2009 Events Archive

Report Back from El Salvador and Nicaragua
Sept 15th- 12:15-1:30, UC 222
Students share their experiences from their summer doing service learning in El Salvador and Nicaragua.

Horacio Franco 
September 17, 2009 1:30-2:45, EDU 306.
A talk with Mexican musician Horacio Franco. Along with discussing his music he will also speak about his participation in Mexican politics. Event will be in Spanish. 

 Lisa Sullivan
September 24th, 10:30-11:45, MCL 252
She will be discussing the Honduran coup and what it means to Latin America. Sponsored by CELASA SOAW, LAS, HIST, MAIS, BAIS, THRS, SOC, POL, MS

Carlos Mauricio 
Saturday, September 26, 3:30-5:15, ED 110
Carlos Mauricio (survivor of torture in El Salvador who won a huge lawsuit against Salvadorean military generals. Sponsored by CELASA and International and Multicultural Education

 Edith Lopez Ovalle
October 20, 2009 12-1:30, CO 113
Edith Lopez Ovalle will be speaking on political organizing and repression, especially her work with HIJOS, a transnational organization formed by people whose parents were imprisoned, disappeared or killed in Latin American Dirty Wars in the 60s, 70s and 80s. During her talk she will discuss the historical and present-day context of the imprisonment, disappearance and assassination of political dissidents in Mexico; the role of artistic and cultural interventions, as well as political organizing, in confronting human rights abuses; and the Zapatistas' Other Campaign and the role of young urban activists. Her presentation will be in Spanish with English translation. Sponsored by CELASA, LAS, PASJ, POLS, BAIS, MCL.

Dr. Luther Castillodr luther castillo 
October 27 2009, 12:15-1:30, McLaren 251
What Life Has Been Like Under the Honduran Coup
Dr. Luther Castillo, a young Garifuna doctor and community organizer, is the founder and director of the "For the Health of Our People" hospital in Honduras (also known as Luaga Hatuadi Waduheno in the language of Garifuna). This hospital and clinic is dedicated to providing the most important health services to the indigenous communities isolated on the Atlantic Coast. After graduating from the Latin American School of Medicine in Cuba in 2005, Dr. Castillo returned to the coast of Honduras and led the construction of the first Garifuna hospital, which now serves 20,000 people in the area. The hospital opened in December of 2007 and Dr. Castillo was named the Honduran Doctor of the Year for 2007 by the International Rotary Clubs of Tegucigalpa. Since the military coup on June 28, 2009, the hospital has been closed and subject to many threats and other attacks by the military. 
Sponsored by LAS, SOAW, CELASA, THRS, MAIS, SOC, POLS, BAIS, BALASC

Sergio de la Torre
Oct 29, 2009. 12-1, K-Hall 265.
During this Brown Bag Lunch, Sergio de la Torre will be discussing his latest project Ciudad Santuario. Professor Sergio De La Torre along with five students from the San Francisco Art Institute, U.C Berkeley and his Artist as Citizen class at USF have constructed a timeline of the last 20 years of immigration history. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors declared San Francisco a City of Refuge for undocumented immigrants. Sergio has created a timeline to display the changes that have taken place since 1989.

Elia Arce 
November 10-11
"The Long Count: Elia Arce's 25 year retrospective" will include a documentary of her earlier performance work called "Becoming." Arce will also be showing samples of her newest work that includes video performance, sculpture performance and
installation performance.
1:30-2:45, Ed 306
The presentation will be followed by a two-hour Performance Workshop on
Wednesday evening, Studio Theater, LM, 5:30-7:30
They will both be in Spanish and English.

Book talk and Reception with Lois Lorentzen, Jay Gonzales, and Kevin Chun
November 12, 2009, 5-6:30 PM, Dorraine Zief Law Library, Terrace room (2nd floor)

Religion and the Corner of Bliss and Nirvana: Politics, Identity, and Faith in New Migrant Communities. Reception to follow. Transnational gangs, Filipino faith-based activist groups, adherents of the Chinese goddess Tianzhou: USF faculty of the Religion and Immigration Project spent four years giving voice to groups rarely addressed by migration and religion scholars. Come hear their stories of visiting not only churches and temples, but single-room occupancy hotels, brothels, tattoo-removal clinics, and religious sites in San Francisco, Mexico, the Philippines, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Kevin Chun (Psychology and Asian American Studies), Joaquin (Jay) Gonzalez (Politics and the Yuchengco Philippine Studies Program) and Lois Lorentzen (Theology and Religious Studies and the Center for the Latino/a Studies in the Americas - CELASA) describe their four years of fieldwork with new migrants to the San Francisco Bay Area Sponsored by CELASA, YPSP, and ASAM.

Karina Hodoyan
November 18th, KA309, 12:15- 1:30
Brown Bag Lunch with Karina Hodoyan. Sponsored by CELASA
Literature, Performance Art and Narco-Traffic: A Report from Latin/o America.
This talk will discuss some of the ways performance art and literature deal with the theme of narco-traffic in Latin America. The panorama of recent cultural production on narco-traffic presents a series of dilemmas, as well as opportunities for questioning and transforming our imagined geographies, but most importantly, our own implication in the cultural and economic circuits of narco-traffic and violence.

Re-making News Across the Border
November 18, 2009, 6:30- 8:00pm, HR 127
Franc Contreras, Independent Journalist and multi-media producer from Mexico (Al Jazeera, CBS, BBC, CBC, PRI). Facilitated by Ricardo Sandoval, President, Society for Professional Journalists (SPJ) Northern California Chapter
Co-sponsored with Media Studies, Journalism Minor, Latin American
Studies and CELASA & Society for Professional Journalists (SPJ)

Imke Harbers
December 2, 2009, 12:15-1:30 MCL 252
Professor Imke Harbers form the University of Amsterdam will present Money Matters: Party Strategies and Political Finance in Mexico.
Event sponsored by LAS, POLS, McCarthy Center, and CELASA