The Center for Brazilian Studies was established in 2001 to offer scholars a place where they are able to pursue their research on Brazil, using all the many facilities available at Columbia University. The Center has curriculum rich in its content and variety that has attracted an increasing number of students, it offers sponsored seminars and lectures focusing not only on contemporary developments, but history and culture as well. Finally, through the joint Council of the Americas-Columbia Brazil Study Group, the Center has created a powerful new mechanism expanding our reach to the private sector and other local universities in New York.
The Center is dedicated to innovative teaching at the graduate level on topics of relevance to the economic and political development of Brazil. The Center also serves as a regular forum for lectures and conferences by visiting Brazilian government officials, business leaders, politicians, and representatives of civil society. Recent guests have included renowned economist Edmar Bacha, former Central Bank Presidents Francisco Gros and Arminio Fraga, and Ambassador Alfredo Graça Lima.
Through its visiting scholars program, the Center offers Brazilian academic and policy experts the opportunity to be in residence on the Columbia campus and to interact with members of the Columbia faculty with expertise on Brazil and Latin America. The Center also provides a place for rising young Brazilian scholars to spend up to a year at Columbia while conducting their own research.
The Center serves as the key focal point for all students and faculty at Columbia with interest in Brazil. Our largest constituencies are students and faculty from Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs, the Columbia Business School, and from the many academic units of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Through our courses and seminars, students are guided to the most relevant literature on Brazil and often connected with leading Brazilian universities where they can conduct research. The Center actively promotes travel and internships in Brazil for Columbia students and encourages mastery of the Portuguese language.
In carrying out its academic mission, the Center stimulates new research and debate on Brazil. In its devotion to teaching, the Center is committed to training future leaders (Brazilians, Americans, and others) for careers in research, government, and in all areas of business related to Brazil.