Brazil

Daniel by the river in the Amazon

Interview with Fellowship recipient Daniel Martínez, on his Amazonian journey for social justice

April 22, 2019

By Diego C. Smirne

Your objectives are to better understand Amazonia’s local issues such as ecology, economy and drug trafficking to learn about the struggles for social justice of the communities that live in the area.  Could you tell us more about your interest in the Amazon region and how the idea for this endeavor began? Were there any specific issues you had in mind?

I was awarded a travel fellowship that was founded in 1965 to honor the...

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2019 May 07

Amazonia and Our Planetary Futures: A Conference on Climate Change

Tue - Wed, May 7 to May 8, 9:30am - 12:30pm

Location: 

CGIS South, Tsai Auditorium, 1730 Cambridge Street

Climate change is one of the most important long-term threats for the future of our societies. Solutions are complex, depending not only on engineering and policy, but also on imagination and public will towards alternative forms of inhabiting the planet. Latin America, home to the largest rainforest areas in the world, is both at risk of environmental catastrophe and a key region in which models for thriving bioeconomies based on rainforests can evolve. This symposium will bring together experts and leaders from the US and Latin America to discuss the past, present and future of...

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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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