Semester Calendar


The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the way academic libraries and archives have traditionally worked by limiting access to physical collections. In the Caribbean and Latin America, the lack of access to materials such as books, periodicals, and ephemera has been felt acutely. The intense economic, social, and political pressures in these regions have forced some regional governments to provide less attention to issues of education.

Many recent webinars have given rank librarians an opportunity to discuss the challenges of securing access to materials and providing instruction to students, scholars, and faculty. But among library administrators and information professionals, these conversations have largely been dominated by men. This panel tries to correct this aberration by providing a venue for female library directors and information studies faculty to offer their perspectives on COVID-19’s effects on the institutions they manage.


Thursday, September 17, 2020, 9:30 am PST
Virtual event via Zoom

Irma Alicia Velásquez Nimatuj

In this talk, Dr. Velásquez Nimatuj will examine the theme of migration from an indigenous perspective, within a larger context of racial oppression.  

Irma Alicia Velásquez Nimatuj is a Maya-K’iche’ journalist and activist. She is an international spokeswoman for Indigenous communities in Central America and was the first Maya-K’iche’ woman to earn a doctorate in social anthropology in Guatemala. 


Thursday, September 24, 2020, 4:00 pm PST
CLAS Virtual Event

Almudena Bernabeu

Almudena Bernabeu will relate the journey to bring Colonel Inocente Orlando Montano to trial in Spain, where he was recently sentenced to 133 years in prison for the massacre of six Jesuit priests and two women in 1989. This trial and conviction mark only the second time in which a case brought before Spanish courts went forward on the basis of a universal duty to provide access to national courts for human rights abuse victims. Although the Pinochet case created historic momentum, many obstacles have impeded these cases and prevented accountability efforts from succeeding. The Jesuits’ case has the potential to recover an important practice providing justice and preventing further abuses.

Almudena Bernabeu, the co-founder and director of Guernica 37 International Justice Chambers, is a renowned transitional justice and international human rights lawyer. She led the investigation and prosecution for the Jesuit murders, leading to Inocente Orlando Montano’s extradition. In 2012, Bernabeu was included in TIME’s list of the 100 most influential people.


Wednesday, September 30, 2020, 4:00 pm PST
CLAS Virtual Event

Paul Pierson, Carlos Milani, and Elizabeth McKenna

In Let them Eat Tweets: How the Right Rules in an Age of Extreme Inequality, co-author Paul Pierson analyzes the slide toward authoritarianism in the United States and examines the future of the country. He will discuss those ideas with Carlos Milani and Liz Mckenna in Brazil, who will also comment on the implications for the Americas.  

Paul Pierson is the John Gross Professor of Political Science at the University of California at Berkeley. Carlos R. S. Milani is an Associate Professor at the Rio de Janeiro State University’s Institute for Social and Political Studies. Elizabeth (Liz) McKenna is a Postdoctoral Scholar at the SNF Agora Institute at Johns Hopkins University.


Thursday, October 1, 2020, 3:00 pm Pacific Time
CLAS Virtual Event

Lorenzo Meyer

Lorenzo Meyer will discuss Mexico's current situation in the midst of the Covid-19 crisis and the challenges the country faces going forward.

Lorenzo Meyer is among Mexico’s leading historians, a public intellectual, and emeritus professor of History at El Colegio de México in Mexico City. He has been a columnist for the national newspaper Reforma as well as the host of Primer Plano, a political television show on the nation's largest network.


Friday, October 9, 2020, 3:00 pm Pacific Time
CLAS Virtual Event

Javier Couso

On October 25th, Chileans will vote in a critically important plebiscite. For the first time in the nation's history, the people will decide whether to have a new, democratically-enacted constitution, which would end the charter imposed by General Pinochet in 1980. Professor Couso will analyze the origins, relevance, and implications for Latin America in Chile's imminent constituent process, which is, unprecedented in many ways: it is the first to happen in times of pandemia; it could end what is perhaps the world's most neoliberal constitution; and, last but not least, it would include gender parity as a foundational principle.

Javier Couso is Professor of Law and Director of the Constitutional Law Program at Universidad Diego Portales (Chile).


Thursday, October 15, 2020, 1:00 pm Pacific Time
CLAS Virtual Event

AfroLatinx Voices Series

Promotional image for Writing Black Caribbean Women. (Image courtesy of the BLAC Working Group.)

Blackness in Latin America and the Caribbean (BLAC) Working Group presents AfroLatinx Voices, a series of roundtable discussions between Black scholars, artists, and activists from across Latin America and the Caribbean. Each event seeks to address how race, blackness, and anti-blackness are transnationally informed always in conversation across borders, languages, and identities.

Nicole Dennis-Benn is an award-winning Jamaican novelist. She is the author of Here Comes the Sun (which won the New York Times’ 2016 “Best Book of the Year” award and the Lambda Literary Award), and Patsy (which won the Lambda Literary Award). Aya de León is an award-winning Afro-Puerto Rican writer of prose and poetry and the author of the Justice Hustlers series (which won Independent Publisher Awards and International Latino Book awards). She is a lecturer in the Department of African American Studies and the director of June Jordan's Poetry for the People at UC Berkeley.


Friday, October 23, 2020, 3:00 pm Pacific Time
CLAS Virtual Event

Cine Latino

Directed by Kleber Mendonça Filho and
Juliano Dornelles (Brazil, 2019)

A few years from now... Bacurau, a small village in the Brazilian sertão (hinterland), mourns the loss of its matriarch. Days later, its inhabitants (including one played by Sônia Braga) notice that their village has vanished from online maps, and a UFO-shaped drone is seen flying overhead. A fierce confrontation takes place when the townspeople turn the tables on the villainous outsiders, banding together to protect and maintain their remote community. 132 minutes. Portuguese and English with English subtitles. 

Winner of the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival

Saturday, October 24, 2020, 5:00 - 9:00 pm Pacific Time
CLAS Virtual Event

Ramón Saldívar

Ramón Saldívar's influential 2006 book The Borderlands of Culture: Américo Paredes and the Transnational Imaginary remains relevant today. In this event, Professor Saldívar will reflect on how the book might help serve as a point of departure, in our current moment – starting with the 2016 election campaign's explicitly racist attacks on Black and Latinx citizenship and presence within the U.S. – for a critical, activating approach, via art and culture, to the questions of society, politics, and history that the book posed when it first appeared and that are of utmost urgency now.

Monday, October 26, 2020, 5:00 - 7:00 pm Pacific Time
Virtual event via Zoom

Denise Dresser

Andrés Manuel López Obrador. (Photo by Eneas de Troya.)

Denise Dresser is Professor of Political Science at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM). A political analyst and columnist who writes for Reforma and Proceso, she is also the author of numerous publications on Mexican politics and U.S.-Mexico relations. Dresser received France’s Legion of Honor medal for her work on democracy,  justice, gender equality, and human rights.

Tuesday, October 27, 2020, 3:00 pm Pacific Time
CLAS Virtual Event

Celia Stahr

Only 23 years old and newly married to the already world-famous Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo travelled to the United States. Her feelings of being a stranger in a strange land fueled her creative passions and an even stronger sense of Mexican identity. In this talk, Celia Stahr will discuss her new book, Frida in America: The Creative Awakening of a Great Artist, which tells the riveting story of how three years in the United States transformed Frida Kahlo into the artist we know today. 

Celia Stahr is a professor at the University of San Francisco, where she specializes in modern and contemporary art with an emphasis on feminist art and gender studies.


Wednesday, October 28, 2020, 4:00 pm Pacific Time
CLAS Virtual Event

Cine Latino

Directed by Alejandro Landes (Colombia, 2019)

Alejandro Landes’ awe-inspiring film is set on a remote mountain in Latin America. The film tracks a young group of soldiers and rebels who keep watch over an American hostage, forming an unconventional family bound together under a shadowy force known only as The Organization. After an ambush drives the squadron into the jungle, both the mission and the intricate bonds between the group begin to disintegrate. Monos examines the chaos and absurdity of war from the unique perspective of adolescence. 103 minutes. English with Spanish subtitles. 

Special Jury Award – Sundance Film Festival 

Sunday, November 8, 2020, 5-9pm Pacific Time
CLAS Virtual Event

Paul Pierson and Gabriel Boric

Paul Pierson is the John Gross Professor of Political Science at the University of California at Berkeley. Pierson’s teaching and research includes the fields of American politics and public policy, comparative political economy, and social theory. 

Gabriel Boric is a representative from the XII Region in Chile (Magallanes and Chilean Antarctica). He was elected to Congress in 2013, at 27 years old, and reelected in 2017. He served as president of the Student Federation at the Universidad de Chile (FECH).

Video in English and Spanish

Tuesday, November 17, 2020, 3:45 pm PST | 8:45 pm CLT
CLAS Virtual Event

Maria Echaveste, Daniel Coronell, and Paul Pierson 

This event will examine two intertwined themes: the forces that shaped the outcome of the U.S. elections in November and the implications of the elections for the U.S. and the countries of Latin America.

Maria Echaveste is a Senior Scholar at the Center for Latin American Studies and the President and CEO of the Opportunity Institute. Daniel Coronell is an award-winning Colombian investigative journalist and the President for News for Univision in the United States. Paul Pierson is the John Gross Professor of Political Science at the University of California at Berkeley.

Video coming shortly

Friday, November 20, 2020, 3:00 pm Pacific Time
CLAS Virtual Event

Information Session

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships provide funding to graduate students to encourage the study of critical and less commonly taught foreign languages, in combination with area studies or internationally-focused professional studies. These fellowships are funded by grants from the U.S. Department of Education. 

Registration and more information

Wednesday, December 2, 2020, 10 - 11 am Pacific Time
CLAS Virtual Event

AfroLatinx Voices Series

In 1988, Lélia Gonzalez wrote Por um feminismo afrolatinoamericano (For an Afro-Latin American Feminism), urging for the examination of the intersections of gender, blackness/indigeneity and class. Her declaration, and the legacy of Black and Indigenous women throughout the hemisphere, continues to shape liberatory movements into the 21st century. In the second event of the AfroLatinx Voices series, we bring together three activist-scholars to discuss the roles that transnational Black feminisms have in activism and movements throughout the region. 

Laura Hall is a Black Costa Rican activist and served as the vice presidential candidate for Costa Rica’s Frente Amplio (Broad Front) party in 2018. Tito Mitjans Alayón is an Afro-Cuban feminist activistx, non-binary, fantastically fat, Trans masculine historian whose research areas include Black Feminism, Queer and Trans Afro- diasporic Studies, and Critical Studies of the Black Atlantic. Djamila Ribeiro is a Black Brazilian feminist philosopher, journalist, and activist on the streets and the interwebs. Moderator Ashley Ngozi Agbasoga is a Ph.D. candidate in Anthropology at Northwestern University with a graduate certificate in Black Studies, and a Predoctoral Fellow at the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies. 

Registration and more information

Thursday, December 3, 2020, 12:30 pm Pacific Time
CLAS Virtual Event

Virtual Conference

The Quechua Alliance Annual Meeting is a vibrant space for the exchange of ideas between Quechua speakers, community leaders, university students and professors who share an interest and passion for Quechua language and Andean culture. The 2020 Virtual Workshop is an opportunity to continue strengthening the Quechua enthusiast community in the United States and the diaspora, despite the current circumstances.

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Friday, December 4, 2020, December 4 – 6
Virtual event

Cine Latino

Directed by Alvaro Delgado-Aparicio (Peru, 2019)

Segundo Paucar is a 14-year-old boy who wants to carry on his family’s legacy by becoming a master retablo (story-box) builder, just like his father. On his way to a community celebration in rural Peru, Segundo accidentally observes his father in a situation that shatters his world and everything he believes in. 101 minutes. Quechua with English subtitles. 

“Delgado Aparicio’s reflective direction with a patient eye for lived-in behavior and kinetic symbolism bears artistically ripe fruit in an affectingly measured, near-perfect tour de force that demands serious attention.” — Carlos Aguilar, Los Angeles Times

Register for your free ticket

Sunday, December 6, 2020, 5 - 9 pm Pacific Time
CLAS Virtual Event

Cine Latino

Directed by Bénédicte Liénard & Mary Jiménez
(Belgium & Peru, 2019)

Based upon real testimonies, By the Name of Tania tells the story of a teenage girl forced into prostitution in the gold mining regions of Peru. With its powerful imagery, Tania’s traumatic odyssey embodies the horrific devastation visited upon the natural world by contemporary industrial society. 89 minutes. Spanish with English subtitles. 

Best Film Award – LASA2020 Film Festival 

Registration and more information

Sunday, December 20, 2020, 5 - 9 pm Pacific Time
CLAS Virtual Event