Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Second International Symposium, Brazil: From Dictatorship to Democracy - Transparency, Truth, and Memory: An International Conference and Digital Scholarship Workshop

Friday, April 7 –
Saturday, April 8, 2017

Joukowsky Forum and Birkelund Board Room

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Marking the fifty-third anniversary of the 1964 Brazilian military coup d’état, the Second International Symposium at Brown, Brazil: From Dictatorship to Democracy,” will bring together junior and senior scholars from Brazil, Europe, and the United States to discuss new research on the Brazilian dictatorship. At the same time, we will evaluate the progress of the Opening the Archives Project, which has scanned, digitized, and made available on an open-access Brown Library website 30,000 U.S. government documents from the State Department, Defense Department and the Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Nixon, and Reagan Presidential Libraries. 

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Friday, April 7

9:00-9:30         Opening of the International Symposium and Digital Scholarship Workshop

                        Birkelund Board Room, Watson Institute, 111 Thayer Street

9:30-11:00       Panel No. 1 Student Panel on Recent Scholarship Related to the Brazilian Military Dictatorship and Opening the Archives Project

Christine Keating, West Point

“‘The Whole Matter Requires Careful Consideration’: Observations of the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency during Brazil's Military Dictatorship.”

Fernando Guimarães, Brown University

“A Veil of Deception: U.S. Embassy Depictions of ARENA, 1965-74”

Christian Rodriguez, Brown University

"The Path to Civilian Rule"

Kate Grusky, Brown University

“Opening the Archives: From Coup to Coup”

Mateus Picanco Lima Gomes, Brown University

“Brazil will Build”: Measuring American Influence on the Major Development Projects of the Brazilian Military Dictatorship

Commentator: Maud Chirio, University of Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée

11:15-12:45     Panel No. 2 on Recent Scholarship Related to the Brazilian Military Dictatorship and Opening the Archives Project 

Maud Chirio, University of Paris-Est Marne-la- Vallée, Paris and      

Mariana Joffily, State University of Santa Catarina

“Entering the Intimacy of an Allied Army: the Brazilian Military Biographic Files of the US Department of State (1950-1970)” 

Sidnei Munhoz, State University of Maringá, Paraná

“Understanding the Quadros Administration: Different Glances from U.S. Diplomacy"   

Felipe Loureiro, University of São Paulo

“The Perception of the Brazilian Public Opinion on John F. Kennedy and the Alliance for Progress in Cold War Brazil (1961-63)”

Commentator: James N. Green, Brown University

2:30-4:00         Workshop with the Center for Digital Scholarship, Brown University Library

                        Seminar Room, Sidney E. Frank Digital Studio, Rockefeller Library, Room 160

4:30-6:00         Keynote lecture, Patrick Ma Digital Scholarship Lab, first floor, Rockefeller Library

 “Memória, Verdade e Justiça nas Américas: o que vem pela frente?”

Paulo Abrão, former President of the Brazilian Amnesty Commission and Executive Director of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights of the Organization of American States

Saturday, April 8         Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute, 111 Thayer Street

9:00-11:00       Panel No. 3: Recent Scholarship Related to the Brazilian Military Dictatorship

Andre Pagliarini, Brown University

“Real Self-help”: The Lyndon B. Johnson Administration, the Alliance for Progress, and the Early Years of Military Rule in Brazil, 1964-1967.

Maria Gatti, Harvard University

“Brazil in Pan-American Networks of Literature and Surveillance Before and After 1964”

Natan Zeichner, New York University

“Discovering the Middle Class: Radical Politics and the Trajectory of two Working-Class activists from Osasco, São Paulo.”

Daniel McDonald, Brown University

“Os Clubes de Mães in Word and Image” 

Commentator: Mariana Joffily, State University of Santa Catarina

11:15-1:15       Panel No. 4: Recent Scholarship Related to the Brazilian Military Dictatorship

Ben Cowan, George Mason University

“A Family Affair: Youth, Sexuality, and TFP in the Era of Dictatorship.”

Michael Rom, Yale University

"The Participation of Brazilian Jews in the Struggle Against the Brazilian Military Regime, 1964-1985"

Vera Paiva, University of São Paulo

“From economic compensation to psychosocial care and reparation: connecting to the never-ending military police victims”

Commentator: Jennifer Lambe, Brown University

2:30-4:30         The Future of the Opening the Archives Project: A Round-Table Discussion

  • James N. Green, Brown University
  • Felipe Loureiro, University of São Paulo
  • Mariana Joffily, State University of Santa Catarina
  • Maud Chirio, University of Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée
  • Paulo Abrão, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, OAS
  • Sidnei Munhoz, State University of Maringá, Paraná