When Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva was elected President of Brazil in 2002, many thought the Marxist revolution had begun. A notorious advocate for worker's rights--he lost a finger in a factory accident at 19--Lula nevertheless proved to be rather moderate as a leader, prompting some of his constituents to break further off to the left. He's sworn he won't seek a third term in 2010, but will instead allow the electoral process to work uninhibited, which begs the question: what's next for Brazil? As one of the four BRIC nations, Brazil was undergoing tremendous growth up until the current downturn. How do they get back on track? How can Brazil continue to tackle unresolved issues of social inequality?
The Center for Hemispheric Policy at the University of Miami has organized a panel to address all these issues and more at this crucial time in Brazil's history. Titled Brazil's Political and Social Landscape: Looking Beyond Lula, the panel features Maria Hermínia Tavares de Almeida, Deputy Director of the Institute of International Relations at the University of São Paulo; Ricardo Sennes, Professor of International Relations at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo; and Paulo Sotero, Director of the Brazil Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.
Come to the Venetian Room at 8 a.m. for a light breakfast and then get ready for some serious and important discussion.
Thu., May 14, 8 a.m., 2009