CERLAC, the Canadian Council for International
Co-operation (CCIC)’s Americas Policy Group, theCanada-El
Salvador Action Network (CELSAN), KAIROS Canada, the Guatemala Community
Network (GCN), Salvaide Toronto, the Salvadorian-Canadian Association (ASALCA)
and theTransformative Learning Centre (OISE-U of T) present:
What's Behind the Secret Negotiation
of the Canada-Central America Free Trade Agreement (CA4FTA)?
A Discussion with:
Sinti Techan Citzens' Action
Americas Policy Group, Canadian Council
for International Cooperation (CCIC)/
PWRDF, Anglican Church of Canada
OISE, Room 4-422
For the last 5 years, the
government of Canada has been secretly negotiating a free trade
agreement with four Central American countries modelled on the
NAFTA and FTAA.During
that time, the Canadian government has refused to release the
draft text of the agreement, now in the last stages of
agreement comes on the heels of the recently approved US-Central
America Free Trade Agreement, which has been described as NAFTA on
out more about this secret agreement and what you can do about it.
for Migrant Farm Workers, the Toronto-Atenco Solidarity Committee, the
Centre for Research on Latin American and Caribbean Studies at York
University (CERLAC), and the Transformative Learning Centre (OISE/UT)
Evening of Testimonies, Poetry and Film
as part of the International Day of Action in Art, Culture and Communication
called by the "Other Campaign" for the Liberation
of the Atenco Political Prisoners
Del Carmen Fuchs on
The Other Face of Mexico. Criminalization and Repression of the Struggle
for Dignity, Land and An "Other" Mexico,"
Presenting her testimony, images and film of the attacks in
R.H.Y.M.E. Poetry Collective
Sharing their spoken word in solidarity with
June 12th, 2006
Seminar Room 4-414
OISE UT, 252 Bloor Street West
(St. George Subway Station, Bedford Street exit)
Del Carmen Fuchs is a Participant in the
Other Campaign in Mexico, as a Member
of the Committee Truth, Justice and Freedom Jacobo and Gloria andJusticia for
Migrant Workers (BC).A witness to the
attacks on San Salvador Atenco, Erika will give her testimony and
analysis of the current context of Mexico and the Other Campaign.
Maka is an
independent media journalist and activist from Mexico City.
Donations to the
legal fund of Atenco political prisoners are appreciated.
information contact: email@example.com
The Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean
(CERLAC), the Canadian Political Science Association and the Canadian
Association for Studies in International Development present:
The Political Economy of Social (In)Justice in Latin America: Panels in Honour of Liisa North
In a series of panels colleagues and students of Professor Liisa North will celebrate her key contributions to Latin American studies and her long-lasting commitment to social change. The panels will focus on issues that have been of primary importance to Liisa's work, such as the roots of inequality, political and social exclusion, the role of Canada in the
region, and the significance of struggles for social justice.
Thursday, June 1st to Saturday June 3rd, 2006
As part of the 75th Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences
The Centre for Research on Latin America and the
and the Transformative Learning Centre (OISE/UT)
Venezuelan Labour Movement in the Epoch of Globalization:
Transition to Bolivarianism
movimiento sindical venezolano en la época de la mundialización: la
transición del "punto fijismo" al "bolivarianismo")
University of Venezuela
May 25th, 2006 @ 7:00 pm
OISE at the University
Room 2-211, 252 Bloor Street West
collision-course between traditional organized labour and the state under
Chavez's "bolivarianism" originated in the erosion
of union democracy and autonomy under a "neocorporate"
model of governance during the 1980s and 1990s. Dr. Iturrapse
will discuss the link between the neocorporate system and
neoliberal economic reforms, and how this process gave rise to a
loss of credibility and autonomy within the union movement.
He then will address institutional and constitutional changes under
the Chavez government aimed at transforming the labour
movement. The "bolivariam transition" poses challenging questions
about the role of the state in the supervision of unions
in particular and more generally, it's role in civil society.
Iturraspe (Magister Scientiarunen Derecho
del Trabajo, Doctor en Ciencias) is a professor at the Universidad
Central de Venezuela and also represents Venezuelan labour unions.
He has worked and taught at universities in Venezuela, Peru, Argentina,
the United States, Mexico and Chile and has also conducted research in
Canada. He is the author of over twenty books and is
National Coordinator of the Venezuelan Labour Lawyers Association (AVAL,
Asociación Venezolana de Abogados Laboralistas) and founder and
Press Secretary to the Latin-American Labour Lawyer Society (ALAL, Asociación
Latinoamericana de Abogados Laboralistas).
more information on this event: (416) 934-1284, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Canada-El Salvador Action Network (CELSAN) and the Centre for
Research on Latin America and the Caribbean (CERLAC) at York
From Civil War to Neoliberalism:
El Salvador since the Peace
panel discussion with:
Kowalchuk Assistant Professor, Sociology
University of Guelph
Global Economic Justice
After twelve years of civil war,
the 1992 Chapultepec Peace Accords put an end to El Salvador's armed
conflict. Many people around the world had hoped that the
negotiated settlement would go a long way to achieving greater social
justice in El Salvador, and with this new peace, the world gradually
stopped watching. However, over the last 14 years strict
adherence to neoliberal policies by successive right-wing governments in
El Salvador have had disastrous effects for the majority of
Salvadoreans. Inequality has risen, the economy was
dollarized, and 60% of Salvadoreans live on less than $2 per day. Deteriorating
conditions in the country increasingly drive Salvadoreans primarily
to the United States, from where they send remittances that keep the
economy afloat. Even the Peace Accords themselves are under
attack, leading many to suggest that a major crisis is brewing.
us for a "re-introduction" to El Salvador through an overview
and discussion of some of the most salient developments in the country
since the signing of the 1992 Peace Accords.
Tuesday, April 25 7:00 PM OISE at University of Toronto
252 Bloor Street West Room 2-211
For more information: email email@example.com, 416-690-2892.
Colloquium for the Global South, The Centre for Feminist Research, and CERLAC present
women from Chiapas, Mexico educate and empower themselves through
their participation in women’s cooperative Jolom Mayaetik and
NGO K’inal Antzetik. Their work raises women’s political
awareness, and creates alternatives to gender and economic
subordination. Women’s work in Fair Trade
cooperatives has also been instrumental in maintaining the
autonomy of Indigenous communities in Chiapas, providing an
alternative source of income for communities whose livelihoods
continue to be threatened by macro-economic development plans such
as the Plan Puebla Panama (PPP), trade agreements such as NAFTA,
and persistent low-intensity warfare.
join representatives from Jolom Mayaetik and K'inal Antzetik, sharing
their struggle for dignity, autonomy, and survival.
Trade textiles will be also available for purchase.
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz is a historian and
long time social justice activist. Her newly published book,
Blood on the Border: A Memoir of the Contra War, is the third
book in a historical/literary memoir series that began with
the publication of Red Dirt: Growing Up Okie (1997) followed
by Outlaw Woman: Memoir of the War Years, 1960-1975. Blood on
the Border tells the story of the US sponsored war and its
effects on the indigenous peoples of Nicaragua and the rest of
the Americas. Prior to the memoir series, she published and
edited numerous scholarly books and articles on Native issues
and on the international indigenous movement.
Tuesday, March 28th, 4 - 6 pm York Lanes, Rm 305 York University
For more information: firstname.lastname@example.org, (416)736-2100
CERLAC and the Brown Bag Seminar Series Present: Political Violence
and the Guatemalan CICIACS
Political violence is on the
rise in Guatemala, with over one hundred threats and attacks
against human rights workers recorded during each of the
last six years. Yet while the Guatemalan government has
failed to reform the justice and security sectors to
adequately address this situation, local human rights
organizations initiated the creation of an international
commission to investigate the attacks in 2004. In this
seminar, Simon Helweg-Larsen will discuss the attempt to
create the CICIACS commission, placing this process within
the wider themes of peace accord non-implementation,
post-war political violence, and Guatemalan power networks.
Simon Helweg-Larsen is a Master's candidate in Social and
Political Thought. He recently conducted research in
Guatemala on the CICIACS, interviewing members of human
rights organizations and government agencies involved in the
Undermining Democracy Canada, the Coup and the War on
Haiti's Popular Movements
A Presentation by Patrick Elie
Please join us for the Toronto stop of political rights
activist and former member of Jean Bertrand Aristide's first
government, Patrick Elie's cross-Canada speaking tour.
Monday, February 27th 2:30pm - 4:30pm Founders Sr. Common Room 305 Founders College York University
For more information on Patrick Elie, a political
biography and a link to
an interview appear below.
The tour, organized by local chapters of the Canada Haiti
Action Committee, has a threefold purpose:
1. To give a voice to the Haitian people.
Democracy and constitutional rule was overthrown in Haiti in
February 2004 by an imperialist-backed coup. The elected
president of Haiti, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, was forced into
exile at that time. Thousands of his supporters have been
killed, jailed, or forced into exile. Patrick Elie, a voice
for the restoration of sovereignty and democracy, condemns
the coup and illegal government that now rules Haiti.
2. The tour will give a voice to those demanding
an end to the repression in Haiti carried out by the United
Nations-sponsored occupation force and the foreign-trained
and armed Haitian National Police. It will demand the
release of all political prisoners held under the
UN/Canada/U.S.-sponsored coup regime.
3. The tour will raise funds for several
grassroots projects in Haiti recommended by Patrick. These
are, (1) A popular university on the air, featuring lectures
and debates that address burning social issues ignored by
traditional politicians and the mainstream Haitian press,
and (2) A national observatory of the Press. The Haitian
press is a quasi-monopoly of the elite, their disinformation
campaign against President Aristide and the popular movement
has been the main weapon used to prepare the infamy of
February 29, 2004.
* Born January 1st 1950. Involved since 1967 in the
fight against the Duvalier dictatorship. Graduated with a
BSc in biochemistry from the University of Sherbooke,
Quebec in 1972. Earned a PhD in organic chemistry
from McGill University in 1976. Professor of biochemistry,
Faculty of Medicine, Haiti, 1980-1991.
* Helped save Jean-Bertrand Aristide's life on
September 11, 1988. Was the informal head of
Jean-Bertrand Aristide's security detail during the 1990
* National Coordinator of the fight against drug
trafficking in Haiti, 1991-1994.
* Secretary of State for National Defense, 1994-1995.
Instrumental in creating the National Police and
dismantling the Haitian Army.
* President of Foundation Eko Vwa Jan Dominique, an
organization which aims to pursue the work of the late
journalist Jean Léopold Dominique, assassinated on April
3, 2000. Founding member of S.O.S. (Sant Obsèvasyon
Sitwayen) a citizen watchdog group, created after February
29, 2004 coup and whose motto is; "Politics is too
important to be abandoned to the politicians."
CERLAC, the Grassroots Anti-Imperialist Network and the Toronto
Haiti Action Committee (THAC) are pleased to present:
In recognition of the second anniversary of the overthrow of
A Look at HAITI
A discussion and film screening
two years after the coup
Please join us for an introductory event in anticipation
of both the second anniversary of the February 29, 2004
overthrow of Haiti's elected government and a special February
27th event that will feature Patrick Elie, a political
rights activist and former Minister of Jean Bertrand
Aristide's first government.
Speakers to include:
Independent documentary film maker and journalist
Zac Smith: York
student and organizer with the Toronto Haiti Action
York student and organizer with the Toronto Haiti Action
The event will include a brief overview of the current
situation in Haiti, a discussion of the efforts of activists
involved in the Haiti solidarity movement, as well as a
screening of Pequeneza's film "Aristide's
Tuesday, February 21st
2:30 - 4:30pm
305 York Lanes
The Department of Visual Arts, Department of Film, and Centre for
Research on Latin America and the Caribbean (CERLAC) present:
Cozier: Artist's Talk
With screening of Uncomfortable: The Art of Christopher
Cozier (excerpt) by Richard Fung
Monday, January 30 2pm-4pm Brian Craig Cinema, 211 Founders College York University
Trinidadian artist Christopher Cozier works
in various media, including drawing, constructions, video,
live performance, and appropriated objects (breeze bricks,
flags, rulers, sandwiches), to critique discourses of nation,
culture, colonial identity, and the local. His work has
been exhibited at the Havana Bienale, the Bag Factory in
Johannesburg, TENT in Rotterdam, CCA7 in Port of Spain, the
Museum of the Americas in Washington, DC, The Nikolaj in
Copenhagen and A Space in Toronto. He is on the editorial
collective of Small Axe, A Caribbean Journal of Criticism, and
is an editorial adviser to BOMB Magazine (Americas issues).
For more on Christopher Cozier's work, click here.
Also, Uncomfortable will receive its world premiere
on January 25, 7:30pm, Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Ave (at St.
George), with Christopher and Richard in attendance. Free.
Kuna Children's Art Project in Kuna Yala, Panama
Kuna Children's Art Project is an outstanding example of how
collaborative creative arts processes can realise the ambitions of
in Kuna Yala, an indigenous region of Panama, children from five
different communities used various artistic mediums in order to better
understand Kuna culture and local ecology. Led by local facilitators,
the project involved hundreds of children over a five-year period,
1994-99. Such themes as cultural identity, place-based education, and
environmental action were engaged through drawing, theatre, puppetry,
mural-making, and music.
Reinsborough is a Masters candidate in the Faculty of Environmental
Studies. Through the York International Internship Program, she was
fortunate enough to spend four months working on the Kuna Children's
Art Project through CEASPA, a partner in the VIVA! Project, during the
summer of 2005.
ALL ARE WELCOME
Jan. 24, 2006
With the Poor of the Earth Con los pueblos de la tierra
"With the Poor of the
Earth" ("Con los Pueblos de la Tierra")
is an excellent documentary that gives the essential background
into what is popularly known as the Bolivarian Revolution of
Produced by noted Chilean journalist Marta Harnecker,
this documentary relates the inspiring and fascinating history
of Hugo Chávez's struggle to create a new Venezuela free of
poverty, illiteracy and misery and the involvement of the
Venezuelan people in their own liberation. The film is
approximately 60 minutes long and will be followed by a short
Thursday, January 19th,
2:30 - 4:30 pm
Founders Sr. Common Room
305 Founders College, York University
Civil Disobedient Experiences in
Indigenous Political Action
The Mexican EZLN and the Colombian
Luisa Ortiz Pérez, Research Fellow,
Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México
Luisa Ortiz Pérez has a
doctorate in Ideology and Discourse Analysis from the Government
Department at the University of Essex in the UK. Before the ITAM
appointment in her native Mexico, she was a Lecturer in
Discourse Analysis and Gender Studies at the Universidad del
Rosario in Colombia. Luisa Ortiz’s published work concerns
political discourses and identity formation among indigenous
groups and movements such as the Ejército Zapatista de Liberación
Nacional (EZLN) in Mexico and the Wayuu of the
Colombian-Venezuelan border. Her work also explores ethnicity,
race and gender in global contexts of conflict and economic
Thursday, December 1
12:30 - 2:00pm
305 York Lanes
ALL ARE WELCOME!!
To download Luisa Ortiz's paper, "Civil Disobedient Experiences
in Indigenous Political Action --
The Mexican EZLN and the Colombian Wayuu," click here.
Fabiana Barbi:Challenges of Participatory Watershed Management in Brasil:
the Cantareira Case
Fabiana Barbi is a Masters candidate in the Environmental
Science Program at the University of Sao Paulo. She is an
exchange student in York University's Faculty of Environmental
Studies and is involved in the Sister Watersheds Project.
Maria Costa:The Brazilian capital-labour relation system: some historical
features and its recent precariousness.
Maria Costa has a PhD in Sociology and is a Professor and
Researcher from the Center of Applied Social Sciences at the
Federal University of Paraiba, Brazil.
Thea Standerski:Participatory Design Process for an Urban Park
Thea Standerski is a Masters candidate in the Landscape
Architecture Graduate Program at the Faculty of Architecture and
Urbanism at the University Sao Paulo. She is an exchange
student in York University's Faculty of Environmental Studies.
WELCOME! Tuesday November 29th, 2005 2:30 - 4:30pm 305 York Lanes, York
The Evolution of Democracy? The Case of the Dominican Republic in
the Latin American context
John Carlaw Summer 2005 York International Intern to the Dominican
Republic, MA candidate in Political Science
Based on his own research and insights gained from experience
working as an intern with the Canadian Embassy and Office of the
Organization of American States (OAS) in the Dominican Republic,
John will discuss and offer some evaluation of the status of
democracy in the Dominican Republic with particular
consideration of the role of the international community in
promoting fairer elections and improved institutions amidst a
problematic international and domestic politico-economic order.
Please come out and contribute to a discussion of democracy
in the Dominican Republic and of trends in the wider region.
Thursday, November 24th,
2005 2:30 390 York Lanes
Further information and
- Dominican Governance NGO Participacion Ciudadana,
particularly its political analysis and documents on the 2004
- Clave digital, a Dominican news and political analysis
web-site; in particular see "Firmas Claves" columns by
Rosario Espinal and other analysts: http://www.clavedigital.com/
- Publications of Rosario Espinal in English; see in
--"Observing Elections in the Dominican Republic." T.
S. Montgomery (ed.), Peacemaking and Democratization in the
Western Hemisphere. North-South Center Press, University of
Miami, Miami, 2000. http://isc.temple.edu/espinal/PDFFiles/ObsrvElecDR.pdf
--"Dominican Republic: The Long and Difficult Struggle for
Democracy" (with J. Hartlyn). L. Diamond, J. Hartlyn, J.
Linz, and S.M. Lipset (eds.), Democracy in Developing
Countries: Latin America (2nd edition). Lynne Rienner,
Boulder, 1999. http://isc.temple.edu/espinal/PDFFiles/long&difficult.pdf
16th world festival of
youth & students
and other members of the Toronto
Delegation to the Festival
November 22 2:30 - 4:30pm 305 York Lanes
Please join us to
learn about the 16th World Festival of Youth and Students held
in Caracas, Venezuela this past August. Students and staff
from York participated in this Festival along with 25,000 young
people from 120 countries around the world. The festival
slogan this year was For Peace and
Solidarity, We struggle against Imperialism and War!
November 7th, 2005 12:30 - 2:30pm Ross South 752 York University
Fair Trade certified fruits have become widely available and
popular in many European countries and are slowly making their
way onto the scene in North America. Recognition of the
poor working conditions of the fruit growing sector has sparked
consumer interest in certified Fair Trade fruits.
The "Fair Trade Fresh Fruits Tour" organized by
Transfair Canada is creating interest in, and building a market
for, Fair Trade certified fruits in Canada through events
featuring Fair Trade ambassadors Victor Zapata and Miguel Reyes.
Victor Zapata is a Fair Trade farmer from rural northern Peru
and president of the Fair Trade cooperative “Asociacion de
pequeños productores de mango y frutas tropicales Tongorrape".
Miguel Reyes has been a member of PRONATUR since 2004 is an
exporter of the Fair Trade goods from the Tongorrape co-op.
The Tongorrape cooperative was founded in 1999 and now boasts 52
members. The conversion to organic production took place in 1999
and their Fair Trade certification was given in 2002. Tongorrape
is one of the many small co-ops working within APROECO.
The Tongorrape co-op is transparent, democratic, efficient, and
dedicated to achieving social, environmental, and economic
sustainability for all of its members. With continued Fair Trade
sales, they hope to develop rural electricity in northern Peru.
Co-Sponsored by Environmental Studies, Business and Society, Centre for Research on Latin America and the
Caribbean, International Development Studies and Latin American and Caribbean Studies
For further information, please contact:
Darryl Reed, Associate Professor, Division of Social Science (416)736-2100 x 77812 or email@example.com
Human Rights and Impunity in
Reinaldo Villalba Vargas of the Bogota-based “José Alvear Restrepo”
Lawyers' Collective (CAJAR).
Colombia, in the words of Jan Egeland, U.N. Under-Secretary
for Humanitarian Affairs, represents the “biggest humanitarian
crisis in the western hemisphere”. The social and armed
conflict has cost the lives of at least 70,000 people in that
country since the 1980s, the vast majority of them civilians
killed out of combat. The number of internally displaced persons
has grown to an estimated 3 million in 2004 -- the third highest
number in the world.
In the midst of a highly controversial “peace process”
between the Government of Colombia and the paramilitaries, the
human rights situation in Colombia remains critical. The process
of “demobilization” of the paramilitaries has taken place
without a comprehensive, legal framework that would determine
the truth of abuses committed and the degree of official
involvement in them; establish sentences commensurate with the
gravity of the offences committed; provide reparations for the
harm caused, and effectively dismantle the structures of
paramilitarism in Colombia. Indeed, legislation introduced
earlier this summer by the Uribe government to facilitate the
“peace process” with the paramilitaries has been described
by the New York Times as a “capitulation to a terrorist
mafia” and, it is feared, will only entrench impunity and
consolidate paramilitarism in the country
Mr. Reinaldo Villalba Vargas is one of the leading
human rights lawyers in Colombia, and since 1992 has practiced
with the highly respected "Jose Alvear Restrepo"
Lawyers' Collective (CAJAR), a member of the International
Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the World Organisation
Against Torture (OMCT).
Villalba directs the Criminal Law section at CAJAR, defending
persecuted leaders and members of labour unions, student unions
and non-violent resistance communities in Colombia. He has
also taken on such high-profile cases as the forced
disappearances that occurred during the M-19 takeover of the
Palace of Justice in 1985, the massacre of 20 indigenous people
from the Nasa first nation in 1991, and the assassination of
Vice-President Jorge Ortega Garcia of the Central Union of
Workers (CUT) in 1998.
Despite the high levels of impunity and the repressive
political climate in his country, Villalba continues to work in
favour of the rights and freedoms of human rights defenders.
However, due to the perilous nature of his work Villalba has
also suffered numerous attacks against his person including
death threats, being followed and pursued by armed individuals,
and being declared both a military and paramilitary target.
CAJAR, together with the Latin American Institute for
Alternative Legal Studies (ILSA) and three other Colombian
organizations, is part of the “Colombian Observatory on the
Administration of Justice”, a coalition focusing on issues
related to independence of the judiciary and impunity in
Colombia. The work of the coalition is supported by York
University through the CIDA-funded Tier 1 project “Latin
American Human Rights Education and Research Network” (RedLEIDH).
Thursday, November 3 2:30 – 4:30 pm 305 York Lanes
CERLAC, CRWS and the Labour Studies
State and the Bourgeoisie
Mexico's System of Labour Control
with visiting speaker
Edur Velasco Arregui
Mexico's main unions continue to be partners with the state
and the bourgeoisie in disciplining the working class, both at
the work place and politically. Rather than being destroyed by
the rise of neoliberalism and the demise of the one-party regime
within which they were integrated, they have found a new-old
niche as agents of labor control. This talk examines the role of
these unions, both the old corporatist and the new dissident
"neo-corporatist," in containing popular
resistance. As well, the limitations of the democratic,
reformist unions will be discussed.
Dr. Edur Velasco Arregui is a Professor of Economics
at UAM (Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana, Mexico City)
and the author of many articles on the Mexican economy, unions,
the working class, and NAFTA. He has been a long time activist in the Mexican union movement and
was Secretary-General of SITUAM (a union of both academic and
non-academic employees of UAM) from 1994-1998 as well as a
founder of the CIPM (Coordinadora Inter-sindical Primero de Mayo).
Professor of Literary & Cultural Studies,
Director of the Institute of Caribbean Studies and Coordinator
of International Reggae Studies,
University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica
and Sour Sauce
Politics in Jamaican Dancehall Culture
October 22, 2005 7:30 p.m. –
Lecture Room A York
University, Keele Campus, Toronto
The saucy sexual discourse of Jamaican
dancehall DJs is an essential element of their total
performance repertoire. Like their calypsonian counterparts,
dancehall DJs deploy pungent metaphors to elaborate the
recurring identification of sex and food in Caribbean popular
culture. Lady Saw and Shabba Ranks are exemplary exponents of
this genre whose salacious lyrics are routinely dissed by
their detractors as evidence of their creators’ moral
Conversely, Dr. Cooper argues that
the oral/sexual politics of these brazen artists confirms the
longevity of an African-derived cosmology in which the sacred
and the profane, the body and the spirit are equally valorised.
Carolyn Cooper is
Professor of Literary and Cultural Studies at the University of
the West Indies, Mona campus where she teaches Caribbean,
African and African-American Literature. She is also the
Director of the Institute of Caribbean Studies, and Co-ordinator
of the University’s International Reggae Studies Centre, an
academic project she initiated.
Professor Cooper is an outspoken public intellectual who
firmly believes that the knowledge produced in universities must
be communicated to the wider society in a language that
everybody can understand.
This is the Sixth
Lecture, commemorating the life and vision of the late Dr.
Cheddi Jagan, Caribbean thinker, politician, and political visionary.
The event is co-organized by CERLAC, LACS,
York International, and the Jagan Lectures Planning Committee. More
information: firstname.lastname@example.org ,
Poor barrios in São Paulo: networks of solidarity in a situation
of social vulnerability
Lúcio Kowarick ~ one of Brazil's leading experts on migration
and urban growth ~
Professor Lúcio Kowarick is a professor of
Sociology at the Universidade de São Paulo (USP).
He will be speaking about:
* metropolitan expansion and housing
alternatives for the poor * community networks and the struggle for
better urban living conditions
Wednesday, October 19 12:30 - 2:30pm 280 York Lanes
The Centre for Research on Latin America
& the Caribbean (CERLAC) and the Latin American and Caribbean
Studies Programme (LACS) present
CULTURE & POLITICS IN URUGUAY: a meeting with legendary singer
Daniel Viglietti will
perform a few of his classic songs as well as his more recent
compositions. Drawing from his recent personal experience,
Viglietti will also talk about the cultural movement in Uruguay
since the election of the centre-left coalition government in
(Division of Social Science, Latin American & Caribbean
Studies) will talk briefly about the current situation in
Uruguay and the fundraising campaign organized by members of the
Uruguayan community in Toronto to fight poverty in Uruguay.
Thursday, October 6, 2005 3:00pm - 5:00pm Accolade West, Room 004 York University
MORE ABOUT DANIEL
One of the most prominent Latin American socially conscious
singers, poets, and composers, Daniel Viglietti became famous in
the late 1960s with his song “A Desalambrar” (Tear
Down the Fences) – a song that became a symbol throughout the
region for social forces struggling for land reform. He has
since been considered one of the top exponents of Latin
America’s socially committed music.
Viglietti was imprisoned in 1972 by a repressive national
government and released thanks to an international campaign
supported by prominent individuals such as Miguel Angel Asturias,
François Miterrand y Jean Paul Sartre. He was exiled in France
for eleven years during the period of the military regime that
ruled Uruguay between 1973-1984.
Viglietti has given numerous concerts throughout Europe,
Latin America, North America, Africa and Australia and won
international recognition for his music. He has also given
recitals with well known Latin American writers like Eduardo
Galeano, Mario Benedetti y Juan Gelman.
ALL ARE WELCOME!
Endorsed by: The University
Consortium on the Global South, the International Development
Studies Program, Political Science, Division of Social Science,
Founders College, the Organization of Latin American Students (OLAS),
OPIRG York and the IDS Student Association
An invitation to all
graduate students at York interested in research
on Latin American and the Caribbean
The Centre for Research on Latin America and
the Caribbean (CERLAC) invites you to
Orientation Session for Graduate Students
September 27, 2005 3:00 - 4:00 pm CERLAC (240 York Lanes)
We encourage all students interested in CERLAC to join us for
this informal gathering. A general introduction to our
activities, resources and major programs (including especially
the Graduate Diploma Program in Latin American and Caribbean
Studies) will be presented. Emphasis will be given to
opportunities for graduate student involvement at CERLAC, and
questions and suggestions will be very welcome.
This event will be followed directly by a CERLAC social
gathering, which represents an opportunity to meet with other
members of the CERLAC community - as well as to eat, drink and
CERLAC, the Department of Film,
the Graduate Program in Film & Video and OPIRG present
A FILM SCREENING
FOLLOWED BY A PANEL DISCUSSION
September 23 1:30 -
– ALL ARE WELCOME!
Filmed in four countries of Latin America over a two-year
Music Americas takes us into the "other"
Americas, into the social and political movements rocking the
region, with four groups of passionate musicians. Theirs is the
music of the America of the South - popular, dynamic, rebellious
and more often than not "anti-American". These
musicians take centre stage in the feature-length documentary
directed by Marie Boti and Malcolm Guy.
As we follow Anibal and Charly, members of the group Santa
Revuelta, we discover Argentina in the depths of economic
crisis, and the unemployed workers - los piqueteros - blocking
access to a refinery in Buenos Aires.
Then Lila Downs, who was born to an American father and a
Native Mexican (Mixteca) mother, lends her amazing voice to
stories of the border, between North and South, between hope and
We hear the rhythms and voices of Afro-Colombian musicians,
from the CAVIDA collective in the Choco region, who sing of the
military operations that drove them off their land.
In a whirlwind of sound and colour, Chico César gives a
benefit concert near Sao Paulo for the Landless Workers'
Movement (MST) in a continent where land is under the control of
oligarchies and peasants struggle to survive.
These groups take us, in their music and through their lives,
inside the major people's movements and the political and social
events shaping the Americas of today.
Followed by a panel discussion with Directors Marie Boti
and Malcolm Guy and Argentine musicians Aníbal and Charly from
Aníbal and Charly from the group Santa Revuelta (Buenos
Aires, Argentina) are not only excellent musicians and
composers, they are also close to the grass-roots struggles of
the piqueteros. Several of their songs (Yo soy
piquetero, La muerte de Aníbal Verón) have become
anthems of the piquetero movement. Aníbal Kohan, an
economist by training, is present at most piquetero events,
either as a musician or a sound-man, bringing the sound system
and amplifiers for the demonstrators. He published a book in
2003 entitled A Las Calles that traces the social and
political history of the piquetero movement.
Please join us to hear a group of
organizations speak about their views and concerns with respect
to the Canada-Central America Free Trade Agreement currently
being negotiated by the governments of Canada, El Salvador,
Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.
Including representatives of:
SALVAIDE The Council of Canadians The Guatemala Community Network FMLN in Toronto
Thursday, September 15
1:00pm - 2:30pm
280 York Lanes