Brazil Studies

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 memory of Michael C. Rockefeller. The fellowship is aimed at graduating College students and has the mission...

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Interview with HLS Alum Adilson José Moreira

March 15, 2019

By Tiago Genoveze

You have a Master's and Doctoral degree from Harvard Law School (HLS). Your Doctoral dissertation for HLS in 2013 was called “Racial Justice in Brazil: Struggles over Equality in Times of New Constitutionalism.” How have these struggles inspired you to write your most recent book "What is Recreational Racism?" (O que é Racismo Recreativo?)

My scholarship reflects my interest in unveiling the ways in which social and legal narratives based on the idea of race transcendence cover discriminatory practices in liberal democracies. My...

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Student Spotlight: Mariam Topeshashvili (College '19)

December 17, 2018

By Andrew Wilcox

You were born in Georgia, formerly part of the Soviet Union, and moved with your parents to Rio de Janeiro as a child. What was it like growing up as an refugee in Brazil? Growing up as a refugee in Brazil was tough, but looking back, much of who I am comes from that experience, and so I wouldn't have had it any other way. My parents emigrated to Brazil in 2001 when I was only four years old. They thought they would start anew in a bright and promising country, but little did they know that their diplomas would not be accepted in Brazil, and that their...

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Interview with GSD Alumna Sol Camacho

October 31, 2018

First of all, congratulations for your role as one of the curators for the Brazilian Pavillion at the Venice Biennale 2018. Could you tell us a little about your experience at the Biennale?

Thank you very much for your interest and for opening a space to talk about the Venice Biennale project, which is the most important event for the contemporary architectural scene. The discourse of each pavilion and the main exhibition are world-wide references for everyone to understand what architecture (practice and academia) is doing now. The Biennale is a platform not...

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Interview with RLL professor Bruno Carvalho

September 17, 2018

By Tiago Genoveze

First of all, congratulations on your appointment as a tenured professor of Romance Languages and Literatures. You received your PhD at Harvard nine years ago. How does it feel to be back on campus in your new role?

It feels like a homecoming, after a wonderful nine years in the Princeton faculty. I have great memories of my time as a graduate student here. It’s particularly meaningful and inspiring to try to carry on some of the work done by my dissertation advisor, Nicolau Sevcenko, who passed away in 2014. Harvard looks like a...

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Shadows and Light in the Struggle for Human Rights: An Interview with Flávia Piovesan

August 21, 2018

By Ashley Collins

Flávia Piovesan is a Commissioner for the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and a professor of Constitutional Law and Human Rights at the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo (PUC-SP). She was recently named a Visiting Scholar at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRLCAS) at Harvard during the 2018-19 academic year. Piovesan’s research focuses on the effectiveness of the Inter-American system in promoting human rights. Congratulations on being named a DRCLAS Visiting Scholar. As far as your research is concerned, what do...

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Public Health Considerations for a Rapidly Changing World: An Interview with Professor Marcia Castro

June 26, 2018

By Ashley Collins—São Paulo

Marcia Castro is a professor of demography in the Department of Global Health and Population at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. She was recently promoted to the role of full professor and is the first Brazilian woman to receive tenure at Harvard. Professor Castro’s research focuses on the relationship between urbanization and health, as well as the social and environmental factors that contribute to the spread of vector-borne diseases. Congratulations on your recent promotion to the role of tenured professor. As far as your research...

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Tábata Amaral ('16) named one of Glamour Brasil's Women of the Year (Interview in Portuguese)

April 4, 2018

Tábata Amaral de Pontes graduated from Harvard College in 2016 and was featured in the April 2018 issue of Glamour Brasil as one of the Women of the Year. Read her interview from the magazine in Portuguese below.

Por Flavia Bezerra Fotos: Cassia Tabatini Pense em uma pessoa humilde. Que mesmo tendo sido aprovada nas mais prestigiadas universidades dos Estados Unidos, como Harvard, Caltech, Columbia, Princeton e Yale, credita todas as suas conquistas aos professores e instituições que a ajudaram (emocionalmente e financeiramente!) durante a vida escolar. Que saiu da periferia...

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