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Brazil Elections 2018

Brazil Elections 2018

Date: Thu. 22 Nov, 2018 11:00 pm - Fri. 23 Nov, 2018 1:00 am
(Thu. 22 Nov, 2018 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST)

The Latin American Studies Program and BRASA cordially invite you to

Brazil Elections 2018:
A Panel Discussion

Brazil Elections 2018


Join experts from the University of Toronto and beyond as they discuss the recent presidental elections in Brazil, focusing in topics such as:
* How will the new Congress interact with the President-Elect?
* How is social media changing electoral dynamics in Brazil?
* How can violence pre- and post- election be curbed and addressed?




About the Panelists

Mariana Mota Prado obtained her law degree (LLB) from the University of Sao Paulo (2000), and her master's (LLM) and Doctorate from Yale Law School (2002 and 2008). She is currently an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto and Associate Dean (Graduate Studies). Prior to joining the University of Toronto in 2006, she worked for the Private Participation in Infrastructure Database Project at the World Bank (2004), and was a fellow of the Olin Center for Law, Economics and Public Policy at Yale Law School (2005). During the 2012-2013 academic year, she was a visiting researcher at MIT's Political Science Department. A Brazilian national, she has taught courses at Centre for Transnational Legal Studies in London, Direito Rio - Getulio Vargas Foundation Law School in Brazil, ITAM Law School in Mexico, Los Andes Law School in Colombia, and University of Puerto Rico School of Law. Her scholarship focuses on law and development, regulated industries, and comparative law. She has a number of research projects related to institutional reforms in Brazil.

Luisa Schwartzman is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Toronto Mississauga. She investigates the ways that classification and meaning-making around race and ethnicity are implicated in the reproduction of inequality, and in efforts by contemporary state institutions to track and address the inequalities that have arisen from earlier, and ongoing, exclusionary use of such categories. She aims to understand such practices cross-nationally, using both qualitative and quantitative methods.
Her early work focuses on the relationship between racial classification, social stratification, and affirmative action in Brazil. There, Professor Schwartzman examines how racialized stratification processes and race-based affirmative action work in a context where the boundaries between "black" and "white" are relatively fuzzy and porous. In other words, she asks how, why and with what consequences Brazilians are categorized as "black," "white," or "brown" (pardo).
Current projects include an examination of the relationship between racialization and violent victimization in Brazil, as well as a comparison of Brazilian and Canadian university students' understanding of race, ethnicity and diversity.

Juan P. Marsiaj is a Lecturer at the Latin American Studies Program and and Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Glendon College (York University). Juan Marsiaj's work examines the impact of social movements on the democratization process in Brazil, with a particular focus on the lesbian, gay, bisexual and travesti (LGBT) movement in that country. His dissertation, titled "Unpacking Social Movements' Democratizing Impact: The Case of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Travesti Movement in Brazil", received a honorable mention for the Best Social Sciences Dissertation Award by the Brazil Section of the Latin American Studies Association. Since 2007, he has taught courses on the politics of development, Latin American politics, and sexual diversity politics at the University of Toronto, Ryerson University and Glendon College of York University.

Ademar Seabra da Cruz Junior is the Deputy Consul General and Trade Commissioner at the Consulate-General of Brazil in Toronto. He has served as Head of the Science and Technology Division (DCTEC) at the Brazilian Ministry for External Relations (MRE); Special Advisor to the Brazilian Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation (MCTI); and Full Professor at the Brazilian Diplomatic Academy (Rio Branco Institute). Seabra da Cruz holds a PhD degree in Social Sciences (University of São Paulo); a MsC in Philosophy of the Social Sciences (London School of Economics); a Master's in Political Science (University of Brasília, Brazil); and an undergraduate degree in Law (State University of Rio de Janeiro). He is author of the books Justiça como Eqüidade (Justice as Fairness), on the political philosophy of John Rawls (Lumen Juris, Rio de Janeiro, 2004), and Diplomacy, Development and National Innovation Systems: a comparative study between Brazil, China and United Kingdom (Brasília, FUNAG, 2011).

Nina Garcia holds a Master of Global Affairs (MGA) degree from the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, University of Toronto, and an Bachelors of Arts with Honours in International Relations from the University of Toronto. During her undergraduate studies, she co-founded the first Brazilian student group at the University of Toronto, called Brazuca, which later became BRASA UofT. Nina is a Fellow of the Munk School's "Reach Project", where she conducted research on the Brazilian conditional cash-transfer program "Bolsa Familia." Upon completing her Masters, Nina worked as a Research Officer for the Global Justice Lab, investigating public security trends and reduction of homicides in Rio de Janeiro and Mexico City. More recently Nina worked as Interim Director of Business Development for the Brazil-Canada Chamber of Commerce (BCCC) based in Toronto. Nina is Brazilian and speaks fluent Portuguese, Spanish, English and French.


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