Brazil

Jorge I. Domínguez (retired)

Jorge I. Domínguez (retired)

Antonio Madero Professor for the Study of Mexico, Dept of Government (FAS)
Former DRCLAS Executive Committee member

 

Jorge I. Domínguez is Antonio Madero Professor for the Study of Mexico and chair of the Harvard Academy for International and Area...

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Room K216, CGIS Knafel Building, 1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
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2019 Mar 12

The Other Side of Violence: Marielle Franco and the Struggle for Brazilian Democracy

5:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: 

Basement Seminar Room, Robinson Hall, 35 Quincy Street, Cambridge MA 02138

In 2016, Marielle Franco was elected to Rio de Janeiro’s City Council as a member of the Socialism and Liberty Party. She was a woman of African descent from a favela community who earned a master’s degree. She was a single mother in a committed relationship with another woman. Marielle worked for the welfare of LGBTQ and poor populations, including families of deceased police members. She was a feminist, a bridge-builder and a radical defender of human rights. She represented hopes of political renewal for countless Brazilians. On March 14, 2018, Marielle and...

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2019 Apr 03

Brazil Studies Program Seminar Series: Aging Poorly? Accounting for the decline in earnings inequality in Brazil, 1995-2012

12:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

CGIS South, S050, 1730 Cambridge Street

Ferreira HeadshotThe Gini coefficient of labor earnings in Brazil fell by nearly a fifth between 1995 and 2012, from 0.50 to 0.41. The decline in earnings inequality was even larger by other measures, with the 90-10 percentile ratio falling by almost 40 percent. Although the conventional explanation of a falling...

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2019 Mar 26

Tuesday Seminar Series: When the Church Votes Left: The Electoral Consequences of Progressive Religion

12:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

CGIS South, S250, 1730 Cambridge Street

Tunon Topic ImageHow do progressive religious leaders shape the objectives and electoral fortunes of the left? I argue that church leaders who advance doctrinal interpretations that favor progressive economic policies will mobilize their adherents in support of the left, as long as doing so does not advance policies that contradict...

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2019 Mar 13

Brazil Studies Program Seminar Series: Education and Long-Term Development in Brazil

12:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

CGIS South, S050, 1730 Cambridge Street

Soares HeadshotThe talk will discuss the results of a project that looked at the historical experience of state-sponsored settlements in the turn from the 19th to the 20th century in state of São Paulo to shed light on the role of education as a determinant of long-run development across municipalities in Brazil.

Speaker:...

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2019 Apr 24

Brazil Studies Program Seminar Series: Including the Periphery: Expanding the Public Sphere through São Paulo's Literature Periférica

12:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

CGIS South, S050, 1730 Cambridge Street

Carter Topic ImageThis paper focuses on how the Literatura Periférica movement has contributed to creating an inclusive public sphere and expanded notions of citizenship for marginalized Brazilians. The civic engagement that occurs at and stems from events within the movement known as saraus underscores the importance of democratic...

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2019 Apr 17

Brazil Studies Program Seminar Series: Fluvial Metropolis: Making São Paulo Viable

12:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

CGIS South, S216, 1730 Cambridge Street

Fluvial MetropolisThe idea of São Paulo as a Fluvial Metropolis has a deep history. Since the 1990s, architect and planner Alexandre Delijaicov and others have explored the transformative infrastructural and social potentials of recovering the city’s river systems, adapting them to new uses. The seminar will introduce the...

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2019 Feb 27

Brazil Studies Seminar Series: Brazil urban cores. Monumentality and Banalities. The case of Rio de Janeiro.

12:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

CGIS South, S050, 1730 Cambridge Street

Fajardo ImageThe lecture will detail the case of the recent urban transformation in the historic center of Rio de Janeiro, its achievements and fragilities, as a possible answer to the disappearing of Brazilian social fabric fostered by modern urban planning.

Speaker: Washington Fajardo, Architect and...

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2019 Feb 06

Brazil Studies Seminar Series: Political Power, Elite Control, and Long-Run Development: Evidence from Brazil

12:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

CGIS South, S050, 1730 Cambridge Street

This paper studies the effects of local political concentration on long-run economic development in Brazil. Contrary to what is observed in other contexts and time periods, we document that municipalities with higher levels of political concentration prior to Brazil’s military dictatorship (1964-1985) achieved higher levels of development in the long-run. We argue that the attempts of the military to undermine the power of traditional elites generated positive dynamics in terms of economic development. As evidence of this, we show that the municipalities where power was concentrated in...

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