th century: Frank Lloyd Wright, Alexander Calder, and Louise Nevelson, as well as important images of modernist architecture. 60 minutes.

The documentary will be followed by a conversation with filmmaker Raymond Telles.

Raymond Telles is a producer, director, and adjunct professor of Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies and the Mexican Museum.

Thursday, September 10, 2015, 6:30 pm
Room 105, Boalt Hall

Julia E. Sweig

Julia E. Sweig is a leading authority on the transformation of Cuba and U.S.-Cuban relations. She is Senior Research Fellow at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at UT Austin, and previously served as the Nelson and David Rockefeller Senior Fellow for Latin America Studies and Director for Latin America Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. Sweig is the award-winning author of several books, including Cuba: What Everyone Needs to Know (2013) and Inside the Cuban Revolution: Fidel Castro and the Urban Underground (2004).

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

Thursday, September 17, 2015, 3:30 pm
Room 2060, Valley Life Sciences Building

Robert Edelman

During the Cold War, nations used sports to promote their political, social, and economic development. Between the end of World War II and the collapse of Communism, “Cold War sport” went beyond the bipolar U.S.A.-U.S.S.R. rivalry to also include Africa, Asia, and Latin America. With success and failure measured every four years at the Olympic Games, sport assumed more significance during the Cold War than at any other time in its history.

Robert Edelman is professor of Russian history and the history of sport at the University of California, San Diego.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies, Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, the Institute of East Asian Studies, the Institute of European Studies, the Institute of South Asian Studies, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, the Center for African Studies, and the UCB History-Social Science Project.

Friday, September 18, 2015, 12:00 pm
370 Dwinelle Hall

Film Screening and Director's Talk

Directed by Charles Ferguson (United States, 2015)

“Time to Choose” is the first comprehensive examination of how we can successfully address climate change and the bigger challenge of global sustainability.  The film describes the climate crisis, but more importantly shows how we can address it amidst the ongoing struggles of global sustainability, economic development, inequality, and human health. 96 minutes.

The screening will be followed by a discussion with Academy Award-winning director, Charles Ferguson.

Tickets will only be available at the door and will be distributed on a first come, first served basis.

Friday, September 18, 2015, 7:00 pm
Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center

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 American Forum
Maria Echaveste

Multi-national corporations often remain competitive in the ever-changing globalized economy by shifting production from country to country, or expanding their core businesses to other countries.  What are the opportunities and challenges for workforces located in the USA and Mexico, who share similar complaints about their wages and working conditions?  

Maria Echaveste, a Senior Scholar at UC Berkeley Center’s for Latin American Studies, has built a distinguished career as a public policy consultant, lecturer, senior White House official, long-time community leader, and corporate attorney. 

Thursday, October 8, 2015, 4:00 pm
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

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

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

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