Semester Calendar

Panel Discussion

Nicaragua is in the middle of its worst political crisis in decades. Hundreds of people have died and the economy has been paralyzed by nationwide protests of the current government. The Solidarity Caravan is a group of Nicaraguan activists touring the United States to educate about the current situation and inspire support for the people of Nicaragua. They will speak on the continuing peaceful civic resistance to the human rights violations occurring throughout Nicaragua.


Wednesday, September 5, 2018, 12:00 pm
180 Doe Library

Susan Meiselas

From war and human rights to cultural identity and domestic violence, Susan Meiselas’s award-winning photographic work covers a wide range of subjects and countries. A member of the internationally renowned photographic cooperative, Magnum Photos, Meiselas raises provocative questions about documentary practice, and the relationship between photographer and subject. Her current retrospective exhibition at SFMOMA, Mediations, spans her career and features vivid images of the revolutions in Central America in the 1980s.

In conversation with Professors Natalia Brizuela and Leigh Raiford, Meiselas will discuss her photographic practice, intersectional feminism in photographic image-making, and the continued importance of photojournalism in a changing technological and geopolitical landscape.

Monday, September 10, 2018, 12:00 - 1:30 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall

Alison Post

Argentina’s economic travails are making headlines again. One of the main contributors to the country’s current challenges is a consumer subsidy program for electricity, gas, mass transit, and other infrastructure services, which disproportionately benefits middle class voters over poorer citizens. This lecture will examine the program’s origins following the 2001 crisis, why expenditures on consumer subsidies have grown dramatically over time, and how they continue to constrain the government’s ability to tackle the country’s economic problems. 

Alison Post is an associate professor of Political Science and Global Metropolitan Studies at UC Berkeley and a co-director of the Global Metropolitan Studies Program.  Her research lies at the intersection of comparative urban politics and comparative political economy.

Thursday, September 13, 2018, 4:00 pm
223 Moses Hall

Lillian Hoddeson and Peter Garrett

Stanford R. Ovshinsky (1922–2012) was described as, “the Edison of our age” by The Economist. Even this comparison fails to capture the full range of his achievements. As an independent, self-educated scientist and inventor, Ovshinsky made fundamental discoveries in material science and created innovative new products, many of which contributed to advances in solar energy and climate sustainability throughout Latin America and the world. Lillian Hoddeson and Peter Garrett's new book, The Man Who Saw Tomorrow, is the first full-length biography of a visionary whose energy and information innovations continue to fuel our economy. 

Thursday, September 20, 2018, 4:00 pm
330 Blum Hall

Sergio Fajardo

Sergio Fajardo offers a unique perspective on the extraordinary happenings in Colombia. He followed an untraditional path in public life: from mathematician to presidential candidate. Fajardo will share his experiences as a public servant, his thoughts on the recent election, and an analysis of Colombia today.

Sergio Fajardo ran for president of Colombia in 2018 and received 24% of the vote. He served as governor of Antioquia (2012-2015) and as mayor of Medellin (2004-2007). Fajardo holds a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018, 5:00 pm
Location TBA

Cine Latino

Directed by Lucrecia Martel (Argentina, 2018)

Zama, an officer of the Spanish Crown born in colonial South America, hopes for a letter from the King granting him a transfer from the town where he is stagnating to a better place.  As he waits, he is forced to submissively accept every task entrusted to him by a succession of Governors. Years go by and the letter from the King never arrives. When Zama realizes everything is lost, he joins a party of soldiers to pursue a dangerous bandit. 115 minutes. Spanish with English subtitles. 

“Beautiful, hypnotic, mysterious and elliptical...”
– Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

Wednesday, October 3, 2018, 7:00 pm
160 Kroeber Hall

Daniel Rodríguez

By 2050, Latin America will be the world’s most urbanized region. This transition has meant that lifestyle diseases are becoming the leading cause of death in many areas. Professor Rodríguez will present on his research that attempts to characterize built environments, show trends in life expectancy across the region, and draw connections between the two.

Daniel Rodríguez is Chancellor’s Professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning and Associate Director of the Institute for Transportation Studies at UC Berkeley.  His research focuses on the reciprocal relationship between the built environment and transportation, and its effects on health and the environment. Since 2017, he has been among the 25 most cited planning scholars in North America. 

Wednesday, October 10, 2018, 4:00 pm
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Cine Latino

Directed by Sebastián Lelio (Chile, 2017)

Winner of the 2017 Oscar for Best Foreign Film

Marina, a young transgender actress and singer in Chile, and Orlando, an older man who owns a printing company, are in love and planning for the future. After Orlando suddenly falls ill and dies, Marina is forced to confront his family and society, and to fight to show them who she is: a complex, strong, forthright, and fantastic woman. 100 minutes. Spanish with English subtitles. 

Wednesday, October 10, 2018, 7:00 pm
160 Kroeber Hall

Giorgio Jackson

Giorgio Jackson is a transformative political figure in Chile. As a student at the Catholic University in Santiago, Jackson was a key leader of the Chilean student protests in 2011. That mobilization of university and high school students fought for increased state support for public universities, more equitable access to education, and free public education for all students. The movement put as many as a million demonstrators on the streets of Santiago and coordinated demonstrations throughout Chile, reaching out to trade unionists, environmental groups, and other social movements. 

As a 25 year old, Jackson founded the Democratic Revolution political party in 2012, and was elected to Congress representing Santiago in 2013. He was re-elected in 2017 with the highest plurality of any member of Congress. Polls show him to be the most popular political leader in the country.

Thursday, October 11, 2018, 6:00 pm
Room 250, Goldman School of Public Policy

Cine Latino

Directed by Daffodil Altan and Andrés Cediel (USA, 2018)

This new documentary by FRONTLINE and the Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley , tells the story of a group of teenagers from Guatemala who are forced to work against their will at an Ohio egg farm. The film exposes the criminal network that exploits the minors, the company that profits off of them, and the U.S. government’s role in delivering the children into the hands of their traffickers. 54 minutes. English and Spanish with subitles.

*All Cine Latino screenings are free to the public. No registration or tickets are required. 

Wednesday, November 7, 2018, 7:00 pm
160 Kroeber Hall

Nathaniel Wolfson

By examining the co-evolution of Brazilian literature and cybernetic systems, information aesthetics, and industrial design during the democratic period between two dictatorships, Wolfson interrogates several post-war avant-garde case studies that articulated new understandings of the role of poetry and graphic arts in society. In this talk, he focuses on the experiences of Brazilian students at the Ulm School of Design in the 1960s and the corresponding transnational debates concerning form and semantics in literature and design. 

Nathaniel Wolfson is Assistant Professor of Spanish and Portuguese at UC Berkeley. His research examines modern and contemporary Brazilian culture.

Thursday, November 8, 2018, 4:00 pm
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Cine Latino

Directed by Kléber Medonça (Brazil, 2012)

A palpable sense of unease hangs over a single city block in the coastal town of Recife, Brazil. Home to prosperous families and the servants who work for them, the area is ruled by an aging patriarch and his sons. When a private security firm is reluctantly brought in to protect the residents from a recent spate of petty crime, it unleashes the fears, anxieties, and resentments of a divided society haunted by its troubled past. 131 minutes. Portuguese with English subtitles. 

“One of the strongest feature debuts of the last decade.”
– Robert Abele, The Los Angeles Times

Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 7:00 pm
160 Kroeber Hall

Film Screening and Director's Talk

Directed by Rick Tejada Flores (USA, 2018)

Filmmaker Rick Tejada Flores unravels secrets of his family’s past in Bolivia, discovering his grandfather’s hidden role as President during one of the bloodiest wars in Latin America. From downtown La Paz to the remote mountain town of Llojeta, Tejada Flores explores how his family, as part of the white ruling class, perpetuated disparities in rural indigenous communities. He finds both a family and a nation struggling to come to terms with their history. 56 minutes. English and Spanish with English subtitles.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018, 7:00 pm
160 Kroeber Hall