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The Lemann Center for Brazilian Studies

Established in 2009, the Lemann Center 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 Center 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 Lemann Center de Estudos Brasileiros

Estabelecido em 2009, o Lemann Center 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 Center for Brazilian Studies is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2021-2022 Grants and Fellowships!

Werner Baer Graduate Fellows

Incoming Economics PhD
Sebastiao Oliveira, Economics

Incoming Psychology PhD
Rodrigo Fabretti, Psychology

Lemann Graduate Fellows

Post-dictatorship Trauma and Testimony in Brazil and Venezuela
Daniel Pérez-Astros, Spanish & Portuguese

Digital Challenges and Opportunities in Response to COVID-19: Community Empowerment Through Appropriate ICT Solutions
Armando José Torres, Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership

Public Aesthetics and Collective Studio Practices in South America 1960s-1980s
Luis Gonzalo Pinilla Gomez, Art History

Adult Learning and Museums: How the Future Museum of Economics of Brazil may Promote Learnings Among its Adult Visitors?
Juliana Mozachi Sandri, Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership

Collaborative Research Grants

Maximizing Access to Health Promotion Programs: VAMOS Afro-Brazilians!
Andiara Schwingel, Department of Kinesiology and Community Health
Tania Benedetti, Department of Physical Education, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina

Understanding the Flow-Structure Interaction of Perforated Structures for Load and Noise Control
Leonardo Chamorro, Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering
Hernan Ceron-Muñoz, Department of Aeronautical Engineering, Universidade de São Paulo

Faculty Research Grants

Tracing the Global Climate Change in the Late Proterozoic Bambuí Group, Minas Gerais, East-Central Brazil
Franck Delpomdor, Illinois State Geological Survey, Prairie Research Institute

Critically Examining Business Models for Private Higher Education Services in Brazil
Carlos Inoue, Gies College of Business