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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 2022-2023 Grants and Fellowships!

Werner Baer Doctoral Fellow

Incoming Economics PhD
Marcelino Batista Guerra Junior, Economics

Lemann Graduate Fellows

Engineering Enhanced Agricultural Yields via Simultaneous Wastewater Treatment and Generation of Algal Biomass
Michael Stablein, Agricultural and Biological Engineering

The Unmet Care Needs of Brazilian Older Adult
Rafaela Xiayu Summer Chen, School of Social Work

My challenge in politics is to exist: an intersectional approach to gendered violence against women of color in Brazilian politics (2011-2022)
Beatriz Carvalho, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies

And now we speak: Abdias Nascimento, Thereza Santos, and Amilcar Cabral toward Black Liberation
Leonardo Silva Ventura, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Under the Knife: Executive Interference and Brazil’s Human-Security State in Health Emergencies
Deanívea Mendes Félix, Department of Spanish and Portuguese

Faculty Research Grants

Overview of Child Labor in Brazil in Recent Years and the Possible Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic
Mary Paula Arends-Kuenning, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; and Marcos de Oliveira-Garcias, Universidade Federal de Lavras

How Communication Affects the Adoption of Digital Technologies in Soybean Production in Brazil
Eric Morgan, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; and Antonio Padula, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul

Anna in the Tropics: Brazilian Composer Creates a New Opera Based on a Pulitzer-Winning Play, and Rehearsed it with UIUC Students
Olga-Maslova and Julie Gunn, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and João Guilherme Ripper, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro