FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8 | 5 - 7PM
PURO CORAZÓN: AN EXPANDED ART EXHIBITION AND SLIDESHOW LECTURE BY MELANIE CERVANTES
Melanie creates visual art inspired by the people around her and her communities’ desire for radical social transformation. Her intention is to create a visual lexicon of resistance to multiple oppressions that will inspire curiosity, raise consciousness and inspire solidarities among communities of struggle.
Melanie has exhibited extensively nationally and internationally including at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (San Francisco); National Museum of Mexican Art (Chicago); and Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY). Her work is in the permanent collections of the Center for the Study of Political Graphics, the Latin American Collection of the Green Library at Stanford, and the Library of Congress and the as well as various private collections throughout the United States. In 2007, Melanie along with Jesús Barraza co-founded Dignidad Rebelde, a graphic arts collaboration that produces screen prints, political posters and multimedia projects grounded in Third World and indigenous movements.
FEBRUARY 20-22 | VARIOUS CAMPUS SITES
CO-SPONSORED WITH THE LUTA INITIATIVE
ANTI-BLACK STATE VIOLENCE IN THE AMERICAS: POWER AND STRUGGLE IN BRAZIL AND THE US
This symposium will facilitate transnational coalitions, engagement, and learning. Taking place over three days, scholars, scholar-activists, and organizers will discuss the intersecting challenges of addressing anti-black state violence through workshops on topics including: policing and democracy; historical foundations of Black struggle; wellness and healing; sustainability and social movements; cultural media production; education in today’s socio-cultural contexts; pathways to contesting racialized forms of violence, and, many others.
Join us during this dynamic multi-disciplinary symposium as we illuminate cross-cultural understanding, bringing forward the sharp contrast and commonality between South and North America and generating anti-oppression community building across the Americas. All community members welcome!
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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22 | 4 - 6PM
SOR JUANA INÉS DE LA CRUZ'S 17TH-CENTURY PROTO-LATINX FEMINISM
WITH IVONNE DEL VALLE AND EMILIE BERGMANN
In the 17th Century, the brilliant polymath Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz defied colonial patriarchy against attempts to control and silence her, declaring she is not to be found in the normal places assigned to women. Join us for two insightful presentations by Department of Spanish and Portuguese scholars examining this feminist and queer heroine's strategies for defying the patriarchy of her day!
“Óyeme con los ojos: Listening to Primero sueño" by Prof. Emilie Bergmann
While silenced by the Catholic Church on her last years, Sor Juana invites us to hear the range of sounds and rhythm created in her major philosophical poem. The cosmic resonance of the Baroque and a dramatic, sometimes comical, interchange of voices has held readers’ imagination ever since.
"On Being Woke: Sor Juana dos veces despierta" by Prof. Ivonne Del Valle
In response to patriarchal ecclesiastic criticism of the impropriety of her pursuit of secular knowledge because she was a woman, Sor Juana created a minimalist autobiography that functions by negation, suggesting that she is not to be found in the normal places assigned to a woman. In this presentation, I’ll contrast the nun’s writing about herself in relation to knowledge with Descartes, in Discourse on the Method, to get to the way she manages to create a powerful self who is at the same time entirely innocent of the accusations against her.
FRIDAY, MARCH 1 | 5 - 7PM
"MAKING OHLONE VISIBLE:" ART EXHIBITION OPENING OF NEW WORK
BY CELIA HERRERA RODRÍGUEZ, CORRINA GOULD AND JESÚS BARRAZA
Making Ohlone Visible is a collaborative project conceived by visual and performing artist Celia Herrera Rodriguez (Xicana/O’dami) and community activist and co-founder of Indian People Organizing for Change (IPOC), Corrina Gould (Chochenyo Ohlone). Brought into this world through a vision to counter the constant and profound erasure of the original peoples of California, Herrera Rodriguez, in partnership with IPOC, will design and produce a prototype for a long-term public installation to mark (over five hundred years later) the “welcome” of other peoples to Ohlone Land.
Funded by a grant from the Creative Work Fund (Irvine and Hass Foundation), Celia Herrera Rodríguez, Corrina Gould (Chochenyo Ohlone, and Jesús Barraza, developed a series of markers for the Chochenyo Ohlone land base making the villages visible in the present. As there are no other Chochenyo artists working today, the spirit of the baskets was consulted about how to mark those sites. Because very few identified Chochenyo baskets are in community hands, the artists and a multigenerational group of Chochenyos went to the British Museum in London and had ceremony with the few remaining baskets and artifacts. It has been a "slow realization" of the precarity of Chochenyo Ohlone ancestral objects and of the nature of memory. We will show images from our trip to London, Gould's work finding and claiming Indigenous sites, Herrera Rodríguez's work reflecting upon this experience, and Barraza's design 'signage' and historical documentation.
THURSDAY, MARCH 14 | 3:30 - 5PM
TRANSMODERNITY AND DECOLONIALITY WITH PHILOSOPHER ENRIQUE DUSSEL
Join the Latinx Research Center and the Chicana/o Studies Program in hosting a major Latin American and Third World intellectual. Dr. Enrique Dussel is an Argentine and Mexican philosopher and historian, a leading Third World philosopher, and a founder of Liberation Philosophy (1973), a critique of the foundational structures of imperialism and colonialism in the thought of the West and westernized world. This lecture will present his concept of the "transmodern" as a critique of still-Eurocentric "post-modern" philosophy, and a third, decolonial way of advancing liberatory knowledge in this era of heightened economic inequities between rich and poor, within first and third world countries alike, and of resurgent authoritarian regimes throughout the world.
An early critic of the Eurocentrism of philosophy produced in the West, Enrique Dussel has authored nearly 40 single-author books since 1966 that have proven an invaluable archive to intellectuals of the global "periphery" or "south," and people of color throughout the United States. Dussel's philosophy of liberation calls for analyses and support of real-world historical liberation and solidarity with the most oppressed of the planet.
This event is also supported by the UC Berkeley Folklore Program.
MONDAY, APRIL 1 | 12 - 1 PM
LATINX LABOR IN CALIFORNIA: NEW RESEARCH FROM LRC VISITING SCHOLARS IVÓN PADILLA-RODRIGUEZ AND LILIA SOTO
“Making Child Migrants: U.S. Child Labor Policy and Immigration Exclusion in the Twentieth Century”
Description: The U.S. currently employs between 200,000 and 500,000 mostly Latinx agricultural child laborers a year, in spite of the fact that a federal child labor ban was implemented in 1938. This talk examines the agricultural exemptions built into federal labor law over the twentieth century and the legislative and legal advocacy that emerged to try to eradicate child labor on farms. It challenges our understanding of U.S. immigration exclusion and traces the origins of our contemporary agricultural child labor force.
Ivón Padilla-Rodríguez is a history PhD candidate at Columbia University and Visiting Dissertation Research Scholar at UC Berkeley’s Latinx Research Center. She is currently researching and writing a dissertation that traces the agricultural exemptions built into federal labor law and the rights of migrant children over the twentieth century. Previously, she conducted research for various immigrants’ rights non-profits in the U.S., a UNHCR-affiliated migrant shelter in Mexico, and the Department of Homeland Security.
"Carolina Bale: A Dowry, A Winery, and A Forgotten History"
Charles Krug, canonized in the Napa Valley narrative is credited as the winemaker who first made wine for consumption and production in the late 1860s. An immigrant from Trentelburg, Prussia, he married Carolina Bale whose grandmother was sisters with Mariano Vallejo. As part of her dowry, Krug received 540 acres of land where he constructed the Charles Krug Cellar, now The Charles Krug Winery. Though Krug is “Krug” because of his wife’s land, her presence in the Napa Valley narrative remains elusive, almost ghost-like. This paper is focused on mid to late 19thCentury California and examines lingering consequences of Californio and Mexican Napa, the numerous identities that point to the legacy of conquest, of interracial marriage, of memory and how such are negotiated. I situate the past within present day Napa as it points to a continuous invisibility of Mexicans in Napa, particularly women. I argue that Carolina Bale’s silencing from the Napa Valley narrative fits the Old World legacy and construction of an Old World identity that has come to represent the Napa Valley.
Lilia Soto is an Associate Professor of American Studies and Latina/o Studies with appointments in Gender and Women’s Studies and International Studies at the University of Wyoming (UW). Her teaching centers on comparative/relational race and ethnic studies, transnational migration, identity formation, and the interconnectedness of time, place, age, gender, sex and sexuality. Currently, Dr. Soto is a Visiting Researcher at the Latinx Research Center. Click here to learn more about Dr. Soto.
TUESDAY, APRIL 9 | 12 - 1:30PM
On the Dangers of U.S. Intervention in Venezuela at the Crossroads of the Decolonial Turn
UCB Faculty Roundtable with Ramón Grosfoguel, Clara Mantini-Briggs, and Angela Marino
At a moment in which U.S. foreign policy in Latin America turns towards more explicit forms of aggression, UC Berkeley faculty gather to discuss the implications of sanctions and militarism against Venezuela in the context of a shifting global order. What historical context is missing from the current media debates? How are sentiments being stirred up for humanitarian relief, and yet follow a hard-coup strategy of intervention reminiscent of the 1970s and 1980s? Based on recent first-hand research, this discussion will address voices of pluralism within Venezuela that are largely unheard in U.S. media. More broadly, the debate opens a space to critically examine the staging of 'crisis' that ultimately serves to undermine rather than restore democracy.
MONDAY, APRIL 15 | 12 - 1 PM
NEW RESEARCH FROM THE LRC HISTORY AND SOCIOLOGY WORKING GROUP
WITH PABLO GONZALEZ AND OTHER MEMBERS
Eduardo Escobar, Police community relations in LA
Ignacio Ornelas, Chicano movement in Monterey Bay Area
Pablo Gonzalez, Urban Zapatismo in LA
David Montejano, Southern cotton trade during the Civil War
MONDAY, APRIL 29 | 12 - 1 PM
NEW RESEARCH FROM THE LRC LATINX LITERATURE WORKING GROUP
WITH GENARO PADILLA, ROBERT REYES AND OTHER MEMBERS
Carlos Macías Prieto is a Ph.D. candidate in Hispanic Languages and Literatures in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at UC Berkeley. His dissertation is titled: "Seventeenth Century Nahua Poetics: Domingo Chimalpahin and the Nahua Archive.” Carlos’s research traces a Nahua intellectual project, exploring the writings of early 17th Century Nahua author don Domingo de San Antón Muñón Chimalpahin Quauhtlehuanitzin (1579-1660), a Nahua intellectual who is believed to have produced the largest body of written texts in Nahuatl and Spanish among Nahua writers of the 16th and 17th Centuries.
Matthew Gonzalez is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Comparative Literature at UC Berkeley. His dissertation is titled "Forma, lo performativo, acción poética: Poetic Art’s Critiques of, and Alternatives to, an Americas of Conquest.” His project examines a broad range of poems and performance artworks from across periods, populations, languages, and national boundaries in the Americas, starting from the poetries of Mexican nun-poet Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz and enslaved African-American poet Phillis Wheatley. His project concludes in the late twentieth century with art by the Chicanx art collective ASCO. Matthew’s dissertation attempts to imaginatively reconstruct a non-linear, trans-national literary history as an alternative to Eurocentric models of literary history while also seeking to coordinate between different ways of theorizing poetry and art’s relation to sociopolitical life.
Robert Lopez Reyes is a PhD Candidate in the Department of English at UC Berkeley. His dissertation is titled “Hidden in Plain Sight: Greaser Cinema, The Western, and Race in Chicanx Literature.” His project begins with D.W. Griffith’s film, “The Greaser’s Gauntlet” (1908), and explores the legacy of “greaser” films and their influence in shaping film and literary traditions, and visual cultures. His project ultimately explores issues of race and canon formation, by examining literary responses to the greaser character, to show its transformation across medium and genre.
Frank Eugene Cruz is a PhD Candidate in the Department of English at UC Berkeley. His dissertation, which is titled Steinbeck’s America: Permanent Crisis and Late-Capitalist Popular Culture, documents the roots and routes of the return of the ghost of Tom Joad in order to analyze the ways in which the cultural productions of the grapes of wrath cultural formation have occupied and unsettled the American popular imaginary over the last eighty years, reconsider the canonicity of John Steinbeck’s 1939 novel, and reclaim contemporary popular culture as a potential location of diachronic resistance against the politics of amnesia, the ecology of fear, and our late-capitalist event-horizon of permanent crisis.