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Mexico and the United States: Before and After Trump

Presented by special guest speaker Dr. Carlos Bravo Regidor

March 15, 2018


North Gym 118

Dr. Carlos Bravo Regidor is the director of the Journalism Program at the Center for Research and Teaching in Economics (CIDE), a public research center on social sciences based in Mexico City. He earned a B.A. in International Relations at El Colegio de Mexico, and a M.A. and a PhD in History at the University of Chicago. His academic interests include political ideas, constitutional history, elections, and journalism, both in the U.S. and Mexico.

All participants are welcome. If you need special accommodation or parking information, please call 559.278.2848 in advance of your participation or visit.

CLAS's fourth Latin American Film Festival! We have one more film screening in Spring 2016.

All screenings are free and open to the public. They will be taking place in the Peters Educational Center (West of Save Mart Center in the Student Recreation Center Building) (see directions below). The screening starts at 5:30 pm. 

For more information, please email Dr. España-Nájera ( or call (559) 278-2848

Click here to open the poster (PDF).

Click here to open Google Maps with directions.  

Malacrianza (2014) - El Salvador

Co-Sponsored with CineCulture and Dept. of Political Science 

Director Arturo Menéndez will be at Fresno State on April 28th for the screening of his film Malacrianza (the Crow's Nest). Malacrianza is the first fiction film from El Salvador to be produced since 1969 and the first ever to see a worldwide release. Shot on location in neighborhoods controlled by gangs, the script was based on a collection of real stories.

The film follows Don Cleo, a humble piñata salesman who receives an extortion letter at his doorstep. If he doesn't pay $500, a small fortune for him, within 72 hours, he will be killed. Don Cleo quickly decides to gather the money through friends, but the harder he tries to raise the funds, the deeper into trouble he gets. If Don Cleo hopes to survive, he'll have to face his fears and stand up to his tormentors. With a magnificent use of deadpan humor and charm, The Crow's Nest depicts a unique and realistic vision of El Salvador, where evangelical churches, reverence for the concept of the American Dream, the local struggling economy, and violence are everyday experiences for its most vulnerable population.


Dos Equis or Five Rabbit? Beer and Taste in Greater Mexico

Historian, Dr. Jeffrey Pilcher will present on his research "Dos Equis or Five Rabbit? Beer and Taste in Greater Mexico." The talk is Jeffrey Pilcher's visit is co-sponsored by History and Anthropology. May 2nd @ 11 am in the Library, Room 3212.

Dr. Jeffrey Pilcher has been a leading figure in the emerging scholarly field of food history. From an early research focus on Mexico and Latin America, he has expanded his scope to food in world history. He is the author of ¡Que vivan los tamales! Food and the Making of Mexican Identity (1998), The Sausage Rebellion: Public Health, Private Enterprise, and Meat in Mexico City (2006), and Food in World History (2006). His latest book, Planet Taco: A Global History of Mexican Food (2012), seeks to historicize authenticity and show how Mexico's national cuisine developed through global interactions, particularly with Mexican-American cooks.

Poster of event


March 30th from 6-8 PM: REPORT FROM THE BORDER 

Rev. Hoover (Ph.D.) will present HBO's film The Fence and discuss the U.S.-Mexico Border and contemporary challenges we face. 

Please join us for this timely discussion on March 30th in the Education Building (ED 140). 


Ph.D. Candidate Fernando Serano (UCLA) will discuss the mining economy and ethnic identity in the Guanajuato-Michoacán region during the Colonial Period.

Please join us in UC 123. 


FRIDAY, JAN. 27TH @ 5:30PM

Road to La Paz, Argentina (2015) with director Francisco Varone 




FALL 2016

The Violin Teacher, Brazil (2015)

Discussant: Sergio Machado (director).

Embrace of the Serpent, Colombia (2015)

Discussant: Dr. Jiménez-Sandoval (Dean of Arts & Humanities)