Category Archives: Berkeley Student

Everyday Use of Plants in Pre-Hispanic Costa Rica

By Venicia Slotten This July, supported by a Tinker Foundation and CLAS-funded research grant, I helped excavate a house structure in Costa Rica that was preserved by the eruption of Arenal Volcano around 3,500 years ago. This archaeological site, La … Continue reading

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Venezuela: On the Supreme Court in Exile and the Violation of Human Rights

By Eleni Anagnostopoulou “This fight is not about ideology. It is about democratic, constitutional legitimacy.” These were the first words uttered to the crowd in a packed auditorium on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 for a talk on the Venezuelan crisis. … Continue reading

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Enhancing Zapotec Language Revitalization through Discussion

By Julia Nee In Teotitlán del Valle in southern Mexico, there are many people who desire to use and promote Zapotec, the indigenous language currently spoken by about 3,600 of the town’s 5,600 inhabitants. Although oppressive historical, political, and economic … Continue reading

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El Sueño Mexicano: Returning Migrant Youth’s Adaptation Experience in Mexico

By Adriana Ramirez Mexican migration in the U.S. is typically perceived to come from the South, as migrants pursue the “American Dream” in the North. My research focuses on the children of migrants who have no agency in their own … Continue reading

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The Quechua Alliance: Promoting and Celebrating Quechua and Andean Culture in the United States

By Ana Lucía Tello Spoken by 8-10 million people in the Andes, Quechua is the most widely spoken indigenous language in the Americas, yet it is still considered endangered. As scholars Kendall King and Nancy Hornberger argue, “data from a … Continue reading

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History and Archaeology among the Ch´ol: Ethnographic Dialogues in Northern Chiapas, Mexico

By Esteban Mirón Marván Archaeologists in the Maya region have exploited the heritage and history of the contemporary indigenous Maya peoples for more than a century. For the last eight decades federal institutions in the Mexican state have monopolized the … Continue reading

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La región no tan transparente

Where the Air Is Not so Clear By Jimmy Mahady The people of Mexico City are used to watching the mountains surrounding the city fade into the smoggy afternoons. The snow-capped volcanoes give way to a grey haze that envelops … Continue reading

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Unraveling the Development and Evolution of Transparency in Butterflies

By Aaron Pomerantz How does an animal become invisible? Enter the paradox of the glasswing butterfly. As the name implies, these butterflies have transparent parts of their wings, engendering a common notion that they are “invisible” to avoid predators. However, … Continue reading

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Concentration Camps in Northeast Brazil: 1915/1932

By Laura Belik The concentration camps in Northeast Brazil hold what one might call hidden histories. Built between 1915 and 1932, the camps were perceived as a form of aid towards groups who were migrating from inland Brazil to Fortaleza … Continue reading

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Climate Threats and Opportunities in Aguascalientes, Mexico

Student Research Series:                                                                            … Continue reading

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