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Feb 03, 2015 1:00 PM,

Brasil, Burocracia e Gestão Pública: Por que os Avanços São Tímidos?

Speaker: Silvia Regina Pacheco, Professora da Fundação Getulio Vargas - São Paulo

Silvia Regina Pacheco é Coordenadora do Mestrado em Gestão e Políticas Públicas da FGV, que oferece dupla titulação com o MPA da SIPA. Foi presidente da ENAP (Escola Nacional de Administração Publica) de 1995 a 2002. Esta apresentação será feita em português. Sanduíchesserão servidos.

Feb 05, 2015 1:00 PM,

The Role of Agriculture in Brazilian Development

Speaker: Jose Vieira Filho, Institute of Applied Economic Research 

Brazil used to be a net importer of food until the 1980s. However, over the past fifty years, intensive use of science and technology resulted in dramatic gains in productivity. Even though the technological breakthroughs have played an important role in production, the green revolution cannot be understood solely as a transfer process of technology. Induced innovation based on local innovation and institutional change was central to Brazil becoming one of the world’s largest food exporters. Nonetheless, the success of Brazilian agriculture in recent years was not enough to develop all regions and diminish productive inequalities.

Feb 05, 2015 7:00 PM,

The ‘New’ New Latin American Cinema of the 21st Century: Some Narrative Trends

Speaker: Professor Jerry Carlson, Graduate Center & City College, CUNY

The presentation will consider how a contemporary generation of Latin American filmmakers are using new technologies to tell innovative stories of a rapidly changing continent.  Among the themes of deep concern are migration, urbanization, narco-violence, the effects of neo-liberalism, and the remembered traumas of 20th century political life from the right and the left. Also of interest is how smaller countries -- for example, Ecuador and the Dominican Republic -- are joining the company of filmmaking nations. 


Feb 11, 2015 6:10 PM,

Brazil: Economic Perspectives For 2015

Speaker: Alberto Ramos, Managing Director and Head of Latin America, Goldman Sachs

Once deemed as a rising economic power along with the other BRIC countries, Brazil starts 2015 with the perspective of another year of low growth. In this session we will discuss the reasons behind the frustrating performance in recent years and the expectations for the short, medium, and long-run. This event is part of the course of Political, Social, and Economic Development in Brazil (Instructor Sidney Nakahodo).


Feb 12, 2015 1:00 PM,

Household Food Waste: Findings from Brazilian Low-Income Families

Speaker: Gustavo Porpino, Embrapa/Cornell University

The qualitative study aims to identity antecedents of food waste among Brazilian households. Empirical work was conducted with 14 Brazilian lower-middle income households who, differently from higher income families from developed countries, still adopt the habit of cooking from scratch. Surplus purchase, the habit of cooking too much food, over servings, avoidance to reuse leftovers and food conservation malpractices were identified as the major categories of waste antecedents. The paradox of waste in a low- income context emerged as a real problem for these families, and the author call for public policy actions in terms of educating them to make smarter purchases, to store food appropriately, and also to adopt a healthier diet.

Feb 20, 2015 11:00 AM,

Not a Chicken Left Alive on Dominican Soil: Atlantic Myths of Haitian Imperialism, 1820s-1874

Speaker: Anne Eller, Yale University

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

Feb 25, 2015 6:10 PM,

The Wall Street Perspective on Brazil

Speaker: Gray Newman, Former Chief Economist for Latin America, Morgan Stanley 

In this session we will discuss the rationale behind Wall Street's investment decisions, confronting short-term scenarios vis-a-vis long-term structural changes in Brazil. This event is part of the course of Political, Social, and Economic Development in Brazil (Instructor Sidney Nakahodo).


Feb 26, 2015 1:00 PM,

The Role of the Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES) in Brazilian Investment

Speaker: Thiago Miguez,  PhD Candidate at UFRJ/Brazil and Brazilian Development Bank

BNDES is the main source of long term finance in Brazil. One of its most famous programs is called FINAME, designed to provide supply credit to the capital good industry. The objective of the presentation is to show the importance of FINAME in the Gross Fixed Capital Formation (GFCF) in Brazil.


Mar 05, 2015 1:00 PM,

Governmental Elites & the Politics of Policymaking: Continuity & Change at the Top of the Brazilian Federal Government (1985-2014

Speaker: Daniel De Bonis, Fulbright Visiting Scholar at SIPA/Columbia University 

Our study aims to contribute to a better understanding of the processes that lead to variation on the social, political and professional background of the individuals appointed to senior public positions in Brazil since redemocratization in 1985. In order to do that, we propose a typology of “logics of recruitment” to senior positions: party political, bureucratic and professional. We then proceed to test how political change at the presidential and ministerial levels helps to explain patterns of change and continuity in these logics, using a sample of Brazilian federal ministries and agencies across different administrations and policy areas. The impacts of these patterns on policymaking are also analyzed.

Mar 05, 2015 7:00 PM,

Participatory Constitution Making and Democracy: Insights from the Andes

Speaker: Professor Ana Maria Bejarano, University of Toronto

This event is part of the University Seminar in Latin America