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Thomas E. Skidmore Student and Alumni Conference on Brazil (1964-2014)

Thursday, April 10, 2014

8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Joukowsky Forum

Brown University is organizing an International Symposium on April 10-12, 2014 entitled Brazil from Dictatorship to Democracy (1964-2014) to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the 1964 coup d’état and to discuss the dictatorship, its legacy, and the process of the consolidation of democracy in Brazil. A component of this International Symposium is the Thomas E. Skidmore Student and Alumni Conference that will be held on April 10, 2014. The event, named to honor Thomas E. Skidmore, Professor Emeritus of History and Portuguese and Brazilian Studies at Brown University, will feature twelve presentations by Brown students and alumni working in the humanities, social sciences or other fields on topics related to the period of the dictatorship or Brazil under democratic governance. The two best paper presentations will receive the Thomas E. Skidmore Award in Brazilian Studies and a $250.00 prize.

Brazil Initiative

Thomas E. Skidmore Student and Alumni Conference on Brazil (1964-2014)

9:00-9:15 Conference Opening

James N. Green, Director, Brazil Initiative, Brown University

Mateus Baptista, Organizer, Thomas E. Skidmore Student and Alumni Conference

9:00-10:20 Panel I: The 1964 Coup d’état and its Aftermath

Abigail Jones ’06, Managing Director, Climate Advisors, “Lincoln Gordon’s Evolving Discourse”

William Janover ’15, “From ‘Red is Red’ to ‘We Cannot Be Silent’: An Analysis of the Evolution of Latin America Calls!, 1963-1970

Cos Tollerson ’12, “In Search of Support from the Western Bloc: The Brazilian Military Regime’s Evolving Discourse on Western Exceptionalism”

Commentator: Bryan Pitts, Duke University

10:20-10:30 Coffee Break

10:30-11:50 Panel II: Resistance, Repression, and Political Openings

Andre Pagliarini, Graduate Student in History, Brown University, “‘De onde? Para onde?’ New Social Movements and the Debate over Brazil’s ‘Civil’-Military Dictatorship”

Lanna Leite ’14, “Maria Auxiliadora Lara Barcelos: A Portrait of a Brazilian Revolutionary”

Natan Zeichner ’07, Graduate Student in History, New York University, “Exploring Radical Brazilian Political Identities, 1976-1985”

Commentator: João Roberto Martins Filho, University Federal de São Carlos

12-1:00 Lunch, Watson Institute Library, 3rd floor

1:00-2:20 Panel III: Popular Movements, Exile, and Democratization

Emma Wohl ’14, “Victory, Compromise, or Measured Retreat: The Significance of the Amnesty Debate in the Streets and Congress”

Meg Weeks ’11, “‘Urbanization Yes! Removal Never!’: Favela Removal and Popular Resistance in Rio de Janeiro during the Brazilian Military Dictatorship”

Benjamin Legg, Graduate Student, Portuguese and Brazilian Studies, Brown University, “Henfil's American Illusion”

Commentator: Ann Schneider, Historian, Human Rights Violators and War Crimes Center

2:30-3:50 Panel IV: Post-dictatorial Brazil

Michael Hoffmann ’15, “Democratization and the Politics of Equality: Herbert Daniel’s 1986 Campaign for Deputado Estadual”

Sam E. Novacich ’08, “Uncertain Futures: Strategic Prudence and Local Understandings of Public Security Policy in Mangueira”

Sílvia Cabral-Teresa, Graduate Student, Portuguese and Brazilian Studies, Brown University, “Newspapers as Political Agents: The Instability of Brazil's Post-dictatorship and Pre-constitution Period, 1985-88”

Commentator: Manuela Picq, Institute of Advanced Studies, Princeton