Berkeley Review of Latin American Studies, Spring 2014

California Governor Jerry Brown and Archbishop of Los Angeles José H. Gomez at a meeting on child migrants in Mexico City, July 2014. (Photo by Justin Short, Office of the Governor.)

COMMENT: Spring 2014

By Harley Shaiken |  Introducing the Spring 2014 edition of the Berkeley Review of Latin American Studies.

Young women study at San José Secondary School, a rural school in La Ceja,  Antioquía, Colombia. (Photo: © Charlotte Kesl / World Bank.)

COLOMBIA: Building on Education

By Sarah McClure | Discussing the plans of Governor Sergio Fajardo of Antioquia, Colombia, to provide alternatives to violence through innovative educational initiatives.

Looking down a dirt road through a massive photovoltaic array in the Atacama Desert, Chile. (Photo by Rodrigo Arancibia Zamora.)

ENERGY: Switching to Sustainability

By Daniel M. Kammen, Rebekah Shirley, Juan Pablo Carvallo, and Diego Ponce de Leon Barido| Developing strategies to help Latin America make the switch to sustainable energy, Berkeley students build modeling tools that help identify cost-effective energy reforms.

Mexico’s president, Enrique Peña Nieto, at a press conference in 2014. (Photo by Eneas de Troya.)

PERSPECTIVE: Mexico Under the "New" PRI

By Denise DresserTaking a hard look at reforms initiated by the Peña Nieto administration.

A member of the community guard of Turícuaro, Michoacán shows off by aiming his assault rifle. (Photo by Juan José Estrada Serafín.)

MEXICO: Communities Up in Arms

By Lorena Ojeda | Describing the context that led to the rise of indigenous community guards and mestizo self-defense groups in the Mexican state of Michoacán.

A three-year-old Guatemalan girl's height and weight are measured as part of a nationwide campaign against malnutrition known as “Zero Hunger.” (Photo by Rodrigo Abd/Associated Press.)

HEALTH: Starving, Stunted... Obese?

By Robert Stahl | Confronting a nutritional paradox in Latin America: the region still needs to combat stunting and undernutrition, but obesity is also on the rise.

A line of farm workers and supporters with signs and UFW flags march along the road from Delano to Sacramento, 1968. (Photo: Walter P. Reuther Library, Archives of Labor and Union Affairs, Wayne State University.)

FILM: In Cesar's Footsteps

By Erica HellersteinRelating the experience of watching a sneak preview of Cesar Chavez in a room filled with activists, young and old.

Director Diego Luna looks out over agricultural fields, shooting on location during the filming of “Cesar Chavez.” (Photo courtesy of Canana Films.)

CESAR CHAVEZ: A Conversation with Director Diego Luna

Diego Luna | Discussing the making of Cesar Chavez with director Diego Luna.

President Bill Clinton signs legislation implementing the North American Free Trade Agreement on December 8, 1993. (Photo by Doug Mills/Associated Press.)

TRADE: The Nafta Paradox

By Harley Shaiken | Arguing the twenty years after Nafta, both Mexico and the U.S. have seen rising productivity combined with falling real wages.

Beams of light illuminate the city as the sun breaks through the clouds over Medellín, Colombia. (Photo by Iván Jere Jota.)

COLOMBIA: Finding Room to Pardon

By Jean Spencer | Making the case for peace in his country with Colombian Ambassador Luis Carlos Villegas.

A man climbs the trunk of Caura palm trees being harvested by hand. (Photo by Kiki Arnal.)

ENVIRONMENT: People, Palm Trees, and Survival

By Ana Galvis-Martínez and León ÁvilaCombining traditional knowledge and modern gear to protect Amazonian wild palms.

Bob King with Canton, Mississippi Nissan worker Morris Mock, who is receiving a Brazilian soccer team jersey from Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, president of Brazil (2003-2011). (Photo by Ricardo Stuckert/Instituto Lula.)

LABOR: Global Solidarity

By Sarah McClure | Arguing that, for labor leader Bob King, the key to stable democracy both at home and abroad is workers’ rights

A traveling theater group walks in makeup behind a drum down a street in a small town. (Photo courtesy of Elgin County Archives.)

LITERATURE: Wandering Players in an Imagined Land

By Erica Hellerstein | Continuing the exploration of his personal Narnia, Daniel Alarcón’s latest novel At Night We Walk in Circles is set in a nameless Latin American country that closely resembles Peru.

Michael Cera as Jamie clutching a San Pedro cactus, the object of his character’s quest in the film "Crystal Fairy." (Photo courtesy of Diroriro Production Company.)

FILM: A Magical Cactus Trip

By James G. LambChronicling a quest for the psychedelic San Pedro cactus doe not make Crystal Fairy a drug movie, says the film’s director Sebastián Piñera.

A young woman waits at the baggage claim carousel in an airport. (Photo by Tejas Califas.)

LITERATURE: The Search for Belonging

By Krista Brune Writing about exiles, immigrants, refugees — people whose past and future tense are in different languages — is at the core of the work of Brazilian poet and novelist Adriana Lisboa.

Pegs hang on a clothesline against a blue sky with scattered clouds. (Photo by MollyBob.)

POETRY: Lavar a Alma

By Adriana Lisboa | A short poem.