Chicana and Chicano Studies

Institute of American Cultures Fall Forum & Reception

UCLA Institute of American Cultures
Fall Forum and Reception

Thursday, November 2, 2017
4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Collins Alumni Conference Room
James West Alumni Center
325 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA

Join us at Institute of American Cultures (IAC) Fall Forum and Reception in honor of the 2017-18Â IAC Visiting Scholars, Graduate & Predoctoral Fellows and Research Grant Awardees!Â

The event will feature conversations with the following IAC scholars:Â


Screening followed by Q&A with Brazilian director, writer, actor Selton Mello

Wednesday, May 02, 2018
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Melnitz Hall 1409
UCLA James Bridges Theater

Doors open at 7:00 pm

About the film:

Based on a novel "A Distant Father" by Antonio Skármeta. Young Tony decides to return to his hometown. There, he discovers his father has returned to France claiming to miss his friends and country of origin. Tony ends up becoming a teacher, and finds himself amid conflicts and inexperience.


Directed by Tatiana Huezo

A poignant doc by celebrated filmmaker Tatiana Huezo. Tempest narrates the parallel journey of two women. Mirror-like, it reflects the impact of violence and impunity that afflict Mexico. Through their voices, we are drawn into the heart of their feelings, steeped in loss and pain, but also love, dignity, and resistance.

105 min | Spanish with English Subtitles

First come, first served. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided.


Directed by Clare Weiskopf, Nicolas van Hemelryck

This is the story of Val and Clare: a mother and a daughter. After the tragic death of her eldest daughter, Val left her kids and family behind and escaped into the Colombian jungle in order to search for her identity. Clare was only 11 years old when her mother left and couldn't understand what she was looking for. A son who became an addict, three break-ups and a fractured family remained behind. Now Clare is pregnant and decides to confront her mother, heal the wounds of the past and try to define motherhood on her own terms.

Research Presentation: "Caregiving in Oaxaca: Social Perspectives on Aging and Dementia"

Jonathan Yahalom, clinical psychologist and CSRC visiting scholar for 2017-18, will share findings from his extensive study of rural family caregiving for elders living with dementia in Oaxaca, Mexico. Drawing on research conducted in the Zapotec language, this presentation advances theoretical issues pertaining to cultural competence in the clinical sciences. Further, it develops anthropological insights about how aging, dementia, and caregiving are a prism for macro-level social changes in Oaxaca.


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