Upcoming Events

Mestre Moraes

Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian martial art form. Many practitioners claim that capoeira is normally accompanied by music because it had to be disguised as a dance in order to fool the slave owners. Such a simplistic reading diminishes and negates the complex interplay between sound, object, and body that unfolds within the ritual space of the capoeira roda (circle). Music not only helps inspire movements, but also creates energy and transmits oral history and tradition. Mestre Moraes discusses how music, through the rhythm, words, and meaning, produces trance, merges the past and the present, and connects a community to its ancestors. The lecture will be accompanied by a musical performance of capoeira instruments. 

Mestre Pedro Moraes de Andrade (Mestre Moraes) is the founder of Grupo de Capoeira Angola, Pelourinho (GCAP). He has devoted himself to promoting and preserving the African roots of capoeira. Moraes is PhD candidate at the Federal University of Bahia, where he conducts ethnographic research on Angola.  In 2004, Mestre Moraes was nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Traditional World Music Album category.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies, the Center for Latino Policy Research, and La Peña Cultural Center.

Friday, August 25, 2017, 6:00 pm
Center for Latino Policy Research, 2547 Channing Way

David Bacon

Please join us for a conversation with activist and photographer David Bacon to talk about his new book, In the fields of the North / En los compos del norte. In this landmark work of photo-journalism, Bacon documents the experiences of some of the hardest-working and most disenfranchised laborers in the country: the farmworkers who are responsible for making California “America’s breadbasket.” Combining haunting photographs with the voices of migrant farmworkers, Bacon offers three-dimensional portraits of laborers living under tarps, in trailer camps, and between countries, following jobs that last only for the harvesting season. He uncovers the inherent abuse in the labor contractor work system, and drives home the almost feudal nature of laboring in America’s fields.

This event is free and open to the public. Please register for the event.

Books will be available for purchase at the event or can be purchased from University of California Press.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017, 6:00 pm
UC Berkeley Labor Center, 2521 Channing Way