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Charles R. Hale, Director SRH 1.310, 2300 Red River Street D0800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512.471.5551

Foro Urgente: "Vem pra rua. Brazilians Take the Streets"

Tue, September 17, 2013 • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM • 2nd Floor Conference Room, Benson Latin American Collection, SRH Unit 1

The undeniable advances in economic growth, income redistribution, and political stability of the last decade are being tested, and why not say threatened, by the protests that took over Brazil since last June. The autumn of 2013 can be seen as a turning point which reveals the exhaustion of the neo-developmentalist project as solution to all ills. A series of crises related to the Belo Monte dam, indigenous land demarcations, and the Human Rights Commission at the National Congress spilled over in June when the São Paulo police brutally repressed a protest against increases in public transportation fares. That spark, combined with the control of public space enforced by FIFA for the Confederations Cup and the dissemination power of social media, evolved into massive protests that brought millions of young Brazilians to the streets. This Foro Urgente will debate the roots of the protests, their alleged lack of focus and their impact on Brazilian politics and policies.

Four distinguished UT Brazilianists will join us to review these issues.  Panelists include Leticia Marteleto, Department of Sociology; Sonia Roncador, Department of Spanish & Portuguese; and Christen Smith, Department of Anthropology.  The panel will be moderated by Fernando Lara, Chair of the Brazil Center.  Reception to follow.

For more information, contact Paloma Diaz.


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