Upcoming Events

Reinaldo Funes 

Author's Book Talk

In his award-winning book Our Trip to the Moon: The Idea of the Transformation of Nature in Cuba during the Cold War (English version forthcoming), Reinaldo Funes addresses the development of the concept of "geotransformation" in socialist Cuba. In this presentation, Funes will discuss the ideas, policies, and projects around its implementation during the Cold War. 

Reinaldo Funes is Professor of History at the University of Havana, Cuba.

This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies and the Department of History.  

Tuesday, November 19, 2019, 4:00 pm
3335 Dwinelle Hall

Victoria Campos

Victoria Campos dará una breve introducción de la forma de ver y percibir la vida en la cosmovisión andina con referencia histórica de las colonizaciones y el papel de la espiritualidad, la permanencia de la memoria ancestral y los principios que garantizan el "Allin Kawsay" (Vivir bien). En su capacidad de pintora y activista, Campos explicará el proceso colectivo de descolonización-des-aprendizaje-recuperación de la espiritualidad y ritualización en su comunidad, partiendo de una visión ancestral hacia una revolución política considerando la revolución de las semillas. 

Victoria Campos es artista, pintora, y co-fundadora del centro de afirmación cultural Uywana Wasi en Cochabamba, Bolivia.

Please note: This event will be in Spanish.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019, 4:00 pm
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Jason DeParle

Author's Book Talk

In his recent book, New York Times reporter Jason DeParle traces the struggles and migratory paths of one extended Filipino family over three decades, offering a warm and personalized reflection on the forces that drive immigration, assimilation, and inequality in the United States. Professor Patricia Baquedano-Lopez (Graduate School of Education) will chair a discussion with Jason DeParle, Professor Zeus Leonardo (Graduate School of Education), and Professor Cristina Mora (Department of Sociology).

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Jason DeParle is a reporter for who has written extensively about poverty and immigration.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019, 5:00 pm
2121 Berkeley Way, Room 1102. (Berkeley Way West Building at Shattuck Ave.)

Anthony W. Fontes

Maras (transnational gangs) like the MS-13 stand at the center of ever-growing politics of fear. Based on years of fieldwork in Central America, Anthony W. Fontes illuminates how the maras became the region’s public enemy #1. However, the problem goes beyond gangs. By providing cover for a host of other actors taking advantage of extreme violence, maras help create a sense of order in the midst of chaos. Fontes will explore how these gangs have become so crucial for making and mooring collective terror in Central American cities, while tracing the ties that bind violence to those residing in far safer environs.

Anthony W. Fontes is Assistant Professor in the School of International Service at American University, and received his Ph.D. in Geography from UC Berkeley.

Thursday, November 21, 2019, 4:00 pm
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Informational Meeting

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 international aspects of professional studies. Fellowships are funded by the U.S. Department of Education to promote the training of students who intend to make their careers in higher education, government service, or other employment where knowledge of foreign languages and cultures is essential.

CLAS is offering FLAS awards to graduate students studying Spanish, Portuguese, Nahuatl, or other Latin American languages. Fellowships are offered for both academic year and summer programs.

The application deadline for both the Academic Year 2020-21 and Summer 2020 FLAS is Wednesday, January 29, 2020.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
309 Sproul Hall