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Upcoming Brazil Symposium to explore impact of street riots

By Dana Trismen
February 27, 2014

The second annual Brandeis IBS Brazil Symposium aims to understand the motivations and social movements behind the 2014 Brazilian street riots.

The symposium will be held March 4 in the International Lounge in Usdan Student Center from 2 to 5 p.m. Participate in the conversation: #BrazilProtests

As Brazil prepares to host landmark global events such as the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics, the widespread protests that began in the hot month of June in 2013 have not ceased. The Brazilian people have taken to the streets, protesting over the imperative to increase government funding for health care, education, transportation—and a better country.  These developments could prove to be problematic for a country that is quickly emerging as a central economic market. Given the global reach of Brandeis International Business School (IBS), and the presence of the Latin American Initiative here on campus, these riots are a topic that cannot be ignored.

“There are many questions that the massive 2013 street protests in Brazil raise that are relevant for our community, both in terms of the economic future of such an important global player, but also, more generally, in terms of Brazil's ability to attract the foreign capital required to invest in infrastructure and to compete in the international market place,” said Bruce Magid, Dean of Brandeis IBS. “This symposium will explore these uprisings from a political, economic and environmental perspective.”

The Brazil Symposium will present a panel of distinguished guests who can bring diverse perspectives to a relevant and current topic facing Brazil – and help the Brandeis community better understand those challenges  Panelists will present their viewpoints and engage with event moderator Moises Lino e Silva, Lecturer in Anthropology & International and Global Studies and the coordinator of the Brandeis IBS Brazil Initiative. The audience will then be invited to weigh in on the conversation with an interactive question-and-answer period.

“[We] hope to provide the audience with a clearer picture regarding the recent street protests in Brazil, the threads connecting different topics raised by the panelists as well as the divergence of issues and opinions,” Lino e Silva said.

In addition to the Latin American Initiative, the event is sponsored by the Brandeis IBS Brazil Initiative and the Perlmutter Institute for Global Business Leadership. Brandeis IBS launched the Latin America Initiative to enhance engagement with alumni, parents, and friends, strengthen prospective student outreach, and build university and corporate partnerships in the region. The Brazil Initiative, while focused on all of these areas of relationship-building, also focuses on broadening overall campus awareness of Brazil via on-campus programming.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information visit the Brazil Symposium webpage or call 781-736-8399.

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