The Braceros and the Rubber Soldiers | Exhibition Opening Events
Join us to celebrate the opening of the exhibition The Braceros and the Rubber Soldiers: A History of Labor and Power in the Americas with a panel discussion and documentary screening followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker.
4:30 PM Opening Reception
Bauer Wurster Hall Lobby
5:30 PM Panel Discussion with Ignacio Ornelas Rodriguez (Stanford University) and Wolney Oliveira (Federal University of Ceará, Brazil), moderated by Lorena Oropeza (UC Berkeley)
172 Bauer Wurster Hall
6:30 PM, 112 Screening of Soldados da Borracha (Rubber Soldiers) (Brazil, 2019/ 90min), followed by a Q&A with the film's director, Wolney Oliveira
112 Bauer Wurster Hall
About the Participants
Ignacio Ornelas Rodriguez, PhD, is a historian who conducts research on civil rights, social justice movements, and electoral politics. He is a lecturer at the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity at Stanford (CCSRE). He previously worked in the Department of Special Collections and University Archives at Stanford conducting research and led projects procuring archival research collections surrounding literature, ethnic history, civil rights history, and social justice history. At Stanford, he founded the Bracero Legacy Project, a public history and educational outreach venture that incorporates archival material from the Ernesto Galarza Collection and oral history interviews Ornelas Rodriguez conducted with former braceros. On September 14, 2013, Ornelas Rodriguez was recognized by the California Assembly for his work as an organizer of the Bracero Memorial Highway Project.
Wolney Oliveira is a Brazilian filmmaker from Ceará. He currently serves as the director of Casa Amarela Eusélio Oliveira at the Federal University of Ceará, Brazil, and holds the position of executive director at the Cine Ceará Ibero-American Film Festival. Oliveira earned a degree in cinema from the International School of Film and Television in San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba. Oliveira has directed nine short films and six feature-length films, receiving recognition at various film festivals in Brazil, Italy, Cuba, Mexico, Uruguay, Portugal and Spain. Notable accolades include include Best Short Film at the 30th International Documentary Film Festival in Bilbao, Spain, for The Martian Invader (1988); Best Documentary award at the 33rd International Festival of New Latin American Cinema in Havana for the feature-length documentary The Last Cangaceiros (2011); and more than 15 awards for his latest feature film, Rubber Soldiers, which premiered at the It's All True Documentary Film Festival in São Paulo in 2019.
Lorena Oropeza is a professor of ethnic studies at UC Berkeley, who arrived on campus two years ago to co-lead the Latinx and Democracy cluster hire of seven professors charged with invigorating Latinx research across campus. Trained in the history of American foreign relations, she has been on the Chicano movement channel for nearly 30 years looking at social protest through the dual lens of race and empire. Her first book, ¡Raza Sí! ¡Guerra No! Chicano Protest And Patriotism During The Viet Nam War Era (2005), focuses on the Chicano Movement’s protest to the Vietnam War. Her second book, The King Of Adobe: Reies López Tijerina, Lost Prophet of The Chicano Movement (2019), is an award-winning biography of a Chicano Movement leader who rose to fame by decrying the legacy of the U.S. takeover of northern Mexico in 1848. She is currently working on A Mexican History of the United States for Beacon Press. It is aimed at sharing the sweep of Chicanx history to a non-academic audience, including the contours of the Bracero Program and ongoing immigration debates.
Department of Architecture at UC Berkeley's College of Environmental Design
The Joan E. Draper Architectural History Research Endowment
Townsend Center for the Humanities
Berkeley Food Institute
Chicanx Latinx Studies UC Berkeley
Global Metropolitan Studies UC Berkeley
Center for Race and Gender UC Berkeley
Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies UC Berkeley
Latin American Cities Working Group
Department of Spanish & Portuguese
Department of Ethnic Studies
The Latinx Research Center
Free and open to the public
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