aerial view of the Amazon river

Brazil

Spring 2007 | Volume VI, Number 3

Table of Contents

Editor’s Letter →

by June Carolyn Erlick

History, Growth and Equity

History Lessons

History Lessons

The Brazilian population is a complex ethnic and racial mix. Most Brazilians today trace their roots to Europe, as well as Africa and Asia; and historically there has been a strong Amerindian…

Public Health and Equity 

What Brazilian Mothers Believe

What Brazilian Mothers Believe

One Brazilian mother was embarrassed because her children were thin. She thought family and neighbors would think she could not provide enough food for her children…

Health Inequalities in Brazil

Health Inequalities in Brazil

As the fifth-largest nation in the world, Brazil is diverse not only in culture but is also clearly marked by social disparities. While the melodic rhythm of the Portuguese language and…

Beyond Violence

Beyond Violence

Sitting across from her, I wondered how, after the 23 years she had lived, she still looked so young. Her fragile frame had survived the deaths of her mother, father, brother and cousin. In…

Citizenship

Reflecting on Viva Rio

Reflecting on Viva Rio

Gente que faz a paz is a project that takes individuals from all sectors—students, janitors, community leaders, and church members—and teaches them that peace can be taught and…

Equity and Public Action

Equity and Public Action

In his classical text on citizenship in the era of the welfare state and the coming together in the 1950s of the three strands of civil, political and social rights, British sociologist T.H. Marshall…

“Deus é a Onda”

“Deus é a Onda”

Nearly three-quarters of Brazilians identify as Roman Catholic, and many perceive their country to be world’s most Catholic—witness the 2003 film Deus é Brasileiro (“God Is Brazilian”)…

The Black Movement

The Black Movement

This summer I traveled to Brazil for a major international gathering of scholars, political leaders, poets, and students at A Conferência de Intelectuais da África e da Diáspora…

Education and Equity

Re-Defining Race and Class

Re-Defining Race and Class

The definition of Brazil as a racial democracy has been contested for decades. Yet, few people would predict that by 2007 more than thirty Brazilian public universities—the most prestigious in…

Fruits of Brazil

Fruits of Brazil

They live in one of the greatest natural resources on earth, surrounded by immense and powerful rivers. In Amazônia, it is the rivers that determine if you get to school or to the doctor…

Harvard – Brazil Collaboration

Biomedical Spending

Biomedical Spending

I have traveled a lot in recent months, from Phoenix and Salt Lake City to Budapest and Amsterdam. I even purchased a world map, one of those for putting up on your wall…

Harvard and Brazil

Harvard and Brazil

Since our founding in mid-2006, the Brazil Studies Program at Harvard’s David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS) and the University’s Brazil Office have worked hand…

George Washington in Minas Gerais

George Washington in Minas Gerais

One of the books seized from the Minas conspirators in 1789 was an edition of American documents and state constitutions translated into French and collected under the title Recueil…

Book Talk

The Emergence of China

The Emergence of China

The vast majority of people in power in Latin America today—in business, government, labor unions, political parties and academia—entered professional life in the late 1960s and early….