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Brazil Brown Bag Seminar Series – The City and the African-Brazilian Religions

October 22, 2015 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Join the Center for Brazilian Studies in its Brazil Brown Bag Seminar Series. The lecture, entitled “The City and the African-Brazilian Religions,” will be given by Marcia de Vasconcelos Contins Goncalves.

The right to education is most at risk during emergencies and times of crisis. Around the world, natural disasters and protracted conflict are disrupting education, delaying initial access, and contributing to higher drop-out and lower completion rates. Reflecting global trends, education is also at risk in Brazil due to violence. In Brazil, however, violence takes the form of civic conflict: it is primarily an urban phenomenon and is related to population density, drug trafficking, availability of small arms, repressive security forc­es, and absent or ineffective public goods and service delivery.

This presentation will draw on the author’s experience with education in emergencies at the international level to investigate the challenges of education in situations of urban violence at the local level. It will demonstrate why education is at risk in schools located in the most violent areas of Brazil. It will then share what some Brazilian cities have done or are currently done to address these issues. Finally, the presentation will conclude with strategies that teachers, educators, governments, and civil society can take to minimize the impact of violence on education. The presentation will mostly draw on examples from the favelas in Rio de Janeiro and schools in the periphery of Sao Paulo.

Marcia de Vasconcelos Contins Goncalves. Marcia has a Doctorate in Communication and Culture from the UFRJ(1995); MA in Social Anthropology at Museu Nacional/ UFRJ (1983); Pos Doc at Brown Un. (1999-2000) and at NYU (2011). She is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the Department of Anthropology and at the Graduate Program in Social Sciences, UERJ. She coordinates the Nucleus of Studies of Religion (NUER), and has carried out research on religion, ethnicity and racial relations. She has published various articles on these topics in specialized journals and is the author of the book ‘Black Leaderships,’ published by AEROPLANO / FAPERJ, 2005 and ‘Religiosidade e Perfomance: diálogos contemporâneos.’ Rio de Janeiro, Mauad/Faperj. 2015.


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October 22, 2015
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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