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2012-2013 Events Archive

CELASA Brown Bag Lecture: Recovering Human Dignity/Recuperando La Dignidad Humana: Shaur Women Speak Out on Bilingual Education

Tuesday, April 30, 11:40 AM, K - Hall 265

A CELASA Brown Bag with Cornelia Chumpi (Universidad Politécnica Salesiana, Ecuador) and Susan Roberta Katz (School of Education, USF).

Cornelia Chumpi is a Shuar woman, mother, wife and professional who defends individual and collective human rights. She has actively participated in different organizational and political spaces in Ecuador, assuming key leadership positions in the Movimiento de Unidad Plurinacional Pachakutik-Lista 18 (MUPP-LISTA 18) - the political party of the national indigenous organization of Ecuador (CONAIE) - as well as in the Shuar Federation. During this past year she was treasurer of the leftist coalition which aimed to unseat President Rafael Correa. In 2012 Cornelia received her Bachelor's degree from the Universidad Politécnica Salesiana, where she completed her thesis on the education of Shuar children living in Quito, funded by the Hanns Seidel Foundation. With a grant from the USF Jesuit Foundation in 2011, Cornelia and Susan Katz jointly conducted a research project on bilingual intercultural education in Ecuador, province of Morona Santiago, Canton Gualaquiza, parish Bomboiza, where they interviewed Shuar mothers. Cornelia is in San Francisco to present with Susan at the American Educational Research Association annual conference.

A Bilingual Brown Bg Lunch Talk with Cornelia Chumpi and Susan Katz

Resisting Disappearance in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico: Words, Performance, and Action

Thursday, April 25, 11:45 AM - 12:40 PM, CO 317

More than twenty thousand Mexicans have been “disappeared” in violence of that country’s drug war in the last six years. Who are those people who have disappeared, and what is our connection to them? In February, artist-activist Violeta Luna, activist-trainer Ariel Vegosen, and writer-organizer John Lindsay-Poland visited Ciudad Juárez in northern Mexico, which has been called “the epicenter of pain,” but is also a node of creative and courageous activism. Through performance, verbal presentation of what they learned, and discussion, they will address the human dimension of the drug war in Mexico that is promoted by the United States, and what we all can do to respond.

Cine Acción at USF Presents a Screening of Gringos at the Gate

Thursday, April 25, 6:30 PM, CO 107


For over two centuries Mexico has been second best to its neighbor to the north. This was true everywhere except on a grass field. The one place on the world stage that the Red, White and Green trumped the Red, White and Blue was fútbol, or as the yanqui’s call it, soccer. Now, in the 21st century, the balance of soccer power is beginning to shift in the US’s favor and a true soccer rivalry, perhaps the most dynamic in the world, has been born. And for many Mexican-Americans the choice in team loyalties is bigger than the sport itself.

Biography of Filmmaker Michael Whallen

Michael Whalen’s credits include writing, producing and directing over 100 hours of documentary programming for The Discovery Channel, A&E, NBC, FOX, and The Learning Channel on such series as Biography, Super Structures, COPS and Sightings. As an award winning independent filmmaker his films have been broadcast on PBS and ESPN and screened at festivals across the United States.

 Immigration Reform: A Critical Dialogue

Thursday, April 18, 5:00 – 7:00 PM, Fromm, Maier Room

From Ellis Island to the Chinese Exclusion Act and the Bracero Program, immigration to the United States has often been fraught with racism, electoral politics, and questionable business practices. Will the current bi-partisan proposal for Immigration Reform address injustices and improve the lives of the estimated 12 million people who reside in the country without papers? Who would qualify and be able to afford to enter the process? How would a new guest worker program avoid abuses committed during previous ones? What impact will the proposed agenda have on legislation such as Arizona’s SB 1070, immigration courts, and the proliferation of detention centers? Join us for a discussion of the “Comprehensive Immigration Reform” proposal with recognized experts followed by an open dialogue with the USF community.

Presented in partnership between USF’s Center for Latino Studies in the Americas (CELASA), Leo T. McCarthy Center For Public Service and the Common Good, and the Office of the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

Manlio Argueta

Monday, April 15, 12:00 MCL

Argueta is a Salvadorian poet and author. He won a national prize for his poetry around 1956. Argueta currently lives in El Salvador where he holds the position of Director of the National Public Library.

Human Rights Film Festival

April 4,5,6

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Environmental Movements in Mexico

Monday, March 24, 3:30-4:35 PM. Malloy Hall 122

Javier Riojas and Lucia Rodriguez

Alan Gómez

Monday, March 25, 4:45 - 6:00 PM, LM 358

Gómez (Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin) is a historian and Assistant Professor in the School of Justice and Social Inquiry at Arizona State University. He has published in Radical History Review, Latino Studies, Kalfou, African Identities. Dr. Gómez is completing a book titled , “With Dignity Intact”: Rainbow Coalitions, Control Units, and Struggles for Human Rights in the U.S. Federal Prison System, 1969-1974.

YoSoy132. In Spanish

Thursday, March 28, 2:40 PM, CO 214

Javier Riojas and Lucia Rodriguez.

 Brown Bag with Teresa Henriques, Visiting Scholar in the Department of Sociology and CELASA

Tuesday, April 2, 11:45, KA 365

Henriques is the founder and director of the Improviso Theater Group at the Tomas Cabrera public school in the city of Faro, Portugal, where she has been teaching Philosophy and Theatre since 1985.

 Chisme y Comida: Dating + Romantic Relationships

Wednesday, April 3, 6:00 - 7:30 PM, UC 411/412

An open forum for Chican@/Latin@ students and faculty to come together to build community and discuss life at USF, identity and chisme.

 Natalia Almada

Thursday, March 21, 9:55 AM - 11:40AM, ED 103

Recipient of the 2009 Sundance Documentary Directing Award for her film “El General,” Almada’s most recent film “El Velador” premiered at New Directors/New Films and the Cannes' Directors' Fortnight. Almada has received the MacArthur, Guggenheim, USA Artists, Alpert and MacDowell fellowships. She graduated with a Masters in Fine Arts in photography from the Rhode Island School of Design and currently lives in Mexico City. Natalia Almada is the first Latina to win the prestigious MacArthur Fellow 2012.

Spring 2013 CELASA Lecture: Art, Gender and Conflict

Monday, March 4, 7PM , Studio Theater

Patricia Ariza is the President of the Colombian Theater Corporation and Director, of Teatro La Candelaria, the first alternative theater group in Colombia. Her cultural work empowers women and marginalized communities to counteract injustice and restore social memory.

Patricia Ariza answering student questions (1 of 3).
Patricia Ariza engaging the USF community (2 of 3).
Patricia Ariza presenting her work (3 of 3).

Global Women’s Rights Forum

March 4 - 7

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 Brown Bag Lecture with Emma Fuentes (International and Multicultural Education)

Thursday, February 28, 11:45 AM, K-Hall 209

 Laura Carlson and Gloria Muñoz

Friday, March 1, 11:45, ED 201

Laura Carlsen is the Director of the Americas Program, based in Mexico City at Muñoz is the author of "The Fire and the Word", a history of the Zapatista movement and editor of books on the #YoSoy132 youth movement. They will be discussing the drug war, US-Mexico relations since the elections, grassroots movements, immigration and other issues.

Hope in a War Zone: Fighting Violence Through Education in Brazilian Shantytowns a Lecture by Marcos Lopes

February 13, 6:30 - 8:30 PM, Maraschi Room, Fromm Hall

Marcos Lopes is a Brazilian cultural educator, a conflict mediator and a writer. He is the author of the book Zona de Guerra (War Zone, 2009) published by Matrix. The book is a novel based on his own experience in the world of crime. Having seen death on a near-daily basis, Lopes managed to break all barriers to become a writer. He was an educator at Casa do Zezinho (where he first received his education) and currently he is a conflict mediator at Rukha Institute, in São Paulo. He operates in the most forsaken areas of Southside São Paulo, helping highly vulnerable youths and teenagers to shake off drugs and crime and find a new path through education.

Translation will be provided for this event, which is free and open to the public.

For more information, please contact Professor Cecília Santos at


Marcos Lopes and his translator presenting.
Marcos Lopes' presentation on Rainbow Pedagogy: Building Bridges Between Youth Community Programs from São Paulo in SF.
Marcos Lopes presentation.

Marcos Lopes’s visit to USF is co-sponsored by: Office of the Dean, College of Arts and Sciences; Joan and Ralph Lane Center for Catholic Studies and Social Thought; University Ministry; Center for the Study of Latinos in the Americas (CELASA); Latin American Studies Program; Master in International Studies (MAIS); Department of Sociology; and the Department of Multicultural and International Education, School of Education.



Students Report Back from Cuetzalan

November 20, 5:00 PM, Maier Room

Cine Acción Brown Bag with Sergio de la Torre and Fiamma Montezemolo

November 13, 12:00 PM, CO 419

De la Torre will be screening and discussing his short We the dust, the wind.  Based on Julio Cortazar's short story "La Casa Tomada", the film tells the story of a group of young Chinese immigrants who, for some years, lived in an abandoned building in a defunct public housing block in downtown Tijuana, Mexico. De La Torre is an Assistant Professor in Art and Architecture.  Montezemolo will be screening Traces. In this video-essay, contemplative images, confessions, theoretical reflections, and an enigmatic electronic musical motif merge to form a meditation on border life between the United State & Mexico. Montezemolo is a cultural anthropologist and an artist currently teaching at UC Berkeley.

Gangs in El Salvador

November 12, 4:45 PM, K-Hall 211

There are many explanations to describe a gang (mara), which is one of the main structural problems in El Salvador. Extreme poverty, immigration-deportation, lack of education, dictatorships and civil war, are some of the issues that created a fertile nest for gangs in El Salvador. Now, a truce between the biggest gangs in El Salvador has opened a door to a new “peace accords” process. Is this the answer? Will be a last long solution for the people in El Salvador? Historical-political-social Analysis by Marco A. Perez Navarrete.

Olga Reyes

November 5, 4:45 PM, K-Hall 211

Olga Reyes is a leader from the Juarez Valley in Mexico who has seen six members of her family killed in the last two years, and has become an outspoken voice for justice and holding the military accountable in Mexico. She will focus on the human rights crisis in Mexico, the militarized drug policy of the United States in Mexico, and cross-border gun trafficking. Olga brings a powerful testimony of the human costs of the drug war, militarism, gun trafficking, and of the growing movement to forge a different path in Mexico.

Guest Lecture: Olga Reyes: Juarez, Guerra, Construyendo la Paz
Please note that unfortunately the video ends midway through the lecture.

To watch more related videos on the testimonies of victims of the War on Drugs in Mexico, click below!

Heroes and Saints

October 25-29, Studio Theater

Heroes & Saints, written by acclaimed Chicana playwright Cherrie Moraga, directed by Roberto Varea. In this searing drama set in California's central valley, Mexican immigrants work for survival wages in fields poisoned by pesticides. As the effects of mounting toxicity push the town to the edge, one extraordinary woman stages a dramatic protest to reclaim health and humanity for her community.

Cine Acción at USF Welcomes Cine+

October 23, 6:00 PM, CO 107

Favianna Rodriguez

October 11, 5:30 PM, MCL 252

Printmaker, digital artist, and co founder of will present to the USF community. 

To watch the event click the link below!

Brown Bag with Chris Loperena

October 4, 12:15 - 1:30 PM, K-Hall 167

Luz Martinez Rivera

October 2, 12:45 - 2:00 PM, LM 355

Luz Rivera Martinez will speak about her 20 years of experience constructing autonomy, organizing outside the electoral system, and resisting free trade. As Consejo Nacional Urbano Campesino's lead organizer, Luz has worked tirelessly to demand government accountability, defend family farms, resist the use of GMO seeds, and build inspiring, community-based autonomous projects.

Diversity Forum: Home Grown in CA

September 28, 12:45 PM, MCL 251

“Homegrown” will commemorate several anniversaries around interracial coalition-building and conflict, including the 50th anniversary of the UFW/ AFL-CIO, the 30th anniversary of the murder of Vincent Chin and the 20th anniversary of the Rodney King Verdict and subsequent Los Angeles Riots.

Marathon Solidarity Reading: Banned Books of Arizona

September 19, 11:00 AM, K-Hall Amphitheater

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