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Duke Brazil Initiative

Mission Statement

The Duke Brazil Initiative (DBI) aims to develop deeper connections with Brazil through faculty and student research programs, university and industry connections, and efforts to bring leading Brazilian scholars, public officials and artists to Duke. The initiative supports ongoing two-way exchanges that foster academic and policy research while establishing new courses and experiential learning opportunities for undergraduates at Duke. Past Brazil Initiative projects and events have focused on energy, environment, health, human development, art, politics and governance.

Summary of 2021-2022 Programs

  • DBI faculty and graduate students continued their collaboration with 2020 Mellon Visiting Professor Dr. Silvio Luiz de Almeida (Getulio Vargas Foundation and Mackenzie Presbyterian University, Brazil) and his graduate students.  Specifically their work included a November panel discussion on Affirmative Action in Higher Education:  Cross Study of the Federal Supreme Court of Brazil and the United States Supreme Court which included panelists from Duke and Mackenzie.  The group met in person at Duke in April for a roundtable discussion and the opening of the exhibit on Black Lives Matter Brazil-USA in the Classroom Building on Duke’s East Campus.  The exhibit remains open throughout Summer 2022. 
  • The DBI Grad Talks speaker series featured six virtual presentations by advanced doctoral students from Duke, Georgetown, and the University of Brasilia.  These were short events in which graduate students doing research about Brazil and Brazil-related topics presented their work in a multidisciplinary environment. 
  • The DBI Dissertation Chapter Workshop series featured three virtual presentations by advanced doctoral students from Duke, who discussed chapters from their dissertations in a multidisciplinary environment.  They received valuable feedback from the audiences. 
  • Doctoral students Courtney Crumpler, Ian Erickson-Kery, and Rafaella Lobo received DBI research awards to support their field research in Brazil during Summer and Fall 2022.  Dr. Katya Wesolowski also received a DBI research award to support her field research in Brazil during Fall 2021. 

2021-2022 Notable Programs

Certificates & Awards

  • Duke Brazil Initiative Research Awards


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