Lemann Lecture Series

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

The Lemann Center organizes together with CLACS a series of lectures about Brazil. Every year the Lemann Center 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.


Fall 2019

September 10th
Luis Claudio Symanski, Lemann Distinguished Visiting Professor
Historical Archaeology and the Material Expressions of Religiosity in African Diaspora in Brazil in the 18th and 19th Centuries

September 24th

Alexandra Lima da Silva, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro
African Diaspora and History of Education: Horizons of Research in Brazil

October 1st

Ana Fava, Universidade Federal do ABC 
Transmission of Financial Literacy: Parental Figures versus Financial Education Courses

October 8th

Juan Suárez Ontaneda, University of Illinois
Thespian Activism: Abdias do Nascimento and the Political Aesthetics of his Performances

October 22nd

Thula de Oliveira Pires, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro
Some Limits of Democracy in Améfrica Ladina


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