Past Events

California Latinx, Covid-19, & Pandemics

Date: November 6, 2020

Time: 12:00 - 1:30

The Latinx Research Center will host a roun table discussion on CA Latinx & Covid-19, featuring Alein Haro, Hector Rodriguez and Kurt Organista.

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California Latinx, Covid-19, & Pandemics panel will be Moderated by Dr. Clara Mantini-Briggs, a Venezuelan public health physician, was the National Coordinator of the Dengue Fever Program in Venezuela’s Ministry of Health and is a Lecturer in the Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley.
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A Book Talk by Boaventura de Sousa Santos

October 30, 2020

12:00pm – 2:00pm

In The End of the Cognitive Empire Boaventura de Sousa Santos further develops his concept of the “epistemologies of the South,” in which he outlines a theoretical, methodological, and pedagogical framework for challenging the dominance of Eurocentric thought. As a collection of knowledges born of and anchored in the experiences of marginalized peoples who actively resist capitalism, colonialism, and patriarchy, epistemologies of the South represent those forms of knowledge that are generally discredited, erased, and ignored by dominant cultures of the global North. Noting the declining efficacy of established social and political solutions to combat inequality and discrimination, Santos suggests that global justice can only come about through an epistemological shift that guarantees cognitive justice. Such a shift would create new, alternative strategies for political mobilization and activism and give oppressed social groups the means through which to represent the world as their own and in their own terms.


OCT23 2020 UCB LRC



The Latinx Research Center is hosting a round table conversation between California Latinx politicians and political consultants on the 2020 elections. Join us for this dialogue with Maria Elena Durazo, Luis Alejo, Mike Madrid, Kevin de León and moderator, Dr. Ignacio Ornelas Rodriguez.

Decolonizing Art & Praxis in the Time of Covid-19

Date: October 16, 2020

Time: 16:00 - 18:00

Location: Latinx Research Center Zoom

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Revista N’oj will host a round table discussing on “Decolonizing Art & Praxis in the Time of Covid-19.” We will be in dialogue with Jesus Barraza, Dr. Guisela Latorre, Dr. Mauricio Barros de Castro, and Dr. Laura E. Pérez. The panel will be moderated by Abraham Ramirez.



Pluriversal Politics: A Book Talk by Arturo Escobar

Date: September 25, 2020

Time: 17:00-18:30

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Book Talk by Arturo Escobar

The Latinx Research Center’s Decolonial Knowledges working group hosts Arturo Escobar to speak on Pluriversal Politics. 



In Pluriversal Politics (2020) Arturo Escobar engages with the politics of the possible and how established notions of what is real and attainable preclude the emergence of radically alternative visions of the future. Reflecting on the experience, philosophy, and practice of indigenous and Afro-descendant activist-intellectuals and on current Latin American theoretical-political debates, Escobar chronicles the social movements mobilizing to defend their territories from large-scale extractive operations in the region. He shows how these movements engage in an ontological politics aimed at bringing about the pluriverse—a world consisting of many worlds, each with its own ontological and epistemic grounding. Such a politics, Escobar contends, is key to crafting myriad world-making stories telling of different possible futures that could bring about the profound social transformations that are needed to address planetary crises. Both a call to action and a theoretical provocation, Pluriversal Politics finds Escobar at his critically incisive best.

Roberto Lovato on Unforgetting: A Memoir of Family, Migration, Gangs, & Revolution in the Americas

Date: September 23, 2020

Time: 16:00 - 18:00

Location: Latinx Research Center Zoom


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Roberto Lovato presents his new book on revolution and intergenerational trauma with a grounded perspective on the politics of war and migration in Central America and the United States.



“In this stunning tale of love and horror, the journalist Roberto Lovato recounts how his own family history, from the indentured Salvadoran countryside to the burning streets of Los Angeles, has been shaped by resistance to yanqui violence.”— Mike Davis, author of City of Quartz and Set the Night on Fire: L.A. in the Sixties


“With the artistry of a poet and the intensity of a revolutionary, Lovato untangles the tightly knit skein of love and terror that connects El Salvador and the United States. This book is an eye-opener into a world Anglo-Americans have been taught is enemy territory.”— Barbara Ehrenreich


In 1967, Reies López Tijerina led an armed takeover of a New Mexico courthouse in the name of recouping land rights for Spanish-speaking locals. The small-scale raid thrust Tijerina and his cause into the national spotlight, catalyzing an entire generation of activists. The lecture explains how Tijerina developed an anti-colonial analysis that labeled the United States was an aggressive empire that had conquered and colonized the Southwest and subsequently wrenched land away from border people—Mexicans and Native Americans alike. Yet in tracing Tijerina’s revelatory historical analysis to the years he spent as a Pentecostal preacher and his hidden past as a self-proclaimed prophet of God, the lecture directly addresses allegations of physical and sexual abuse to show how Tijierina’s political achievements rested upon the subordination of women, specifically his wives and daughters.

Lorena Oropeza is Professor of History at UC Davis. She is the author The King of Adobe: Reies López Tijerina, Lost Prophet of the Chicano Movement (2019) and ¡Raza Sí! ¡Guerra No!: Chicano Protest and Patriotism During the Viet Nam War Era (2005). In 2017, Oropeza received the American Historical Association Equity Award for her efforts to make the historical profession a more diverse and inclusive place.


Dr. Meyby Ugueto-Ponce, Instituto Venezolano de Investigaciones Científicas. Laboratorio de Antropología del Desarrollo

Dra. Ugueto-Ponce hablara sobre el control y la violencia ejercidos sobre los cuerpos físicos de africanos y sus descendientes, así como la imposición y luego la apropiación cultural de los sistemas religiosos europeos, desembocaron en formas de disenso in-corporadas en la re-construcción cultural afroamericana. En el cuerpo individual y colectivo se inscribieron identidades, culturales y políticas, pero también en el propio territorio geográfico. El objetivo de esta ponencia es comprender el uso del cuerpo político dentro del ámbito religioso, y su inscripción en el territorio como una forma de resistencia cultural ejercida en Curiepe, una población afrovenezolana, descendiente de negros libres. El cuerpo político en Curiepe se despliega en el territorio en tres niveles: 1) el local, mediado por San Juan Congo; 2) el regional, mediado por el Niño Jesús de Curiepe; y 3) el nacional e internacional, mediado por San Juan Bautista. La movilización que producen estas imágenes, las direccionalidades de los encuentros y los distintos actores, condicionan una espacialización socioreligiosa de las identidades políticas del curiepero, que no solo los define simbólicamente como un cuerpo político, sino que asienta en el territorio historias de interacción, resistencia y negociación, de una región definida y delimitada por referentes culturales y religiosos, y no necesariamente por fronteras políticas-administrativos impuestas por la idea de nación.

Body Politic and Socio-Religious Spatialization of Political Identities in Afro-Venezuelan Communities 

The control and violence imposed on the physical bodies of Africans and their descendants as well as the imposition and cultural appropriation of European religious systems motivated the creation of forms of in-corporated dissent in the re-construction of Afro-American culture. In this process, cultural and political identities get inscribed in individual and collective bodies and territory. In this lecture, Dr. Ugueto-Ponce will analyze the use of the body politic within a religious framework, and its inscription in territory and in social relations as a form of cultural resistance in the Afro-Venezuelan area of Curiepe, a form of resistance that challenges geographic alignments inherited by the logics of the nation-state

Meyby Ugueto-Ponce obtuvo su Ph.D en Antropología del Instituto Venezolano de Investigaciones Científicas (IVIC). Actualmente se desempeña como Profesional Asociada a la Investigación en el Centro de Antropología del IVIC. La Dra. Ugueto-Ponce se interesa por la articulación entre religión, cuerpo y memoria social en los procesos de construcción de identidades políticas de poblaciones afrodescendientes en América Latina y el Caribe, en contextos coloniales y poscoloniales. La Dra. Ugueto-Ponce también es intérprete, docente e investigadora en danza tradicional venezolana, con énfasis en las danzas de origen africano. Su escuela de formación fue la “Trapatiesta UCV”, grupo de formación y de proyección de Danza Popular Tradicional Venezolana de la Universidad Central de Venezuela. Actualmente dirige Trama-Danza, Colectivo de Investigación, Promoción de Danzas de Origen Afro y su Diáspora.

Meybe Ugueto-Ponce, Ph.D. in Anthropology from the Instituto Venezolano de Investigaciones Científicas (IVIC). She is a researcher at the IVIC and interpreter, director, and teacher of traditional Venezuelan dance, particularly dances of African origin.

Lecture will be accessible in both Spanish and English with simultaneous translation.

Co-sponsored by the Department of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies, the Center for Political Education, and The Andrew Mellon Foundation – New Strategies for the Humanities.


Dr. Lara Medina, Professor in the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies at California State University

Dr. Martha R. Gonzales, Lecturer in the Ethnic Studies Department at Glendale Community College, Glendale, California

Dr. Laura Perez, Chair of The Latinx Research Center and Professor in the Department of Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley

Patricia Juárez Chicueyi-Coatl, Information Management and Workflow in IST,  UC Berkeley

Voices from the Ancestors brings together the reflective writings and spiritual practices of Xicanx, Latinx, and Afro-Latinx womxn and male allies in the United States who seek to heal from the historical traumas of colonization by returning to ancestral traditions and knowledge.

Co-sponsored by the Multicultural Community Center “MCC”, the UC Berkeley Ethnic Studies Library, and Alianza at UC Berkeley

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Dr. Elda María Román, Associate Professor in the English Department at the University of Southern California

In this lecture, Elda María Román first discusses how media and scholars are engaging with the current wave of demographobia, which Sami Alim defines as “the irrational fear of changing demographics.” Since speculative fiction can creatively play out “what if?” scenarios, Román turns to speculative dystopian texts, America Libre, Ink, and Elysium that envision what would happen if demographobia toward Latinxs and other people of color continues to amplify. Román argues that these texts register what she calls the realist-speculative convergence, which enables us to understand the point at which what previously seemed improbable no longer is. Attuning to this point of convergence in texts revolving around demographobia reveals how close we are to extreme measures of population control, and what mechanisms might be reintroduced or developed to contain people as well as resources.

Co-sponsored by the English Department at UC Berkeley