Wintersession 2022

Wintersession 2022 registration is now LIVE

Together with the High Meadows Environmental Institute and the Pace Center for Civic Engagement, the Brazil LAB will be offering two workshops during the University’s first campus-wide in-person Wintersession. Registration runs from November 1-19 and works on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Safeguarding Amazonia

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The workshop builds on the innovative work of MapBiomas, a network of Brazilian scientific institutions, civil society groups and startups. MapBiomas has been producing the most complete, detailed and comprehensive maps of land use changes in Brazil and PanAmazonia and is now applying its cutting-edge methodology to other tropical forest belts. We will learn about the assemblage of machine learning, cloud computing and network collaboration to produce large scale and fine resolution multi-temporal maps and analyses of land cover and land use (with a particular focus on the Amazonian region). We will also discuss how civil society and business and public policy stakeholders can use such evidence making towards environmental justice and conservation. During the workshop, participants will have the opportunity to practice using Google Earth Engine to process satellite images and produce land cover maps and analyses.
- Tasso Azevedo, Brazilian Environmentalist and Director of MapBiomas
- Cesar Diniz, Brazilian Scientist and Coordinator of MapBiomas
- Luiz Cortinhas (virtual), Brazilian Scientist and Coordinator of MapBiomas

Solidarity-Based Organizing in the Digital Age: Building Power from the Bottom-Up

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Community organizers around the world are seeking to re-ignite public support for besieged democratic institutions and to strengthen solidarity within divided societies. While navigating the complexity created by disinformation, authoritarian politics, and the emergence of new existential threats, like the COVID-19 pandemic and the climate crisis, organizers pull from a variety of tactics and strategies that leverage both the digital world and traditional power-building. In this workshop, two organizers at the frontlines of the pro-democracy struggle in Brazil will share learnings from their 10+ years of experience working with young activists and community leaders as well as elected officials. Through a mix of hand-on exercises and reflections on activism and social change theory, they will lead Princeton students into an exploration of their own collective power and ability to influence the various communities they are a part of.
- Alessandra Orofino, Executive Director of NOSSAS, an organization that catalyzes solidarity-based and democratic activism in Brazil, and showrunner of Greg News, a weekly comedy news show on HBO Latin America.
- Miguel Lago, co-founder of NOSSAS and Executive Director of the Institute for Health Policy Studies, Brazil’s premier think and do-tank for public health policy. Lecturer at Sciences Po Paris and Columbia University.