The Digital Brazil Project’s virtual lectures feature Brazilian and Brazilianist scholars as well as community leaders based in Brazil. While the halt to international travel presents challenges, it also creates opportunities for new long-distance collaborations that highlight pressing issues.
Sônia Guajajara at the Behner Stiefel Center for Brazilian Studies
This lecture is the second in a three part series, Land Rights in the Brazilian Amazon: The Struggle for Indigenous Land Demarcation. The series is sponsored by the Behner Stiefel Center for Brazilian Studies, Nature and Culture International, Projeto Bem Viver, and the Department of American Indian Studies at San Diego State University.
Film Screening and Panel Discussion
November 30, 2021
Threatened Tapajos: Indigenous Views on Planned Infrastructure Mega Projects
Date: November 30, 2021
Time: 4:00 pm PST
The Paulo Freire Lecture on Education & Social Change
Decemeber 6, 2021
Affirmative Action in Brazil: Challenges, Lessons, Achievements
a lecture by George Oliveira
Date: December 6, 2021
Time: 12:00 PST
Negrafias in Downtown São Paulo: Presence and Representations of Blackness in Urban Art
November 17, 2021
"Negrafias in Downtown São Paulo: Presence and Representations of Blackness in Urban Art," a lecture by Marina Barbosa, was delivered on November 17, 2021 at the Behner Stiefel Center for Brazilian Studies at San Diego State University.
Marina Barbosa Marina is a Black Brazilian woman who researches art, musicalities, religion, and the Black body in dialogue with the city. She is a social scientist who holds a masters in art history. She is currently a PhD student in Social Anthropology at the University of São Paulo.
Religion, Healthcare and Politics in the Pandemic Context in Brazil
November 9, 2021
The first in a two part speaker series, "Religion, Healthcare, and Politics in the Pandemic Context in Brazil" features lectures by Dr. Keila Pinezi and Dr. Rodrigo Toniol as they reflect on the social movements and actors who were part of the dispute in the political and religious realms and their impact on the public health realm.
Land Rights in the Brazilian Amazon: Community-Based Economies
November 4, 2021
"Community-Based Economies" is the third in a three part series, Land Rights in the Brazilian Amazon. The series is sponsored by the Behner Stiefel Center for Brazilian Studies, Nature and Culture International, Projeto Bem Viver, and the Department of American Indian Studies at San Diego State University.
Precarious Democracy Book Launch and Panel Discussion
October 21, 2021
The Behner Stiefel Center for Brazilian Studies is pleased to host the launch of the new book, Precarious Democracy: Ethnographies of Hope, Despair, and Resistance in Brazil (Rutgers University Press), edited by Benjamin Junge, Sean T. Mitchell, Alvaro Jarrín and Lucia Cantero. Precarious Democracy brings together 15 evocative ethnographic accounts of how Brazilians from diverse walks of life have experienced and responded to economic precarity, political crisis, and diminishing hopes for the future from 2013 to 2019—a pivotal period in Brazilian history, bookended by the explosion of massive protests across the country in 2013 and the first year in office of hard-right president Jair Bolsonaro.
Sônia Guajajara Lecture: Indigenous Peoples' Day
October 11, 2021
Sônia Guajajara belongs to the Guajajara/Tentehar people, who live in the forests of the Araribóia in the state of Maranhão, Brazil. Her militancy began in her youth, in grassroots movements, but soon reached the National Congress – where she led the opposition against a series of projects that took away rights and threatened Indigenous peoples and the environment. In just a few years, she gained international prominence for her struggle waged on behalf of the rights of native peoples.
Afro-Brazilian Religions and Religious Racism - a lecture by Dr. Gustavo Melo Cerqueira
October 4, 2021
"Afro-Brazilian Religions and Religious Racism" is a lecture delivered by Dr. Gustavo Melo Cerqueira on October 7, 2021 to Dr. Daniela Gomes' course, AFRAS 300: Afro-Brazilian Community, Culture, and Identity. Gustavo Melo Cerqueira, Ph.D is babalorixá, actor and performer. Master of Arts and PhD in African Studies and the African Diaspora from the University of Texas at Austin, United States. Graduated in Law from the Federal University of Bahia. He worked with Cia. Teatro dos Novos and Bando de Teatro Olodum, in Salvador, and with Cia. dos Comuns in Rio de Janeiro. Develops research related to the black body in the performing arts and presence from the intersection of theories and methods of Black Studies, Performance Studies, Sociology and Theater. He is currently one of the coordinators of PELE NEGRA ESCOLA DE TEATRO(S) PRETO(S). In 2020, he was approved in first place in the contest for a postdoctoral scholarship in the Graduate Program in Performing Arts at UFBA. Unfortunately, CAPES suspended the registration of new scholarship holders, which prevents Gustavo from starting his postdoctoral research.
Land Rights in the Brazilian Amazon
The Struggle for Indigenous Land Demarcation
October 4, 2021
The first discussion panel in the three part series, Land Rights in the Brazilian Amazon: The Struggle for Indigenous Land Demarcation, focuses on the historical context and recent action in the struggle to secure Indigenous rights to land in Brazil.
Ivo Cípio Aureliano (Macuxi) is one of the four Indigenous lawyers who defended Indigenous peoples rights on September 1, 2021 at the Brazilian Supreme Court (STF). He holds a graduate degree in Public Law, with emphasis on Constitutional Law.
Ana Paula Souto Maior is a Brazilian lawyer who has worked with Indigenous peoples’ rights since 1986. She has experience with governmental, non-governmental, and Indigenous peoples organizations.
Utopia of Freedom in the Americas: Quilombo and Marronage as Forms of Social Organization in the Diaspora
September 30, 2021
"Utopia of Freedom in the Americas: Quilombo and Marronage as Social Organization in the Diaspora" is a lecture delivered by Dr. Davi Pereira Junior on September 30, 2021 to Dr. Daniela Gomes's course, AFRAS 300: Afro-Brazilian Community, Culture and Identity. Davi Pereira Junior, Ph.D. was born in the quilombola community of Itamatatiua in the south of the Municipality of Alcântara - Maranhão, Northeast Brazil. He holds a BA in History from the State University of Maranhão UEMA, a Master’s degree in Social Anthropology from the Federal University of Bahia UFBA, and a PhD in Latin American Studies from University of Texas at Austin. Pereira Junior has been a researcher for New Social Cartography in Brazil since 2005. He has extensive experience in researching and producing cartographies with Peoples and Traditional Communities in Brazil.
World Portuguese Language Day
May 5, 2021
On May 5, the date proclaimed by UNESCO, we pay homage to World Portuguese Language Day. Join to watch academic and diplomatic speeches, student and faculty participation, poetry, music, e muita alegria!
Race, Racism and Resistance in Latin America Series
Art and Empowerment: Kadiwéu Women’s Pottery
March 24, 2021
The Kadiwéu are an indigenous people currently living between the Paraguay River and the Bodoquena Mountains in Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil. Viviane Luiza Silva’s talk analyzes Kadiwéu pottery production in relation to the cultural, environmental, political, and economic contexts of Kadiwéu women’s labor. Kadiwéu artists and community leaders, Nayokolate and Edelson Fernandes, participated in the event and shared their perspectives of how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the Kadiwéu and the role of art-making in their community.
A lecture by Sérgio Mielniczenko
January 28, 2021
The Behner Stiefel Center for Brazilian Studies at San Diego State University is pleased to present "Samba Brasil! A Lecture by Sérgio Mielniczenko."
Born in São Paulo, Brazil, Sérgio Mielniczenko moved to Los Angeles in 1974 to attend college. Since 1978, Mielniczenko has been the creator, host and producer of the Brazilian Hour, a weekly radio program that was one of the first radio programs in the U.S. dedicated to showcasing the best of Brazilian music. It is currently distributed to over 35 public radio stations across the United States, from Alaska to New York as well as world-wide in 5 languages and to over 150 embassies.
"The Chicken is a Being": Clarice Lispector's Echo-Poetics, a lecture by Dr. Marília Librandi- Rocha
January 28, 2021
"'The Chicken is a Being': Clarice Lispector's Echo-Poetics" is a lecture delivered by Dr. Marília Librandi-Rocha on January 28, 2020. The event was organized by the Portuguese Program of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and sponsored by the Behner Stiefel Center for Brazilian Studies at San Diego State University.
Race, Racism and Resistance in Latin America: Afro-Brazilians Struggle for Citizenship
November 18, 2020
Race, Racism and Resistance in Latin America is a three-part lecture series co-sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies, the Department of Africana Studies, and the Behner Stiefel Center for Brazilian Studies at San Diego State University. In the third event, Abner Francisco Sótenos, Monique Paula, and Watufani Poe discuss the Afro-Brazilian struggle for citizenship, including the deadly challenges facing Black women in the political arena and how the Black LGBTQA+ movements in Brazil and the United States find possibilities for connecting through social media and activism.
Indigenous Women and Sustainability in the Brazilian Amazon: Climate Challenges and Territorial Protections
October 12, 2020
The second discussion panel in the three part series, Indigenous Women and Sustainability in the Brazilian Amazon: Climate Challenges and Territorial Protection addresses the struggle for legal recognition of Indigenous lands and the impact of climate change the Amazon region in Brazil. The series is sponsored by the Behner Stiefel Center for Brazilian Studies, Nature and Culture International, Projeto Bem Viver, and at San Diego State University the Department of American Indian Studies, and the Center for Latin American Studies.
Indigenous Women and Sustainability in the Brazilian Amazon: COVID-19 in Indigenous Amazonia
October 12, 2020
The third discussion panel in the three part series, Indigenous Women and Sustainability in the Brazilian Amazon: COVID-19 in Indigenous Amazonia addresses the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the communities that live in the Amazon region in Brazil. The series is sponsored by the Behner Stiefel Center for Brazilian Studies, Nature and Culture International, Projeto Bem Viver, and at San Diego State University the Department of American Indian Studies, and the Center for Latin American Studies.
Indigenous Women and Sustainability in the Brazilian Amazon: Sineia do Vale
October 12, 2020
Sineia do Vale belongs to the Wapichana people. Graduated in Environmental Management, she has worked for almost three decades in the Environmental Department of the Indigenous Council of Roraima (CIR). Since 2011, she has led projects that follow the impacts of climate change on the lives of the indigenous peoples of Roraima.
Indigenous Women and Sustainability in the Brazilian Amazon: Marizete de Souza
October 12, 2020
Marizete de Souza Macuxi belongs to the Macuxi people and is the general coordinator of the indigenous women's movement in the Serras region, located in the Raposa Serra do Sol Indigenous Land, in Roraima. Daughter of Jaci de Souza, an important leader of the Macuxi people in the fight for the demarcation of Raposa Serra do Sol, she has a degree in Indigenous Territorial Management and today works with federal deputy Joênia Wapichana, the first indigenous woman elected to Brazil's national congress.
Indigenous Women and Sustainability in the Brazilian Amazon: Telma Tuarepang
October 12, 2020
Telma Taurepang, of the Taurepang tribe, is the general coordinator of the União das Mulheres Indígenas da Amazônia Brasileira (UMIAB). She was born in the Araça indigenous land and lives in the Mangueira Indigenous Community, located in the Amajarí region, in the Brazilian state of Roraima, where she maintains her ancestral roots and connections. Today she is also an Anthropology professor and academic.
Indigenous Women and Sustainability in the Brazilian Amazon: Mariazinha Baré (COIAB)
October 12, 2020
Mariazinha Baré is from the Baré People. She is an MBA student in project management at the Universidade Estadual do Amazonas and holds a masters in social anthropology from the Universidade Federal do Amazonas. She served as the coordinating secretary in the organization of Indigenous women of Amazonia, the União das Mulheres Indígenas da Amazônia Brasileira. Today she is among the most prominent indigenous leaders in the Amazon and is currently a project manager for the Coordination of Indigenous Organizations in the Brazilian Amazon (COIAB).
Indigenous Women and Sustainability in the Brazilian Amazon: Policy and Politics for the Environment
October 5, 2020
The first discussion panel in the three part series, Indigenous Women and Sustainability in the Brazilian Amazon: Policy and Politics for the Environment addresses deforestation, fires, and the policies that impact the Amazon region in Brazil. The series is sponsored by the Behner Stiefel Center for Brazilian Studies, Nature and Culture International, Projeto Bem Viver, and at San Diego State University the Department of American Indian Studies, and the Center for Latin American Studies.
Q&A with Teddy Collatos and Carolina Monnerat // SDSU Brazilian Film Series
October 1, 2020
The Behner Stiefel Center for Brazilian Studies at San Diego State University interviewed Carolina Monnerat and Teddy Collatos in September 2020 to discuss their feature-length documentary, Queen of Lapa. Queen of Lapa was the October 2020 film of the SDSU Brazilian Film Series. To watch our virtual film series, visit the Film Series page.
The Semiotics of Covid-19 Through the Eyes of a Clinician: Perspectives on the Pandemic in Brazil and the United States
September 30, 2020
The Behner Stiefel Center for Brazilian Studies is pleased to present as part of our Health Lecture Series "The Semiotics of COVID-19 through the Eyes of a Clinician: Perspectives from Brazil and the United States" by Carlos Alberto von Mühlen, MD, PhD. Dr. von Mühlen completed his Masters Degree at the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul in Porto Alegre, Brazil, specializing in internal medicine and rheumatology and his PhD at the Rhineland-Westphalia Technical University in Aachen, Germany. Dr. von Mühlen has extensive experience in clinical medicine, focusing on rheumatology and autoimmune diseases.
Racism, Social Exclusion, and the Burden of Substance Use on Black Brazilians
September 28, 2020
This panel brought together three distinguished research scholars from Brazil’s Oswaldo Cruz Foundation - FIOCRUZ in Rio de Janeiro and Getúlio Vargas Foundation, São Paulo Brazil to discuss the historical and present day context of racism against persons of African heritage in Brazil, including the sociological construction of racism in Brazil and resulting social exclusion and inequalities; the use of the race/color indicators in epidemiological studies in Brazil; and the impact of substance use among socially-excluded communities in Brazil.
Our colleagues at the U.S. Network for Democracy in Brazil (USNDB) have launched a new series of interviews. Their "Dialogues for Democracy" feature speakers addressing social, political, and cultural issues that relate to the country's democracy.
Dialogues for Democracy with Douglas Belchoir
September 21, 2020
Douglas Belchior, activist, educator and founder of Uneafro speaks with the Network's Co-Coordinator Gladys Mitchell-Walthour, Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee and Kat Cosby, a doctoral candidate at the University of California, Irvine.
Dialogues for Democracy with Maria Augusta Ramos
August 24, 2020
Maria Augusta Ramos, Brazilian filmmaker and director of 'The Process,' talks to Jeremy Lehnen, from Brown University, and Kathryn Sanchez of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Dialogues for Democracy with Sonia Guajajara
August 3, 2020
Sonia Guajajara, politician, indigenous activist and executive director of the Association of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil (APIB) talks to Tracy Devine Guzmán, Associate Professor at the University of Miami and Christian Poirier, Program Director at Amazon Watch.
Dialogues for Democracy with Jurema Werneck
July 20, 2020
Jurema Werneck, director of Amnesty International Brasil and co-founder of NGO Criola, sat with Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman, from the University of Southern Florida and Juliana Goes from UMass Amherst.
Dialogues for Democracy with Jean Wyllys
July 2, 2020
This first episode is a conversation between Jean Wyllys, former Congressman and Harvard Scholar, and the Network's co-coordinators Gladys Mitchell-Walthour, associate professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and James N. Green, professor of Modern Latin America History at Brown University.