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Winter 2012

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March 20-23

9:00am -4:00pm, SSH 1271


March 22

1-3 pm, Andrews Conf. Room, SSH 2203

Mónica Jiménez, Executive Director, AEQUALIS (Higher Education Forum of Chile)

"Higher Education in Chile: Challenges and Opportunities"


Sponsored by the Chile-California program and UC Davis Hemispheric Institute on the Americas.


Click here for more details.

March 15

4pm,  2203 SSH (Andrews Conference Room)

Tom Wright ( UNLV Distinguished Professor)

"From Impunity to Justice in Chile and Argentina, 1990-2004"



Chile (1973-1990) and Argentina (1976-1983) experienced state terrorist regimes that detained, tortured, exiled, murdered, and disappeared thousands of people in their quest to eradicate Marxism and “subversion.” Today, hundreds of the former repressors are being tried and sentenced in both countries, and, following the Chilean and Argentine precedents, a few other Latin American countries are beginning to hold human rights violators accountable. The fact that impunity for repressors is the normal outcome of transitions from authoritarian to democratic regimes makes the Argentine and Chilean cases noteworthy. Moreover, the manner in which the trials have been conducted—ongoing, non-orchestrated, and indigenous—sets them apart from the handful of trials for human rights violations that preceded them in the period since universal standards for human rights were established in the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This paper explores the background to the trials and seeks to explain the circumstances that enabled the erosion and collapse of impunity in Chile and Argentina.

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March 13

4 pm, Memorial Union, King Lounge (room 245)

Márcio Souza (Manaus, Brazil)

"Cultures in the Amazon"


The UC Davis Spanish and Portuguese Department, the Hemispheric Institute on the Americas, and the Consulate General of Brazil in San Francisco are proud to bring internationally acclaimed fiction writer, essayist, playwright, experimental theater (TESC) director, and historian Márcio Souza to UC Davis on March 14, 2012. Many of Souza’s novels use carnivalesque parody and historical themes to provide critical commentary on contemporary Brazilian society and politics. His published fiction works include: The Emperor of the Amazon, Mad Maria, The Order of the Day, Lost World II: The End of the Third World. Essays such Draw Against Chico Mendes, Fascination and Repulsion, and A short History of the Amazon have also engaged in social and cultural debates about the challenges Amazonia faces today.

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March 8

3:30-5:00, 912 Sproul

Greg Dawes (NCSU Professor, Latin American literature and culture; literary theory)

"La 'paciencia ardiente' del testigo:  Neruda y la Unidad Popular"

(Presentation in Spanish)

Prof. Dawes is a Latin American literary scholar who teaches at North Carolina State University in Raleigh. He has published numerous works in Spanish and English on 20th century Latin American poetry and cultural theory. He is the founder and editor-in-chief of the online Latin Americanist peer-reviewed journal “A contracorriente. A Journal on Social History and Literature in Latin America.” His book publications include:  Aesthetics and Revolution: Nicaraguan Poetry, 1979-1990 (University of Minnesota Press, 1993), Verses Against the Darkness:  Pablo Neruda’s Poetry and Politics (Lewisburg: Bucknell University Press, 2006),  Poetas ante la modernidad : las ideas estéticas y políticas  de Huidobro, Vallejo, Neruda y Paz (Madrid: Editorial Fundamentos, 2009) and  Mario Benedetti, Contemporary Uruguayan Author: Studies on His Literary and Political Commitments (Lewinston/Queenston/Lampeter: The Edwin Mellen Press, 2008).

Prof. Dawes will also give a talk in Professor Peluffo’s graduate seminar on The Future of Digital Publishing in Latin American Studies on Wednesday March 3rd from 6:00-7:00 in Olson 263. Since classroom space is limited for this even please contact professor Peluffo (  if you are interested in attending

March 2

Noon, SSH 1271

Club HIA: Study Abroad Forum

Hoping to study abroad this summer? Learn from students that have traveled abroad in Latin America. Discuss experiences, get or share advice, ask questions etc. We will also learn more about the LAHS minor and careers in Latin American studies. Free Pizza!

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February 29

TINKER 2012 Announce2

Tinker application guidelines: 2012 guidelines

February 29

Noon, SSH 1271 (HIA Conf. room)

Book presentation by

Miroslava Chávez-García (Associate Professor and Chair of Chicana/o Studies Department, UC Davis)

"States of Delinquency: Race and Science in the Making of California's Juvenile Justice System" (University of California Press, 2012)

states of delinquency

Chavez–Garcia’s States of Delinquency  (University of California Press, 2012), is the first book to study the experiences of young Mexican Americans, African Americans, and ethnic Euro-Americans in California correctional facilities including Whittier State School for Boys and the Preston School of Industry. Miroslava Chávez-García examines the beliefs and practices used by state institutions as they began to replace families and communities in punishing youth, and investigates the application of science and pseudo-scientific research in the disproportionate classification of youths of color as degenerate.

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February 27

4 pm, Andrews Conference Room, SSH 2203

Olga Gonzalez (Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Macalester College)

"Secrecy and the 'drama of revelation': the visibility and invisibility of political violence in the Peruvian Andes"


For more information on Olga Gonzalez, click here.  Sponsored by the Davis Humanities Institute, Anthropology, and the Hemispheric Institute on the Americas

February 24

7pm, Wellman 26

“El hombre que estaba entre la gente/ The Man That Was Among the People”

(17 minutes) By Manuel Loyola Bahrs

Award-winning short film: Roman (30 years-old) works digitizing photographs and negatives that he gathers from photo developing shops in the center of Santiago. Every day he manipulates images of unknown families. One day he receives a package that contains images of a man that looks like his father, whom he has only seen in a couple of pictures his mother has. Since that moment, Roman begins to look for clues in the pictures that might lead him to meet this man.


"Voces de un Tsunami, Isla Robinson Crusoe" (30 minutes)


Documentary followed by Q and A with the filmmaker Oscar Abeliuk. This is an audiovisual testament of the suffering and resilience of the people of Robinson Crusoe Island in the Juan Fernandez Archipielago off the coast of Chile in the face of one of the worst tsunamis to ever hit the continent.

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February 24

2 - 4 pm, Olsen 53A

Teresa Oteiza (Visiting scholar, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile)

"Building historical explanations of recent national pasts: valorative prosodies and the symbolic construction of time"

This presentation focuses on the analysis of the symbolic construction of temporal dimensions in historical national discourses. We postulate that in discourses of recent history written by historians and sociologists, the reconstruction of memories is realized, in part, through the valorative symbolic representation of the time framework. Temporal phases are constituted from determinate valorative prosodies that have also a critical role in the construction of cohesion and coherence in discourse. In this manner, temporal phases are key constituents of the historical explanation which is constructed from determinate evaluations of Judgement, Appreciation and Affect with different levels of engagement.

For more information, click here.

February 17

12:15 - 1:45 pm, Sproul 912

Maria Teresa Marshall (Consejo de Rectores de Universidades Chilenas)

"Higher Education in Chile: Challenges and Opportunities"

For more information, click here.



February 8

4:00pm- 6:00pm,  Andrews Conference Room SSH 2203

Azun Candina-Polomer (History, University of Chile)
“Movimiento social por la educación en Chile: el año 2011 y sus futuros posibles”/“Social Movement for Education in Chile: 2011 and  future possibilities”

Professor Candina–Polomer specializes in  recent Chilean history and the southern cone with an emphasis on the processes of memory and democratization. Her latest research and publications have focused on identity and the middle class in Chile. She actively participated in the mobilizations of this past year and serves as a primary source on this topic.

Talk will be in Spanish.

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February 1

Noon, SSH 1271 (HIA Conf. room)

Book presentation by

Robert Newcomb (Assistant Professor, Spanish and Portuguese Department UC Davis)

"Nossa and Nuestra America: Inter-American Dialogues" (Purdue University Press, 2011)



Professor Newcomb will present his latest book, Nossa and Nuestra América: Inter-American Dialogues (Purdue University Press, 2011).  By analyzing the writings of four preeminent Latin American essayists, Newcomb's book engages in an ongoing debate concerning whether Brazil is part of Latin America. Newcomb argues for Brazil's vital role in the region, and for more vibrant cross-border dialogue between Brazilian and Spanish-speaking Latin American literary intellectuals.

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Thursday, January 26


Rm. 360 Shields Library


This Brown Bag funding workshop will provide an introduction to the major research and higher education funding programs available with Latin America.


WENDY DEBOER, Ph.D. Director of Academic Programs, UC MEXUS

ANDREA KAUS, Ph.D. Director of Research Programs, UC MEXUS

Representatives from UC Mexus (University of California Institute for Mexico and the United States) will introduce fellowships and grants available to UC Davis faculty, researchers, postdoctoral scholars and students.



Hemispheric Institute on the Americas, UC Davis

Professor, Department of History, UC Davis Charles Walker, director of the Hemispheric Institute on the Americas (HIA) will be available to answer questions that may come up about Latin America.

To view the full list of speakers click here.

RSVP BY JANUARY 19, 2012 to Sponsored by University Outreach and International Programs and the Institute of Governmental Affairs.

Friday, January 13


163 Hunt

Jeff Loux, UC Davis

A Very Dirty River Runs Through It: Multi-national, Trans-border Remediation of the

New River in Calexico/Mexicali

 Email Abby Monroe (TA) at with questions.


Latin American Film Series


January 27

7 pm, Wellman 26

dbdpapa (Co-Production Bolivia-Cuba-Argentina 2005)

Dí buen día a papá

The remains of Che Guevara, one of the most influential men in Latin American history, are kept hidden in Vallegrande, Bolivia for 30 years. This movie narrates the life of three women who live in this desolate town. Their lives exemplify the changes faced in this rural town from the initial arrival of Che's Body  until it's removed.

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February 3

7 pm, Wellman 26

judgeandgen  (U.S. / Chile 2008)

The Judge and The General

Chilean judge Juan Guzmán was assigned the first criminal cases against Chile's ex-dictator, General Augusto Pinochet. Guzmán supported Pinochet for 17 years, and  even worked as a judge during Pinochet's dictatorship. The filmmakers trace Guzmán's journey towards uncovering the violence that occurred during the Pinochet era.

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February 10

7 pm, Wellman 26

zuzuangel (Brazil 2006)

Zuzu Angel

In the 1970s, the Brazilian military regime had no mercy on civilians. This movie narrates the struggle of Zuleika Angel Jones (Zuzu) to attain justice for her son who was brutally assassinated. Zuzu, who was also a famous Brazilian fashion designer, was a victim of the military dictatorship and media censorship despite her fame and fortune. During this era, activists against the military regime were silenced and eventually killed.

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March 9

7 pm, Wellman 26


*Free pizza before the movie!!!

 betterlifepic(U.S.A 2012)

A Better Life

A Better Life illustrates the struggles of Carlos, an undocumented single father in East L.A., determined to provide his son the opportunities he never had.  He dreams of  saving enough money to relocate his son to a safer environment, free from gang violence and drugs. To speed up this process, Carlos faces many risks in order to provide his son a promising future.  

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