Lemann Lecture Series

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

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.


Spring 2021

All lectures will be through Zoom until further notice.

February 9

Mary Ellen Hicks, Amherst College
Black Cosmopolitans and the World of South Atlantic Slavery

February 16

Mila Burns, Lehman College, CUNY
Dictatorship, Resistance, and Feminisms in Dona Ivone Lara’s Sorriso Negro

February 23

James Macinko, UCLA
The Challenges of Healthy Aging in Brazil

March 9

Thaís Rezende Da Silva De Sant’ana, University of Illinois
Title TBA

March 23

Cassio Turra, Centro de Desenvolvimento e Planejamento Regional da UFMG (CEDEPLAR)
Title TBA


Fall 2020

All lectures will be through Zoom until further notice.

September 15

Armando João Dalla Costa, Lemann Distinguished Visiting Professor
Bunge Brazil (1956 to 1994): Consolidation of an Economic Group

September 29

Bruno de Macedo Zorek, University of Illinois
The future of São Paulo in the 1950s

October 27

Faranak Miraftab, University of Illinois
Revisiting Transnational Teaching for Social Justice: Virtual, Real and Hybrid Experiences


Spring 2020

January 28th

Sylvia Caiuby Novaes, Universidade de São Paulo
Photography, Time and Memory: Some Reflections on the Various Uses of Images about Brazil

February 25th

Lorena Avellar de Muniagurria, Universidade Estadual de Campinas
Cultural Activism and Public Policies: Notes on Carimbó, Brazil

March 10th

Raphael Guimarães, Fundação Oswaldo Cruz
Economic Crisis, Fiscal Austerity and Deaths of Despair in Brazil

March 24th – CANCELED

Solange P. Rocha, Universidade Federal da Paraíba
Race Relations, History, and Anti-Racist Struggles in Brazil

April 21st – CANCELED

Olga Maslova, University of Illinois
Teatro. Ópera. Pescadores. The Universal Language of Acting and Fishing


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