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When “staying home” might not be an option for everyone: Reflections on the effects of Covid-19 in Brazil

By Laura Belik In Brazil, according to the 2010 Census, 11,425,644 people (6% of the population) live in what is classified as Aglomerados Subnormais (Subnormal clusters), including favelas, comunidades, squatted land, invaded land, and the like. In a country where … Continue reading

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“Una mezcla de miedo y esperanza”

Por Enzo Nervi Reflexiones sobre la conversación entre Gabriel Boric y estudiantes hispanohablantes de la Universidad de Berkeley, 10 de febrero de 2020. “Una mezcla de miedo y esperanza”. Con esta frase, el diputado chileno Gabriel Boric comenzó su conversatorio … Continue reading

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“We have seen the curve of history and it goes up” — An Evening of History and Humor with Isabel Allende

By Evan Fernández On February 25, the UC Berkeley Center for Latin American Studies hosted author Isabel Allende and Berkeley’s own Adam Hochschild to discuss the publication of Allende’s newest novel, Largo pétalo de mar (A Long Petal of the … Continue reading

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Upheaval in Chile

By Gabriel Boric Written remarks prepared for a public talk at the University of California, Berkeley | Hosted by the Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) | February 10, 2020 It’s incredible how language can limit your expression and even … Continue reading

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Humor is no Joke

By Gabriel Lesser Political humor is booming in Brazil. It’s practically inescapable if you’re on social—or unsocial—media. Sérgio Augusto recently wrote in the Folha de São Paulo newspaper that the election of an extreme right-wing president who reveres Brazil’s most … Continue reading

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A New Abnormal

Originally Published by The Bulletin of Concerned Scientists Editor’s note: Founded in 1945 by University of Chicago scientists who had helped develop the first atomic weapons in the Manhattan Project, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists created the Doomsday Clock two years later, using … Continue reading

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A Man Who Sought A Better Tomorrow

By Steve Weissman The Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) has appropriately honored Stan Ovshinsky many times in the past. What additional insights can we garner from the beautifully written new biography, The Man Who Saw Tomorrow: The Life and … Continue reading

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Across the Aisle: Berkeley and Michigan Students Discuss the Election

By Sofia Gonzalez-Platas As I walked into the room where the panel was about to take place, I was welcomed by a screen showing the faces of 12 students from Macomb County Community College looking back at us — eager … Continue reading

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The Legacy Continues

By Julie Chavez Rodriguez Since my days walking through Sproul Plaza as a proud Latin American Studies major, I always knew that I was walking down a path that was paved long before I was born. It was a path … Continue reading

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