The University of Illinois

The Lemann Institute for Brazilian Studies

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Seventh Annual Lemann Dialogue

November 16-17, 2017
Alice B. Campbell Alumni Center, University of Illinois

"Turning Points"
The 2017 Lemann Dialogue explores Turning Points in different areas of Brazilian public policy, as well as politics, the economy, and entrepreneurship. Presenters will explore pathways for navigating challenges and opportunities that Brazil faces.

The Lemann Dialogue is an annual conference on Brazil, collaboratively organized between four universities with Brazil Centers endowed by Jorge Paulo Lemann (at the University of Illinois, Columbia University, Harvard University, and Stanford University), and in collaboration with the Lemann Foundation.

The Dialogue's themes vary each year, but focus on contemporary social, economic, and political challenges in Brazil. Speakers at these conferences include faculty from the four collaborating institutions, as well as scholars, policymakers, and other experts from Brazil. The conference showcases innovative research on Brazil, builds connections between academic institutions, and connects scholars and public policy experts.



Thursday, November 16

8:30-9:00 AM: Welcome & Introduction
9:00-10:00 AM: Keynote Address: Education as the Vector of the 'Turning Point': Why and How Cristovam Buarque, Brazilian Senate
10:00-10:15 AM: Coffee Break
10:15-12:00 PM Session I: Entrepreneurship

12:00-1:00 PM: Lunch
1:00-3:00 PM Session II: Education: The State of Education and Inequality
3:00-3:15 PM: Coffee Break
3:15-5:15 PM Session III: Public Health
5:30-7:00 PM: Reception & Book Launch
  • E agora Werner?... - Cristovam Buarque
  • Brazil's Economy: An Institutional and Sectoral Approach - Werner Baer, Jerry Dávila, André Modenesi, Maria da Graça Fonseca and Jaques Kerstenetzky, eds.
7:00-8:30PM: Gathering of the Lemann Fellows

Friday, November 17

8:30-10:30 AM Session IV: The Brazilian Public Sector

10:30-10:45 AM: Coffee Break
10:45-12:45 PM Session V: Turning Points in Brazilian Politics
12:45-2:00 PM: Lunch
12:45-2:00 PM: Poster Session
2:00-3:45 PM Session VI: The Brazilian Economy
3:45-4:30 PM Concluding Panel: Turning Points
  • Jerry Dávila, University of Ilinois
  • Fran Hagopian, Harvard University
  • Gustavo Azenha, Columbia University
  • Martin Carnoy, Stanford University
  • Camila Cardoso Pereira, Lemann Foundation
4:30 PM: Closing Remarks - Jorge Paulo Lemann