Lemann Lecture Series

Tuesdays 12:00 – 1:30 pm, 306 Coble Hall

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 2023

January 30 – ONLINE EVENT – 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Marcelo Medeiros, Gustavo Gonzaga, Juliano Junqueira Assunção, Francisco Cavalcanti; Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio)
Data Zoom: Easy Access to Brazilian Data 

February 14 – 306 Coble Hall – 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Jerry Dávila; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) 
Negative Rights: Racial Segregation and the Law in Twentieth Century Brazil 

February 21 – ONLINE EVENT – 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Silvia Hunold Lara; State University of Campinas (UNICAMP) 
Palmares: Sources, History and Politics

March 2 – 210 Levis Center – 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Carlos Alberto Torres and Ana Elvira Torres (University of California, Los Angeles – UCLA), Linda Herrera (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign – UIUC) 
Global Citizenship Education: Promoting Equity Throughout the Globe 

March 28 – 306 Coble Hall – 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Ana Gouvea Abras; Federal University of ABC (UFABC)
Merges and Acquisitions and Gender Inequality in Banking Jobs: Did the Tide Lift all Boats?

April 11 – 306 Coble Hall – 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Mark Tonelli; Millikin University
An American in Brazil

April 18 – 306 Coble Hall – 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Jefferson Belarmino; State University of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ)
Brazilians and Race in Chicago

April 25 – 306 Coble Hall – 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Vânia Castro; Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG)
Designing a framework to facilitate the implementation of BNCC in Brazil 


Fall 2022

September 13

Antonio Carlos Lessa, University of Brasilia
Failed Revolution and the Misery of Diplomacy: Brazilian Foreign Policy under Jair Bolsonaro (2019-2022)

October 20, Thursday (10:30 AM – 12:00 PM)

Bruno Hayashi, University of Sao Paulo
Mark and Origin: Japanese immigration and the racial categorization in Brazil

October 25

Franck Delpomdor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Tracing the Global Climate Change in the Late Proterozoic Bambuí Group, Minas Gerais, East-Central Brazil

November 1

Raphael Mendonça Guimarães, University of California San Diego
Deaths of despair in Brazil: how does contextual effect change conceptual framework

November 7, Monday

Angela Cassia Costaldello & Daniele Regina Pontes, Federal University of Parana
Constitutional Protections and Equal Access to Justice in Territorial Rights


Spring 2022

January 25

José Ricardo Vargas de Faria, Federal University of Paraná
Urban Policy and Social Movements in Brazil

February 8

Lizandra Vergara, Federal University of Santa Catarina
Universal Design and Healthy Aging: Brazilian Research in Ergonomics

March 22

José Luís Jobim, Universidade Federal Fluminense
The Language of Brazilian Modernism: A Comparative View

April 5

Guilherme Fonseca Travassos, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Intrahousehold poverty and inequality in Brazil

April 22

Renata Siqueira, University of São Paulo
“Black Territories” and “Black Culture”: City and Race Relations in the Coleção Carnaval Paulistano of São Paulo’s Image and Sound Museum (1970s and 1980s)


Fall 2021

September 28

Rosana Pinheiro Machado, University of Bath
Brands, boots, and Bolsonaro: The political consequences of “inclusion through consumption” in Brazil (2009-2021)

October 19

Ana Ramos-Zayas, Yale University
Parenting Empires:  A Moral Economy of Privilege, Whiteness, and Interiority Currency in Latin American Elite Neighborhoods

November 16, 4 p.m.

Pedro Hallal, Federal University of Pelotas
The challenge of conducting epidemiological research in times of pandemic and scientific denialism: lessons from Brazil


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
Urban Development and the Making of the City of the Forest in 19th Century Brazil

March 23

Cassio Turra, Centro de Desenvolvimento e Planejamento Regional da UFMG (CEDEPLAR)
Socioeconomic Differences in Adult Mortality in Brazil: What Have we Learned so Far?

Thursday April 22, 6PM

Adriana Calcanhotto, Singer/Composer
Music as Poetry: A Conversation With One of the Most Internationally Renowned Brazilian Singers Today


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