Lemann Lecture Series

Tuesday 2:00 – 3:30 pm, 101 International Studies Building or as announced

The Lemann Institute organizes together with CLACS a series of lectures about Brazil. Every year the Lemann Institute for Brazilian Studies invites a number of distinguished scholars, faculty and graduate students from UIUC and other institutions to present lectures on the foremost issues regarding Brazil’s economy, society, and culture.


Spring 2019

Wednesday, January 9th

Mariza de Carvalho Soares
Building from Ashes: The African Collection of Museu Nacional  as an Experience of Research, and Education

February 12th

Yu-Feng Forrest Lin, Hydrogeology and Geophysics , University of Illinois
Groundwater and Geothermal Resources: From the Temperature in the Guarani Aquifer to the Geothermal Energy in Urbana

April 2nd

Robert Wegner, Fiocruz
Use or Abuse of Genetics? Agriculture and Eugenics in the Work of Eugene Davenport
This talk will be given in Portuguese

April 16th

Stephen Bocskay, Romance Languages & Literatures, University of Michigan
Samba and Black Surveillance: Narratives in Conflict during Brazilian Military Rule

April 23rd, 2:30 PM

Mike Silvers, Music, University of Illinois
Musical Instruments, Manual Labor, and Environmental Change in Cariri, Brazil

April 30th

Rafael do Nascimento Cesar, Social Anthropology, Universidade Estadual de Campinas
Cariocas de New Orleans: Brazilian Interpretations of North American Jazz

Fall 2018

Tuesday, September 11th

Marco Bonomo, Lemann Distinguished Visiting Professor
The Brazilian Economy in 2018: Diagnosis of a Crisis

Tuesday, September 18th

Anne G. Hanley, History, Northern Illinois University
The Public Good and the Brazilian State

Tuesday, October 2nd

Marcus Tardelli
A 21st Century Voice for the Guitar

Tuesday, October 9th

Waltraud Kriven, Materials Science & Engineering, University of Illinois
Geopolymers: Structural Inorganic Polymers and a Potential Partial Solution to Global Warming

Tuesday, October 23rd

Steven Clough, Crop Sciences, University of Illinois
US-Brazilian Collaborations to Address Soybean Disease and Pest Challenges

Tuesday, October 30th

Tianna Paschel, African American Studies, University of California, Berkeley
Roundtable: Rethinking Black Mobilization in Latin America


Spring 2018

Tuesday, January 23rd

João Felipe Sauerbronn, Marketing, Universidade do Grande Rio
Consumer Culture Studies – Caipirinha as Markeplace Icon

Tuesday, February 6th

Nadya Araujo Guimarães, Lemann Distinguished Visting Professor
Home and Market, Love and Work, Nature and Profession: Controversies Regarding Care Work and Lessons from the Brazilian Case

Tuesday, February 20th

Zeuler Lima, School of Design and Visual Arts, Washington University
On Writing [about] Lina Bo Bardi

Tuesday, March 6th

Rosana Ribeiro Tarifa
Substance Use Among Brazilian Emerging Adults

Tuesday, March 27th

Antônio Sérgio Alfredo Guimarães, Sociology, Universidade de São Paulo
Defining Who is Black: Color and Race in Brazilian Public Policies

Tuesday, April 10th

Gilberto Hochman, History of Sciences and Health, Fiocruz
Locating the Cold War: The Rockefeller Foundation, Science and Medicine in Brazil (1945-1964)

Tuesday, April 17th

Damani Phillips, Jazz Studies and African-American Studies, University of Iowa
South American Soul: Melding African-American and Brazilian Influences on “Cannonball’s Bossa Nova”

Tuesday, May 1st

Dain Borges, History, University of Chicago
Psychical Science in Republican Brazil: Telepathy, Spiritism, and Candomblé

Fall 2017

Tuesday, September 5th

Vladimir Safatle, Philosophy, Universidade de São Paulo
The Collapse of the Brazilian New Republic

Tuesday, September 12th

Liv Sovik, Communication, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro
Rap and the Brazilian Pop Music Tradition

Tuesday, September 26th

Benito Schmidt, History, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul
Crossing Frontiers and Making the Revolution: Transnational Experiences of a Brazilian Revolutionary Militant (1960s and 1970s)

Tuesday, October 3rd

Ryan Shosted, Linguistics, University of Illinois
Vowel Lenition in Brazilian Portuguese: Ultrasound Evidence

Wednesday, November 1st

Juan Filipe Stacul, Languages, Instituto Federal de Goiás
Tarsila do Amaral and the Brazilian Counterculture

Tuesday, December 5th

Jonathan DeVore, Anthropology, University of Michigan
Forest as a Sublime Power: Reconsidering the Non-Human in Brazilian Struggles for Recognition


Spring 2017

Tuesday, January 24th

Panel Discussion: Challenges and Opportunities Conducting Research in Brazil: Practical Insights from the Field
Juliana Prates Santana, Department of Psychology, Universidade Federal da Bahia
Understanding Potential Academic Research Partners in Brazil
Liliane Cambraia Windsor, School of Social Work, University of Illinois
Working with Partners without a Formal Relationship in a Challenging Political Climate
Lenore Matthew, School of Social Work, University of Illinois
Challenges of Human Subjects Research: Student Perspectives from Fieldwork in Bahia
Marcella Rafaelli, Department of Human Development and Family Studies, University of Illinois
Lessons Learned from 26 Years of Experience Researching in Brazil

Monday, January 30th, ISB 101, 1PM

Panel Discussion: Brazil’s Economy in Challenging Times
Edmund Amann, Professor of Brazilian Studies, Leiden University
Alexandre Tombini, Executive Director, International Monetary Fund; Past-President, Central Bank of Brazil

Tuesday, March 7th

Rodger Antunes, Department of Economics, Universidade de São Paulo
Earmarking Unconstitutionality and its impact on Housing Deficit: Evidence from São Paulo State
This talk will be given in Portuguese

Tuesday, March 14th

Arabela Oliven, College of Education, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul
Implementing Affirmative Action in Higher Education: African and Native Brazilians in an Elite University

Tuesday, March 28th

José Caixeta, Department of Agricultural Economics of the “Luiz de Queiroz” Agriculture School at the University of São Paulo
Brazilian Agro-Logistics: Challenges and Opportunities

Tuesday, April 25th

Marcia Lima, Department of Sociology, University of São Paulo
Racial inequalities in Brazil and Affirmative Action: What has Changed?