Bay Area Latin America Forum

Alison Post

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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

Daniel Rodríguez

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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

Nathaniel Wolfson

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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 concerns a range of topics, including avant-garde poetry and aesthetics, media studies,  literature, and philosophy.

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