Semester Calendar

Film Screening 

Le petit soldat,Jean-Luc Godard (France, 1960)

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition of Fernando Botero's Abu Ghraib collection at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Thursday, January 21, 2010, 7:00 pm
Pacific Film Archive Theater, 2575 Bancroft Way

Film Screening 

Directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini (Italy, 1975)

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition of Fernando Botero's Abu Ghraib collection at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive.

Recommended for adults only; this film contains many graphic and disturbing scenes.

Saturday, January 23, 2010, 8:30 pm
Pacific Film Archive Theater, 2575 Bancroft Way

Film Screening 

Directed by Roberto Rossellini (Italy, 1945).

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition of Fernando Botero's Abu Ghraib collection at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive.

Thursday, January 28, 2010, 8:35 pm
Pacific Film Archive Theater, 2575 Bancroft Way

Film Screening 

Directed by Yilmaz Güney (France, 1983)

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition of Fernando Botero's Abu Ghraib collection at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive.

Sunday, January 31, 2010, 6:00 pm
Pacific Film Archive Theater, 2575 Bancroft Way

Film Screening 

Directed by Lúcia Murat (Brazil, 1989)

(Que bom te ver viva). “Like many others of my generation, I dreamed of making Brazil into a utopia,” says journalist and filmmaker Lúcia Murat. And like many others of her generation, Murat was arrested and tortured for her political activism during the military dictatorship of the 1960s. In her extraordinary film, eight former political prisoners, all women, speak frankly about their months and years in prison. Today these women are activists, university professors, mothers, committed in every way to life. But privately each still struggles to recoup what the torturer took, what one woman calls “the pleasure of thinking.” Murat intersperses the interviews with a fictional monologue performed by the actress Irene Ravache. Her anger may be a little too ironic beside the profound humanity of these women. For them, surviving the torture is a lifelong project with paradoxes built in: “On the one hand, you pretend nothing happened; on the other hand, you pretend you didn’t survive.”—Judy Bloch
Written by Murat. Photographed by Walter Carvalho. With Irene Ravache. (100 mins, In Portuguese with English subtitles, Color, 35mm, From Women Make Movies)
Tuesday, February 2, 2010, 7:30 pm
Pacific Film Archive Theater, 2575 Bancroft Way

Mark Danner 

Mark Danner, a UC Berkeley professor of journalism, has covered war, foreign affairs and political violence for two decades. He is the author of Torture and Truth (2004) and, most recently, Stripping Bare the Body: Politics Violence War.

Read his NY Times Op-ed

Thursday, February 4, 2010, 6:00 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall

Film Screening 

Driected by Diana Cardozo (Mexico, 2008)

(Siete instantes). Interweaving interviews and archival footage, Seven Moments is centered on seven insightful women who became involved in a radical urban guerilla group while still teenagers. The Tupamaros were active in Uruguay in the late 1960s and early 1970s, during a period of increased military power. As the women look back on their political past—the social injustices that led to their political activism, moral dilemmas they faced, their imprisonment and torture—they speak intimately and openly about decisive moments that shaped their personal histories. Their stark memories of the group’s brutal suppression are interwoven with stories of the Tupamaros’ own political kidnappings, providing another vantage point on prisoner/guard interactions. “Diane Cardoza exposes just what atrocities people can be capable of when faced with extreme circumstances. Nonetheless her moving film retains a strong sense of humanity at its core” (Munich International Documentary Film Festival).

(90 mins, In Spanish with English subtitles, Color, 35mm, From Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica, with thanks to Jessy Vega Eslava)

Thursday, February 4, 2010, 8:30 pm
Pacific Film Archive Theater, 2575 Bancroft Way

Film Screening 

Musical Performance by Quijeremá

Featuring Quique Cruz on strings, winds, and percussion, Quijeremá is a performing arts quintet that celebrates and expands the cultures of the Americas through original music, poetry, and multimedia art installations.

One of the most notorious sites in modern Chile, Villa Grimaldi is a former estate that became an interrogation center during the dictatorial Pinochet regime; over five thousand individuals were tortured there, and over three hundred “disappeared.” On the day after his nineteenth birthday, the young Chilean artist Quique Cruz was clandestinely arrested and sent to Villa Grimaldi; he was fortunate, however, in that after months in the so-called “Palace of Laughter” (as its officials baptized it), he was released. A book project, music piece, and film, Archeology of Memory gathers the recollections of those who survived Villa Grimaldi, blending each recovered fragment of experience into a new archeology, one built to convert darkness into light, and pain into beauty. Touching on ideas of exile, memory, and survival, Archeology of Memory is both a historical document of a Latin American tragedy, and a witnessing of how art and music can act as forms of remembrance and healing.—Jason Sanders

Archeology of Memory was nominated for the 2009 IDA Music Documentary Award.

Photographed by Vicente Franco. (88 mins, In English and Spanish with English subtitles, Color, DigiBeta, From Interfaze)

Sunday, February 7, 2010, 5:30 pm
Pacific Film Archive Theater, 2575 Bancroft Way

Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas 

Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas is president of the Fundación para la Democracia and served as mayor of Mexico City from 1997-99

Tuesday, February 9, 2010, 7:00 pm
2050 Valley Life Sciences Building

David Fitzgerald 

As people, goods, and ideas flow across borders, scholars have argued that globalization is eroding the sovereignty of the nation-state. In contrast, David Fitzgerald argues that far from undermining sovereignty, efforts by migrant source countries to institutionally embrace their citizens abroad highlight the robustness of the nation-state system. Indeed, the new state-citizen relationship emphasizes voluntary ties, options for expressing membership, an emphasis on rights over obligations, and the legitimacy of plural legal and affective national affiliations.


David Fitzgerald, Associate Professor, Sociology, and Associate Director of the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies, University of California, San Diego

Michael Peter Smith, Distinguished Professor of Community Studies and Development, University of California Davis, respondent

Wednesday, February 10, 2010, 12:00 - 1:30 pm
554 Barrows Hall

Cine Latino: Film Screening 

Directed by Rebecca Cammisa (United States, 2009)

Recently nominated for an Academy Award, the documentary “Which Way Home” follows several migrant children as they make their solo journey to the United States atop a Mexican freight train nicknamed “The Beast.” The film captures both the beauty and the grimness of the journey, recording the heartbreaking naïveté of children too young to comprehend the magnitude of what they have undertaken and the evils that lie in their path. 90 minutes. English and Spanish with English subtitles.

“…tremendous, eye-opening filmmaking…” — Erik Price,

Wednesday, February 10, 2010, 7:00 pm
Room 2060, Valley Life Sciences Building

Panel Disucssion 

Mexico’s brutal drug war has rattled that country’s sense of security, deepened its economic crisis and shifted attention from other pressing concerns. Leading journalists and scholars explore the roots of the violence, what its lasting impact may be, and how the drug war might be resolved. They examine ways that the narco-violence is affecting – and affected by – the United States. And they discuss how the U.S. press is covering the issue and what stories about Mexico we might be missing.

A panel of journalists who have covered Mexico will discuss their work and their observations. They will be joined by Harley Shaiken, chair of the Center for Latin American Studies at Berkeley, to go behind the headlines and talk about the political and economic forces shaping Mexico today.

Andrew Becker, Center for Investigative Reporting

Steve Fainaru, Washington Post

Susan Ferriss, Sacramento Bee

Moderated by Tyche Hendricks, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism

The event is jointly sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies and the Graduate School of Journalism, both at UC Berkeley. 

Wednesday, February 17, 2010, 5:30 pm
North Gate Hall Library

Graham W.J. Beal 

Diego Rivera regarded his mural cycle at the Detroit Institute of Arts as his finest achievement in the fresco medium. Graham W. J. Beal will discuss the personal, political and economic motivations that lay behind the creation of this complex and controversial work.

Graham W. J. Beal has served as director at the Joslyn Art Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and, since 1999, at the Detroit Institute of Arts.

Thursday, February 25, 2010, 5:00 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall

Cine Latino: Film Screening 

Directed by Joe Berlinger (United States, 2009)

“Crude” looks at all sides of the “Amazon Chernobyl” case, a multibillion-dollar lawsuit that pits 30,000 Ecuadorean rainforest dwellers against Chevron. The plaintiffs claim that Texaco, which merged with Chevron in 2001, spent three decades systematically contaminating one of the most biodiverse regions on Earth, poisoning the water, air and land and leaving its inhabitants to suffer the consequences: skyrocketing rates of birth defects and cancer. Chevron denies the claims, arguing that the case was cooked up by greedy “environmental con men” seeking to line their pockets with the company’s billions. 105 minutes. English, Spanish, A’ingae and Secoya with English subtitles.

“These real characters and events play out on the screen like a sprawling legal thriller.” — Stephen Holden, The New York Times

Wednesday, March 10, 2010, 7:00 pm
2060 Valley Life Sciences Building

Lorenzo Meyer 

The 2010 bicentennial of Mexico’s independence and the centennial of its revolution offer an opportunity to explore the causes and principles behind these two great social upheavals and what they mean to contemporary Mexico.  The conflicts and contradictions of the past still help determine Mexico’s present.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010, 4:00 pm
Lounge, Women’s Faculty Club

Wendy Muse Sinek

Despite the fact that residents of Rio’s slums (favelas) have a rich associational life, community leaders rarely translate their activism into making demands on elected officials. Political channels are often unavailable or co-opted due to the presence of drug trafficking gangs. Nevertheless, community organizers are taking advantage of the space that remains, finding resourceful ways to improve their neighborhoods. This talk will describe the political, economic and social factors that affect community organizing in Rio’s favelas and expand on some of the innovative solutions that local community leaders have created.

Wendy Muse Sinek is a visiting instructor in the Department of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA, and a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science at UC Berkeley. She has recently completed 18 months of research on community organizing strategies in the slums of Rio de Janeiro.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010, 4:00 - 5:30 pm
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Karen Musalo

Sexual violence against women was widely used as a war strategy during Guatemala’s internal armed conflict. Although the conflict ended over 14 years ago, violence against women continues to plague the country, making Guatemala arguably the most dangerous place for women in all of Latin America. Since 2001, more than 4,000 women have been killed in gender-motivated murders known as “femicides,” crimes that have been committed with virtual impunity. This talk will address the femicides, the conditions that lead to impunity and the relationship between this violence and women’s claims for refugee protection in the U.S.

Karen Musalo, a clinical professor of Law at UC Hastings, is widely recognized for her innovative work on refugee issues. In 2009 she won a landmark victory in the case of Rody Alvarado, a Guatemalan woman who fled to the United States because of domestic violence. 

Thursday, April 8, 2010, 12:00 - 1:00 pm
554 Barrows Hall

Cine Latino: Film Screening 

Directed by Claudia Llosa (Peru, 2009)

Nominated for the 2009 Academy Award for a Foreign Language Film, “The Milk of Sorrow” (“La Teta Asustada”), was inspired by the work of Dr. Kimberly Theidon. A medical anthropologist studying Latin America, Dr. Theidon compiled the testimonies of women from the Peruvian Andes who were mistreated or violated during the political violence of the 1980s. Some of these women spoke of an illness, “la teta asustada,” in which the mother’s trauma was passed on to her children through her breast milk. Fausta, the film’s protagonist, struggles to overcome this affliction and escape the legacy of the past.

After the film screening, Professor Nancy Scheper-Hughes will engage Dr. Theidon in a discussion about her research and its translation to the screen.

Thursday, April 8, 2010, 4:00 pm
155 Barrows Hall

Paul Steinberg

Environmental sustainability requires long-term political commitments to the protection of environmental resources. Yet most of the world’s countries, particularly in the developing world and post-communist states, are subject to chronic political and economic upheaval, making any effort at institution-building a daunting task. We will consider this practical challenge from the analytic vantage point of theories of policy change and mechanisms of institutional reproduction. The results carry important implications for environmental policy and for comparative politics research on institutional stability and change.

Paul Steinberg is an associate professor of Political Science and Environmental Policy at Harvey Mudd College and a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley’s Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management. His books include Environmental Leadership in Developing Countries (MIT Press, 2001) and Comparative Environmental Politics (MIT Press, forthcoming 2010). See

Monday, April 12, 2010, 12:00 - 1:00 pm
554 Barrows Hall

Dan Kammen and Harley Shaiken 

Dan Kammen is the Class of 1935 Distinguished Professor of Energy in the Energy and Resources Group and the Goldman School of Public Policy. As of mid-April, 2010, he will be adding a new role with the U.S. State Department on Clean Energy.

Harley Shaiken is Class of 1930 Professor and Chair of the Center for Latin American Studies.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010, 12:00 pm
Labor Center Conference Room, 2521 Channing Way

José Narro Robles

José Narro Robles is the Rector of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), one of the largest universities in the world. Prior to taking that office, he was the director of the university's Faculty of Medicine from 2003-2007.

Thursday, April 15, 2010, 5:00 pm
Home Room, International House

Mari Lyn Salvador

The intricate blouses made and worn by the Kuna Indian women of Panama, known as molas, are decorated with designs that illustrate aspects of Kuna life and culture. The themes and objects depicted on these garments are incredibly varied; they include: household items, Kuna political meetings, symbols of healing, myths and girls puberty ceremonies as well as designs inspired by the outside world such as helicopters, tractors, Panamanian and American political figures, boxers and comic books. Using an ethno-aesthetic perspective, Dr. Salvador will discuss the history of the mola and explore Kuna artistic criteria and the concepts of form and beauty held by the artists themselves.

Mari Lyn Salvador began her research into the textiles of Kuna women in 1966. She is currently the director of the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology at UC Berkeley.

Monday, April 19, 2010, 12:00 - 1:15 pm
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Cine Latino: Film Screening 

Directed by Greg Barker (2009). 

Charismatic Brazilian diplomat Sergio Vieira de Mello spent his career with the U.N. trying to bring peace to global hot spots, finally being persuaded by Kofi Annan, Condoleezza Rice and Tony Blair to take the dangerous position of U.N. ambassador to Iraq in 2003. 94 minutes. English.

Monday, April 19, 2010, 7:00 pm
Pacific Film Archive Theater, 2575 Bancroft Way

Bertrand M. Patenaude

Patenaude will discuss his new book, Trotsky: Downfall of a Revolutionary, which describes Leon Trotsky’s last years in Mexico in the late 1930s. At the center of this gripping and tragic story are Trotsky’s tumultuous friendship with painter Diego Rivera; his affair with Rivera’s wife, artist Frida Kahlo; and his torment as his family and comrades become victims of the Great Terror and Stalin’s assassins close in.

Bertrand M. Patenaude is a lecturer in history and international relations at Stanford University and a research fellow at the Hoover Institution.

Thursday, April 22, 2010, 4:00 pm
554 Barrows Hall

Panel Discussion Featuring Helen Mack

Fourteen years after the official end of Guatemala’s long civil war, impunity for crimes both past and present remains a fact of life. In this panel discussion, human rights leaders will explore an array of national and international legal strategies being used to make the guilty accountable for their crimes.

Helen Mack Chang is the executive director of the Myrna Mack Foundation, the human rights organization she founded after the 1990 assassination of her sister by the Guatemalan military.

Roxanna Altholz is Associate Director of the International Human Rights Clinic at Berkeley Law and has represented hundreds of victims before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.

Almudena Bernabeu is an attorney with the Center for Justice and Accountability and a private prosecutor for Mayan survivors of the genocide in Guatemala.

The moderator, Beatriz Manz, is a professor of Ethnic Studies and Geography at UC Berkeley and the author of Paradise in Ashes: A Guatemalan Journey of Courage, Terror, and Hope.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010, 5:00 pm - 7:00pm
Room 110, Berkeley Law School

Directed by Roberto Hernández and Geoffrey Smith (Mexico, 2009)

Part of the 53rd San Francisco International Film Festival (April 22-May 6)

This taut exposé of Mexico’s dysfunctional criminal courts follows a young man wrongfully convicted of homicide as he pursues justice in a system in which guilt is presumed and the conviction rate is 95 percent. 

Co-presented by the Center for Latin American Studies at UC Berkeley.                    

For more information on “Presumed Guilty,” visit

For tickets and festival information, visit or call 925-866-9559.

Three screenings:

Sunday, May 2, 3:30 pm

Thursday, May 6, 3:15 pm                

Sundance Kabuki Cinemas, 1881 Post Street, San Francisco

Monday, May 3, 2010, 6:30 pm
Pacific Film Archive, 2575 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

Michelle Bachelet

Michelle Bachelet was President of Chile from 2006 to 2010.

Tickets: This event is SOLD OUT. A limited number of seats may become available on a first-come first-served basis at the door.

We ask that all those attending be in their seats no later than 5:15 pm. No large bags, backpacks or noisemakers will be permitted. 

Tuesday, May 4, 2010, 5:30 pm
Wheeler Auditorium, UC Berkeley

Tyche Hendricks

From a distance, the border looks like a dividing line. For journalist Tyche Hendricks, it’s really a region: more borderlands than borderline. In The Wind Doesn’t Need a Passport, she captures the stories of American and Mexican ranchers, factory workers, police and doctors who inhabit one of the least understood places in either country.

A new picture of the borderlands emerges from her reporting — as a common ground alive with the energy of cultural exchange and international commerce, burdened with too-rapid growth and binational conflict, and underlain with a deep sense of history.

Tyche Hendricks is an editor at KQED Public Radio and a lecturer at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. For many years she covered immigration and demographics at The San Francisco Chronicle. 

Thursday, May 6, 2010, 5:30 pm - 7:00pm
North Gate Hall Library, 121 North Gate Hall