Category: Brazil

Editor’s Letter: Brazil

Brazil is different. Brazil is huge. Brazil is colorful. Brazil is magic. In Brazil, the people speak Portuguese instead of Spanish.

Becoming Brazuca? A Tale of Two Teens

Prior to arriving in the boston area almost five years ago, I had heard anecdotally that a significant Brazilian immigrant population had been arriving en masse to the region since…

Education: The Role of the Private Sector

I remember walking into the room for my last interview for the scholarship from Fundação Estudar. As soon as the other five candidates and I found our assigned seats, we realized that our…

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…

Why Brazil Responded to AIDS and Not Tuberculosis

You are probably familiar by now with the famous “Brazilian AIDS Miracle.” A strong, highly centralized AIDS bureaucracy, the incorporation of a well organized civic movement and strong…

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…

Using Dance to Set and Achieve Goals in a Favela

Less than three weeks into my year-long fellowship in Brazil, I wrote in my journal one morning: “The violence is intimidating and saddening… it’s quite debilitating and last night it led to a feeling…

Universal Health Care

Brazilian babies are getting more of a chance to grow up these days. Older folk are living longer. Between 1998 and 2004, life expectancy for newborns was extended 3.7 years in Brazil. Men and…

Understanding the São Paulo Attacks

In May 2006, a group known as the First Command of the Capital (the Primeiro Comando da Capital, or PCC from its initials in Portuguese) launched an organized campaign of revolts in…

Skin Color and Educational Exclusion in Brazil

Worldwide, the black population in Brazil is second only to that in Nigeria. Brazil’s black citizens account for the largest number of people of the African Diaspora in the Americas…

The Rise and Fall of Brazilian Inequality

Although Brazil remains one of the world’s most unequal countries, new research shows that the period between 1993 and 2004 (which saw the restoration of macroeconomic stability, and a…

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…

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…

Quem vai ao Brasil, se apaixona

Since the 1994 founding of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS), we’ve been able to observe an interesting (yet unsurprising!) phenomenon: the student who…

The Portuguese Language Program

Portuguese language programs are thriving in virtually all U.S. universities, and Harvard is no exception. According to a 2004 report by the Modern Language Association of America…

Making A Difference: A Drop in the Ocean

A Drop in the Ocean (ADITO), a Harvard-student-run nonprofit organization, strives to lift the world’s most disadvantaged people out of poverty through its work with grassroots microfinance…

Land Reform and Community Building

A few minutes before eight, Marquinho runs across the dusty square to invite us to his newly-built house for the evening television novela. But we have already been invited by several other…

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