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Winter 2011

This is the archive for winter 2011 events

Wednesday, Jan. 12
12 noon, SSH 1271
Director of Andean Studies Program, Catholic University, Peru

"The Features of Ancient Andean Oracular Shrines" lecture in English.

Friday, January 21
Film: La vida de los peces/The Life of Fish  (Chile 2010)


Andrés is back in Chile after 10 years of living in Europe and attends a party of old friends. When he decides to leave, while approaching the door, he experiences a series of situations that will be very important in his life. He will face his past, we’ll get to know his present, and his future will be likely to change forever. It’ll be understood that the reason he left Chile 10 years ago was the guilt for the death of his best friend and the impossibility of continuing a relation with his true love.

Wednesday, Jan. 26
5 - 7 pm, King Hall, The Paul and Lydia Kalmanovitz Appellate Advocacy Courtroom (Room 1001)

SPECIAL SCREENING EVENT: "Fruits of War," with introduction by Professor Raha Jorjani

Fruits of War follows four reformed gang members -- Bullet, Rebel, Weazel, and Duke, who escaped to the United States as child refugees from El Salvador's bloody civil war.  For more on the film see:

Thursday, Jan. 27
12 noon, UC Davis School of Law, King Hall, Kalmanovitz Appellate Court (Room 1001)
CANDACE GORMAN (Visiting Professional at the International Criminal Court, The Hague, Netherlands)

Attorney Gorman will address some of the more recent developments in litigation for prisoners at Guantánamo during the Obama Administration, the current habeas procedure for prisoners at Guantánamo -- and what we can do to ensure justice for those who have been detained.  In addition to maintaining a blog about the Guantánamo litigation, Gorman writes about the experience of representing Guantánamo prisoners for various publications both online and in print.

Complimentary lunch provided.

Sunday, January 30; 2 - 4 pm
Congregation Bet Haverim, Social Hall
1715 Anderson Road, Davis, CA


The program will include a panel of 3 speakers discussing their respective Jewish communities in Chile, Mexico, and, Peru, including family history, childhood memories and community descriptions.  It will be followed by Q&A and general discussion. The speakers are: Rina Alcalay Ph.D.(Chile), Samuel Tabachnik, Ph.D.(Mexico), and Jacques Franco (Peru).

This event is free and open to the general public.

Thursday, February 17
6pm, Olson 167
Club HIA informational night
Come meet other undergraduates interested in Latin America; practice your Spanish, Portuguese or Quechua; exchange travel experiences...Free pizza! Come and join us.

Click here for more details.

Friday, February 18

Meeting of directors and program coordinators of major Latin American Studies Centers in California

Participants include UC Irvine, UCLA, UC Merced, UC Riverside, UC San Diego, Stanford University, University of southern California, Cal Tate University Los Angeles, San Diego State University, and San Francisco State University.  Topics to be discussed include rethinking Latin American Studies and area studies, sharing resources, and fundraising. 

Friday, March 4
12 noon, 230 Wellman
BENJAMIN DANGL (Journalist, Literature and Writing instructor, Burlington College)
Book presentation and discussion "Dancing with Dynamite"

Mr. Dangl will be talking about the dynamics between social movements and progressive governments in Latin America. He has worked as a journalist throughout Latin America for the Guardian Unlimited, The Nation, and the NACLA Report on the Americas. He is the author of The Price of Fire: Resource Wars and Social Movements in Bolivia, the editor of, a progressive perspective on world events and, a website on activism and politics in Latin America. He teaches South American history and Globalization at Burlington College in Vermont.

For more on his latest book see:

Friday, March 4
4 pm, SSH 1271 (HIA Conf. rm)
FERNANDO PURCELL (History, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile)
"Communities, Development and the Cold War: The Peace Corps in South America during the 1960s"

Fernando Purcell is an Associate Professor of History at the Pontificia Universidad
Católica de Chile. His recent research focuses on North American cultural imperialism
in Latin America. Forthcoming and recent publications include Hollywood en
Chile. Imperialismo cultural en perspectiva transnacional 1910‐1945
, Taurus, 2011(forthcoming),
and Ampliando miradas. Chile y su historia en un tiempo global, 2009,
Ril Editores, 2009.

Talk will be in English.

Thursday, March 10
University of California, Davis
Vanderhoef Studio Theatre
Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts

This conference is open to scholars, journalists, policy makers, activists, and members of the general public.  For more information link to

Co-sponsored by Boom: A Journal of California, UC Davis School of Law, the Gifford Center for Population Studies, the Center for Regional Change, the Hemispheric Institute on the Americas, the Institute of Governmental Affairs, the Consortium for Women and Research, and the UC Davis Department of History. 

Guidelines for TINKER Field Research Grant application.


Monday-Thursday, March 14 - 17
SSH 1271
Study for your finals... and relax with brain power snacks in the HIA conference room!!

March 17 - 20
XXIII Congreso de español en los Estados Unidos y VIII del español en contacto con otras lenguas:
El español en el ambiente público
Embassy Suites Hotel - Riverfront Promenade
Sacramento, California

Click for program.

Winter Quarter 2011

7 pm, 26 Wellman Hall

 All films have subtitles.


Friday, January 28
Los viajes del viento/ Wind Journeys (Colombia 2009)


wind  Click for Trailer

After his wife's traumatic death, Ignacio Carrillo vows to never play the accursed accordion again, a legendary instrument said to have once belonged to the devil. He eventually married and settled in a small town, leaving the nomadic life behind.  He embarks on one last journey to return the instrument to its rightful owner. On the way, Ignacio is followed by Fermín, a spirited teenager determined to become his apprentice. Tired of loneliness, Ignacio accepts the young man as his pupil and together they traverse the vast Colombian terrain, discovering the musical diversity of Caribbean culture.  Ignacio tries to discourage Fermín from following in his footsteps, but destiny has different plans for them.


Friday, February 4
Elipsis (Venezuela 2006)

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Two close friends, and at alternate times successful artists, are seemingly mystically intertwined: when one is successful (the night of his debut in a wildly successful play), the other character has bottomed out and is suicidal.  At a point in the future, their roles reverse... They are the yin and the yang in a series of events that lead up to the kidnapping climax. 


Friday, February 11
7 pm, Wellman 26

Terra Vermelha/ Birdwatchers (Brazil 2008)

terraClick for trailer.
A group of Guarani-Kaiowá Indians lives on an hacienda working in slave-like conditions.  They earn some change to pose as a tourist attraction.  When they decide to take their ancestral lands this ignites a huge conflict with the modern-day owners.

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