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Conversatorio: What’s Going on in Brazil?

When: Friday, May 1, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM CT

Where: Online

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Cost: free

Contact: Danny Postel  

Group: Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Co-Sponsor: WCCIAS

Category: Academic, Lectures & Meetings, Multicultural & Diversity, Global & Civic Engagement


Please join the LACS Program and the Center for International and Area Studies — on Zoom — for the third convening of the Conversatorio series, conversations about contemporary issues in Latin America and the Caribbean that focus on a single country. In this Conversatorio, Brodwyn Fischer (Director of the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Chicago) and Rafael Ioris (Associate Professor of Latin American History at the University of Denver) will discuss the situation in Brazil today.

Brodwyn Fischer is Professor of Latin American History and the College and Director of the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Chicago. An historian of inequality and its persistence, she specializes in the study of Brazil and Latin America with a focus on informality, cities, citizenship, law, migration, race, and slavery. She is the author of A Poverty of Rights: Citizenship and Inequality in Twentieth-Century Rio de Janeiro (2008) and co-editor of Cities From Scratch: Poverty and Informality in Urban Latin America (2014). She is currently at work on a book titled "Intimate Inequalities: Urbanism, Slavery, and Bounded Freedom in a Brazilian City".

Rafael Ioris is Associate Professor of Latin American History at the University of Denver and a faculty affiliate of the Latin America Center at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies. He is a scholar of modern Latin America with a special focus on modern Brazilian political, diplomatic, cultural and intellectual histories. He is the author of Transforming Brazil: A History of National Development in the Postwar Era (2014), which examines the political and cultural debates involved in the promotion of fast-paced, state-led programs of development in Brazil in the aftermath of World War II. He is a co-editor of Frontiers of Development in the Amazon: Riches, Risks, and Resistances (June 2020).

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