DURHAM, NC – A three-day conference starting Thursday, March 26, will shine an academic spotlight on the rising global profile of Brazil, the world’s fifth-largest country. Host to the 2014 soccer World Cup and forthcoming host of the 2016 Olympics, Brazil has also been the site of numerous protests by citizens concerned about government spending, health care struggles and other issues.
The free, public conference is a joint effort of the Duke Brazil Initiative and the Global Brazil Lab of the Franklin Humanities Institute. It will explore myriad issues, from art to politics to the future of the Amazon River. Below, event co-organizer John French, a Duke history professor, discusses Brazil and the aim of the conference.