Global Brazil Conference 2017

Nature, Politics and Culture

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Smith Warehouse – Bay 4, C105 – Ahmadieh Family Lecture Hall

sponsored by Global Brazil Humanities Lab of the Franklin Humanities Institute and the Duke Brazil Initiative



8:30-9:00      Light Breakfast

9-9:15           Welcome



9:15-10:15    Gladys Mitchell-Walthour (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)

“The Increasing Saliency of Race in Brazil and What the Future Holds”


10:15-11:00 The Politics of Reform and Reaction: Higher Education, Impeachment, and Domestic Work

With John D. French (History, African & African-American Studies), Dr. Bryan Pitts (University of Georgia), Madeleine Roberts (B.A., History, Duke University ), Jessica Lee (B.A., Classical Studies, Duke University), Chloe Ricks (B.A. International Comparative Studies, Duke University)


11-11:30      Coffee Break

Consultations on DBI Research Grant Competition: Bay 4 C106

Grant Deadline March 3, 2017



11:30-12:30 Jacob Blanc (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

“Land, Legitimacy, and Dictatorship: The Itaipu Dam and the Visibility of Rural Brazil”


12:30-1:30    Lunch provided


1:30-2:15     Itaipú Post-2023: The Next 50 Years of Sustainable Development

A Research Team Report led by Christine Folch (Cultural Anthropology) with Odette Rouvet (M.I.D.P., Sanford School of Public Policy) and

Olivia Sanchez (B.A. International Comparative Studies and Spanish, Duke University)


Dr. Gerardo Blanco Bogado and Dr. Victorio Oxilia Dávalos, GISE (Grupo de Investigación en Sistemas Energéticos, Facultad Politécnica – Universidad Nacional de Asunción, Paraguay)


2:15-2:30      Coffee Break



2:30-3:15      Christopher Dunn (Tulane University)

“Cold War, Consumerism, and Counterculture in Authoritarian Brazil”


3:15-4:00      Pop Art and Freedom

Conversation with Christopher Dunn (Tulane University), Esther Gabara (Romance Studies, Art, Art History, and Visual Studies), and Natalia de la Rosa (Postdoctoral Associate, Duke University)


4-4:30           Wine Reception


4:30- 5:00     Roundtable: Interdisciplinary Humanities Scholarship— Global Brazil and What Is to Come


5:00-6:00      Kevin Harding (University of Richmond & Quatro na Bossa, guitar) with Matt Wyatt (percussion)

“Defining Bossa Nova: A musical performance and presentation”