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Spring 2012

June 11 - 14

9 - 4 PM, 1271 SSH



Spring 12 Study Hall

June 5

12 - 1:30 pm
1271 SSH

Fernando Purcell (Professor, Catholic University, Chile)

Peace Corps Volunteers in South America and the Global War on Poverty during the 1960s


May 29

Noon, 912 Sproul


Ricardo Kaliman (Universidad Nacional de Tucuman)

Candomblé, milonga y samba. Canción y nación en el repertorio de Alfredo Zitarrosa


May 29

Noon, 1271 Social Science and Humanities Building

Adrienne Pine

The Obama Administration and Honduras

Adrienne Pine

Adrienne Pine (Professor, American University, Washington D.C.)

Honduran president Manuel Zelaya was kidnapped and flown to Costa Rica in a June 2009 coup by U.S.-trained soldiers—with a refueling stop at a U.S. air force base in Honduras.  Since then, the Obama administration's policy has continued to support the increasing militarization of that country, where there has been no real resolution to the coup. But the various menaces used to justify increased U.S. financial support and training of the Honduran military and militarized police—drug trafficking, police corruption, gang violence and "terrorism"—don't hold up to critical ethnographic scrutiny. Pine will discuss the real reasons behind increased U.S. military occupation and involvement in Honduran governance in the period since the coup, and the impact that these U.S. policies are having in Honduras.


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May 29

4 PM, 1271 SSH

Paulo Drinot

White Slaves and Modern Girls: Gendered Modernities and Sexual Anxiety in 1920s Peru




Paulo Drinot examines two phenomena that came to be seen as intimately linked: the traffic of women tricked by unscrupulous pimps and forced to prostitute themselves and the supposed challenge to traditional gender roles represented by new fashions. Drinot will discuss the  debates about both white slavery and the modern girl and how they served to articulate growing anxieties in early twentieth century Peru about changing gender roles, above all, the sexual behavior of women.

Paulo Drinot (DPhil, University of Oxford, 2000) is Senior Lecturer in Latin American History at the Institute for the Study of the Americas, University of London.


May 29

5:10 pm - 7:00 pm, Olson 53A

Ethics and Collaborative Research: Tensions between the Community and Academia

Please join us for a round table discussion on memory, ethnographic research, and the field of cultural studies. Participants will be Robert Irwin (UC Davis), Soledad Falabella (University of Chile), Marta Cabrera (Universidad Javeriana, Colombia), and Marcela Valdata (University of Rosario, Argentina)

This event is sponsored by Department of Comparative Literature, Cultural Studies Graduate Group, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, The Hemispheric Institute on the Americas, the Program in Human Rights, the Latin American Cultural Studies Research Cluster, and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese

For more information please contact: Michael Lazzara,


Latin American Studies Conference (Davis)

May 17 - May 29
UC Davis & San Francisco

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May 22

5:10 - 7:00 pm, Olson 53A

Remembering Revolution in Latin America: An Interview with Pilar Calveiro


Pilar Calveiro, author and professor

As part of a seminar that brings UC Davis graduate students into dialogue with their peers from the Masters in Cultural Studies Program at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia, we present a public interview with Pilar Calveiro, a survivor a political violence from Argentina and now a distinguished author and professor of Political Science in Mexico. Calveiro has written two definitive books, one a revisionist history of the revolutionary era in Argentina, and the other an assessment of the dynamics of concentration camps as they functioned during the Argentine dictatorship. Professor Michael Lazzara will interview Calveiro in a round table format with the help of two colleagues, María Rosa Olivera-Williams (University of Notre Dame) and Mónica Szurmuk (University of Buenos Aires).

This event is sponsored by Department of Comparative Literature, Graduate Group in Cultural Studies, The Hemispheric Institute on the Americas, Program in Human Rights, Latin American Studies Research Cluster, and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese

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May 22

7:00 pm, UC Davis East QUAD ( Please note time change to 7 pm; this is not reflected in the flyer.)

The Carpetbag Brigade Physical Theater Company and Teatro Taller de Colombia

Two different performances will be held on the East Quad by the San Francisco based Carpetbag Brigade, and Bogotá's Teatro Taller of Colombia.  See here for more on this unique open air performance. Forced migrations and climate change normally conjure up images of difficulty in the human mind. These two theater companies, renowned for their use of acrobatic stilt walking and spectacle based drama, transform these two topics into acts of breath-taking beauty. Click here for flyer.


May 17

4:30 PM, Olson 53A

Mabel Moraña

'El ojo que llora': Bio-politica, nudos de la memoria y arte publico en el Peru de hoy

Maribel Morana

Dr. Mabel Moraña is the William H. Gass Professor in Arts and Sciences and Director of the Latin American Program at Washington University. St. Louis.  Professor Moraña is the author of Rethinking Intellectuals in Latin America (Iberoamericana 2010), La escritura del límite (Iberoamericana 2010), Crítica impura (Madrid, 2004), Políticas de la escritura en América Latina (Caracas, 1997), Ideologies of Hispanism (Vanderbilt 2005) and Viaje al silencio. Exploraciones del discurso barroco (México, 1998). She has edited and co-edited a number of essay collections, including Coloniality at Large. Latin America and the Postcolonial Debate with Enrique Dussel and Carlos Jáuregui (Duke 2008), El lenguaje de las emociones: Afecto y cultura en América Latina with Ignacio Sánchez Prado (Iberoamericana 2012); El salto de Minerva. Género, intelectuales y poder en América Latina with María Rosa Olivera-Williams (Madrid, 2006); Ideologías y Literatura. Homenaje a Hernán Vidal with Javier Campos (Pittsburgh, 2006); and El arte de la ironía: Carlos Monsiváis ante la crítica with Ignacio Sánchez Prado (México, 2007)

Spring Latin American Film Series


spring films



7 pm, Wellman 126

Dreaming Nicaragua picture

Dreaming Nicaragua 

Where comedy meets tragedy- is a sensitive and lyrical portrayal of four children living in extreme poverty in Nicaragua. Discussion with Susan Kinne of the Universidad Nacional de Ingeniería, Managua

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May 4

7 pm, Wellman 26

Violeta se Fue a los Cielos

From the marquee that she built in Santiago, Chile, Violeta Parra is visited by people who shaped her life. She’s alive, but perhaps she’s dead. We’ll gradually find out her secrets, fears, frustrations and joys. Not only presenting her multiple works, but also her memories, her loves and her hopes. Her achievements are suspended in a passionate journey with the characters who made her dream, laugh and cry.

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April 27    

7 pm, Wellman 26

plaanb(Argentina 2009)

Plan B

Laura has outgrown her relationship with Bruno and breaks his heart when she announces that she wants to date someone else. When Bruno realizes that Laura has moved in with Pablo he will stop at nothing to destroy their relationship. However, Bruno finds that he gets along with Pablo far better than he expected, so much so that his feelings for him start moving in a direction he never anticipated.

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April 16

5 pm, King Hall Room 1001


Lucas Guttentag (Yale Law School, Professor)

"The Civil Rights Battle for Immigrant Justice: Arizona, Alabama, and the Future of America"




On April 25, the Supreme Court will hear oral argument in the Obama Administration's constitutional challenge to Arizona's immigration law, SB1070. Other states, including Alabama, Georgia, Indiana and Utah, have enacted similar or even harsher laws. At the same time, the Obama Department of Homeland Security is enforcing record deportations and maintaining a massive immigration detention system. What are the constitutional issues and civil rights principles at stake in these laws and policies?


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April 13

7 pm, Wellman 26



abeel (Mexico 2010)


Abel tells the story of a peculiar young boy who feels the need to fill the void of the head of household in his father’s absence. As his role blurs the lines of reality and fantasy, the real conflict begins when his father returns after a two year absence.

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April 10 

4 pm, 3201 Hart Hall

Maylei Blackwell

Chicana Power! Contested Histories of Feminism in the Chicano Movement

Sponsored by the Cultural Studies Graduate Group, Chicana/o Studies, HIA, and the Cultural Studies in the Americas research cluster.

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April 3

1-3 pm, Risling Room, Hart Hall, 3rd Floor

Book presentation by:

Frédérique Apffel-Marglin (Smith College Professor Emerita)

"Subversive Spiritualities: How Rituals Enact the World" (Oxford University Press, 2011)


Apffel‐Marglin argues that non‐human entities have agency and that reality emerges from the intra-actions of humans and non‐humans. Spirits, demons, deities and other such other‐than‐human entities found in indigenous traditions (among others) are not “supernaturals” embodying the projection of human imagination that represent some other ontologically real aspect of the world but rather entities embodying the ontologically real entanglement of human and non‐human agencies that have been stabilized through the interactions of ritual activities. Such iterations aim to enact a livable world for all beings: humans,non‐humans and other‐than humans.

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April 5

4 pm, SSH 1271 (HIA Conf. room)

Ricardo Fuentealba-Fabio 

(Visual artist and visiting scholar from Universidad Católica de Chile)

 Todas las sombras originales - Dibujos

Talk will be in Spanish.

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