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Rigoberta Menchú Tum (Maya-Quiche)
Human Rights and Indigenous Peoples

The 1992 Nobel Peace Prize-winner and Human Rights and Indigenous Rights activist will speak at the Mondavi Center's Jackson Hall on October 21st at 8 pm More details will be posted here soon.

Rigoberta Menchú Tum and her namesake foundation take the indigenous peoples' ancestral spirituality, as a source of wisdom, interpretation, inspiration and energy, a base for the construction of balanced, harmonic relationships. As Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Indigenous woman and survivor of genocide in Guatemala, she seeks the observance of A CODE OF ETHICS FOR AN ERA OF PEACE as her contribution to humanity.

There is no Peace without Justice;
No Justice without Equality;
No Equality without Development;
No Development without Democracy;
No Democracy without respect to the Identity
and Dignity of Cultures and Peoples

Yazmín López Lenci
Facultad de Letras of San Marcos University, Lima

“La invención moderna de Machu Picchu: genealogía y sacralidad en tiempos de globalización”

Mon., May 23, 2005, 12:00 pm

HIA Conference Room, 5214 Social Science Building

     Yazmín López Lenci is a Peruvian scholar currently teaching at the Facultad de Letras of San Marcos University in Lima. She earned her B.A. and Licenciatura degrees in Linguistics and Literature at the Pontificia Universidad Católica of Lima, her Masters in Latin American Literature at the Universidade de São Paulo and her doctorate in Philosophy and Human Sciences at the Free University of Berlin. She is the author of El laboratorio de la vanguardia literaria en el Perú (Lima, Edirorial Horizonte 1999), El Cusco, Paqarina Moderna: Cartografía de una modernidad e identidades en los Andes peruanos (1900-1935) (Lima, San Marcos 2004), and of several other articles and book chapters. Her areas of research and teaching are multiple including Literature, History, Anthropology, Discourse Anlysis, Media Sudies among others. Talk will be in Spanish.

Brown bag lunches are welcome. Sponsored by HIA

Charles Hale
Associate Professor of Anthropology,
University of Texas at Austin

Central American Cultural Politics after the Structural Break
Thu., May 5, 2005, 4:00 pm
HIA Conference Room, 5214 Social Science Building

Charles Hale (PhD Stanford 1989), works on the indigenous cultural politics of Central America, especially on ideologies of mestizaje (race mixture) and their multiple meanings and manifestations in Nicaragua, Guatemala, and Honduras. He is author of Resistance  and Contradiction: Miskitu Indians and the Nicaraguan State, 1894-1987 (1994); co-editor (with Gustavo Palma y Clara Arenas) of Racismo en Guatemala:  Abriendo Debate sobre un Tema Tabú; and co-editor (with Jeffrey  Gould and Darío Euraque) of Memorias del Mestizaje: Cultura y Política  en Centroamérica, 1920 al Presente. He also is author  of numerous articles on identity politics, racism, ethnic conflict, and the  status of indigenous peoples in Latin America.

     He is currently Vice President and President-elect of the Latin American Studies Association.
Co-sponsored by:
Department of Anthropology

Carlos Aguirre

Associate Professor of History, University of Oregon
Political Prisoners in Twentieth-Century Peru:
From APRA to Shining Path
Mon., April 18, 2005, 12 noon to 1:30 pm
Sociology Boardroom, 1291 Social Science Building

     Carlos Aguirre, a native of Peru, earned an MA at the Catholic University in Lima and a PhD at the University of Minnesota.   He has published two books and four edited volumes, most recently The Criminals of Lima and Their Worlds (Duke University Press, 2005).  In 1999 he was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, and in 2002 he received the University of Oregon Ersted Award for Distinguished Teaching.  He is currently Director of the Latin American Studies Program at the University of Oregon. His current research project is a history of political imprisonment in twentieth-century Peru.

Arnold Bauer

In the I-House of Davis Critical Issues Series for 2004-05
Professor of History, will speak on Las Candidatas: Women for President in Chile Thu., April 14 noon
3201 Hart Hall (Risling Room)
Professor Bauer, a leading authority on the history of Chile and Latin America, recently returned from an extended period as Director of the UC EAP Center in Santiago, Chile.
Brown bag lunches are welcome -- open to the public
Sponsored by HIA and I-House

Diamela Eltit

Thu., April 7th, 2005, 3:00pm, MU, East Conference Room
Fri., April 8th, 2005, 4:00pm, Walter A. Buehler Alumni Center - AGR Conference Room
     The UC Davis Department of Spanish, the Hemispheric Institute of the Americas and the Chilean Ministry of Foreign Affairs Cultural Division are proud to welcome Chilean writer Diamela Eltit to campus April 7th & 8th, 2005.  She will participate in two public events and all are welcome to attend!

Thu., April 7th, 2005, 3:00pm, MU, East Conference Room
     A screening and discussion of the film ¿Quien viene con Nelson Torres?
Fri., April 8th, 2005, 4:00pm, Walter A. Buehler Alumni Center - AGR Conference Room
A public interview about her work conducted by Michael J. Lazzara, Assistant Professor of Spanish.

Jay J. Sexton
The Great(er)  Aberration?: U.S. Diplomacy and the Cuban Rebellion of 1868-1878
Thu., March 31, 2005, 4:00  PM
Andrews Room
2203 Social Science Building

Dr. Sexton is University Lecturer in US History at the University of Oxford, where he earned his doctorate in 2003.  He has a book in press at Oxford UP:  Debtor Diplomacy: Finance and American Foreign Relations  in the Civil War Era, 1837-1873. He is currently working on a synthesis of US foreign relations from 1848-77 and is contemplating a biography  of Hamilton Fish. He is the author of the following articles: "The  Funded Loan and the Alabama Claims," Diplomatic History. Vol 27  (2003) pp. 449-78. "Toward a Synthesis of Foreign Relations in the Civil War Era, 1848-1877," American Nineteenth Century History.  Vol 5 (2004) pp. 50-73. "The Global View of the History of the  United States," The Historical Journal. Vol 48 (2005).

Co-Sponsored by the Department of History.


Fri., March 11, 2005 - 3:00 pm

HIA Conference Room, 5214 Social Science & Humanities Building

Luis Eduardo Guarnizo (Human and Community Development)

“Latin American Migration in Europe –notes on an ongoing research project

     With the closing of the immigration doors in the U.S., and in the face of continuing economic and political crises in Latin America, a growing number of Latin Americans are migrating to the Old World. While the majority comes from South America, significant numbers also come from Central America and the Spanish-speaking Caribbean.  In this presentation Professor Guarnizo will discuss some preliminary findings from an on-going study of two of these national groups, Colombians and Dominicans.  He will discuss their experiences in four European countries –Denmark, England, Italy and Spain –as well as in their countries of origin.  The presentation will cover three main themes: the basic characteristics of the migrant population, migrants’mode of incorporation in Europe, and their transnational connections with their homelands

Christian Ostrosky (Doctoral student in Geography)

“The Chaco: Images of the Last Frontier”

Thu., MARCH 10, 2005, noon-1pm, ,

3201 Hart Hall (Risling Room)

This talk and slide show will focus on human geography of the Chaco region of northwestern Argentina, particularly the political ecology of development programs in the recent past.

Brown bag lunchers are welcome--open to the public

Sponsored by HIA and I-House

2005 Latin American Film Series  --  Free Admission

Fri. Feb. 11th

Machuca (Chile, 2004)

Directed by Andrés Wood. In Spanish with English subtitles. 120 min.

     Chile, 1973. Gonzalo Infante and Pedro Machuca are two 11 year old boys that live in Santiago during Salvador Allende’s government. The first (Gonzalo) is from a comfortable, upper class barrio while Pedro is from a humble shantytown recently created a few blocks away. Their two lives cross when a religious high school embarks on a program of social integration that lands Machuca into one of Santiago’s most prestigious private schools. Two worlds separated by an invisible wall that some people want to bring down in their effort to make real their dreams in a period of revolutionary hopes.

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Fri. Feb. 18th

Historias Mínimas (Argentina, 2002)

Directed by Carlos Soria. In Spanish with English subtitles. 92 min.

     "Historias Minimas" unpretentiously chronicles a trio of separate yet interweaving stories about ordinary people attempting to follow their dreams in the southern Argentinean region of Patagonia. Contrasting the epic Patagonian landscapes with the modesty of his characters' aspirations, Sorin has crafted an appealing portrait of this remote region, where television provides the inhabitants with their main link to the wider world. Convincingly acted by the mainly non-professional cast, "Historias Minimas" is further proof of the diversity and strength of contemporary Argentinean cinema. (Source: BBC Film Reviews)

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Fri. Feb. 25th

Suite Habana (Cuba, 2003)

Directed by Fernando Pérez. In Spanish with English subtitles. 84 min.

     If "Buena Vista Social Club" was a tribute to Cuba's music, SUITE HABANA is Fernando Pérez's homage to Havana, the beautiful capital of the Caribbean island. The director provides an affectionate look at the city and its people on a given day. A young man peddling his bicycle, a man who used to be an architect and now is a builder, a retired professor, a woman working in a perfume factory, a doctor who devotes part of his time acting like a clown and magician in children parties, and a dancer performing Swan Lake are among the different types of people introduced by Pérez through very interesting and sometimes moving snapshots. There are neither interviews nor dialogues -- only well-captured images as well as natural sounds expressing a totally different reality than the one the tourist industry promotes of Havana. Pérez reflects his love for his city in which the faces of its denizens speak louder than words. A sensitive, poetic and lyrical film, SUITE HABANA successfully explores the soul and mood of this urban metropolis (Source: The International Federation of Film Critics).

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Fri. March 4th

El Abrazo Partido (Argentina, 2004)

Directed by Daniel Burman. In Spanish with English subtitles. 100 min.

     This is Ariel's world: the small, slightly seedy shopping center in the Barrio del Once in Buenos Aires, where the Italian shopkeepers scream all day, the Koreans sell feng-shui and old Osvaldo sells nothing. Where Ariel's mother runs a lingerie shop and his brother deals in import-export. It's a comfortable little world, in spite of an undercurrent of malaise and uncertainty. Many young people are searching for their immigrant roots to obtain a coveted foreign passport, the key to a world full of promise. Ariel, however, wants more than a passport from Poland, where his grandparents fled to escape the Holocaust. He wants to understand. Why his father left his family shortly after his birth to fight a war in Israel. Why he never returned. And why this seems to leave his mother and brother indifferent. (Source: The International Movie Database).

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Fri. March 11th

Madame Satã (Brasil, 2002)

Directed by: Karim Ainouz. In portuguese with English subtitles, 105 min.

     A story inspired by the life of one of the most remarkable figures in Brazilian popular culture, João Francisco dos Santos (1900-1976). In turn, bandit, transvestite, street fighter, brothel cook, convict and father to seven adopted children, dos Santos--better known as Madame Satã--was also a notorious gay performer who pushed social boundaries in a volatile time. The story begins in 1932, in Rio de Janeiro's bohemian Lapa district, when João Francisco is about to achieve his dream: becoming a stage star. In the sordid yet lively world of Lapa--populated by pimps, prostitutes and other denizens of Rio's underworld--João battles the streets and presides over a surrogate family that includes the charming prostitute Laurita, and her baby daughter whom everyone dotes on; the flamboyant hustler Taboo; João's teenage lover, Renatinho; and Amador, the owner of the Blue Danube club which is their second home. It is at the Blue Danube that street tough João begins to sing, and the mythic drag artiste Madam Satã is born (Source: The International Movie Database)

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Film festival

Las peligrosas:  Mexican woman in classic Mexican and Hollywood film

Thu. at 6:00, Wellman 216 (Free Admission)

     This festival presents a series of classic movies, both of Hollywood and of the Golden Age of Mexican cinema, that show how the image of the Mexican woman was constructed in the 30s and 40s as a social danger.  The seductive power of the Mexican woman who is passionately willing to sacrifice social standing - crossing racial frontiers and breaking with standards of propriety - for love, is a temptation to men, but a threat to them as well.  The stories of these bad women nearly always end in tragedy.  They are the sexual fantasies of the men who invented them, but also are components of mechanisms of social control of Mexican women.  Nonetheless, these representations of womens sexual power might point to strategies of resistance for women against racist patriarchal hegemony both in the United States and in Mexico.

1/20: Santa (1932) classic brothel melodrama

1/27: The Mexican Spitfire Out West (1940) Lupe Vélez, the passionate Latina

2/3: Enamorada (1946) María Félix, the man eater

2/10: Ustedes los ricos (1948) urban melodrama

2/17: Duel in the Sun (1946) the exotic mixed race seductress

2/24: Angelitos negros (1948) classic race melodrama

3/3: Ramona (1936) scandalous Mexican woman who falls in love with a Native American

3/10: Lola Casanova (1949) Creole beauty who becomes queen of the Kunkaak Indians

***There will be refreshments and discussion (in Spanish) after each viewing***

Sponsored by HIA with support by Spanish Department and Film Studies

Contact: Robert Irwin (Spanish)

In collaboration with I-House of Davis

“Critical Issues”series for 2004-05, HIA presents:

Elizabeth Zechmeister (Political Science)

Chavez/Chavismo in Venezuela: Causes and Consequences of Charismatic Leadership

Thu., Feb. 10, 2005, noon-1pm, ,

3201 Hart Hall (Risling Room)

Brown bag lunchers are welcome--open to the public

Sponsored by HIA and I-House


Fri., Jan. 28, 2005, 3:00 pm

5214 Social Science & Humanities Building

Neil Larsen (Comparative Literature and Critical Theory)

“Thoughts on Violence and Modernity in Latin America, in Light of Arno Mayer's The Furies”

     Taking as its point of departure the historian Arno Mayer's magisterial work on the red and white terrors of 1789 and 1917, this essay poses the question of the structural relationship of revolution and counterrevolution to the process of capitalist modernization in Latin America, and of how the latter structure alters the experience of political violence in peripheral formations.  The essay is forthcoming the book A Century of Revolution: Insurgent and Counterinsurgent Violence During Latin Americas’s Long Cold War

Maya Artisans Confront Globalization

Celerina Ruiz Nuñez & Micaela Hernández Meza

Indigenous women from Chiapas, Mexico will present an illustrated talk on their lives and their work

Mon., Nov. 22, 4:30-5:30 PM

5214 Social Science and Humanities Building (HIA Conference Room)

     Micaela Hernández is President of K'inal Antzetik ("Land of Women" In the Tzeltal language), an NGO founded in 1996 to promote gender equity, indigenous autonomy and democracy in Chiapas. The organization provides funding and technical support to a variety of indigenous-led initiatives, many in communities that have established autonomy from the Mexican government since the 1994 Zapatista uprising. Initiatives supported include bilingual elementary schools, income-generating projects, skills-sharing gatherings and health promotion programs. K'inal Antzetik also plays a key role in La Coordinadora, a network of civil society organizations who have been struggling against the rising cost of electricity.

     Celerina Ruiz Nuñez is President of the Jolom Mayaetik (Mayan Weavers) textile cooperative, founded in 1996 by Tzeltzal and Tzotzil-speaking women in the highlands of Chiapas as an alternative means to generate income while preserving their cultural traditions. Since then, with technical support from K'inal Antzetik, the coop has built a training center for young indigenous women to learn weaving and business skills while attending school. With 250 members, and markets in Europe, Mexico and the United States, the cooperative is one of the most successful indigenous initiatives in the region.

Sponsored by HIA

Co-sponsored by the Department of Native American Studies

In collaboration with I-House of Davis

“Critical Issues”series for 2004-05, HIA presents:

Stefano Varese

Professor and Chair of native American Studies

“Indigenous Peoples of the Americas in the National and International Arena”

Thu., December 9, 2004, noon to 1 pm

3201 Hart Hall (Risling Room)

Sponsored by the UCD HIA and

the I-House

Lovell “Tu”Jarvis

Professor of Agricultural Economics and Associate Dean of CA&ES

“The Long-term effects of Agricultural and Economic Reforms in Chile”

Thu., Nov. 4, 2004, noon to 1 pm

De Carli Room, MU

Sponsored by the UCD HIA and

the I-House

Isolda E. Carranza

Power and Ideology:  Analyzing discourse from face-to-face interaction to society

Wed., October 6, 2004, 3:00 pm

5214 Social Science Building

     Isolda E. Carranza  holds the Ph. D. in linguistics from Georgetown University (Washington, D.C.). She is a researcher in the field of discourse analysis at the National Research Council (CONICET) of Argentina and is a professor at the National University of Córdoba. Some of her publications are Two-Way Immersion Education (1997), as as co-author; Conversación y deixis de discurso (1998). Her articles in the international journals Narrative Inquiry, Discourse & Society, and Oralia report her work on Spanish discourse markers, story-telling, oral argumentation and ideological outlook. She is currently interested in how those phenomena and elements are manifest in courtroom discourse and has reported findings in Revista Iberoamericana sobre discurso y sociedad and Current Trends in the Pragmatics of Spanish.

Daris Cristancho

U'wa Women and Sacred Land: Indigenous Resistance to Petroleum and Militarization

Wed., May 19, 2004, 4:00 pm

5214 Social Science Building

     Daris Cristancho has been a leader in her U'wa community since the age of 12, and is one of the few women leaders to serve on the Tribal Council. Her skills as a grassroots Indigenous leader were most visible in her role as the lead organizer of a peaceful roadblock in 2001 organized in response to a violent eviction carried out by Occidental Petroleum to drill on U'wa ancestral land. She is the first U'wa woman ever to come to the US, and is a powerful speaker, bearing witness to the brutality of petroleum extraction and the beauty of the political resistance of her Indian people and the spiritual strength that they rely on. She comes from a long line of medicine women, and speaks about the interconnectedness of being a woman and mother, and putting her life on the line for her community.

     Sponsored by HIA

Co-sponsored by Native American Studies

U’wa Defense Project

William Beezley

Professor of Latin American History, University of Arizona

“On the Malbec Trail: The Globalization of the Argentine Wine Industry”

Wed., May 5, 2004, 4:00 pm  HIA/AHC Conference Room

5214 Social Science Building

     Professor Beezley's research follows the trail of the malbec grape from its origin in France to Spain and Italy, on to the Crimea, California, Australia, Chile and Argentina.  The grape has served primarily in the blending of red wines, but in Argentina producers such as Nicolás Catena and others have developed a wine of 100% malbec that is challenging merlot and cabernet sauvignon among consumers.  The globalization of the Argentine industry, rather than resulting in products modeled on French or California styles has produced a unique wine.

    Globalization generally results in the standardization of consumer goods. Argentina's wine industry offers a significant exception to this pattern with the production of malbec, and a case study of an alternative response to the challenges of globalization.

A brief discussion of malbec wines by HIA Visiting Scholar César Bistué, and sampling of selected Argentine production, will follow Professor Beezley's talk.

Sponsored by HIA

Fourth Colombian Serenade would like to invite everyone to join us on the Fourth Colombian Serenade On Sunday December 7th At 5pm, at the Davis Senior Center multipurpose room, ocated at 646 A Street, Davis.

Graduate Student Travel Grant Program

We are pleased to announce the graduate student travel grant program. Attached to this posting is a document, formatted in MS Word and Acrobat, which includes this description of the award program along with the application form which must accompany all complete applications. Paper copies of the information sheet and application form are also available in HIA office, 5211 SS&H.

Alberto Riesco

“Nuevos escenarios de la inmigración en España: el caso de Lavapiés en Madrid”

Thu., Nov. 20, 2003, 12 noon to 1:30 pm

5214 Social Science and Humanities (HIA Conference Room)

     Alberto Riesco is a Ph.D. candidate at the Sociology Department at the Universidad Complutense, Madrid. He is currently a Visiting Researcher in the UCD Department of Human and Community Development. He has worked on the sociology of work and especially on the ethnic economy created by immigrants in the countries of destination. His current research focuses on the relationship between immigrants' labor incorporation into the Spanish economy and the spatial changes in the Lavapiés district in central Madrid, where people from some 97 different nationalities have been officially reported.

Sponsored by HIA

Screening Latinidad: Independent Chicana/o and Latina/o Film & Video:

Central Valley Premiere

The Lost Reels of Pancho Villa

     Gregorio Rocha (Mexico/U.S., 2003)

(Los rollos perdidos de Pancho Villa). A little-known fact: in 1914 the Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa signed an exclusive contract with the Mutual Film Company of New York. They would film the battles, and he would fight in them (wearing special uniforms supplied by Mutual). The Battle of Ojinaga thus became "the first battle fought to be filmed"; the fate of the film shot to immortalize Villa's glory is now, ironically, unknown. Filmmaker Gregorio Rocha attempts to track down these lost reels, searching through archives and garages from Durango to Amsterdam, New York to El Paso, and discovering cinematic relics once considered missing, if considered at all. A film about film, its disappearance, its memory, and its historians, The Lost Reels of Pancho Villa reveals the murky lines between "staged" documentary and "reel life" fiction, as Pancho Villa becomes "Pancho Villa," his image pictured or invented, glorified or demonized.  (55 mins, In English and Spanish with English subtitles).

Screening & Discussion with director Gregorio Rocha

Nov. 20 12:10-2, Olson 147

     Organized and curated by Sergio de la Mora. Sponsored

by: HIA, Chicana/Latina Research

Center Spectatorship Research Cluster, Technocultural Studies, Gamma

Zeta Alpha, College of Letters and Science Office of Dean Elizabeth

Langland, Davis Humanities Institute.

Tensions of Empire: America, Global Conflict, and International Order

Tue., Nov. 18, 2003

4 pm, Andrews Conference Room, 2203 Social Science/Humanities Building

Barry Eichengreen

University of California, Berkeley

Crisis Alimentaria y Políticas Sociales en Argentina

Nov. 14, 2003, 10:00AM - 5:15PM

5214 Social Science Building

Profesor Tom Holloway, Director del Instituto Hemisférico de las Américas--HIA

Profesor Raúl Aranovich, UCD Depto. de Lingüística y ArgenDavis.

Lic. Daniel Fernando Arroyo, Vice-Ministro de Desarrollo Social, Ministerio de Política Social, Presidencia de la Nación

Políticas sociales en el contexto de la crisis

11:30AM - 5:30PM


The Crisis in Food Production and Social Policy in Argentina

Fri., Nov. 14, 2003, 10:00AM to 5:15PM

Room 5214 Social Science Building

The symposium will focus on the challenges to agricultural production and policies related to food supply and distribution in Argentina since the economic crisis that erupted there in December 2001. Themes include the social factors and policy issues that affect agricultural development and production, and on the implementation of social plans to address imbalances in food supply, food distribution, shortages and malnutrition among the disadvantaged sectors of the Argentine population. The goal of the event is to initiate a dialogue between Argentine scholars and policy makers engaged in efforts to understand and resolve the effects of the crisis in the sector, and UC Davis faculty and students with similar interests, from the agricultural as well as the social sciences. The expected results are 1) to increase the awareness among the UC Davis community of the social and policy factors that influence agricultural production and food supply, in Argentina and in situations analogous to those in Argentina; and 2) to make connections between the intellectual and informational resources of UC Davis to the Argentine community of researchers and activists who are most concerned with issues of agricultural production and food policy.

Sponsored by HIA and ArgenDavis.

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