New Books from Puerto Rico

The recent events in Puerto Rico remind us of the importance of building a long-lasting collection of Puerto Rican items on the West Coast of the United States.  We have been steadily building our collections of the Caribbean Studies given our surging faculty interests in the Caribbean. We are fortunate to have Professors Tom McEnaney, Daylet Domínguez and Elena Schneider on the campus who constantly keep me motivating and inspiring. I present you with new Puerto Rican books that can be borrowed and used.

 

 

 

 


Select new books from Cuba!

Despite the historic visit of President Obama to Cuba and subsequent gestures to open the trade and communications, acquiring the Cuban books remains a formidable task. We continue to purchase available relevant academic level Cuban books to meet the current research needs of our users. The album below contains a relatively small batch of Cuban book. Please click on the icon below to access the rest of the album. If you have any specific requests about any other Latin American Studies related materials please feel free to contact me by email.

Obama y el "nuevo enfoque" hacia Cuba Author: Elier Ramírez Cañedo Publisher: La Habana : Casa Editorial Verde Olivo, 2019. ©2017


November 12: ¡Las Sandinistas! Screening at Moffitt Library!

¡Las Sandinistas! reveals the untold stories of Nicaraguan women warriors and social revolutionaries who shattered barriers during Nicaragua’s 1979 Sandinista Revolution and the ensuing U.S.-backed Contra War. Today, as the current Sandinista government is erasing these women’s stories of heroism, social reform, and military accomplishments from history books, these same women are fighting to reclaim history – and are once again leading inspiring popular movements for equality and democracy. 96 minutes. Spanish with English subtitles.

“A documentary of ripe impact and value… with its rich archival footage, and its nuts-and-bolts view of a revolution that was every bit as seismic as the one in Cuba, it’s instructive to see how the rebellion against an autocracy gets built: gun by gun, body by body, skirmish by skirmish.” – Variety

All Cine Latino screenings are free to the public. No registration or tickets are required. Please check clas.berkeley.edu to confirm time and location

Tuesday, November 12, 7:00 pm
NEW LOCATION: 106 Moffitt Library

Sponsored by CLAS!


Today: Film director Francisco Cruces at CLAS

Center for Latin American Studies
University of California, Berkeley

Today

 

Film Screening and Live Q&A
The Order I Live In: An Indoor Urban Symphony
With Co-Director Francisco Cruces

Cities have been narrated from manifold perspectives, but rarely from the inside. This ethnographic documentary on contemporary urban life highlights the voices of 20 people in Madrid, Mexico City, and Montevideo. Through narrative, stories, and objects, the “city” is no longer an anonymous locus of commodities, industry, and mass human relations, but rather a space for personal assertion and self-discovery, as well as the continuities and ruptures of modern living. 63 minutes. Spanish with English subtitles.

After the screening, co-director Francisco Cruces will take part in a live Q&A. He is Professor of Anthropology at Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia in Spain, and a Visiting Scholar at UC Berkeley.

Monday, November 4, 4:00 pm
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Next week: Dams and Brazil

Itaipu Dam in Brazil. (Photo courtesy of Duke University Press.)

Jacob Blanc
Before the Flood: The Itaipu Dam and the Visibility of Rural Brazil

A Conversation with the Author

In the 1970s and 1980s, Brazilian communities facing displacement by the Itaipu Dam — which is now largest producer of hydroelectric power in the world — stood up against the military officials overseeing the dam’s construction. In the context of an emerging national fight for democracy, they elevated their struggle for land into a referendum on the dictatorship itself. Jacob Blanc will discuss his new book, which traces the protest movements of Brazilians living in the shadow of the Itaipu dam, challenges the primacy of urban-focused narratives, and unearths the rural experiences of dictatorship and democracy in Brazil.

Jacob Blanc is a Lecturer in Latin American History at the University of Edinburgh. His new book, Before the Flood: The Itaipu Dam and the Visibility of Rural Brazil will be published by Duke University Press in December 2019.

Tuesday, November 12, 4:00 pm
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

New screening

(Image from ¡Las Sandinistas!)
Cine Latino
¡Las Sandinistas!
Directed by Jenny Murray (United States, 2018)

Trailer for the film

 

¡Las Sandinistas! reveals the untold stories of Nicaraguan women warriors and social revolutionaries who shattered barriers during Nicaragua’s 1979 Sandinista Revolution and the ensuing U.S.-backed Contra War. Today, as the current Sandinista government is erasing these women’s stories of heroism, social reform, and military accomplishments from history books, these same women are fighting to reclaim history – and are once again leading inspiring popular movements for equality and democracy. 96 minutes. Spanish with English subtitles.

“A documentary of ripe impact and value… with its rich archival footage, and its nuts-and-bolts view of a revolution that was every bit as seismic as the one in Cuba, it’s instructive to see how the rebellion against an autocracy gets built: gun by gun, body by body, skirmish by skirmish.” – Variety

All Cine Latino screenings are free to the public. No registration or tickets are required. Please check clas.berkeley.edu to confirm time and location

Tuesday, November 12, 7:00 pm
NEW LOCATION: 106 Moffitt Library


Book talk (en français) with Lyonel Trouillot

Wednesday, November 13
5-6:30 pm
4229 Dwinelle (French Department Library)

Lyonel Trouillot is a novelist, poet, journalist, and professor of French and Creole literature in Port-au-Prince. He will discuss his novel Kannjawou (Actes Sud, 2016) which was recently translated into English (Schaffner Press, 2019). He will be introduced by Soraya Tlatli, a professor of French at UC Berkeley.

Sponsored by UC Berkeley’s Department of French & Cultural Services, French Embassy in the U.S.


New Cartonera Books from Mexico at Doe Library.

Cartonera books collection at UC Berkeley’s Doe Library continues to grow since our initial humble beginnings two years ago. Since them, we have acquired over 250 Cartonera books from the different parts of Latin America.  Cartonera is a term used to describe books that have their cover made from cardboard boxes. Usually, these are painted or illustrated. These can be searched in our library’s Oskicat using the following keyword search:

Latin American cartonera collection.

Today, I present you with select photos of our newly purchased Cartonera books from Mexico. This batch is interesting because it contains various items linked to the events of 1968. The cartonera books revolve around some themes as what was read during 1968 events, what fashion was trendy during the year, etc. Besides, these books we did purchase the first 12 issues of Puff. Puff is a magazine in Cartonera format.

Below, I present you an album with the images of the new Cartonera items from Mexico. Please click on the icon to access the whole album. The title below is 1968 Testimonios by Cascarón Artesanal editorial.


New books from Ecuador and Dominican Republic

Both Ecuador and the Dominican Republic represent the diversity of publishing patters and traditions in Latin America. Some have questioned our logic to collect the Caribbean Studies related books from the Dominican Republic on the West Coast of the United States. While these questions are relevant and important, each library decides on how to go about building distinguished collections from a particular part of our continent and world. One way to create a degree of uniqueness is to purchase and curate the collection of the DR books here in our general collections.

Below are two albums of books from Ecuador and the Dominican Republic. Please click on the icons of the photos to get accessed to our recent purchases of these books.

Fair Academic use!

 


“Literatura de Cordel” Collection at UC Berkeley

Literatura de Cordel” or “Cordel Literature or Literature on a string” represents a Brazilian literary tradition that revolves around selling these chapbooks by hanging them on strings at the stalls primarily in Northeastern Brazil.  At the UC Berkeley library,  we will be launching a limited collecting activity around developing a sustainable collection of these booklets. Most of these booklets are as a rule deposited in the Special Collections departments and circulate on a limited basis. As these do not go out on the Interlibrary Loan, it was deemed necessary to support and instructions of Professor Candace Slater and Professor Nathaniel Wolfson through limited acquisitions of these literary objects. Professor Slater’s book on the genre is well-known.  Please click on the icon below to access the images. The booklets will be deposited for building use only in our NRLF upon cataloging.

academic use only.
Literatura de Cordel Collection at UC Berkeley’s Doe Library!

Please note the following:

Property rights to the physical object belong to the UC Berkeley Library. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

Select new books from Argentina @ Doe Library!

I hope that everyone’s summer is going well. During the summer, we have been busy selecting and purchasing books from several Latin American nations. I present you today with the images of our purchases of new books from Argentina. I wish you a healthy and productive summer. You can get access to all of the pictures by clicking here.

Select new books from Argentina!