“Dreaming Soccer in Brazil”

Thursday, November 20, 2014 | 11:45 A.M.-12:55 P.M.

Smith Warehouse, Bay 5, B189


Cliff will show his short video on youth soccer and discuss his forthcoming documentary “Soccer Rules,” comparing youth soccer in Brazil and the U.S.


“From Brazilian Land Conflicts to Youth Soccer: Communicating History through Video”

Friday, November 21, 2014 | 12:00-1:30 P.M.

Smith Warehouse, Bay 5, B189


**Lunch provided to those who RSVP by Monday, November 17 to gray.kidd@duke.edu


Professor Welch received his Ph.D. in history from Duke in 1990. In addition to making several documentary films on Latino migration, peasant struggle and soccer, Cliff is a leading scholar of contemporary Brazilian political and social history. His 1999 monograph, The Seed Was Planted: The São Paulo Roots of Brazil’s Rural Labor Movement, 1924-1964, remains a standard reference. In 2001, the Cinema Guild released his award-winning documentary “Grass war! Peasant Struggle in Brazil.” Since 2003, Cliff has worked closely as educator and consultant to the Landless Workers Movement (MST) and other Via Campesina International-affiliated organizations, many of them involved in direct actions such as land occupations. Until their publication in 2009, Cliff served on the editorial council of an 11-volume history of the Brazilian peasantry. In 2012, he co-authored Land Governance in Brazil: A Geo-Historical Review, which was published in three languages. More recently, Cliff has been part of a team working with Brazil’s National Truth Commission to win historical recognition for peasants victimized by the Brazilian military dictatorship of 1964-1985.