Farmworker Rights

“Violence, Money, and Piracy in the Homeland of Chocolate: Colonial Guatemala’s Bittersweet Legacy”

April 8, 2015
12:00 pmto2:00 pm
Kathryn Sampeck

Kathryn Sampeck

375 McKenzie Hall
1101 Kincaid St.
UO campus

A Talk by Dr. Kathryn Sampeck

These days, chocolate is a fairly unremarkable part of our daily lives. We have many ideas that we associate with it—what color it is, how it should taste, what kinds of foods it should be part of. All of these qualities seem natural, intrinsic. Little would you suspect that chocolate has a colonial past that involved some of the greatest horrors of Spanish America. The fresh view of chocolate’s history offered in this presentation draws from archaeology, notarial archives, and popular imagery and material culture to understand the complex connections of pre-Columbian origins and colonial incarnations of cacao production and commerce. › Continue reading

CAPACES Leadership Institute 3rd anniversary celebration

August 9, 2014
4:00 pmto7:00 pm

thumbs_cli-hand-rendering_no_logos356 Young St.
Woodburn, OR  97071

The CAPACES Leadership Institute is a non-profit organization based in Woodburn, Oregon that was founded to prepare leaders with the political consciousness and capacity needed to lead and support social justice work. The Institute is a permanent part of the Oregon farmworker movement, led by Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (PCUN).

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Michael Fakhri Book Event

December 2, 2014
4:30 pmto5:30 pm

Michael Fakhri bookcoverWayne Morse Commons
Knight Law Center
1515 Agate

The Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics invites you to join them for a celebration of Michael Fakhri’s new book, Sugar and the Making of International Trade Law. This book traces the changing meanings of free trade over the past century through three sugar treaties (one in Cuba) and their concomitant institutions. It highlights how the line between the state and market, domestic and international, and public and private is always a matter of contest.

Michael Fakhri is an assistant professor at the University of Oregon School of Law and a 2011-12 Wayne Morse Resident Scholar. His research and teaching interests are in international trade law, trade and development in the Middle East, and international legal history.

Remarks by Fakhri and Ibrahim Gassama will be followed by a book signing and reception.

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Documenting Dignity: Farmworker Testimony & Collaborative Research

May 8, 2014
3:30 pmto5:00 pm

Scher_Daria_Poster_WEBErb Memorial Union
Walnut Room
1222E. 13th Ave.

CLLAS Faculty / Collaborative Research Grantee Presentation

with Phil Scher, associate professor, UO Department of Anthropology, and James Daria, graduate student

Oregon’s farmworkers are subject to powerful economic, political, spatial, and discursive practices that render them invisible, thus facilitating their exploitation and reproducing the structures of symbolic violence that furthers their social suffering. In spite of their invisibility, farmworkers demonstrate enormous political agency and collectively organize to defend their rights. A worker-led movement of striking mushroom pickers in Salem, Oregon in 2001 demonstrates this. Through collaborative research with workers who led the movement and the Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (PCUN) union, this investigation brings the voices of these workers to the forefront through the documentary medium. Collaborative research and new and participatory forms of social media offer exciting avenues for documenting and disseminating farmworker testimony.

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“20 Years Later, NAFTA’s Dramatic Impact on Oregon” | CLLAS Director Lynn Stephen Interviewed on KLCC

By Jacob Lewin

December 2, 2013—“Twenty years ago this month President Bill Clinton signed the North American Free Trade Agreement into law. Few foresaw that it would change the face of Oregon.”

To read or listen to this interview on KLCC radio with Professor Lynn Stephen and others, go to:

20 Years Later, NAFTA’s Dramatic Impact on Oregon | KLCC.

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Dr. Seth Holmes to Speak: Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies: Migrant Farmworkers in the United States

November 1, 2013
4:00 pmto5:00 pm

Holmes_book204 Condon Hall|
1321 Kincaid St.
UO campus

Medical Anthropologist Seth Holmes from University of California, Berkeley will  speak at a colloquium sponsored by the UO Department of Anthropology on Friday November 1. All are welcome to attend.

Dr. Holmes’s recent book, Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies: Migrant Farmworkers in the United States, is based upon five years of ethnographic research with Mexican migrant workers who travel back and forth from Oaxaca up the West Coast of the United States.

For more information on Dr. Holmes and his research, please visit:

Friday, August 30th, 2013 Events, Farmworker Rights No Comments

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