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Actividades culturales - primavera 2014

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Film: César Chávez: History is Made One Step at a Time

Where: AMC Fashion Valley - AMC Mission Valley - Reading Gaslamp 15
When: Mar. 28 - undetermined
Time: Check with theater
Cost: Check with theater
Contact: Theater

Chronicling the birth of a modern American movement, César Chávez tells the story of the famed civil rights leader and labor organizer torn between his duties as a husband and father and his commitment to securing a living wage for farm workers. Passionate but soft-spoken, Chávez embraced non-violence as he battled greed and prejudice in his struggle to bring dignity to people. Chávez inspired millions of Americans from all walks of life who never worked on a farm to fight for social justice. His triumphant journey is a remarkable testament to the power of one individual's ability to change the world. Written by Pantelion Films


Lecture: Securing Labor, Freeing the Worker: The Debate over Debt Peonage in Porfirian, Southern Mexico”

Where: UCSD: Institute of the Americas, Deutz Conference Room
When: Apr. 16
Time: 12:30 p.m.
Cost: Free
Contact: Lisa Lee | (858) 534-0194

Speaker: Visiting Fellow Casey Lurtz, University of Chicago

Casey Lurtz is a doctoral candidate in Latin American history focusing on the social and economic history of Mexico in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Her current research uses the development of the coffee economy of southern Mexico to argue that local needs and efforts, not state mandate or foreign interests, dictated the shape of modernization in rural Porfirian, Mexico.

Lecture: We are the Face of Oaxaca: Testimony and Social Movements

Where: UCSD: Latin American Studies Bldg., CILAS Library
When: Apr. 17
Time: 3:30 p.m.
Cost: Free, but registration required
Contact: Lisa Lee | (858) 534-0194

Speaker: Lynn Stephen, director of the Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies, Univeristy of Oregon

Lynn Stephen is distinguished professor of arts and sciences, professor of anthropology, and director of the Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies at the University of Oregon. She is the author of Transborder Lives: Indigenous Oaxacans in Mexico, California, and Oregon and Zapotec Women: Gender, Class, and Ethnicity in Globalized Oaxaca.

About the book
A massive uprising against the Mexican state of Oaxaca began with the emergence of the Popular Assembly of the Peoples of Oaxaca (APPO) in June 2006. A coalition of more than 300 organizations, APPO disrupted the functions of Oaxaca’s government for six months. It began to develop an inclusive and participatory political vision for the state.

The movement was met with violent repression. Participants were imprisoned, tortured and even killed. Lynn Stephen emphasizes the crucial role of testimony in human rights work, indigenous cultural history, community and indigenous radio, and women’s articulation of their rights to speak and be heard. She also explores transborder support for APPO, particularly among Oaxacan immigrants in Los Angeles.

UC San Diego Bookstore will be on hand with Stephen's work. They are unable to accept credit cards at this event; cash, check, student accounts and UC San Diego budget index numbers are welcome.

Event space is limited.

IMAX en español: Under the Sea

poster for Under the SeaWhere: Balboa Park: Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
When: Apr. 20
Time: 4-5 p.m.
Cost: $17 (includes admission to the exhibit)
Contact: 619-238-1233

¡Somos el primer teatro en los EE.UU. que te trae las películas en español cada mes! Lo mejor de la experiencia del IMAX y peliculas digital se toma parte adentro del recién renovada teatro cúpula el cual presenta la nueva pantalla NanoSeam™ que brinda colores más nítidos y más asombrantes- colocando imágenes con mayor contraste. El teatro también ofrece asientos más anchos y cómodos, proveyendo una experiencia inolvidable y un nuevo sistema de sonido digital envolvente que produce 16,000 vatios.

fuentes.husbunLecture: New Writing: Rodrigo Fuentes and Rodrigo Hasbun”

Where: UCSD: Literature Bldg., de Certeau Room
When: Apr. 23
Time: 4:30 p.m.
Cost: Free
Contact: María Flaccavento |

Rodrigo Fuentes (Guatemala, 1984) has published stories in several anthologies of Spanish and Latin America fiction, including Asamblea Portátil: Muestrario de narradores iberoamericanos (Casatomada: Perú, 2009), Sólo Cuento III (UNAM: México, 2011), Ni hermosa ni maldita (Alfaguara: Guatemala, 2012), and Voces – 30 Latinoamérica (Patagonia, 2014). He is cofounder and editor of contemporary Latin American art and fiction publication Suelta, and of Traviesa, a digital publisher and online magazine focusing on contemporary literature written in Spanish.

Rodrigo Hasbún has published two books of short stories, Cinco and Los días más felices, and the novel El lugar del cuerpo. He was awarded the Latin Union Prize and his stories have been adapted into the films Rojo and Los viejos, for which he co-wrote the screenplays. In 2010 he was selected as one of The Best Young Spanish Language Novelists by Granta Magazine. He is co-founder and editor of the literary site and digital publisher Traviesa.

Ignacio PadillaLiterary Discussion with Ignacio Padilla, Internationally Known Mexican Author

Where: USD: Mother Rosalie Hill Hall, Room 120
When: Apr. 24
Time: 4 p.m.
Cost: Free
Contact: Kim Eherenman | | 619-260-4068

                                               TALK WILL BE GIVEN IN SPANISH.

Ignacio Padilla is a Mexican author of international renown whose short stories, novels, essays and children's literature have won numerous awards and have been translated into over fifteen languages. He is a founding member of the Crack Generation, a group of writers who have been called the most significant literary generation since the Latin American Boom, and whose Crack Manifesto calls for making a "crack" in Latin American narrative tradition by re-writing it. Padilla's novels and short stories build on the legacy of the complex works of the Boom writers as well as that of authors such as William Faulkner. His innovative and rigorous style is motivated by "a profound respect for the intelligent reader who wants to actively participate in literature." Barry Unsworth (The New York Times Book Review) has called Padilla, "An author of exceptional talent." The French magazine Lire has named Ignacio Padilla as one of the most important writers of the twenty-first century.

Lecture: "Subnational Policy Change on Violence Against Women in Nigeria and Mexico" by
                    Dr. Cheryl O'Brien, Asst. Prof. of Political Science at San Diego State University

Where: SDSU: Hepner Hall 134A
When: Apr. 25
Time: 3:30 p.m.
Cost: Free
Contact: (619) 594-5437

When can government be persuaded to act in support of marginalized and excluded groups, and what are the barriers to success for such groups in transitioning democracies? Why do some subnational states remain impervious to national policy directives, even when they are backed up by international norms and local civic pressure? Prof. O'Brien examines the role that international norms and transnational actors play in shaping the policy responses within Mexico and Nigeria on women’s human rights and argues that transnational diffusion--particularly through the mechanism of transnational activist networks--accounts for an important part of the variation in state policy adoption on women’s rights. She examines national and state-level policymaking in Mexico and Nigeria, employing both qualitative and quantitative methods and using original data generated through fieldwork.

children interacting across the border fencefriendship park¡Domingos en el jardín!

Where: San Diego-Tijuana Frienship Park   MAP
When: Apr. 13, 20, 27; May 4, 11
Time: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Cost: Free

The winter rains were a great help to our newly planted plants in November! Now we need to weed out the invasives to keep our garden beautiful and give the natives the opportunity totake advantage of the rains to come. Come on out every Sunday for the next couple months, contribute beyond borders to the bettering of our region, colaborate and make new friends across barriers!!

Exhibit: Spanish Soujourns, Robert Henri and the Spirit of Spain

Where: St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Del Mar
When: Apr. 28
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Cost: Free NCC members and first-time guests | $5 non-NCC members
Contact: (619) 232-7931

In the exhibition Spanish Sojourns: Robert Henri and the Spirit of Spain, Henri wanted to show what was unique to the land and people of Spain. During his several trips there from years 1902-1920s he became more and more engaged with the culture, the traditions and the people. Henri painted from his own personal point of view. "Paint what you feel-what you see-what is real to you". It is this point of view that will be discussed by Mary Kay Gardner, Museum Docent.

Lecture: A Reporter's Journey through Mexico's Drug War

Where: UCSD: Institute of the Americas, Malamud Conference Room at the Weaver Center
When: Apr. 30
Time: 5 p.m.
Cost: Free, but registration required
Contact: Lisa Lee | (858) 534-0194

Speaker: Alfredo Corchado, Mexico bureau chief, Dallas Morning News and author of Midnight in Mexico

Alfredo Corchado is a noted expert on immigration, drug violence and foreign policy between the United States and Mexico. He has reported on everything from the disappearance of women in Juarez to the exodus of Mexico’s middle class to the United States. Corchado presents the keynote address to the May 1 conference "Libertad Bajo Palabra: Censorship, Satire and the Press in Mexico."

Over the years Corchado has exposed government corruption and the reach of Mexican drug traffickers into U.S. communities. He has described the perils that journalists face and the disturbing result: an increasingly silent Mexican press. As a result of his reporting on the drug violence, Corchado has received numerous death threats that have forced him to leave Mexico for periods of time.

Film: La cámara oscura

Where: USD: Rigsby Language and Culture Commons (Founder 123)
When: May 1
Time: 7 p.m.
Cost: Free, but seating is limited to 15 people
Contact: Alejandro Meter | | 619-260-7417

Students of Spanish 458 are required to attend; there will be seats available for 15 other guests.

At the end of the 19th century, a baby girl is born only feet from the new world as a ship of immigrants docks in Buenos Aires harbor. Shy and self-conscious, Gertrudis grows up and into her role as the ugly duckling in a colony of Argentinean Jews. She fashions herself almost invisible, even hiding her face in photographs. After she is married off to an older, wealthy Jewish rancher, Gertrudis meets expectations and raises a family. The years pass and she finds solace in the beauty of everyday life, turning the tasks of setting the table or preparing a meal into aesthetic pursuits. One day her husband invites a gentle, nomadic French photographer to take a family portrait. His wondrous Surrealist photographs and uncompromising vision allow Gertrudis to see herself for the first time.

A lyrical, inventive new feature film from award-winning Argentine director María Victoria Menis, Camara Oscura employs a number of visual innovations, including original Surrealist-inspired photographs and black-and-white films, archival World War I photographs, and hand-drawn color animation. The film-within-a-film sequences —fantasies drawn from the characters’ imaginations — were written by María Victoria Menis and Alejandro Fernández Murriay and designed and created by renowned Argentine artist-illustrator Rocambole (Ricardo Cohen). Beautifully shot on location, this luminous, remarkable film captures the rich landscape of Buenos Aires Province and its fertile forests, fields, lagoons and rivers.


Lecture: Libertad Bajo Palabra: Censorship, Satire and the Press in Mexico

Where: UCSD: The Village West (building 2), meeting room 2
When: May 1
Time: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Cost: Free, but registration required
Contact: Lisa Lee | (858) 534-0194

If a free press and a free society go hand in hand, by most accounts for most of its recent history Mexico has had neither. During the 20th century, as the story goes, the Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI) famously developed a panoply of tactics to produce a docile press, balancing the carrots of lucrative government advertising and cash-stuffed envelopes slipped to journalists against the cudgels of censorship and the lurking threat of violence.

Most commentators tend to think of the 20th century Mexican press as something of a journalistic eunuch, self censoring and obediently toeing the party line. In recent years, almost endemic violence against journalists reporting on the drug trade has seemingly darkened the outlook for Mexico’s press.

Looking beyond the headlines of Mexico City’s major papers, however, it has become increasingly clear that the relationship between the government, the press and the public was and is far more complex than previously thought and that the challenges facing journalists today are being met with courage and innovation.

This conference brings together papers that will enrich our understanding of both the past and the present of Mexican journalism, from the experience of the PRI regime to the process of democratization and the contemporary specter of narcoviolence. Contributors will explore how the press has functioned as a more open space for critique than commonly believed, examining the codes, negotiations and strategies that have enabled open expression, as well as offering new discussions of the nuanced mechanisms of official control and censorship.

Bringing together academics and journalists from both sides of the border, this conference seeks to expand our understanding of what a free press has meant to Mexico during the 20th and 21st centuries in four sessions: “The Press and the Public Sphere,” “The PRI and the Press,” “Perspectives on Censorship and Democratization,” and a final roundtable discussion on censorship, democracy and contemporary challenges.

View the full conference agenda with schedule and speakers. The full list of participants will be posted once confirmed.

A reception will follow theconference at 6 p.m.

Lecture: The Role of the PRI in Mexico’s Emergence from Feudalism and Mercantilism after the Revolution

Where: UCSD: Institute of the Americas, Deutz Conference Room
When: May 7
Time: 12:30 p.m.
Cost: Free
Contact: | (858) 534-0194

Speaker: Irving Tragen

Before being known as a modern-day traveler, Irving Tragen taught courses on comparative labor law, Latin American social and labor history, and development strategies at several colleges and universities, including Mexico City College, American University, University of Chile and the Universidad Autonoma of El Salvador. He studied Article 123 and the Mexican Labor Code with Dr. Mario de las Cuevas, the principal drafter of both documents.

Lecture: “Pesos to Pasos, Dihrams to Dingies: The Role of Export Processing Wages in Migration from Mexico and Morocco”

Where: UCSD: Institute of the Americas, Deutz Conference Room
When: May 14
Time: 12:30 p.m.
Cost: Free
Contact: | (858) 534-0194

Speaker: Visiting Scholar Kathy Kopinak, University of Western Ontario

Kathy Kopinak is a Canadian sociologist who began formal research on northern Mexico in the early 1980s when North America's old industrial heartland started to dramatically transfer production to the U.S.-Mexico borderlands.



The Complete Frida Kahlo: Her Paintings: Her Life: Her Story

Frida KahloWhere: Liberty Station, Barracks 3
When: through June 8
Time: 10 a.m-6 p.m. (closed on Monday and Tuesday)
Cost: $14.50 with student ID (Buy online)
Contact: 888-512-SHOW

Frida Kahlo, the world's most famous woman painter, was an artist, a political activist, the wife of Diego Rivera, lover of Leon Trotsky, Josephine Baker, and a legend in her own lifetime. Her short, and turbulent and eccentric life was marked by passion and eccentricity, inner strength and temperament. She left us with a unique art collection; her works a painted diary.

André Breton described her art as "a ribbon around a bomb." She had the courage to show her life in front of our eyes and to reveal her inner world in a very realistic yet poetic way.

On July 13, 1954, Kahlo died in the Blue House as a result of lung embolism. Her last diary entry read: "I hope the exit is joyful and I hope never to return."


poster of elements of the exhibition: photos and various types of basketsExhibition:  Kumeyaay: Native Californians

Where: Balboa Park: San Diego Museum of Man
Hours: Daily, 10-4:30
Cost: Students with ID: $7.50
Phone: 619-239-2001

The Kumeyaay, or Diegueño (as they were later called by the Spanish), are the Native American people of present-day Southern California (San Diego and western Imperial Counties) and Northern Baja. For many generations before the arrival of the Spanish, they occupied the deserts, mountains, and coasts, developing sophisticated means of adapting to the diverse environments. With the arrival of Spanish settlers in the mid-1700s, Kumeyaay lifeways had to change and adapt, often by force.

The exhibit explores traditional Kumeyaay lifeways, featuring the art of pottery and basket making, food procurement, dress and adornment, traditional medicine, games, and ceremonies. Artifacts and photographs from the museum’s collection highlight the rich cultural heritage of the Kumeyaay, offering a glimpse of the life of the ancestors of today’s present day people. The exhibit remains popular with school groups from throughout the county.

Flamenco Dinner Shows

Where: Café Sevilla
Hours: Saturdays, 7 p.m. (through 2/1/14)
Cost: $47.50
Phone: 619-239-2001

Café Sevilla is home to the longest running Flamenco Dinner Show in Southern California. A high intensity Flamenco dance performance is coupled with a three course authentic Spanish dinner. Perfect for Saturday date night.

Sevilla is best known for combining three distinct environments under one roof: the authentic Tapas Bar, the casually elegant dining room featuring award-winning Spanish cuisine, and the lively nightclub with live music and dancing seven nights a week.



Mayan statuette
Exhibition:  Maya: Heart of Sky, Heart of Earth

Where: Balboa Park: San Diego Museum of Man
Hours: Daily, 10-4:30
Cost: Students with ID: $7.50
Phone: 619-239-2001

The ancient Maya tamed time. They could reckon dates far into the past and into the future by using cycles of the moon, the sun, and the planet Venus. More than a thousand years ago, they carved important dates, names of their rulers, and ceremonial events in their hieroglyphic writing on stone monuments in southern Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, and El Salvador.

The huge Maya monuments displayed in the Rotunda Gallery are casts of the originals from Quirigua, a site in Guatemala. The casts were made for the 1915 Panama-California Exposition and have been on display since then, except during World War II, when the Navy turned the Museum into a hospital. Today these casts are studied by researchers who are tracing the history of the Maya through their hieroglyphic writing. The Museum’s casts are in better condition than the originals, which have suffered some weathering and erosion in the 95 years since the casts were made.

The current exhibition includes a 42-foot-wide mural of a rainforest set in the time after the Maya Classic Period (C.E. 250-900), when the great ceremonial centers became overgrown by the jungle. In the center of the mural is the lofty ceiba tree, the sacred model for the Maya cosmos. Brilliant birds, and animals such as monkeys and jaguars, are represented, as well as elements from many Maya sites.

A frequent misconception is that the Maya no longer exist. Not so—their descendants continue to carry on many of the traditions and cultural traits of their ancestors through their weaving, woodcarving, and ceramics. The Museum’s conservation of the monumental casts offers us an opportunity to present the Maya as a cultural continuum.


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