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Fall 2011 Past Events



Sunday, November  20

Why We Come (documentary film)

3 pm, International House,

10 College Park, Davis CA

Followed by a discussion about immigrants in our community.

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Sponsored by Yolo Interfaith Immigration Network.

 Event poster



Friday, November  18


"Prácticas disidentes: Cuba y Argentina, 1967-1983"


Jose Quiroga


Sproul Hall 912


2:00-4:00 pm


José Quiroga is a Professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies. His research interests are contemporary Latin American and Latino literatures and cultures, gender and queer studies, contemporary Cuba and the Caribbean, and Latin American poetry.

His published books include Mapa Callejero (Buenos Aires: Eterna Cadencia, 2010), Law of Desire: A Queer Film Classic (Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp, 2009), Cuban Palimpsests (University of Minnesota Press, 2005) and, in collaboration with Daniel Balderston, Sexualidades en Disputa (Buenos Aires: Ricardo Rojas, 2005). In addition he has also published Tropics of Desire: Interventions from Queer Latino America (New York University Press, 2001) and Understanding Octavio Paz (University of South Carolina Press, 2000).


Sponsored by Cultural Studies in the American Research Cluster; Hemispheric Institute on the Americas; Spanish Department, Davis Humanities Institute; Graduate Group in Cultural Studies; Queer, Feminist and Transgender Studies Research Cluster.



Wednesday, November 16

"Butterflies in the Argentine Andes and Patagonia: The Facts on the Ground"


Arthur Shapiro, Professor of Evolution and Ecology, UC Davis

4:10 - 5:30 pm, Hoagland 113


 Sponsored by the Geography Graduate Group.  For more information email Elizabeth O’Sullivan ( or Laura Pascoe ( for more information.



November 9, noon


Jaime Valenzuela, Professor of History, Catholic University, Chile


SSH 1271, HIA Conference room


 “Indígenas andinos en Santiago de Chile colonial: inmigración, integración y etnicidad"


Jaime Valenzuela Márquez is Chair and professor of History at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile in Santiago.  His doctoral work was completed at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (Paris, 1998). Prof. Valenzuela specializes in colonial history, and, in particular, indigenous labor, migration, identity and integration in colonial Chile and the viceroyalty of Peru between the XVI and XVIII centuries.  He has dozens of publications and coordinates a colonial history blog that can be found at


Professor Valenzuela will be visiting UC Davis as part of a faculty exchange between UC Davis’ Hemispheric Institute on the Americas and the History department of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.


Please note, this lecture will be in Spanish.


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Wednesday, November 2


“The Fight for Vieques, Puerto Rico – A Story of Empire and Environmentalism during the Cold War”
Andrew Kerr (History, UC Davis)


SSH 1271, Noon


Andrew Kerr explores the social and environmental history of Vieques, Puerto Rico
within the context of the Cold War. He investigates how the people of Vieques
responded to the militarization of their island as the United States military
conducted massive simulated invasions on the densely inhabited island for nearly
50 years. More broadly, Kerr’s research investigates the formation of the national
security state and its effects on colonial subjects of the U.S. empire in the second
half of the twentieth century.


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Wednesday, October 26


"Writing and Publishing in a Time of Media Transformation"


Ken Wissoker, Editorial Director Duke University Press


Griffin Lounge- Memorial Union


As editor-in-chief of one of the most renowned and intellectually innovative academic presses, Ken Wissoker promises an engaging and timely presentation on the future of academic publishing. Wissoker has been involved in the publishing industry since 1979 and has been Editor-in-Chief at Duke UP since 1997. His areas of editorial expertise include Anthropology, Cultural Studies, Post-Colonial Theory, Lesbian and Gay Studies, Construction of Race, Gender and National Identity, Literary Criticism, Film, and Popular Music.


Cosponsored by the departments of English, History, and Anthropology; Consortium for Women and Research; the Graduate Group in Cultural Studies; the Hemispheric Institute on the Americas; the American Studies Program; Science and Technology Studies; Cinema and Technocultural Studies; and Office of Graduate Studies


Wednesday, October 19

Tinker Summer Field Research Symposium

Panels running from 9 - 3 pm
HIA Conference Room, 1271 SSH

This symposium is a unique opportunity to learn about the current research done by UC Davis graduate students who spent last summer in Latin America. Field research grants were provided by HIA with the generous support of the Tinker Foundation.

Schedule of presentations.


Wednesday, October 12

The Imperative to Participate: Local Identity and Municipal Administration as a Brand
(the case of Muévete San Borja)

Professor Gísela Cánepa, Anthropology, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú

Noon, Sproul 912 (Lecture will be in Spanish)

Participate! This is one of the more frequent imperatives we are exposed to in the quest to orient our actions and shape our desire in the social arena—for example, in politics (participatory democratic models), or in the marketplace (the concept of responsable consumption). Similarly, advertising campaigns such as those of Nike invite us to participate in mass marathons; tourism packages are designed to offer us the opportunity to participate in a distinct cultural experience, and; the extractive industries require participatory consultation with local communities. In keeping with this pattern, local governmental budgets are guided by decisionmaking according to these guidelines and participatory vigilance. The objective of Prof. Cánepa’s study is to examine the role that Muévete San Borja plays in shaping a new political subject, and how this district-level program redefines relationships between citizens and the state and capital in the framework of a rigid order aimed at performance.

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Fall 2011 Latin American Film Series


November 18                

BUS 174(Brasil 2004)

Ônibus 174/ Bus 174

This fascinating documentary follows a young street man, who evidently high on drugs, made a failed attempt to rob a bus in a wealthy Rio de Janeiro neighborhood in June of 2000. When his plans went awry, Sandro do Nascimento, armed with a pistol, took the bus passengers hostage. A few hours later, the incident came to a horrific and tragic end. Bus 174, explores the events of that day and in addition interviews hostages, policemen, reporters, and others connected to the incident and to the unstable and desperate young man at its center. The filmmakers explore social conditions in the city, police incompetence as well as the personal traumas that led Sandro to his desperate act.

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November  4   

Lugares Comunes(Argentina 2002)

Lugares Comunes/ Common Ground

Fernando is compulsory retired in the University where he teaches literature and concludes that he is unable to provide for his family with his pension. He and his beloved wife Liliana face difficult decisions and must reevaluate their lives in a time of economic crisis in Argentina.

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October  21       


contracorriente(Perú 2010)    


Contracorriente/ Undertow

Miguel, a young fisherman living a small coastal town in Peru, struggles to reconcile with who he really is and where his loyalty lies.  Within his town's rigid traditions, Miguel must decide between his devotion to his male lover or his wife and son. Winner of the 2010 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award.   

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