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December 9, 2014

Héctor Tobar’s book named among the “Notable Books of 2014” by the New York Times

DEEP DOWN DARK: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle That Set Them Free. By Héctor Tobar. (Farrar, Straus & Giroux) Tobar graphically recounts the quandaries faced by the victims of Chile’s 2010 mine disaster.

Read the review here!

New York Times “100 Notable Books of 2014

April 24, 2012

Spring 2012 Film Series

“The Americas are (a) Mine”
Thursdays, 7 pm, 180 PLC

Schedule of films

APRIL 12 1492: Conquest of Paradise (150 mins. Ridley Scott, 1993). Epic drama. This high-budget controversial film opened to coincide with the fifth centennial of Columbus’s arrival in the Western Hemisphere.
Discussant: Pedro García-Caro (Romance Languages)

APRIL 19 The Devil’s Miner (82 mins. Keif Davidson, 2005). Documentary. A study of child labor and the working conditions of miners in present-day Bolivia.
Discussant: Sebastián Urioste (Political Science and Romance Languages)


APRIL 25 A Conversation with Mexican Photographer David Maawad. Shining Rock / Resplandor de Roca (JSMA, Ford Room, 5:30)

MAY 3 Splendor and Death of Joaquín Murieta (55 mins. Olga Manzano, 1980). Musical Western drama. A rare dramatization for Spanish television of Gold-rush era interethnic conflicts between Anglos and Hispanics.
Discussant: Paulo Henríquez (Romance Languages)

MAY 10 Crude (104 mins. Joe Berlinger, 2009). Documentary. Exploration of massive oil extraction and pollution by Chevron in the Ecuatorian Amazon and the legal proceedings to obtain retribution by local communities.
Discussant: Mercedes Lu (Environmental Studies)

MAY 17 Sub Terra (108 mins. Marcelo Ferrari, 2004). Drama. A film adaptation of Baldomero Lillo’s 1904 collection of short stories evoking the struggles of miners laboring under harsh conditions in the Chilean coal mines of Lota.
Discussant: Juan Epple (Romance Languages)

MAY 31 Even the Rain [También la lluvia] (99 mins. Iciar Bollain, 2011). Epic drama. A multi-layered representation of issues of Western conquest, (neo)colonialism, privatization and water management in Bolivia.
Discussant: Pedro García-Caro (Romance Languages)

This series is organized in conjunction with Professor Pedro García-Caro’s seminar, “The Americas are (a) Mine: Natural Exploitation in the American Hemisphere. A Cultural Debate.” (LAS 407)

For further information or accessibility questions, please contact Prof. García-Caro ( or Heather Wolford (