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Posted May 03, 2013

Lemann Foundation Makes Commitment to Brazilian Studies at Columbia

With the primary goal of building capacity to recruit and fund scholars and students dedicated to social and civic engagement in Brazil, the Lemann Foundation has signed a multi-million dollar agreement with Columbia University for the benefit of several related initiatives. The gift is Columbia’s largest ever for Brazil-related efforts and is the largest gift from a Brazilian donor.

“Combined with the University’s newly established presence in Brazil through its Global Center in Rio, this gift will substantially strengthen Columbia’s already-robust bilateral relationships,” said Columbia Provost John H. Coatsworth. “This generous gift stands out as a game changer for Brazilian studies at Columbia.”

Specifically, the gift establishes and endows the Lemann Center for Brazilian Studies; establishes the Lemann Professorship of Brazilian Studies enabling Columbia to recruit top-notch scholars focused on social issues in Brazil; endows the Lemann Foundation Interschool Fellowship Fund so that Columbia can recruit and fund master’s degree students at the School of International and Public Affairs, the Mailman School of Public Health, the School of Social WorkColumbia Journalism School, and the Graduate School of Architecture, Preservation, and Planning; supports the Picker Center for Executive Education in exploring the feasibility of executive education programs in Brazil; and helps fund collaborations and exchanges organized and executed by the new Global Center in Rio de Janeiro.