Brazil: From Dictatorship to Democracy (1964-2014)






Brazil: From Dictatorship to Democracy (1964-2014) 

A Brown Student and Alumni Conference and International Symposium

April 9-12, 2014

Watson Institute for International Studies, Brown University

April 1, 2014 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Brazilian military coup d’état that led to twenty-one years of authoritarian rule. Grassroots mobilizations contributed to the return to civilian governance and have been an important component in the subsequent development of a strong democratic regime, vibrant economy, and Brazil’s emergence as a global player. Throughout Brazil, scholars and the larger public will be meeting this year in conferences and other events to assess the nation’s recent history. Brazil: From Dictatorship to Democracy will be a part of that discussion about the past, present and future of Brazil. This event will also inaugurate the Brazil Initiative at Brown that has established two main goals: (1) to become the best place to study Brazil outside of Brazil and (2) to serve as a major hub for facilitating excellence in international research collaborations on topics related to Brazil. 

Brazil: From Dictatorship to Democracy will have two components: a daylong conference where Brown students and alumni will present research on contemporary Brazil (1964 to the present) that will highlight ongoing research at Brown on this period in Brazilian history. It will be followed by a two-day-long international symposium of leading historians, social scientists, and scholars in the humanities that will reassess the two decades of the military regime and its legacy, consider challenges and achievements since Brazil’s return to democracy, and discuss perspectives for the future.

During the Opening Ceremony we will also feature the “Opening the Archives Project,” an international collaboration between Brown and the State University of Maringá, Paraná, Brazil, which has digitized U.S. State Department records on Brazil from 1963-73 in collaboration with the U.S. and Brazilian National Archives. This digitized collection of 10,000 plus documents will be hosted by Brown University Library’s website.

Brazil: From Dictatorship to Democracy is one of five international events co-organized by a Brown faculty member in partnership with colleagues at other institutions that will be held at the University of São Paulo, Brown University, the École des Hautes Études (Paris), the University of Michigan, and Hebrew University in Jerusalem between March and December 2014.

Sponsors: The Brazil Initiative, Watson Institute for International Studies, the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Office of Brown’s 250th Anniversary, Office of International Affairs, and the Departments of History and Portuguese and Brazilian Studies.

Brazil: From Dictatorship to Democracy Conference Program

April 9-12, 2014

Watson Institute for International Studies

 Wednesday, April 9, 2014

“The Upcoming Brazilian Elections,” 12:00- 1:30 p.m., Argelina Maria Cheibub Figueiredo, Rio de Janeiro State University, Brown Bag Lunch (reservations required:

Film Screening, A Day that Lasted Twenty-one Years (Brazil, 2013) 3:00-5:30 p.m. Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute, with film director, Camilo Tavares.

 Thursday, April 10, 2014

Thomas E. Skidmore Student and Alumni Conference on Brazil (1964-2014)

Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute

8:30-9:00         Light breakfast

9:00-9:15         Conference Opening

9:00-10:20       Panel I

10:20-10:30     Coffee Break

10:30-11:50     Panel II

12:00-1:00       Lunch

1:00-2:20         Panel III

2:30-3:50         Panel IV


International Symposium, Brazil: From Dictatorship to Democracy

Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute 

4:00                 Opening Ceremony

4:30                 Inauguration, Opening the Archives Project

5:00                 Homage to Brady Tyson

5:30                 Keynote Lecture: Carlos Fico, Federal University, Rio de Janeiro

6:30                 Reception

Friday, April 11, 2014

International Symposium

Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute

8:30-9:00         Light Breakfast, Watson Institute

9:00-11:00       Panel I: Governance during Dictatorship and Democracy

11:00-1:00       Panel II: Economic and Social Development with Equality

1:00-2:00         Lunch

2:00-4:00         Panel III: Defending Human, Democratic, and Individual Rights

4:00-4:30         Coffee Break

4:30-6:30         Panel IV: Forms of Cultural Resistance

8:00                 Dinner at the Brown Faculty Club for Symposium Participants

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute

9:00-11:00       Panel V: Social and Political Movements in Authoritarian and Democratic Regimes

11:00-11:15     Coffee Break

11:15-1:15       Panel VI: Environmental Justice and Society

1:15-2:15         Lunch

2:15-4:15         Panel VII: Expanding Democracy during the Dictatorship and Afterward

4:15-4:30         Awarding of Thomas E. Skidmore Best Student Presentations

4:30-5:30         Closing Remarks