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Events from the 2008-2009 Academic Year




Community Resistance to Mining in Central. America Visiting Speakers/EIRG seminar May 20, 2009

Access to Justice for Women Survivors of Violence in Latin America Visiting Speaker April 30, 2009

The Living Documents: A Feature Documentary Film by Mallory Sohmer Film screening April 28, 2009

The Quest for Urban Sustainability in the South: Drawing Lessons from the Governance Process in Curitiba, Brazil Brazil Seminar Series April 15, 2009

Cricket as a Liberating Force in the West Indies Jagan Lecture March 21, 2009

"1808: How a mad queen, a fearful prince, and a corrupt court deceived, Napolean and changed the history of Portugal and Brazil forever"  Brazilian Studies Seminar March 18, 2009

Rethinking Extractive Industry: Regulation, Dispossession and Emerging Claims Conference March 5-7, 2009

Under Rich Earth Film Screening March 5, 2009

Graduate Research Conference on Latin America and the Caribbean Conference Nov 7-8, 2008

How to Present a Conference Paper Workshop/Seminar Oct 23, 2008

From Above, or From Below? Reflections on the Bolivarian Movement Seminar Oct 21, 2008

Water, Energy & Democracy: Chilean Patagonia without Dams Lecture 16 October 2008




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Brazilian Studies Seminar

Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean (CERLAC)



 Text Box: '1808'
"How a mad queen, a fearful prince, and a corrupt court
deceived Napoleon and changed the
History of Portugal and Brazil forever"


With author

Laurentino Gomes

and special guest

Ambassador Paulo Cordeiro de Andrade Pinto

of the Embassy of Brazil in Ottawa


Wednesday, March 18, 2009


Room 280 York Lanes,

York University

4700 Keele St.,Toronto


About Laurentino Gomes and 1808

A journalist with a MBA degree at Universidade de São Paulo (USP), Laurentino Gomes, 53, is the author of “1808: how a mad queen, a  fearful prince and a corrupt court deceived Napoleon and changed the history of Portugal and Brazil forever”, last year’s best selling non-fiction book in the Portuguese language and the winner of the Jabuti literary prize. With over 400 000 copies sold in Brazil and Portugal, the book describes the Portuguese royal family’s move to Brazil two hundred years ago, fleeing the Napoleonic army’s invasion of Portugal. Prior to writing this book, Laurentino worked for 28 years as an editor for the newspaper O Estado de S. Paulo and VEJA, the leading newsweekly magazine in Brazil. He lives in São Paulo with his wife and four children. For more details about the author you can visit


This event is sponsored by the Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean (CERLAC), Itamaraty (Brazilian Foreign Affairs), and the History Programme of York University


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CERLAC is pleased to present the 2008 Jagan Lecture


Cricket as a Liberating Force 

in the 

West Indies


A Caribbean Dialogue


Keith A.P. Sandiford

Professor Emeritus, University of Manitoba

Saturday, 21 March 2009

7:30 - 9:30 pm

Vari Hall B

York University (map)


Professor Keith Sandiford, the foremost scholar currently writing on West Indian cricket, will provide an illuminating and entertaining discussion on ways in which cricket has historically promoted change and liberation in the West Indies.


sandifordDr. Keith Sandiford, born in Barbados, is a graduate of Combermere School, the University of the West Indies and the University of Toronto. After teaching at the University of Manitoba for many years, he retired in 1998 and is no Professor Emeritus. Professor Sandiford is internationally recognized as one of the outstanding pioneers of the historical sociology of sport, a field in which he has published extensively. His numerous articles have appeared in various scholarly journals. He is also the author of the much acclaimed Cricket and the Victorians (1994) and the Cricket Nurseries of Colonial Barbados (1998). In addition, he wrote statistical biographies for the “Famous Cricketers” Series (published by the Association of Cricket Statisticians & Historians) on such West Indian stars as John Goddard, Wes Hall, Roy Marshall, Sonny Ramadhin, Garry Sobers, Alfred Valentine, Clyde Walcott, Everton Weekes and Frank Worrell. A truly prolific author, Dr. Sandiford’s publications have been distinguished by the exceptional width of their range. His works have addressed such disparate subjects as Barbadian culture and education; Black studies; Caribbean cricket; Victorian culture, diplomacy, politics and sport; and West Indian contributions to Manitoban life. Professor Sandiford is the recipient of several awards, honours, medals and plaques, mainly for his outstanding community service in Canada. He has also been honoured by the Barbados Cricket Association for his contributions to the sport as a historian (1992) and by Combermere School Old Scholars’ Association (2002) for his contribution to the Combermere community. In 2004, he received the Gold Crown of Merit from the Government of Barbados for his contributions to education and community service.


THE JAGAN LECTURES commemorate the life and vision of the late Dr. Cheddi Jagan, Caribbean thinker, politician and political visionary.  The series is founded upon the idea that the many and varied dimensions of Cheddi Jagan’s belief in the possibility of a New Global Human Order should be publicly acknowledged as part of his permanent legacy to the world.  The lectures reflect this vision and speakers are selected from an international community of like commitment and interest.  The lectures are held annually at York University, Canada.

This year’s Jagan Lecture has been generously supported by: Founders College, Atkinson College (Arts & Letters), Office of the Vice-President, Research & Innovation, Department of Anthropology, Division of Humanities, Division of Social Science, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, York International, all at York University.


The Jagan Lecture Series is co-organized by CERLAC, York International and a standing committee of volunteers from the Toronto Caribbean community



CERLAC and the Extractive Industries Research Group (EIRG) at York University

proundly present a special screening of


Under Rich Earth


(Bajo Suelos Ricos)

the acclaimed feature documentary film

by director Malcolm Rogge



Official Selection - Toronto International Film Festival
Opening Night Film - One World Film Festival, Ottawa

"Magnificent... a thrilling and revealing portrayal of the search for justice"
Alberto Ramos, Signis

“Gripping and disturbing...”
**** Eye Weekly

“Gracious and uplifting.”
NOW Magazine

Playback Magazine

"An outstanding work of hard journalism."
Michael Sauve, Canadian Film Programmes Blog

"A startling exposé... a graceful, well-made vérité doc."
Marc Glassman 96.3 FM

"While so many documentary filmmakers can only capture the aftermath of a big event, Toronto's Malcolm Rogge had the advantage of being right in the thick of the action when a dispute between heavily armed representatives of a Canadian mining company and a group of Ecuadorean farmers and eco-activists very nearly turned deadly in 2006. At stake was the fate of farmland that would likely be ruined if mining concerns had their way. Gripping and disturbing, Rogge's Under Rich Earth reveals the extent to which corporations (yes, even Canadian ones) are willing to go to get what they want, as well as the determination and savvy that is required of those who oppose them"

Jason Anderson, Eye Weekly ****

"Unarmed and unprotected, the poor farmers in a tiny mountain community in Ecuador face down and detain armed mercenaries hired by Canadian mining company Ascendant Copper. Canadian documentary maker Malcolm Rogge caught some amazing footage to build a story about corporate malfeasance and how the undertrod overcame the superior forces of might, money and political manipulation."

Susan Walker, Toronto Star



5 March 2009



Venue and time TBA



York University



Malcolm Rogge was born in Winnipeg and studied at the University of Manitoba before completing an M.A. at York University and a Bachelor of Laws from Osgoode Hall Law School at York University. His short films include Pretension Spaz: The Farley Theory (01), Missile: The Omnipresence of Waves (01), T.T.C. Film (04) and The Remedy (07). Under Rich Earth (08) is his first feature documentary


See the Toronto International Film Festival listing for this film.

This screening is being held in conjunction with the conference:

Rethinking Extractive Industry: Regulation, Dispossession and Emerging Claims


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CERLAC and the Graduate Diploma in Latin American and Caribbean Studies present


How to present a

conference paper


A graduate student workshop

facilitated by 

Prof. Anna Zalik


Professor Anna Zalik will discuss differing 'disciplinary' presentation conventions, ideas for creating a good panel environment, how to present and conquer nervousness depending on personal style, and 'making the most of 15 minutes'.



Thursday, October 23, 2008

12:30 – 1:30 pm 

390 York Lanes

All York Graduate students welcome!


For more information:




From Above, or From Below? 

Reflections on the Bolivarian Movement of Venezuela

A Public Seminar with Cultural Workers and Community Organizers 

from the Bolivarian Movement


Tuesday, October 21, 2008


305 York Lanes

York University - Keele Campus


Please join us for an open discussion with Venezuelan community organizers from the grassroots of the Bolivarian political process. Joining us will be:


Layo Gascuez   
National Organizer
'Sin Techos' National Committee of the Homeless


as well as cultural workers and artists from Venezuelan hip-hop group Familia Negra, and Toronto-based community organizers from Barrio Nuevo and BASICS Community Newsletter.


This event is being organized by Barrio Nuevo and BASICS Community Newsletter, and is sponsored by CERLAC.




Water, Energy, and Democracy: 

Chilean Patagonia Without Dams 

A Public Lecture with Juan Pablo Orrego


A leading Chilean environmental activist, Juan Pablo Orrego will share his analysis of hydroelectric mega-projects proposed for Chilean Patagonia, and will also explore the broader context of economic and political power that shapes energy policy in Chile and constrains opportunities for meaningful democratic process on environmental questions.


Thursday, October 16th

6:30-8:30 pm

Room 208N of the Munk Centre for International Studies 

1 Devonshire Place, University of Toronto


The event is hosted by the Latin American Studies Program and the Munk Centre (University of Toronto), with support from the Faculty of Environmental Studies and the Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean (CERLAC) at York University , the Sam Gindin Chair in Social Justice and Democracy (Ryerson University) and the Centre for Social Justice.

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