COMMENT: Spring 2015
By Harley Shaiken | Highlighting the Spring 2015 issue of the Berkeley Review of Latin American Studies’ in-depth coverage of Mexico, the art of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, and the first Latin American Pope.
MEXICO: "It Was the State"
By Tara P. Buss | Political scientist Alberto Díaz-Cayeros defines the role of the Mexican State in the disappearance of the 43 students in Ayotzinapa.
MEXICO: De Janvry on Mexico's Second Land Reform
By Carola Binder | UC Berkeley Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics Alain de Janvry digs deep into the connection between property rights, effective land reform and poverty in Mexico.
RELIGION: The Final Conversion of Pope Francis
By Nancy Scheper-Hughes and Jennifer Scheper Hughes | Shedding light on Pope Francis’ background and the multiple challenges he faces as the first leader of the Catholic Church from Latin America.
REFLECTIONS: Face-to-Face with Pope Francis
By Nancy Scheper-Hughes | Providing a personal account of meeting Pope Francis to discuss human trafficking.
MEXICO: My Life as a Suspect in Mexico City
By Roberto Hernández | Sharing research on how Mexico's judicial reform is changing things inside some of the world’s most notorious criminal courts.
MEXICO: Teotihuacán: A Multiethnic Metropolis
By Mario Alberto Castillo | Exploring archaeologist Linda Manzanilla’s decades of research at Teotihuácan, which have unearthed the history of an immense and sophisticated city with a complex sociopolitical organization based on group identity.
ART: Diego and Frida: Art Transcends Borders
By Harley Shaiken | Providing a personal perspective on Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo's time in the American Midwest and the profound impact it had on the artists and on generations of Detroiters.
ART: Diego and Frida in Detroit
By Harley Shaiken | Interviewing Graham Beal, Director of the Detroit Institute of Arts, on the ground-breaking "Diego and Frida in Detroit" exhibition.
MEXICO: The Querétaro Approach
By Brittany Arsiniega | Looking at the Mexican State of Querétaro as an example of success amidst the dark stories of corruption, economic struggle and violence that plague the country.
MEXICO: Reporting Under Threat
By Yolanda Martinez | Exposing the life-threatening work of journalists in Mexico with filmmaker Bernardo Ruiz.
DRUGS: The 10 P's of Marijuana Legalization
By Beau Kilmer | Outlining the debate facing policy-makers over marijuana legalization in the U.S. and Latin America.
ARGENTINA: No Past Without a Present
By Katherine Chou | Untangling the complex history of colonization and indigenous communities in Argentina with archaeologist Alejandra Korstanje.
MEXICO: City on a Lake, Running Dry
By Ignacio Camacho and Femke Oldham | Calling to action, the documentary “H20mx” highlights the crisis as Mexico City’s more than 8 million inhabitants face a dire water crisis.
LABOR: Lessons From Bangladesh
By Seth Leibson | Discussing what Latin American manufacturing can learn from the Bangladesh Accord for Fire and Building Safety with labor organizer Garrett D. Brown.
BOLIVIA: Morales: Continuity and Change
By Mathias Poertner | Describing the successes and ongoing challenges facing Evo Morales and Bolivia with author Linda Farthing.
POETRY: Neruda and Volcano
By Pablo Neruda | Excerpting from Neruda's Canto Xii From the Heights of Macchu Picchu.