Berkeley Review of Latin American Studies, Spring 2010

Michelle Bachelet with Beatriz Manz and Harley Shaiken on the Berkeley campus, with the Campanile and Doe Library in the background, 2010. (Photo by Dionicia Ramos.)

COMMENT: Spring 2010

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

Michelle Bachelet speaks at Berkeley, May 2010. (Photo by Jim Block.)

BERKELEY WELCOMES BACHELET: The Chilean Path to Progressive Change

By Michelle Bachelet | Reflecting on her time in office as president of Chile, Michelle Bachelet talks about the challenges facing Latin America’s young democracies.

A line of undocumented migrants being deported, 1951. (Photo by Loomis Dean/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images.)


By Brian Palmer-Rubin | Reporting on the immigration session of the 2010 U.S.–Mexico Futures Forum which featured Amalia García Medina, Governor of Zacatecas; Maria Echaveste, co-founder of the Nueva Vista Group and lecturer and Berkeley Law; and Tamar Jacoby, president and CEO of ImmigrationWorks USA.

Harley Shaiken, Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas. and Gil Cedillo speak with local residents in the main plaza in Jerez, Mexico. (Photo by Dionicia Ramos.)

U.S.- MEXICO FUTURES FORUM: Immigration Viewed From the Other Side

By Jude Joffe-Block | Covering a special session of the 2010 U.S.–Mexico Futures in which participants met with some of the townspeople of Jerez, Zacatecas.

Signs welcoming visitors on entering Arizona. (Photo by Melanie Velez.)

U.S.- MEXICO FUTURES FORUM: We're All Arizonans Now - The Fallout of SB 1070

By Tamar Jacoby | Analyzing the political repercussions of Arizona’s recently passed immigration law with Tamar Jacoby, president and CEO of ImmigrationWorks USA.

Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas on the UC Berkeley campus with José Narro Robles, Rector of UNAM; Enrique del Val; Jose Luis Talancón; and Harley Shaiken. (Photo by Beth Perry.)

MEXICO'S CENTENNIALS: Cárdenas: Making and Teaching History

By Jude Joffe-Block | Reporting on Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas’ stay in Berkeley and his role both as a maker and as a teacher of history.

Signs marking a historic route in commemoration of Mexico’s dual anniversaries. (Photo by Gary Denness.)

MEXICO'S CENTENNIALS: The Promise and Legacy of the Mexican Revolution

By Cuauhtémoc CárdenasOffering his perspective on the Mexican Revolution and what it means for Mexico today.

Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera with Edsel Ford’s mother Clara, among others, at a Ford estate in Detroit. (Photo courtesy of Graham Beal.)

ART: Mutual Admiration, Mutual Exploitation: Rivera, Ford and the Detroit Industry Murals

By Graham Beal Providing an analysis both of the history behind Diego Rivera’s Detroit Industry Murals and the murals themselves.

Trotsky appears in a detail from the Diego Rivera mural "Man, Controller of the Universe" (Photo by Gabriel Aguilera.)

MEXICO'S CENTENNIALS: Exile and Murder in Mexico

By Bernard M. Patenaude | Describing Leon Trotsky’s exile and the last days before his assassination in Mexico.

President Felipe Calderón speaks at a ceremony honoring heroes of the War of Independence. (Photo by Fernando Castillo/Latin Content/Getty Images.)

MEXICO'S CENTENNIALS: Limited Independence, Limited Democracy

By Lucas Novaes and Sinaia Urrusti Frenk | Reporting on historian Lorenzo Meyer’s irreverent assessment of the legacy of Mexico’s War of Independence and Revolution.

A marker on the Tijuana-San Diego section of the Mexico-U.S. border, painted over in the colors of the countries' respective flags. (Photo by Nathan Gibbs.)

THE BORDER: Permeable Membrane

By Tyche Hendricks | Discussing the complexity of the U.S.–Mexico borderlands with journalist and Berkeley lecturer Tyche Hendricks.

A hawskbill turtle, shown swimming just under the ocean's surface, that may outlive many governments in the Americas. (Photo by Neil O'Halloran.)

ENVIRONMENT: Surviving the Political Storms

By Paul Steinberg |Examining the difficulties faced by environmental reformers in states subject to chronic political turnover.

An ad featuring a woman's face with shattered glass centered on her eye urges Guatemalans to report domestic violence. (Photo by Orlando Sierra/AFP/Getty Images.)

HUMAN RIGHTS: Refuge From Femicide: Facing Gendered Violence in Guatemala

By Anthony Fontes | Documenting the case of Rodi Alvarado, a Guatemalan woman who sought asylum in the United States to escape her abusive husband with the help of attornery Karen Musalo.

This revolutionary-era handbill contains “Popular Maderist Songs” that commemorate the defeat of Porfirio Díaz in Ciudad Juárez and a fallen martyr of the uprising. (Image courtesy of the Library of Congress.)

MUSIC: Cantos Populares Maderistas

Lyrics | Commemorating the defeat of Porfirio Díaz in Ciudad Juárez and a fallen martyr of the uprising, this revolutionary-era handbill contains “Popular Maderist Songs.”