Brazil LAB inaugural colloquium: "The Future of Brazil"
Brazil LAB held the inaugural Fall colloquium on September 20, 2018, welcoming over 120 Princeton students, faculty, researchers and broader community members to reflect upon the current state of politics, social mobilizations, and economic paralysis in the period since Dilma’s impeachment. Arminio Fraga *85, prominent economist who formally presided over the Brazilian Central Bank, and current member of Princeton’s Board of Trustees, emphasized critical ways that the Brazilian economy has failed to achieve sustained growth as was long promised. Angela Alonso, Professor of Sociology at the University of São Paulo and Director of the Brazilian Center of Analysis and Planning (CEBRAP), shared research on the rise of novel networks of civil activism and political action emerging in Brazil since 2012. Stephen Kotkin, Professor in History and International Affairs, and João Biehl, Professor of Anthropology and Co-Director of the Brazil LAB, moderated a dynamic Q&A following the panel, with particular interest among audience members as to the fate of the PT (Workers’ Party), imprisonment of former president Lula, and rise of ultra-right-wing candidate Bolsonaro in the lead up to the Brazilian general election to take place in October 2018. The event was followed by a reception, and co-sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School, the Program in Latin American Studies, the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, and the Department of Anthropology.