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Com a presença de Jean Wyllys, conferência nos Estados Unidos avalia a Democracia no Brasil

Postado por Simone de Moraes

18/04/2019 11:30


IPC/RDD (Boston)– A Brown University, sediada no estado de Rhode Island, nos Estados Unidos, realiza de hoje (18) até sábado (20) uma Conferência Brasileira sobre a Democracia no Brasil. A Conferência é conduzida pelo diretor do Centro de Estudos Brazil Initiative, James N. Green, e será aberta pelo reitor da Brown University, Richard Locke.

O painel de abertura tem como convidados o ex-deputado exilado Jean Wyllys, e a professora de Antropologia e Lei Débora Diniz, da Universidade de Brasília, dentre outros.

A Conferência, de caráter internacional, reúne acadêmicos e ativistas sociais e culturais para analisar a situação atual no Brasil e avaliar ameaças à democracia colocadas pela agenda de extrema-direita do presidente da República Bolsonaro. Durante a Conferência será lançado o Observatório dos Estados Unidos para a Democracia no Brasil, um website em inglês que vai documentar fatos no Brasil.

Alguns temas a serem debatidos são: o estado da democracia no Brasil a partir da eleição e posse do presidente Jair Bolsonaro, a criminalização dos movimentos sociais, a suspensão da demarcação de terras indígenas, a eliminação dos partidos políticos da oposição, o aumento do desmatamento da Amazônia e outras zonas ecológicas sensíveis e o impacto para o meio

ambiente, o destino da liberdade acadêmica e cultural, a perseguição aos ativistas de movimentos negros, de mulheres e LGBTQ + , o impacto da anunciada política de armas, a violência e assassinato de trabalhadores rurais e urbanos e, particularmente, de pessoas de origem africana e indígena, e a ameaça aos direitos humanos, especialmente de cidadãos de baixa renda.

International Press Committee (IPC) a Rede Defend Democracy in Brazil (DDB) Contatos: (EUA) Ana Alakija ana.alakija@gmail.com l Ana Paula Vargas paula.vargas@gmail.com

(Brazil) Simone de Moraes simonedemoraes2009@gmail.com l Mery Bahia meryba2222@hotmail.com (CA) Milla Gentil millagentil@yahoo.com (Portugal) Maria Alice nareal.alice@gmail.com (Italia) Analu Alakija) analu.alakija@gmail.com

 

Challenges to Brazilian Democracy

 

Conference

The U.S Network for Democracy in Brazil and the Brazil Initiative at Brown University are delighted to invite you to the Seventh International Conference on Brazil at Brown University, entitled Challenges to Brazilian Democracy, which will take place between April 18 th  and 20 th , 2019 at the Watson Institute in Providence, Rhode Island. The conference is open to all, at no cost. Please, find the full program below.

Challenges to Brazilian Democracy

April 18-21, 2019

Watson Institute for International and Policy Studies 111 Thayer Street, Brown University, Providence, RI

The recent election of Jair Bolsonaro to the Brazilian presidency has raised new questions about the state of democracy in Brazil. Are his campaign promises to

criminalize social movements, stop the demarcation of indigenous lands, and eliminate opposition political parties merely electoral rhetoric? What does increased deforestation of the Amazon and other sensitive ecological zones mean for the environment?  What is the fate of academic and cultural freedom under a new government whose supporters speak, among other questions, against “gender ideology” and “political correctness,” which can be read as veiled critiques of the women’s and the LGBTQI+ movements and the ideas of

progressive social sectors? Will new gun policies result in more deaths in rural and urban areas, and particularly among people of African and indigenous descent? To what extent are human rights, especially among low-income citizens, under threat? This international conference, organized jointly with

colleagues from Harvard University, will bring together scholars and social and cultural activists to analyze the current situation in Brazil and assess these and

other threats to democracy posed by President Bolsonaro’s far-right agenda. At the Conference, we will also launch the U.S. Observatory for Democracy in

Brazil, an English-language website documenting recent events in the country, and have a strategic discussion about how U.S.-based academics and activists can defend democracy in Brazil.

Thursday, April 18       Opening Ceremony

6:00-8:00 pm

Welcome:           James N. Green, Director, Brown Brazil Initiative

Richard Locke, Provost, Brown University

 

Keynote Panel:  What does it mean to be a political exile under the Bolsonaro government?

 Débora Diniz, professor of anthropology and law

 Jean Wyllys, journalist, former congressman

 Márcia Tiburi, professor of philosophy

8:00-9:00 pm   Reception

Friday, April 19

9:30-10:00        Light breakfast

10:00-12:00      Panel I: The Political Context in Brazil Today

Chair: Bruno Carvalho, cultural historian, Harvard University

 Celso Rocha de Barros, journalist, Folha de São Paulo

 Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman, sociologist, University of South Florida

 Marlon Weichert, Deputy Federal Attorney for Citizen’s Rights

12:00-1:30         Lunch

1:30-3:30           Panel II: Cultural Resistance and Academic Freedom

Chair: Leiha Lehnen, literary scholar, Brown University

 MC Carol, singer/songwriter

 Éder Oliveira, artist

 Sidney Chalhoub, historian, Harvard University

3:30-4:00           Coffee break

4:00-6:00           Panel III: Religious, Ethnicity and the Brazilian State

Chair: Geri Augusto, public policy, Brown University

 Erisvaldo Santos, pai de santo, educator, Federal Univ. of Ouro Preto

 TBA, indigenous leader and activist [1]

 Michel Gherman, historian, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro

6:30-9:00             Dinner for participants at Faculty Club

Saturday, April 20

9:30-10:00            Light breakfast

10:00-12:00          Panel IV: Economic and Social Rights

Chair: Anani Dzidzienyo, Africana Studies, Brown University

 Pedro Paulo Bastos, economist, Campinas State University

 Douglas Belchior, activist, popular educator

 Symmy Larrat, trans activist, President of the ABGLT

12:00-1:30            Lunch

1:30-3:30             Panel V: Environmental Justice and the Right to Land

Chair: Leah Van Wey, environmental sociologist, Brown University

 Ayala Dias Ferreira, Landless Peasants Movement (MST)

 Paul E. Little, environmental anthropologist

 Elionice Conceição Sacramento, community researcher, quilombola activist

3:30-4:00             Coffee break

4:00-6:00             Panel VI: Organizing Resistance in the United States

Chair: Marina Adams, National Organizer, U.S. Network for Democracy in Brazil

 Stanley Gacek, United Food and Commercial Workers Inter. Union

 Gladys Mitchell-Walthour, President, Brazilian Studies Association

 Alex Main, Director of International Policy at the Center for Economic and Policy Research,

Washington, D.C.

 James N. Green, National Coordinator, U.S. Network for Democracy in Brazil

 

Sunday, April 21

 

9:00-12:00            Open Forum: Discussions on Short-term and Strategic Activities

 

[1] To be confirmed

 

Conference Organizing Committee: James N. Green (chair), Geri Augusto, Bruno Carvalho, Sidney Sidney Chalhoub, Keisha-Khan Perry, Leila Lehnen, Ramon Stern, Leah VanWey

Sponsors: Africana Studies (Brown), Brown Brazil Initiative Center for Slavery and Justice (Brown), Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (Brown), Cogut Institute of Humanities (Brown), Department of History (Brown), Department of African and African American Studies (Harvard) Department of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies (Brown), Watson Institute for International and Policy Studies (Brown).

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