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The Spring 2014 issue of the Berkeley Review of Latin American Studies is now available here!  Among the highlights:
- Sergio Fajardo, governor of Antioquia, Colombia, talks about education's transformative potential;
- Diego Luna focuses on the labor leader and his legacy in "Cesar Chavez";
- a team of Berkeley graduate students led by Professor Dan Kammen promotes sustainable energy in Latin America and the Caribbean.

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CLAS Chair Harley Shaiken introduces the Spring 2014 edition of the Berkeley Review of Latin American Studies.

Governor Sergio Fajardo of Antioquia, Colombia, discusses his plans to provide alternatives to violence through innovative educational initiatives.

Can Latin America make the switch to sustainable energy? Berkeley students are developing modeling tools that help identify cost-effective energy reforms.

Noted political analyst Denise Dresser takes a hard look at reforms initiated by the Peña Nieto administration.

Mexican historian Lorena Ojeda describes the context that led to the rise of indigenous community guards and mestizo self-defense groups in the Mexican state of Michoacán.

Latin America confronts a nutritional paradox: the region still needs to combat stunting and undernutrition, but obesity is also on the rise.

Journalist Erica Hellerstein describes the experience of watching a sneak preview of “Cesar Chavez” in a room filled with activists, young and old.

Diego Luna discusses the making of “Cesar Chavez.”

Twenty years after Nafta, both Mexico and the U.S. have seen rising productivity combined with falling real wages, argues CLAS chair Harley Shaiken.

Colombian Ambassador Luis Carlos Villegas makes a case for peace.

Traditional knowledge and modern gear combine to protect Amazonian wild palms.

For labor leader Bob King, the key to stable democracy, both at home and abroad, is workers’ rights.

Daniel Alarcón’s latest novel At Night We Walk in Circles continues the author’s exploration of his personal Narnia, a nameless Latin American country that closely resembles Peru.

Despite the fact that it chronicles a quest for the psychedelic San Pedro cactus, “Crystal Fairy” is not a drug movie, says the film’s director Sebastián Piñera.

Brazilian poet and novelist Adriana Lisboa writes about exiles, immigrants, refugees — people whose past and future tense are in different languages.

A poem by Adriana Lisboa.