The University of Illinois

The Lemann Institute for Brazilian Studies

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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The Lemann Institute for Brazilian Studies

Established in 2009, the Lemann Institute for Brazilian Studies promotes teaching and research about Brazil by faculty and students at Illinois and their Brazilian counterparts, who take advantage of the extensive resources available at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC).

Building on long-standing collaboration with Brazilian scholars in economics and agriculture, as well as nearly a half-century of teaching and research in Brazilian literature and history, the Institute fosters knowledge and understanding of Brazil across disciplines and colleges. It does this by offering fellowships to UIUC and Brazilian students at graduate and undergraduate levels; funding faculty research; organizing international conferences on Brazilian topics; and supporting cultural activities of all sorts.

O Instituto Lemann de Estudos Brasileiros

Estabelecido em 2009, o Lemann Institute promove o ensino e pesquisa sobre o Brasil por docentes e discentes de Illinois e seus colegas brasileiros, aproveitando os extensos recursos existentes na UIUC sobre o Brasil.

Illinois and Brazil

The University of Illinois has over a century of engagement in Brazil. Eugene Davenport, for whom Davenport Hall is named, was the first dean of the College of Agriculture at Illinois. As a young man he spent 1890-91 in São Paulo, Brazil, where he advised the coffee planter Luiz de Queiroz on establishing Brazil's first school of agriculture, currently known as ESALQ (Escola Superior de Agricultura Luiz de Queiroz), part of the University of São Paulo. In a memoir found in the UIUC archives, Davenport comments on the social conditions in Brazil in the years immediately following the abolition of slavery.
-Joseph Love, Emeritus Professor of History

Library Resources
The Brazilian Collection at the University Library is among the finest in the nation, with holdings that surpass 103,000 volumes in Portuguese. The Library has had a strong focus on Brazil for more than a century and was responsible for collecting materials for Brazil under the Farmington Plan in the 1940s and 1950s, an emphasis we continue today.

The Lemann Institute welcomes Nadya Araujo Guimarães as Distinguished Visiting Professor for Spring 2018. She will be teaching SOCW 380/561 - "Gender, Race and Employment Inequality in Brazil", in the School of Social Work.

The course will examine scholarship on the intersection of race and gender in the Brazilian labor market, using as its point of departure the premise that an intersectional approach enriches labor market research and theorization of economic inequalities. The course is open to interested students from all departments.

Nadya Guimarães holds the Chair in Sociology of Work at the University of São Paulo. Since 1995 she is a CNPq Senior Researcher associated to CEBRAP (Brazilian Center for Analysis and Planning), and in 2016 was inducted into the Brazilian Academy of Sciences.

She also holds the positions of Associate Researcher at the Institute for Employment Research, University of Warwick, in the UK, and is a Board Member of the International and Interdisciplinary Network on "Marché du Travail et Genre" ("Labor Market and Gender"), CNRS/France.

Nadya Guimarães received her Ph.D. at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (1983) and did post-doctoral studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Special Program on Urban and Regional Studies for Developing Areas (1993-1994).

She has been researching on Brazilian the labor market focusing on: economic change and workers trajectories; gender/race inequalities; comparative studies on unemployment, employment flexibility and labor market intermediaries; care and care workers. In 2010, she received the Jabutí Prize - Brazil's premier book award - for Trabalho flexível, empregos precários? Uma comparação Brasil, França, Japão ("Flexible work, precarious jobs? Brazil, France, Japan in comparative perspective"), co-edited with Helena Hirata and Kurumi Sugita.