All events are held at the Latinx Research Center, 2547 Channing Way at Bowditch Street, a wheelchair accessible venue that is open to the public.

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Fall 2019 at the LRC

Sept 10th 


Legal Passing: Navigating Undocumented Life and Immigration Law

Angela S. Garcia, Assistant Professor, School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago

This book talk analyzes the ways federal, state, and local immigration laws shape the lives of undocumented Mexicans in the US. Comparing restrictive and accommodating immigration measures in various cities and states, it shows that place-based inclusion and exclusion unfold for immigrants in seemingly contradictory ways. Instead of erasing undocumented residents from the community, increased threat from restrictive localities creates conditions for immigrants to subvert the public gaze by “legal passing,” or attempting to mask the stigma of illegality to avoid police and immigration enforcement. As legal passing becomes embodied, immigrants distance themselves from their ethnic and cultural identities, resulting in coerced assimilation. In accommodating localities, undocumented Mexicans experience a sense of local membership and stability that is simultaneously undercut by federal deportation threat and complex street-level tensions with police. Combining social theory on immigration and law as well as place and race, the talk illuminates the human consequences of contemporary immigration federalism.

Presented by the Center for Research on Social Change with co-sponsorship by the Latinx Research Center, Center for the Study of Law and Society, Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative.

Sept 13th


Fall Welcome Reception 

Join us for an evening in community with a public address by John A. Pérez, UC Board of Regents Chair 2019-20. Co-sponsored by the Latinx Faculty Association, Alianza, and the Chicana/o Studies Program

Sept 20th


Identidad y Territorio: Palabra Viva

Professor Uc Be is a prominent Yucatec Maya poet and essayist who uses the pen name Lázaro Kan Ek. He contributes to training and reflection projects in Maya culture and identity in many indigenous communities of the Yucatán peninsula, through consulting and facilitation of workshops in Mayan language. This presentation focuses on the pedagogical, historical, economic, therapeutic, and spiritual relationship that Maya men and women still maintain with nature, with the land, and with their territory.

This event is organized in collaboration with Prof. Patricia Baquedano-López, Rita Mora, the Director of Maya Women: The Helen Moran Collection, and Asociación Mayab.

Oct 1st


Puta Life: Seeing Latinas, Working Sex 

This new book project, organized around the image of la puta, the whore, the perennial figure of Latinized feminine sexual excess, traces the figure of the Latina sex worker and Latinas who work sex, across a range of multi-medial forms of representation in order to interrogate the role of the visual in interpretive practices of meaning-making from the enigma that is sexual subjectivity. Biography: Juana María Rodríguez, professor of Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley, is the author of Sexual Futures, Queer Gestures, and Other Latina Longings (NYU 2014), winner of the Alan Bray Memorial Book Prize, Modern Language Association, GL/Q Caucus, 2015 and Lambda Literary Foundation Finalist for LGBT Studies, 2015 and Queer Latinidad: Identity Practices, Discursive Spaces (NYU 2003). She also co-edited a recent volume of TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly, on Trans en las Américas. She has published in a numerous national and international academic journals including GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies; Women and Performance: a journal of feminist theory; Radical History Review; differences; Lambda Nordica; Revista Post(s) and a/b: Autobiography Studies as well as in a range of popular media venues including Latino USA on NPR; Aperture; Página 12 in Buenos Aires;, and Cosmo for Latinas.

Oct 4th



Sabidurías Callejeras: Art of Celia Herrera Rodríguez

Art exhibition opening event with an introduction by the artist.

Oct 9th



The Infiltrators: Filmmaker Reception

Meet the filmmakers of the award-winning new film followed by a screening.

Oct 18th



Art as Research: Excavando al Rostro de la Memoria

A panel featuring scholars of arts research in conversation with artist Celia Herrera Rodríguez’s current exhibition Sabidurías Callejeras.

Oct 29th



Surviving the Sidewalk: Latino Streetvendors in Los Angeles

New research by Prof. Rocío Rosales (UC Irvine) sponsored by the Center for Ethnographic Research (CER).

Nov 5th



The Census in California Politics

New research on Latinx democracy in California led by Prof. Cristina Mora in collaboration with the Institute of Governmental Studies (IGS).

Nov 14th



Does Abstraction Belong to White People?

Queer Latinx choreographer Miguel Gutierrez speaks on race, gender, and dance with the Festival of Latin American Contemporary Choreographers.

Dec 10th



Holiday Pachanga

Join us for our annual holiday celebration with pan dulce y chocolate.