Berkeley Review of Latin American Studies, Fall 2010

Harley Shaiken and Daniel Cohn-Bendit amidst the trees of Sproul Plaza on the Berkeley campus. (Photo by Jim Block.)

COMMENT: Fall 2010

By Harley Shaiken |  Introducing the Fall 2010 issue of the Berkeley Review of Latin American Studies and commenting on the fall semester.

A sleek Italian high-speed train built in Europe waits to depart the station. (Photo by Ciccio Pizzetarro.)

ALTERNATIVE ENERGY: Green Ideas From Europe

By Robert Collier |  Journalist Robert Collier outlines the ideas presented by European parliamentarian and environmentalist Daniel Cohn-Bendit during his CLAS visit.

Copper piping displayed for a Shanghai exhibition. (Photo by dycj-Imaginechina/Associated Press.)

TRADE: China Discovers Latin America

By Kevin P. Gallagher | Surveying Latin America’s response to Chinese investment in the region with Kevin P. Gallagher.

An Apache scout on horseback surveys the countryside. (Photo by Edward S. Curtis.)

THE U.S. - MEXICAN WAR: Forgotten Foes

By Brian DeLay | Unearthing the forgotten role played by Native Americans in the U.S.–Mexican War with historian Brian DeLay.

The interior of San Francisco Church, Guanajuato, Mexico, with sunbeams streaming through the windows. (Photo by Russ Bowling.)

MEXICO: Gender, Politics and the Church

By Margaret Chowning | Exploring with the author how Mexican women created positions of authority for themselves within the Catholic Church during the tumultuous post-Independence years.

Campesinos reading El Machete. (Photo by Tina Modotti. Courtesy of Throckmorton Fine Art.)

MEXICO: Radicals, Revolutionaries and Exiles: Mexico City in the 1920s

By Barry Carr | Delving into the ferment of post-Revolutionary life in Mexico City.

A man poles a boat filled with flowers through Lake Xochimilco, one of the few places in Mexico where traditional chinampa or lake bed agriculture is still practiced. (Photo by Francisco Martínez.)

MEXICO: City of Lakes: Searching for Pantitlan

By Ivonne Del Valle | Analyzing the colonizers’ ongoing struggle to manage lake water in the Valley of Mexico.

The catadores work with headlights of dumptrucks for illumination through the night. (Film still courtesy of Almega Projects and O2 Filmes.)

FILM: Behind the Pristine City. . . Rubbish People

By Nancy Scheper-Hughes | Reviewing “Waste Land,” the Oscar-nominated documentary about art and Brazilian trash pickers.

A schematic of Gutierrez’s temporary housing unit, designed for buoyancy, durability and regulation of its internal environment. (Image courtesy of Paz Gutierrez.)

ENVIRONMENT: Sustainable Architecture

By Sandy Brown | Reporting on Paz Gutierrez’s work on the cutting edge of sustainable architecture.

The windmills of a beachfront wind farm in Ceará State, Brazil. (Photo by Ricardo Funari/BrazilPhotos.)

ALTERNATIVE ENERGY: Latin America's Cleantech Future

By Christian Casillas | Discussing with a panel the climate for cleantech investment in Latin America.

A vulture silhouetted against a bright sky lands on a cross in Guatemala City’s Cementerio General. (Photo by Anthony Fontes.)

RESEARCH: Death Dealing in Guatemala City

By Anthony Fontes | Killing and mourning lie at the heart of Guatemala City’s gang culture.

Marchers take shelter under rainbow umbrellas during a June 2010 gay pride parade in San Salvador. (Photo by Luis Romero/Associated Press.)

EL SALVADOR: Outflanking Discrimination

By Allison Davenport | Detailing the work of Salvadoran gay-rights activist William Hernández.

A wreath with Andrés Escobar's #2 on it lies on the field as his team lines up for a memorial for a murdered teammate. (Photo courtesy of All Rise Films.)

COLOMBIA: The Rise and Fall of Narco-Soccer

By Sarah Krupp | Screening “The Two Escobars” brings the links between drug trafficking and sports into focus through a tragic story.

Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. and Archbishop Romero are among those depicted in Westminster Abbey’s memorial to 20th-century martyrs. (Photo by Andrea Schaffer.)

FILM: Remembering Romero

By Anthony Fontes | Remembering while reviewing the documentary “Monseñor” and the man who inspired it, Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero.

A couple in their best finery in "Country Wedding," 2009, oil on canvas, 180 x 142 cm. (Image courtesy of Fernando Botero.)

BOTERO: Fernando Botero's "Country Wedding"

By Peter Selz | Analyzing “Country Wedding,” one of Fernando Botero’s recent works, with art historian Peter Selz.