Faculty, students across disciplines discuss politics and culture of South American country
March 7, 2016 | Ezgi Ustundag

Ildo Sauer and Christine Folch talk about Brazil’s challenges in meeting its economic and political potential. Photo by Les Todd/Duke University Photography

Durham, NC – Pointing to a map of his native Brazil, Ildo Sauer turned toward the faculty and students seated in the Franklin Humanities Institute (FHI) Garage in Smith Warehouse and smiled.

“If it wanted to, Brazil could go completely renewable,” Sauer said. “We could get rid of our oil. We could even get rid of Petrobras.”

While Sauer’s last comment was in jest—especially since Sauer ran the energy conglomerate between 2003 and 2007—the Mellon Visiting Professor at the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) was not joking about Brazil’s vast renewable energy resources.

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