Events

    Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

    5:00pm to 6:30pm

    Location: 

    114 Kresge Foundation Room, Barker Center

    Speaker: João Paulo Cuenca, Writer and Filmmaker
    Moderated by: Lucas Mertehikian, PhD Candidate, Harvard University

    Argentine-Brazilian writer and filmmaker João Paulo Cuenca will read segments from his latest book "I Found Out I Was Dead" as well as discuss the creative process for his next book.

    João Paulo Cuenca is a Argentine-Brazilian writer and filmmaker born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He is the author of six books and some of his novels have been translated into eight languages. “I found out I...

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    Brazil Speaks! Architecture Culture at Risk

    9:00am to 12:00pm


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    Speakers: Josemeire Alves Pereira, Professor, FLACSO- Brasil; Maria Cristina Cabral, Associate Professor of Architecture and Urbanism, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro; Sol Camacho, Architect and former Director of Instituto Bardi (2017-2021) ; Sabrina Fontenele, Cultural Director, Brazilian Institute of Architects; José Lira, Professor of...

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    Mapping the Megacity: Understanding Urban Change in São Paulo through Historical GIS

    12:00pm to 1:00pm


    This event is virtual, to register click here.

    Speaker: Dan McDonald, Postdoctoral Fellow at the Humanities Center at the University of Rochester
    Respondent: Alyssa Huberts, PhD candidate in the Government at Harvard University

    HMUI Urban Conversations aim to pair visiting scholars with Harvard faculty or graduate students as...

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    Structural Racism in Brazil and the US

    12:30pm to 2:00pm


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    Speakers: David Williams, Florence Sprague Norman and Laura Smart Norman Professor of Public Health; Chair, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; Silvio Almeida, Edward Larocque Tinker Visiting Professor, Institute of Latin American Studies, Columbia University; President, Luiz Gama Institute
    Moderated by: Marcia Castro...

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    “Desire Machine - 60 years of Teatro Oficina”: Film Screening and Discussion Panel

    5:30pm to 7:00pm


    This event is virtual and will be held in both English and Portuguese with simultaneous interpretation. To register, click here.

    Speakers: Marília Gallmeister, Scenic Architect and member of Teatro Oficina since 2011; Lucas Weglinski, Actor and Filmmaker, one of the two directors of “Desire Machine”; Patricio del Real, Associate Professor at...

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    Brazil's Handling of the Pandemic: A Conversation with Senator Randolfe Rodrigues on the Covid-19 Congressional Inquiry

    2:30pm to 4:00pm


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    Speaker: Randolfe Rodrigues, Senator for Amapá, Brazil; Vice President, COVID-19 Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry (CPI)
    Interviewers: Thiago Amparo, Professor, Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV); Malu Gaspar, Columnist, O Globo; Miguel Lago, Executive Director, Institute for Health Policy Studies (IEPS- Instituto de Estudos para Políticas de Saúde); ...

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    COVID-19 in Brazil: Population Health at Crossroads

    12:00pm to 1:20pm


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    Speaker: Marcia Castro, Andelot Professor of Demography; Chair of the Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard University
    Moderated by: Steven Levitsky, Professor of Government, Harvard University; Director, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies

    Marcia Castro is a founding member of the Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global...

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    Globalizing Patient Capital: The Political Economy of Chinese Finance in the Americas

    4:00pm to 5:30pm


    This event is virtual, to register click here.

    Speaker: Stephen Kaplan, Associate Professor of Political Science and Economic Affairs, George Washington University

    This book explores how China’s state-led capitalism affects national level governance. China, as the world’s largest saver, has more than doubled its overseas banking presence since the 2008 global financial crisis...

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    The Gendered Division of Governing Labor: How Activism Thrives in Rio de Janeiro’s Gang Territories

    12:00pm to 1:15pm


    This event is virtual, to register click here.

    Speaker: Anjuli Fahlberg, Assistant Professor, Tufts University
    Moderated by: Yanilda Gonzalez, Assistant Professor of Public Policy, Harvard University

    Across Latin America, the rise of armed drug trafficking organizations and militarized policing in poor neighborhoods has created...

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    Impact of Venezuela Migration on Latin America

    12:00pm to 1:20pm


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    Of the more than 5.6 million Venezuelans who have left Venezuela since 2017, more than 70 percent have migrated to Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. Despite their stated intention to remain in the countries that received them, they often lack regular migration status, and they have suffered from unemployment or employment discrimination and restricted access to health care and local...

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    Are the Military a Threat to Brazilian Democracy Today?

    12:00pm to 1:20pm


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    Speakers: Maud Chirio, Associate Professor of History, Université Gustave Eiffel; João Roberto Martins Filho, Full Professor, Federal University of São Carlos (UFSCar); and Natalia Viana, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Agência Pública; Nieman Fellow ´22
    Moderated by: Sidney Chalhoub, Professor of History and of African and African American Studies...

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    The Volatility Curse

    12:00pm to 1:20pm


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    When does economic voting function as a mechanism of democratic accountability, and when does it fail to do so? In their new book, The Volatility Curse, Campello and Zucco show that in Latin American countries that are dependent on commodity exports and inflows of foreign capital, governments may lose popular support and be punished by voters for economic outcomes that are beyond their...

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    Film Screening: “Marighella” - Conversation with Maria Marighella

    6:00pm


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    Speaker: Maria Marighella, City Council member of Salvador, Bahia; Carlos Marighella's grandaughter
    Moderated by: Sidney Chalhoub, Professor of History and African and African-American Studies, Harvard University
    Discussants: Cristiane Soares, Senior Preceptor in Portuguese, Harvard University and Eduarda Araujo, P.h.D. candidate...

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    Protest and Repression in Latin America

    12:00pm to 1:20pm


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    Latin America experienced a wave of large-scale and often sustained protest between 2018 and 2021. In Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, and elsewhere, these protests triggered harsh police or paramilitary repression. How do these responses compare to earlier eras in Latin America? Have decades of democracy and human rights activism had on impact on the behavior of domestic security forces? Are Latin...

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    Why Biodiversity Matters: Plants and Animals Across Natural Systems in Brazil

    10:00am to 11:30am


    Speakers: Christine Bacon, Associated Professor, Gothenburg University; Alex Antonelli, Professor, Gothenburg University & Director of Science, Kew Gardens; Gregory Thom, Postdoctoral Fellow, American Museum of Natural History (AMNH); Fernanda Werneck, Associate Researcher & Curator at INPA; Diego Vaz, Postdoctoral Reseacher, MCZ & OEB
    Moderated by: Naomi E Pierce, OEB & Curator of Lepidoptera, MCZ; Scott V Edwards, OEB &...

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    The Population Census in Brazil and the US: Importance, Challenges, and Confidentiality

    12:00pm to 1:15pm


    This event is virtual, to register click here.

    Speakers: John Abowd, Associate Director for Research and Methodology and Chief Scientist, United States Census Bureau; Eduardo Rios Neto, President, Brazilian National Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE)
    Moderated by: Marcia Castro, Andelot Professor of Demography; Chair, Department...

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    Technocracy vs Politics

    12:00pm to 1:20pm


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    Technocrats dominated policymaking across Latin America in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. Now, in much of the region, including its largest democracies, voters and politicians on both the left and the right have challenged the role of technocrats in democratic governments. What explains technocrats’ declining legitimacy in many Latin American democracies? How have technocrats...

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    “We know and walk together”: Contemporary Indigenous Art in Brazil

    12:00pm to 1:20pm


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    SpeakersClaudia Mattos Avolese, Associate Professor, UNICAMP; Naine Terena, Artist, Art-educator, and Professor, Catholic University in Mato Grosso

    Moderated by: Ana Laura Malmaceda, PhD student in Romance Languages, Harvard University

    One of the most exciting developments in Brazilian art and art history today is...

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    Populism and the Courts in Latin America

    12:00pm to 1:20pm


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    Populist presidents have assaulted (or seriously threatened) judicial independence in much of Latin America in the early twenty-first century. What drives these attacks? How do courts resist them? And why have some judiciaries proven more resilient in the face of populist governments than others?

    Speakers: Julio Rios Figueroa, Associate Professor of Law,...

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