Upcoming Events

Alberto Díaz-Cayeros

What is the nature of political obligation and state authority in Guerrero, Mexico? Alberto Díaz-Cayeros will delve into the origins of inequality and state capacity in order to address the question of whether “it was the state” (#FueElEstado) that forcefully disappeared the 43 missing students from Ayotzinapa.

Alberto Díaz-Cayeros is a senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015, 4:00 pm
180 Doe Library

Cine Latino

Directed by Sebastian Vega Del Amo (Mexico, 2014)

“Cantinflas” tells the story of Mexico’s most beloved comedy film star of all time. From his humble origins on the small stage to the bright lights of Hollywood, Cantinflas became famous around the world — one joke at a time. 102 minutes. Spanish and English with English subtitles.

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

Wednesday, February 11, 2015, 7:00 pm
Room 2060, Valley Life Sciences Building

Denise Dresser

Dr. Dresser will discuss the current state of affairs in Mexico.

Denise Dresser is a professor of political science at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) and a columnist for the newspaper Reforma and the news weekly Proceso.

Please note that the date for this event has changed from February 5 to February 12, 2015.

Thursday, February 12, 2015, 6:00 pm
Room 100, Boalt Hall

Nancy Scheper-Hughes and Jennifer Scheper Hughes

Pope Francis’ gestures to open dialogue on homosexuality, divorced Catholics, undocumented workers, and the big bang theory of creation augur well for the global Catholic community and the family of man. But what about the family of women? Jesus had his circle of women disciples; Saint Francis had an intellectual companion in Saint Clare. Who are the women who could help Pope Francis? 

Nancy Scheper-Hughes is a professor of Anthropology and the chair of the Doctoral Program in Medical Anthropology at UC Berkeley as well as the author of many books. 

Jennifer Scheper Hughes is an associate professor of History at UC Riverside who specializes in Mexican and Mexican-American religion and in the history of Liberation Theology.

Thursday, February 19, 2015, 4:00 pm
180 Doe Library

Cine Latino

Directed by Alfredo Soderguit (Uruguay, 2013)

Anina Yatay Salas is a 10-year-old whose name spells trouble: those three palindromes in a row are a source of teasing at school. When a playground fight results in mysterious punishment, Anina learns to put her problems in perspective in this animated film. 78 minutes. Spanish with English subtitles.

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

Wednesday, February 25, 2015, 7:00 pm
Room 2060, Valley Life Sciences Building

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