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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 02, 2015 5:00 PM, 457 Schermerhorn Extension

Mexican Mondays: The Right to the City, More than a Slogan

Mar 03, 2015 4:00 PM,

Violentology: A Photographic Exploration of Conflict, Political Change, and Human Rights in Columbia

Stephen Ferry is an award-winning photographer whose work has appeared in National Geographic, GEO, TIME and the New York Times, among other outlets.

Mar 04, 2015 1:00 PM, 115 Avery Hall, Columbia University

Spatial Struggles of (and for) lo Publico: Changing Visions of Public Space in Bogota

This event is part of the Latin Lab Brown Bag Series.

Mar 04, 2015 6:10 PM,

Petroleum industry in Brazil: Governance, Performance and Politics

Speaker: Luiz Fernando Sanná Pinto, ILAS Visiting Scholar

In the midst of the steep fall oil prices, Petrobras is going through a major corruption scandal that not only has impacted Brazil's largest company, but that has also shaken Dilma's administration just as she starts her second term. Where will it end? This event is part of the course of Political, Social, and Economic Development in Brazil (Instructor Sidney Nakahodo).

Mar 04, 2015 7:00 PM,

A Screening of ‘Oil & Water’, Q&A and Panel Discussion at Columbia University

David Poritz, the humanitarian volunteer and social entrepreneur featured in “Oil and Water” will answer questions about his experiences with oil development in the Amazon and raising the bar for the oil and gas industry with voluntary standards and certification of best practices.

Panel Discussion

Lisa Sachs, Director of the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment

Elsa Stamatopoulou, Adjunct Professor of Anthropology and the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race

Josh Fisher, Director of the Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict, and Complexity and Professor of Environmental Conflict Resolution

Mar 05, 2015 12:59 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

Mar 10, 2015 7:30 PM, 457 Schermerhorn Extension

Favelas in an Age of Political Transformation: the Brizola Years in Rio de Janeiro

This event is part of the Americas South Seminar. 

Mar 11, 2015 8:00 PM, 420 Hamilton Hall

From Disneyland to Cartolandia: The Power of Façade across the U.S. - Mexico Border

Speaker: Rihan Yeh, El Colegio de Michoacán