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Winter 2009 Archive

Jan. 14, noon
Brown Bag Series




HERB KLEIN (Stanford)

“Contemporary Immigration to Spain: 1980 to the Present”


Co-sponsor: CEGE

SSH 5214

brownbagJan.21, noon, Andrews Room, SSH 2203


Brown Bag Series





“Coca: Culture and Politics in Bolivia”


Co-sponsor: DHI

(History Department)

Lecture in English

Jan. 22, 4 pm, MU II


(Dean of Humanities, UC Irvine)

"Latino History as United States History"


brownbagJan. 28, noon
Brown Bag Series



(authors The Fight in the Fields)

“Reporting in Latin America:

What Gets Printed – from Immigration to Hugo Chavez”

SSH 5214


Feb. 3, noon-2pm, 5214 SS&H


7:30 pm, 226 Wellman


author of Mexico Unconquered: Chronicles of Power & Revolt



Feb. 11, noon


Brown Bag Series






(Math, UCD)

“The Development of Science in Mexico: Some Remarks”
SSH 5214


Feb. 25


9:00 - 11:30

SSH 5214


March 4, noon


VICTOR MONTEJO (Native American Studies, UCD)

“Guatemala Today”

SSH 5214




Brown Bag Series


"On the Particular Language of the Incas"


Wed., March 4, noon - 1:30



Rodolfo Cerrón-Palomino


SSHB, 5214

Thursday, March 5, noon - 1:30 p.m.
"The Global-Local Challenge to Sustainability in Monteverde, Costa Rica"
by Jannelle Wilkins, Director
Monteverde Institute, Costa Rica

Plant & Environmental Sciences Building, Rm #3001
Please see




FRIDAYS at 7pm, 1322 STORER


Jan. 23   Cidade de Homens
(Brazil, 2007)

"An unforgettable tale of friendship and survival in a city
where the greatest challenge is growing up"

In the slum in Morro da Sinuca, a couple of days before turning eighteen years-old,
Laranjinha tells his best friend and also orphan Acerola that he misses his unknown father.
Acerola decides to help his needy friend to find his father and they discover that he is in
prison convicted for killing a man during a robbery and near to be released on parole.
Meanwhile, Acerola's wife, Cris, is invited to work in São Paulo and is tempted by the chance
to raise money to buy a house of her own.  Acerola and Laranjinha are left with the care of
their son, Clayton, for one year.  They unravel the past of their fathers in the midst of gangs
and a neighboring Morros' druglord.

Jan. 30   Chile Puede
(Chile 2008)

"That the world be prepared"

A rich businessman sends the first Chilean astronaut into outer space but can't
quite come up with the money to bring the adventurer back.  A hilarious comedy about
a  Spanish teacher (Boris Quercia) who is sent to the moon.  A parody of Hollywood
blockbuster movie Apollo 13.

Feb. 6   Un Mundo Maravilloso
(Mexico 2006)

Once upon a time, Juan Pérez, the poorest of the poor, reaches fame in a fluke
accident in what seemed to be an attempt of suicide, to protest against the
government and his social condition. The Ministry of Economy, surrounded by the
scandal in which he is blamed by Pérez's decision, decides to reward him changing
his life giving him a little house, a car and a job. But when other poor people
(Pérez's close friends) find out about his reversal of fortune, decide to imitate him
faking suicide attempts in different buildings in Mexico City. The Ministry of Economy,
terrified by the glance of having a plague of beggars, decides to declare poverty a
crime and hence finish for once and for all with all the poor in the country. Pérez
ends up behind bars. Three years later, Pérez is released and goes back to his
previous social condition, but this time, aware of having one day as a rich man is
better than a life as poor, he will do anything to get out of his misery.
And he will manage to do so!

Feb. 20    Rosario Tijeras
(Colombia 2005)

In 1989, in Medellin, the prostitute and killer Rosario Tijeras has an affair with
the playboy Emilio and is introduced to his best friend Antonio in a night-club.
The relationship of Rosario with Emilio is limited to sex and she befriends Antonio,
who is in love with her. After the death of her brother Jonhefe, Rosario and
Antonio become closer and she falls in love for him. But Rosario is chased by her
enemies from the past.

Feb 27   Dias de Santiago
(Peru 2004)     

Santiago returns home from the Peruvian army ill-prepared to cope with the realities of life.
Haunted by his violent military past, he is conflicted by his desire for education and his
temptation to join his comrades in a decadent life of crime.

Feb 27   Dias de Santiago
(Peru 2004)     

Santiago returns home from the Peruvian army ill-prepared to cope with the realities of life.
Haunted by his violent military past, he is conflicted by his desire for education and his
temptation to join his comrades in a decadent life of crime.


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