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.  

Cosponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) and the Graduate School of Journalism. 


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

Research Talks

This symposium is a unique opportunity to learn about the current research done 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.

Schedule of presentations

Monday, February 4, 2019, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Research Talks

This symposium is a unique opportunity to learn about the current research done 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.

Schedule of presentations

Tuesday, February 5, 2019, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Research Talks

This symposium is a unique opportunity to learn about the current research done 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.

Schedule of presentations

Wednesday, February 6, 2019, 4:00 – 6:15 pm
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Chris Tilly

What determines whether movements of informal workers succeed or fail? Using cases of domestic-worker movements in Mexico and the United States, Chris Tilly compares the historical changes and cross-national contrasts between the two movements, drawing conclusions about informal-worker organizing and its potential for social change.

Chris Tilly is a professor of urban planning at the University of California, Los Angeles. 

Wednesday, February 6, 2019, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
IRLE Director's Room, 2521 Channing Way

Research Talks

This symposium is a unique opportunity to learn about the current research done 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.

Schedule of presentations

Thursday, February 7, 2019, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Karen Chapple and Sergio Montero

Much of our understanding of local economic development is based on large urban areas. This framework not only over-represents the regional dynamics of cities in the global North, it also fails to properly characterize the challenges of smaller cities and peripheral regions in both the North and South. This book presents an alternative view of local economic development based on the idea of fragile governance and three variables: associations and networks; learning processes; and leadership and conflict management in six Latin American peripheral regions.   

Karen Chapple is a professor of City and Regional Planning at UC Berkeley. Sergio Montero is an assistant professor of Urban and Regional Development at CIDER (Centro Interdisciplinario de Estudios sobre Desarrollo), at the Universidad de los Andes in Colombia.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019, 5:30 - 7:00 pm
494 Wurster Hall

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. 


Thursday, February 14, 2019, 4:00 pm
233 Moses Hall

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.

Patricia de Santana Pinho is Associate Professor of Latin American and Latino Studies at UC Santa Cruz.


Friday, February 15, 2019, 4:00 pm
223 Moses Hall

Elena Schneider

In 1762, British forces mobilized more than 230 ships and 26,000 soldiers, sailors, and enslaved Africans to attack Havana. They met fierce resistance for six suspenseful weeks. In the end, the British prevailed, but more lives were lost in the invasion and subsequent occupation of Havana than during the entire Seven Years’ War in North America. In this talk, Elena Schneider will discuss her recent book The Occupation of Havana: War, Trade, and Slavery in the Atlantic World, as well as the broader theme of the relationship between Anglo-American imperialism and racial struggle in Cuba. 

Elena Schneider is Assistant Professor in the Department of History at UC Berkeley. 

Tuesday, February 19, 2019, 4:00 pm
223 Moses Hall


At a pivotal historical moment, this symposium will bring further attention to anti-black state violence in the Americas. Scholars, activists, and organizers from Brazil and the United States – the two countries with the largest Black populations outside the continent of Africa – will participate in transnational dialogue, learning and coalitions. This symposium will engage with the power and challenges of addressing anti-black state violence through political action and scholarship from three vantage points: the historical foundations of Black struggle, today's socio-cultural and democratic political contexts, and future pathways to contesting racialized forms of violence.  

Wednesday, February 20, 2019, Sessions 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Multiple locations

María Inclán

What happens to insurgent social movements that emerge during a democratic transition but fail to achieve their goals? Are they able to survive their initial mobilizing boom? To answer these questions, María Inclán looks at Mexico's Zapatista movement, arguing that it is caught between "sliding doors" of opportunity. The Zapatistas were able to mobilize sympathy and support for the indigenous agenda inside and outside of the country, yet failed to achieve their goals vis-à-vis the Mexican state. Nevertheless, the movement has survived and sustained its autonomy despite lacking legal recognition. 

María Inclán is Profesora-Investigadora at Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas in Mexico City.


Tuesday, February 26, 2019, 4:00 – 5:30 pm
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Elize Massard da Fonseca

Research Brown Bag Lunch

Access to affordable medicines in low- and middle-income countries is key to achieving adequate healthcare. A key strategy in this agenda is the promotion of generic drug competition to reduce the price of pharmaceutical products and increase access to needed medicines. Across Latin America, there is wide variation about how “generics” are defined and put on the market. Elize Massard da Fonseca will present her ongoing research on the political economy of generic drug regulation in Latin America, as well as the challenges she has faced in conducting this comparative, multilevel analysis. 

Elize Massard da Fonseca is assistant professor in the Department of Public Administration, Getulio Vargas Foundation in Brazil.

Thursday, February 28, 2019, 12:00 pm
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street


The UC Berkeley Arts Research Center’s March’s conference on Arts as Critique seeks to prompt the question of the relationship between art and criticism from the standpoint of social and political exigencies of our times, thinking from and about the global margins and zones of acute transition often called the “Global South”–from Africa, Latin America, South East Asia and the Middle East, to U.S. Latino, African American, Native American and Asian American communities.

Arts as Critique is interested in how feminist, queer, postcolonial/decolonial, postnational perspectives and interventions call attention to, and reclaim, the political implications of art as critique beyond Eurocentric ramifications. What kinds of (un)belongings and displacement, figured through tropes of gendered, sexualized, ethnicized and racialized vulnerability, could allow us to think (with) the limits and the resistant potential of art?

Friday, March 1, 2019, 9:00 am – 6:30 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall

Cine Latino

Directed by Alonso Ruizpalacios (Mexico, 2018)

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
159 Mulford Hall

Cidinha da Silva

Cidinha da Silva é prosadora, poeta, e dramaturga de Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais. Ela é autora de mais de 11 livros de crônicas, blogues, poesias, e contos, e ela é organizadora de coleções de ensaios sobre raça, educação, e política contemporânea brasileira. Cidinha da Silva é Writer-in-Residence do Departamento de Espanhol e Português da UC Berkeley.

Esse evento será em português.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019, 4:00 pm
5125 Dwinelle Hall

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
120 Latimer Hall

Round Table Conversation

Born and raised in a favela in Rio de Janeiro, Marielle Franco (1979-2018) was a champion of human rights and one the most outspoken Brazilian activists and politicians of her generation. Elected to the City Council of Rio de Janeiro in 2016, she organized grassroots and social media movements and chaired the Women’s Defense Commission, until her brutal assassination on March 14th, 2018 by para-military forces. Marielle’s assassination has made her an icon of democratic resistance and of the struggle for social justice in Brazil and beyond.

The event will be a round table that includes James Green (History, Brown), Tianna Paschel (Sociology, UC Berkeley) and Cidinha da Silva (Writer and UC Berkeley Writer-in-Residence).

Wednesday, March 13, 2019, 4:00 pm
223 Moses Hall

James N. Green

Herbert Daniel was a significant and complex figure in Brazilian leftist revolutionary politics and social activism from the mid-1960s until his death in 1992. He joined a Brazilian revolutionary guerrilla organization but had to conceal his sexual identity from his comrades, a situation he referred to as internal exile. Daniel was engaged in electoral politics and social activism, championing gay rights, feminism, and environmental justice. James N. Green will speak about Daniel's personal and political experiences to investigate the opposition to Brazil's military dictatorship, the left's construction of a revolutionary masculinity, and the challenge that the transition to democracy posed to radical movements.  

James N. Green is Carlos Manuel de Céspedes Professor of Latin American History at Brown University.

Thursday, March 14, 2019, 4:00 pm
223 Moses Hall

Sergio Fajardo

Sergio Fajardo recently ran for president of Colombia and received 24% (4.5 million) of the vote.  Formerly, he served as the governor of Antioquia (2012-2015) and the mayor of Medellin (2004-2007). He was highly innovative in both offices emphasizing education, public works, and community participation.  He holds a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is currently a Senior Visiting Scholar at the Center for Latin American Studies, UC Berkeley. 

Monday, March 18, 2019, 4:00 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall

Roundtable Discussion

Featuring Walter Belik and Nancy-Scheper Hughes

Join us for a discussion of why food security and chronic hunger in large swathes of their populations are not at the center of political conversations in the United States and Brazil, featuring Brazil's Walter Belik and Berkeley's Nancy Scheper-Hughes.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019, 5:30 pm
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

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
160 Kroeber Hall

Elizabeth Schwall

After the 1959 Cuban Revolution, new professional opportunities opened up for dancers of African descent. As Fidel Castro desegregated public parks and beaches, Cuban choreographers founded new companies with racially diverse casts. This presentation examines how Afro-Cuban dancers embraced these opportunities and shaped their outcomes, arguing that even though black dancers faced considerable obstacles like racial prejudice and deflated wages, they made important strides in creating innovative dance art and a new category of revolutionary work.    

Elizabeth Schwall is a Visiting Lecturer of Latin American History at UC  Berkeley and a Fellow at the Center for Ballet and the Arts at New York University.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street


This interdisciplinary conference will feature dozens of new and established scholars from around the world whose work deals with the Right as a social, political, and/or intellectual phenomenon from the 19th century to the present day.  Participants will have the rare opportunity to join an expanding network of scholars who focus on right-wing studies, facilitating the development of this interdisciplinary field and future collaborations that emerge from these connections.


Thursday, April 25, 2019, All day
Various Campus Locations