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ACADEMIC YEAR 2013-2014

 

SPRING 2014


May 01: Brazilian Banking & Financial Markets Regulations TBD

A summary of the structure of the Brazilian banking sector, explaining its regulatory framework and summarizing the current Brazilian banking market.

01:00 PM, International Affairs Building Room 802, 420 West 118th St.


April 24: Recent Patterns of Alcohol and Illegal Drug Use in Brazilian Youth & Adults

In this proposed presentation I plan to present findings on recent patterns of alcohol and illegal drug use obtained in studies conducted with middle and high-school students in the 27 Brazilian capitals, patterns of alcohol and drug use among Brazil college students as well as patterns of alcohol and drug use in the general adult population in the city of São Paulo, Brazil.

01:00 PM, International Affairs Building Room 802, 420 West 118th St.


April 03: Payment for Ecosystem Services in Brazil: The Case of REDD+

Brazil has enacted a National Climate Change Policy that sets a voluntary reduction in emissions and envisions a national emissions trading scheme. REDD+ will be an important topic in devising such scheme. Discussions about a national REDD+ policy – independent from the context of the National Climate Change Policy – are concomitantly happening in the Ministry of the Environment.

01:00 PM, International Affairs Building Room 802, 420 West 118th St.


March 27: Ecopolitics & Heterotopias: From the Brazilian Ecological Dream to the Sustainable Development Era

Using a genealogical approach, this talk intends to present partial results of the PHD research entitled Millennium Development Goals and “Global Security”: the new nuances in international relations to an ecopolitics. In this case, the purpose is to stress the Brazilian political relevance in the creation of an global sustainable development agenda, evaluating the shifts of the environmental programs between the end of the 20th Century up to the present. 

01:00 PM, International Affairs Building Room 802, 420 West 118th St.


March 13: International Reserves, Credit Constraints, & System Sudden Stops

Why emerging markets hold simultaneously very high levels of international reserves and short-term foreign liabilities? I argue that including international reserves as collateral for external borrowing in a small open economy model can explain this puzzling fact. I find that the model can get reserves to GDP levels similar to those of the big Latin American Countries under parameters close to what we usually see in the literature

01:00 PM, International Affairs Building Room 802, 420 West 118th St.


March 10: Using Brazil's Racial Continuum to Examine the Short-Term Effects of Affirmative Action in Higher Education

In 2004, the University of Brasilia established racial quotas reserving 20% of available admissions slots for students who self-identified as black. A number of features of Brazil, including the nature of the university system and the existence of a racial continuum, make this an insightful opportunity to explore the effects of affirmative action in higher education. This session is part of the course of Political, Social, and Economic Development of Brazil.

06:00 PM, International Affairs Building Room 802, 420 West 118th St.


March 07: Memory of Slavery and Race: Brazilian Self-Narratives in Historical Perspective

This event is part of the New York City Latin American History Workshop.

11:00 AM, International Affairs Building Room 802, 420 West 118th St.


February 27: The Educational System in Brazil & its Higher Education

This presentation aims to show the educational system in Brazil and the changing contexts of its universities, mainly federal universities, after their expansion in 2006. These changes are intended to reach larger number of higher education students, especially those coming from lower socio-economic strata.

01:00 PM, International Affairs Building Room 802, 420 West 118th St.


February 25: Soccer Economics - Lessons to and From Brazil Ahead of the World Cup

In this session a panel of distinguished guests will discuss the challenges and opportunities arising from the organization of the upcoming World Cup. This session is part of the course of Political, Social, and Economic Development of Brazil.

06:00 PM, International Affairs Building Room 802, 420 West 118th St.


February 13: The Dimensions of Diveristy in the Contemporary Promotion of Brazilian Tourism

Since the beginning of 2000s, diversity has become a strategic discourse used by EMBRATUR - Brazilian tourism board - to promote Brazil abroad. Based upon EMBRATUR's marketing plans since 2005 (Plano Aquarela), we can observe that diversity is articulated in two dimensions: symbolic (related to identity) and economic (related to variety).

01:00 PM, International Affairs Building Room 802, 420 West 118th St.


February 10: Conditional Cash Transfers- The Nuts and Bolts of Brazil's Bolsa Familia Program

In this seminar will present the basic features of the scheme, including a historical perspective, the impressive targeting accuracy, and the fact that it serves as a natural laboratory for innovation that has emerged in the country's decentralized context. This session is part of the course of Political, Social, and Economic Development of Brazil.

06:00 PM, International Affairs Building Room 802, 420 West 118th St.

Class Summary


February 06: Current Challenges of the Brazilian Judiciary System

The lecture intends to expose how recent legislation has tried to deal with the need of a faster judicial process and how the creation of the National Council of the Judiciary Branch has contributed to provide solutions to these issues.

01:00 PM, International Affairs Building Room 802, 420 West 118th St


January 23: A New Economic Model for Brazil

Since 2002, Brazil has improved performance in terms of economic growth and social development. Nevertheless, from 2011 to now, the economy has been struggling with structural issues. What can we expect for the next ten years? Is there a need for a change?

01:00 PM, International Affairs Building Room 802, 420 West 118th St


 

FALL 2013

December 2: Structural Reforms and Private Sector Investment in Brazil

In this seminar we will discuss Brazil's structural reforms since the 1990s and the areas where work remains to be done vis-a-vis promoting infrastructure investment. This session is part of the course of Political, Social, and Economic Development of Brazil.

06:00 PM, International Affairs Building Room 802, 420 West 118th St.

Class Summary


November 25: Rio: The Olympic Legacy Beyond the Games

Rafael Lisbôa, a SIPA´s Visiting Scholar from Brazil and former City Hall press secretary for Rio de Janeiro, will give an overview of the 2016 Olympic Project and discuss how the city is working to maximize its legacy. 

06:00 PM, International Affairs Building Room 802, 420 West 118th St.

Class Summary


November 18: State of the Brazilian Economy: IMF Perspective

In this talk we will discuss the fund's view about the most pressing issues affecting the Brazilian economy with one of the authors of the report. This event is part the course of Political, Social, and Economic Development of Brazil.

06:00 PM, International Affairs Building Room 802, 420 West 118th St.

Class Summary


November 11: Sovereign Rating and Emerging Markets - Brazil

A seminar with Lisa Schineller, Director in Sovereign Ratings Department at Standard and Poor's. This session is part of the Brazil Seminar. 

06:00 PM, International Affairs Building Room 802, 420 West 118th St.

Class Summary


October 28: Lina Bo Bardi

The Latin Lab Brown Bag Series presents politics for a new humanism..

01:00 PM, Avery Hall 115, Columbia University.


October 24: Experiences in Latin America: Brazil Summer Internship Panel

A panel with Columbia students who held summer internships in Brazil. Learn how they found, got, and funded their internships. 

01:00 PM, International Affairs Building Room 802, 420 West 118th St.


October 21: Favelas at the Vanguard

The Latin Lab Brown Bag Series presents a film rethinking our assumptions in sustainable development.

01:00 PM, Avery Hall 115, Columbia University.


October 21: Starting Over Reloaded

A seminar with Professor Albert Fishlow about the latest political and economic developments in Brazil. This session is part of the Brazil Seminar. 

06:00 PM, International Affairs Building Room 802, 420 West 118th St.

Class Summary


October 11: Brazil: Amnesty, Transitional Justice, and the Legacies of Dictatorship

A one day conference featuring members of the Brazilian Amnesty Commission, researchers, and students followed by a ceremony to honor human rights activists.

Locations: 

8:30 am - 5:00 pm: Kellogg Center, Room 1501 IAB  (420 West 118th  Street)

5:00 pm - 7:00pm: Jerome Greene Annex, Columbia Law School (410 West 117th Street)


October 08: Cultivating Good Water

Representatives from Itaipu share and discuss some of their social and environmental responsibilty initiatives. 

12:10 PM, International Affairs Building Room 407, 420 West 118th St.


October 07: Infrastructure Invesment in Brazil

A seminar with Jennifer Chang, Lead Analyst at Moody's Global Infrastructure and Project Finance Team, about the upcoming infrastructure investment challenges and opportunities in Brazil. This session is part of the Brazil Seminar.

06:00 PM, International Affairs Building Room 802, 420 West 118th St.

Class Summary


September 23: China, Brazil - Two Tales of a Growth Slowdown

Talk with Otaviano Canuto, Senior Advisor on BRICS at the World Bank. This session is part of the Brazil Seminar. 

6:00 PM, International Affairs Building Room 802, 420 West 118th St.

Class Summary


ACADEMIC YEAR 2012-2013

SPRING 2013

May 2: Book Panel: Making Samba: A New History of Race and Music in Brazil

An interdisciplinary panel discussion of Marc Hertzman's new book, Making Samba: A New History of Race and Music in Brazil.

6:00 PM, Book Culture, 536 West 112th Street


April 22: Is Brazil Starting Over?

Talk with Albert Fishlow, Professor Emeritus at Columbia University.This session is part of the Brazil Seminar.

6:00 PM, International Affairs Building Room 802, 420 West 118th St.


April 18 – 19: Workshop: New World Baroques & Public Lecture: About a Smiling Sun and False Friends: Visual Representations and Transcultural Processes in Colonial Brazil

Workshop on April 18th and public lecture on April 19th with Jens Baumgarten.

11:30 AM, Casa Hispanica, 612 W 116th Street, Room 201


April 18: Image of the Favela in Brazilian Cinema

A screening of Tropa de Elite.  

7:00 PM, 201 Casa Hispanica, 612 West 116th St.


April 17: Anthropology of Brazilian Cinema

Considering that, from an anthropological approach, movies contain interesting elements for studying a society - values, beliefs, ideology - this talk focuses on the questions laid out by the Brazilian cinema: identity issues, History and memory depiction as well as symbolic landscapes - such as the sertao and slums - that put into perspective the social exclusion issue. April 16: "Racial and Health Stigma: Messages from a Forerunner of Brazilian Sociology (Oracy Nogueira, 1917-1996)"

4:00 PM, International Affairs Building Room 802, 420 West 118th St.


April 16: "Racial and Health Stigma: Messages from a Forerunner of Brazilian Sociology (Oracy Nogueira, 1917-1996)"

Talk with Maria Laura Cavalcanti, who is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. Her most recent book is Reconhecimentos: Antropologia, folclore e cultura popular (Rio de Janeiro: Ed. Aeroplano, 2012). She also wrote Carnaval carioca: Dos bastidores ao desfile (Rio de Janeiro: Ed. UFRJ, 2006) and O rito e o tempo: Ensaios sobre o carnaval (Rio de Janeiro: Civilização Brasileira, 1999). Her current research focus on the history of anthropology and folklore studies in Brazil, and on Brazil's contemporary popular festivities.

12:00 PM, International Affairs Building Room 802, 420 West 118th St.


April 11:  Images of the Favela in Brazilian Cinema

A screening of Cidade de Deus. 

7:00 PM, 612 W 116th Street, 201 Casa Hispanica


April 10: Deindustrialization of Brazil

The Economic and Political Development concentration, the Center for Brazilian Studies and the Institute of Latin American Studies invite you to a talk and discussion with Germano Mendes de Paula, Professor of Economics at Federal University of Uberlandia. Jose Antonio Ocampo will be the moderator.

6:10 PM, International Affairs Building, Room 404


April 8: Ahead of the Soccer World Cup and the Olympics - Infrastructure Challenges

Session of the Brazil Seminar with Tom Trebat, Director of the Columbia Global Center in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

6:00 PM, International Affairs Building Room 802, 420 West 118th St.


April 4: Capital Controls in Brazil: Effective?

Did inward capital controls work for Brazil? This talk with Marcio G. P. Garcia assesses the evidence, concluding that capital controls are desirable if they help avoid excessive debt and asset price bubbles, a risk given the appetite of foreign investors towards Brazilian assets. That said, policymakers need to complement capital controls with foreign savings in order to enable an investment rate compatible with sustaining GDP growth.

5:30 PM, International Affairs Building Room 802, 420 West 118th St. 


April 4: Is the Foreign Policy of Brazil Keeping Up with its Role on the Global Stage?

Brazil has been called a country that "punches below its weight" in foreign affairs. It has the world's fifth largest population and seventh largest economy, yet it struggles to match its size with relevance on the international stage. Why isn't Brazil's foreign policy more activist, commensurate with its economic and political aspirations? Do Brazilian citizens even want a more activist foreign policy, do they care? Is Brazil, large and self-sufficient, an inherently inward-looking country for whom foreign policy does not come naturally? Do its leaders seek to educate citizens to the value of foreign policy in their lives? This event explores the relationship between the Brazilian public, its political elites, and its national ambitions as expressed in its foreign policy.

10:30 AM, International Affairs Building Room 1501, 420 West 118th St.


April 4: Image of the Favela in Brazilian Cinema

A screening of Pixote.  

7:00 PM, 201 Casa Hispanica, 612 West 116th St.


March 28: Image of the Favela in Brazilian Cinema

A screening of 5x Favela: agora por nos mesmos. 

7:00 PM, 201 Casa Hispanica, 612 West 116th St.


March 26: Africa in Brazil

Barnard Forum on Migration and the Center for Brazilian Studies present a lecture by João J. Reis, Professor of History, Universidade Federal da Bahia.


6:00P.M. Sulzberger Parlor, 3rd Floor Barnard Hall, Broadway at West 117th Street, NY, NY


March 25: Brazil and International Relations

Talk with Ambassador Corrêa, the Consul General of Brazil in New York. Ambassador Corrêa served twice in the President’s Office in Brasilia, as Special Advisor to the Minister Chief of the Civilian Household, and later as the Chief Foreign Affairs Advisor to the President of the Republic.

6:00 PM, International Affairs Building Room 802, 420 West 118th St 


March 11: Brazil Speaker Series: The Roots of Brazilian Impunity

Brazil has a world-class problem with political corruption and impunity -- politicians who engage in many types of malfeasance from economic corruption to slave-holding.  However, in recent years many of these politicians have been re-elected to office after their crimes became public knowledge.  Why? This event explores the relationship between the Brazilian public and its politicians in the post-dictatorship era.
Speakers: Dr. Albert Fishlow, Columbia University Professor Emeritus of Economics; Luiz Felipe D'Ávila, Presdient of CLP; Indio da Costa, Secretary of Sports, Rio de Janeiro; Lucia Guimarães, Journalist.

9:00A.M - 11:30A.M., International Affairs Building Room 1501, 420 West 118th St.


March 4: Dancing Chairs: Elections and Perspectives for 2014

This talk is part of the Political, Social, and Economic Development of Brazil course which has been designed to discuss major economic, political, and social problems of contemporary Brazil with expert analysts, activists, business leaders, and public figures. Please find link to video here.
Speaker: Chris Garman, Head of Emerging Market Strategy and lead analyst on Brazil, Eurasia Group

6:00P.M. International Affairs Building Room 802, 420 West 118th St

.Class Summary (by Brittany Jenkins, student)

Presentation (Garman PPT)


February 28: Japanese-Brazilian Music & Ethnic Identity in the Post-Dekasegi Era

Barnard Forum on Migration and the Center for Brazilian Studies present a lecture by Shanna Lorenz, Professor of music and Latino/a and Latin American Studies, Occidental College.

6:00P.M. Sulzberger Parlor, 3rd Floor Barnard Hall, Broadway at West 117th Street, NY, NY


February 25: Perceptions of the Foreign Media about Brazil as an Emerging Political and Economic Power

This talk is part of the Political, Social, and Economic Development of Brazil course which has been designed to discuss major economic, political, and social problems of contemporary Brazil with expert analysts, activists, business leaders, and public figures. 
Speaker: Jorge Pontual, Globo TV.

6:00P.M. International Affairs Building Room 802, 420 West 118th St.

Class Summary (by Thomas Maffai, student)


February 12: How Arabs Became Jews in Brazil

Barnard Forum on Migration and the Center for Brazilian Studies present a lecture by Jeffrey Lesser, Samuel Candler Dobbs Profesor of History and Chair of the Department of History, Emory Univeristy.

6:00P.M. Sulzberger Parlor, 3rd Floor Barnard Hall, Broadway at West 117th Street, NY, NY


February 11: Beyond Banana Republic? Exports and Competitiveness in Brazil

This talk is part of the Political, Social, and Economic Development of Brazil course which has been designed to discuss major economic, political, and social problems of contemporary Brazil with expert analysts, activists, business leaders, and public figures. Please find link to video here.
Speaker: José Guilherme Reis, Lead Economist with the International Trade Department of the World Bank

6:00 PM International Affairs Building Room 802, 420 West 118th St.

Class Summary (by Thalia Smith, student)

Presentation (Reis)

Presentation (Reis PPT)


February 6: Portuguese Immigration in Brazil

Barnard Forum on Migration and the Center for Brazilian Studies present a lecture by Herbert Klein, Professor at Stanford University.

6:00P.M. Sulzberger Parlor, 3rd Floor Barnard Hall, Broadway at West 117th Street, NY, NY

 

 

Fall 2012

December 7: Brazilian Cultural Hour

History, Music, Dance, Capoeira, Documentaries and Brazlian Food  

9 P.M. International House


November 27: Affirmative Action in Brazil: From the 1990s to the Supreme Court Decision in 2012

Talk with Dr. Joan Dassin, Dr. Jorge Balan, and graduate student Brittany M. Jenkins.

4 P.M. International Affairs Building Room 802, 420 West 118th St.


November 13: Brown Bag: "The Results of Brazil’s 2012 Municipal Elections and the Prospects for 2013-2014"

Talk with Professor David Fleischer.

12 P.M. International Affairs Building Room 802, 420 West 118th St.


November 12: Summer Internship Panel in Brazil

Panel with graduate students that interned in Brazil in the summer of 2012.

12 P.M International Affairs Building Room 802, 420 West 118th St.


November 02:  Erasing or Erecting Boundaries?: A Conversation about Brazilian and Latin American Studies

A conversation about Brazilian and Latin American Studies

3:30 PM, 201 Casa Hispánica, 612 W 116th St


October 19: Leadership Summit Brazil

An online summit of leaders in the Brazilian industry. 

7:30 AM, Live Streaming at International Affairs Building Room 802, 420 West 118th St.


September 28: Brazil World Music Day: Whose Music Is It, Anyway?

Conversation about Property, Theft, and Archives in Brazil and the Americas, with the aim of exploring the relationship among musicauthors, ownership, and the construction of archival collections.

3:00 PM, 201 Casa Hispánica, 612 W 116th St

 

 

The First Lemann Dialogue on Brazil in the United States presented an exciting two-day conference on November 17th & 18th, 2011, hosted by The Center for Brazilian Studies at Columbia University and in collaboration with the Brazil Studies Program at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University and the Lemann Institute for Brazilian Studies at the University of Illinois. Brazil has made remarkable social and economic progress in the last decade following a long period of relative stagnation. It has attracted the attention of the world as it lays plans to reach the goal of developed country status, a once distant dream for Brazil that now seems increasingly within reach of the next generation. In this context of rapid social advance in Brazil, conference organizers have chosen to focus on the role of higher education broadly understood, but including research universities, in the transformation of Brazil. The conference calls together the leading experts on Brazilian and American higher education, as well as promising junior scholars, in order to assess the current state and future directions of the research universities in Brazil.


Ruth Cardoso: A Tribute, April 9-10, 2009

The academic and public policy work of Dr. Ruth Cardoso, former First Lady of Brazil, touched the lives of many.  In addition to her academic contributions as a researcher and teacher in anthropology and sociology, Ruth Cardoso inspired many in Brazil to put her ideas into practice.  Major policy innovations in Brazil can be traced back to Ruth Cardoso: the rising role of women in Brazilian society is an example, as well as the development of modern forms of public spending, including Comunidade Solidaria, a precursor of Brazil’s now renowned Bolsa Familia Program.  This is the first in a series of three conferences which will honor and cary forward the work of Dona Ruth. 

Organized in collaboration with: FACULDADES DE CIENCIAS SOCIAS, UNIVERSIDADE DE SAO PAULO; FUNDACAO GETULIO VARGAS (SAO PAULO), AND
INSTITUTO FERNANDO HENRIQUE CARDOSO.

Please click here to download a program.


September 3: Energy Policy in Brazil: A Corporate Viewpoint

Introductory remarks by: Thomas J. Trebat
Special Guest Speaker: Francisco Gros, Vice-Chairman of OGX Petroleo e Gas Participacões, an exploration and production company.  Dr. Gros is also the former president of Petrobras and has been the president of both the BNDES and the Central Bank of Brazil.
6:00 P.M., IAB Room 802


September 10: Educational Policy in Brazil: Recent Developments and the Outlook

Speaker: Professor Naercio Meneses, Universidade de Sao Paulo
6:00 P.M., IAB Room 802


September 24: "An Introduction to the Brazil Seminar: Key Issues in Brazil in 2008"

Speaker: Thomas J. Trebat
6:00 P.M., IAB Room 802


September 24: Arminio Fraga, President Gavéa Investimentos and Former President of the Central Bank of Brazil (1999-2002)

“Has Brazil Found the Way to Sustained Economic Growth”.  Arminio Fraga  was the former president of the Central Bank of Brazil, from 1999-2002. He is also a former associate of George Soros and his Quantum Fund. Since 2001 he has been a member of the influential Washington-based financial advisory body, the Group of Thirty. In 2003, he founded the Rio de Janeiro based investment company, Gávea Investimentos. Dr. Fraga has been called the Alan Greenspan of Latin America for his skillful handling of Brazilian monetary policy during his tenure as CBB president. He worked for both Fernando Collor de Mello and Fernando Henrique Cardoso governments
6:00 P.M., IAB Room 802


October 8: Key Challenges Facing the Brazilian Economy

Speaker: Dr. Edmar Bacha, Banco ITAU, and principal architect of the Real Plan.
6:00 P.M., IAB Room 802


October 29: Long-term Perspectives on the Lula Government: Success or Failure?

Speaker: Dr. Werner Baer, Professor of Economics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (and author of the textbook used for this class.)
6:00 P.M., IAB Room 802


November 12:  Brazilian Perspectives on the U.S. Elections: What Is at Stake?

Speaker: Merval Pereira, Political Columnist, O Globo newspaper (RJ)
6:00 P.M., IAB Room 802


November 19: Brazil's International Diplomatic Agenda

Speaker: Ambassador Jose Alfredo Graça Lima, Consul General of Brazil in New York
6:00 P.M., IAB Room 802


December 3: Health Policy in Brazil: Problems and Progress

Speaker: Professor Richard Parker, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University
6:00 P.M., IAB Room 802