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Emory announces inaugural Brazil Week

This coming September 19 – 23 will mark Emory University’s first annual Brazil Week, a celebration of Emory’s engagement with Brazil.

Organized by Emory’s Brazil Initiative through the Claus M. Halle Institute for Global Learning, the inaugural interschool program features faculty experts discussing work on Zika and innovative mapping projects in the digital humanities, as well as cultural events organized by the Brazilian Student Association (BRASA).

Emory’s Brazil Initiative builds on the university’s long-term strengths as an internationally recognized center for Brazilian Studies with a strong record of faculty and student exchange funded by prestigious fellowships, internationally published scholarship, and a booming program in Portuguese language and cultural studies. An Academic Learning Community (ALC) on Brazil was co-sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development and Excellence in 2013. More recently, Brazil specialists around the university collaborated to develop a strategic plan for Emory’s relationship to Brazil, identifying opportunities for strategic partnerships, faculty exchange, and joint scholarly projects and positioning Brazil for inclusion as a geographic focal point in Emory’s global strategies in 2015.

image of mapSince the launch of the global strategies, Emory has partnered with FAPESP (the São Paulo Research Foundation) to establish funding for joint research projects and with Fulbright Brasil for a five-year agreement to bring senior Brazilian scholars to Emory for a semester of teaching and research to inspire and support faculty collaborations. The first Fulbright Brasil scholar will arrive on Emory’s campus in calendar year 2017. Luis Ferla and Lincoln Suesdek, Brazilian faculty collaborators on the first projects receiving FAPESP funding, arrive in Atlanta on September 18 in order to participate in Emory’s Brazil Week programming.

Luis Ferla is Professor at the History Department of the Federal University of São Paulo. Ferla currently conducts research focused on the use of new digital technologies in historical investigations. He will be presenting with Emory professor Michael Page on the uses of mapping technology for historical analysis.

Biologist Lincoln Suesdek is a research scientist and member of the Scientific Council of Butantan Institute, Brazil, working in the Laboratory of Parasitology analyzing mosquitoes´ gene functionality to identify biological strengths and weaknesses that can be used as tools to control mosquito borne diseases. Suesdek will join Mariana Kikuti and Igor Paplaski, experts in arboviral diseases, to provide Brazilian perspectives on the Zika crisis in a panel moderated by their Emory collaborator, Goodrich C. White Professor and Chair of Environmental Studies, Uriel Kitron.

Placing Time: The Power of Mapping Technology for Historical Analysis
Tuesday, September 20
4:00-5:00pm
Oxford Road Building Auditorium
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Emory professor Michael Page will present Atlanta Explorer, a project dedicated to building and disseminating geographical datasets and tools for exploring Atlanta's history. Professor Luís Ferla of Federal University of São Paulo will describe the work of Hímaco: History, Maps, Computers, a collaborative laboratory of historians, geographers, and computer scientists exploring the spatial history of São Paulo. This panel, moderated by Professor Michael Elliott, Interim Dean of Emory College of Arts and Sciences, features the current work of these partners in a new collaboration on Brazilian urban studies.

Zika: A Brazilian Perspective on A Global Challenge
Wednesday, September 21
4:00-5:30pm, followed by a casual reception
Atwood Hall 360
(New Chemistry Building)
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Zika virus’ arrival in Brazil and the rest of the world unleashed a storm of public health challenges and media attention. Brazil has been at the forefront of the epidemic and the efforts to address it, and transmission is now ongoing in many areas in the Americas, including Florida and Puerto Rico in the U.S. Dr. Mariana Kikuti, DVM, PhD Candidate, Federal University of Bahia; Dr. Uriel Kitron, Goodrich C. White Professor of Environmental Sciences, Emory University; Dr. Igor Paploski, DVM, PhD Candidate, Federal University of Bahia; and Dr. Lincoln Suesdek, Researcher at Scientific Council of Butantan Institute, Brazil, will provide a brief overview of Zika and its mosquito vector – Aedes aegypti, present findings from their studies in the Brazilian cities of São Paulo and Salvador, and answer questions from the audience.

Bate-Papo: Portuguese Conversational Hour
Friday, September 23
1:00-2:30pm
Great Room, Longstreet-Means Hall

Come join us for pizza and conversations in Portuguese with students, faculty, and staff from across the university and broader community.

Additional cultural events will be organized throughout the week by the Brazilian Student Association (BRASA), including Capoeira Performance/Workshop on Monday, September 19 at 7:30 pm in the Woodruff P.E. Center and a Samba performance.

The Brazil Initiative is led by Jeffrey Lesser, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of History, and Brazil Week programming was advised by Uriel Kitron, Tom Rogers, Associate Professor of Modern Latin American History, and Ana Teixeira, Director of Portuguese Language Program and Lecturer in Portuguese. Cosponsors include Department of History, Department of Environmental Sciences, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, and Department of Film and Media Studies.

To be notified when the call for proposals for the next round of FAPESP funding is released, please email Chris Rapalje, Office of Global Strategy and Initiatives.

To find out the latest on the implementation of Emory’s global strategies, check out the Office of Global Strategy and Initiatives August 2016 update online.