Semester Calendar

Cynthia Goytia

In most of Argentina’s cities, wealth and opportunities coexist with urban informality, poor housing quality, a lack of basic infrastructure, traffic congestion, inequality, and segregation. In all, land and urban policies are two main determinants. In this lecture, Professor Cynthia Goytia will present some of the most pressing urban topics that are part of current policy debates in Argentina and Latin American cities. Her work calls for more rigorous evidence of “what works,” and promotes a collaborative research agenda between North-South academic institutions for addressing the challenges ahead. 

Cynthia Goytia is a Professor of Urban Economics and Chair of the Urban Policy and Housing Research Center at Torcuato Di Tella University in Argentina.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019, 5:00 pm
106 Wurster Hall

Forum and Panel Discussion

A Forum with Brazilian Feminist Political Leaders

On the eve of their inauguration into office, four female Brazilian politicians present an emboldened new generation of feminist officials, leading the defense and redefinition of democracy in their country. Ten months following the assassination of Rio de Janeiro City Councilor Marielle Franco, their collective work demonstrates that Marielle is still present. This discussion will focus on the intersection of feminism and formal politics and will consider innovative modes of resistance to the radical right turn in government, exploring ways to take action in solidarity.  

Monday, January 28, 2019, 4:00 - 7:00 pm
Booth Auditorium (Room 175), Berkeley Law School

Film Screening and Director's Talk

With Academy-Award winning director
Charles Ferguson (U.S., 2018)

Watergate tells the comprehensive story of the scandal, from the first troubling signs in Richard Nixon’s presidency to his resignation and beyond.  Crucially, the film also situates Watergate in the context of all the issues it raised –many of which, of course, now resonate powerfully with current events.

After the screening, Academy Award-winning director Charles Ferguson will speak in conversation with Harley Shaiken and Maria Echaveste.  

Wednesday, January 30, 2019, 6:00 pm
Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center

Research Talks

This symposium is a unique opportunity to learn about current research by UC Berkeley graduate students who spent last summer in Latin America. Field research grants were provided by CLAS with the generous support of the Tinker Foundation.


Monday, February 4, 2019, 4:00 pm
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Ana Raquel Minian

In the 1970s, the Mexican government acted to alleviate rural unemployment by supporting migration into the United States. As U.S. authorities pursued more aggressive anti-immigrant measures, migrants found themselves caught between the interests of competing governments. Ironically, the U.S. immigration crackdown of the 1980s forced many migrants to remain north of the border permanently for fear of not being able to return to work. In this talk, Professor Minian explores circular migration, which reshaped communities in the United States and Mexico, and shares stories of Mexicans who have been used and abused by economic and political policies of both countries.

Ana Raquel Minian is Assistant Professor of History and of Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity at Stanford University. Her current project, Undocumented Lives: The Untold Story of Mexican Migration, is the first sustained history of transnational Mexican migration from 1965 to 1986. 

Thursday, February 14, 2019, 4:00 pm
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Patricia Pinho

Roots tourism is a fertile site to examine the tensions between racial and national identities as well as the gendered dimensions of travel, particularly when women are the major roots-seekers. This talk will examine the major intersecting tropes that inform African American roots tourism in Brazil and demonstrate how the gendering of space, place, and time are tied to the geopolitics of the black diaspora.

Friday, February 15, 2019, 4:00 pm
2334 Bowditch St., Berkeley, California


This symposium will bring further attention to anti-black state violence in the Americas through dialogue with some of the most influential social movement leaders from Brazil and the United States—homes to the two largest Black populations outside the continent of Africa.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019, TBA
Location TBA

Cine Latino

Directed by Alonso Ruizpalacios

Well into their 30s, Juan Nuñez (Gael García Bernal) and Benjamín Wilson (Leonardo Ortizgris) still can’t seem to finish veterinary school or leave their parents’ homes. Instead, they wallow in comfortable limbo in the district of Satelite, Mexico City’s version of a U.S. suburb. On a fateful Christmas Eve, however, they decide it’s finally time to distinguish themselves by executing the most infamous cultural artifacts heist in all of Mexican history, looting the country's iconic National Anthropology Museum. 128 minutes. In Spanish with English subtitles.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019, 7:00 pm
Location TBA

Cine Latino

Directed by Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra (Colombia, 2018)

Torn between his desire to become a powerful man and his duty to uphold his culture’s values, Rapayet enters the drug trafficking business in the 1970s and finds quick success despite the disapproval of his tribe’s matriarch. Ignoring ancient omens, Rapayet and his family get caught in a conflict where honor is the highest currency and debts are paid with blood. A sprawling epic about the erosion of tradition in pursuit of material wealth, Birds of Passage is a visually striking exploration of loyalty, greed, and the voracious nature of change. 125 minutes. In Wayúu and Spanish with English subtitles.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019, 7:00 pm
Location TBA

Cine Latino

Directed by Marcelo Martinessi (Paraguay, 2018)

Chela and Chiquita both descended from wealthy families in Asunción, Paraguay, and have been together for over 30 years. But recently their financial situation has worsened and they begin selling off their inherited possessions. When their debts lead to Chiquita being imprisoned on fraud charges, Chela is forced to face a new reality. Driving for the first time in years, she begins to provide a local taxi service to a group of elderly wealthy ladies. As Chela settles into her new life, she encounters the much younger Angy, forging a fresh and invigorating connection. Chela finally begins to break out of her shell and engage with the world, embarking on her own personal, intimate revolution. 98 minutes. Spanish with English subtitles.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019, 7:00 pm
Location TBA