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Complementary Readings and Audiovisual Materials for:
“Brazil: Critical Issues” study abroad


A brief and selective list of sources compiled by Dr. Lourdes Gouveia and her NU Brazil study abroad students (with generous assistance from OLLAS staff and student workers)
New titles added as more contributions come in from students and the public at large

(Required readings from this list, if any, are noted under each Course Module and posted on Blackboard)
June 2012

NEW material under Food, Energy and the Environment

 

Music
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Music in Brazil. A pdf created by Christian Espinosa, OLLAS Researcher, containing links to videos of Brazilian music .

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Recent Books
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--Rohter, Larry. 2010.  Brazil on the Rise: The Story of a Country Transformed. (Palgrave Macmillan)

--Roett, Riordan. 2010-12. The New Brazil. (Brookings)

--Perlman, Janice. 2010. Favela: Four Decades of Living on the Edge in Rio de Janeiro. (Oxford)

Video lectures on the history and socio-economic changes in Brazil
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-- Lecture by former President and Sociologist, Fernando Cardoso at Vanderbilt (search for other Vanderbilt lectures about Brazilian history)                                                                               

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Examples of study abroad video journals as final student projects
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Students may wish to consider doing something like this for your final project of study abroad.  You can also consider a power point presentation based on quality photos you may have taken.  Students enrolled in “Brazil: Critical Issues,” are expected to participate in presentations upon their as a way of sharing their experiences with other students considering participation in this study abroad opportunity.  Students will also be blogging from Brazil and you can find their entries in the Brazil: Critical Issues homepage.

-- Video # 1: St Louis University study abroad in Chile documentary by students. Link 1

-- Video # 2:  OLLAS students in Peru. Link 1

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Politics, the economy and government policies on education, the environment, energy, capitalist development and soccer
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-- Article #1: Vilma Rousseff’s congressional hurdles. As in the US, congressional politics in Brazil is muddied, almost as polarized, and gender and race play an important role—even if in different ways.

-- Article #2: Lula’s Brazil by Perry Anderson

-- Brazil-U.S Relations

-- What does it mean for Brazil to be a global power and why not everyone agrees about its economic stability?

Article #1: Bearish on Brazil

Article #2: Too Bearish on Brazil: Ruchir Sharma in Foreign Affairs--by Shannon K. O'Neil . April 27, 2012.

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Brazil information and governmental sources
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-- Source #1: Brazilian Institute of Geography and statistics:  Maps and census data.  Not too easy to navigate but worth the effort if you wish to see stats and maps of Rio, for example.  Information you found useful here might be great to share with the rest of the class.

-- Source #2: Polis Institute. The page is in Portuguese but you can use the translator button and it is not bad.  It gives you a glimpse of local policies about issues such as sustainability and urban reform, as well as innovative forms of democratic participation that may differ from the United States.
 
-- Source # 3: World Bank:

-- Source # 4: English media: Rio Times

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Education
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-- Source #1: Chronicle of Higher Ed stories on Brazil’s education system

-- Source #2: Brazilian universities Rio Times: Pathways to University for Brazil’s Poor

-- Source #3: TED Talk by Charles Leadbeater: Education innovation in the slums 

-- Source #4: Open Educational Resources and Distance Learning in Brazil

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Race and social inequality
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-- Henry Louis Gates Jr. “Brazil:  A Racial Paradise?”

--Telles, Edward E. and René Flores. Forthcoming. “More than Just Color: Whiteness Nation and Status in Latin America.” Hispanic American Historical Review.

-- Daniel, G. Reginald. 2006. Race and multiraciality in Brazil and the US. Penn State U.P. 

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Health
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-- News 248 Bulletin of the World Health Organization. April 2008, 86 (4). Flawed but fair: Brazil’s health system reaches out to the poor.

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Food, energy and the environment
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-- NEW! The Impact of Transnational “Big Food” Companies on the South: A View from Brazil

-- Rio+20 Summit on sustainability

-- About the Rio+20 Summit

-- Rio+20 will stoke the debate on biofuels

-- What Brazil and What Amazonia Does the World Need? By Cândido GrzybowskiForum for a New World Governance

-- Global Issues—forests and indigenous peoples in Brazil

-- People’s summit—at Rio20

-- Making an example of Chevron

-- Food Justice, biofuels, Rio+20  

-- Environment and Citizenship in Latin America

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Migration: leaving, returning, receiving
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-- No place like home—Brazilians leaving the US (CSM)

-- Brain drain and brain gain (Rio Times)

-- Woodrow Wilson (List of Brazil Articles)

-- Is Brazil About to Experience a Second Golden Age of Immigration? (CSM)

-- Shaping Brazil: The Role of International Migration (MPI)

-- Rio Times-Gringo Café: [Democrat Expats in Rio]

-- Miami Has a Hearty Oi (Hello) for Free-Spending Brazilians (NYT)

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Previous News About Brazil
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-- Brazil Tries Protecting Jobs From China, Hikes Tariff On Shoes

-- Brazil indigenous group attacks police station in Para

-- Gun Wounds Down in Complexo do Alemão

-- Ethanol Industry Faces Crisis in Brazil

-- Belo Horizonte Builds for World Cup 2014

-- In Brazil's prisons, inmates shorten sentences by reading

-- Brazil Responds to Paraguay

-- Brazil's Vale plans Amazon biofuel plant -report

-- Protests Pressure Rio+20 Leaders

-- Brazil and China Sign Trade Agreements

-- As Growth Ebbs, Brazil Powers Up Its Bulldozers

-- U.N. Rio+20 summit misses the point

-- Americas Society/Council of the Americas Online Weekly Roundup

-- As Rio+20 kicks off, locals on the front lines of conservation

-- Rio+20 People’s Summit Gives Voice To Brazil’s Tribes

-- Rousseff Urges More Rio+20 Funds

-- Brazil jobless rate drops unexpectedly in May

-- UAE's Mubadala Targets Brazil for Energy Partnerships

-- Brazil’s Belo Monte Dam to Displace Thousands in Amazon

-- Rio+20 Summit kicks off amid global pessimism

-- Brazil Joins Forest Restoration Plan

-- Violence Hits Brazil Tribes in Scramble for Land

-- Brazil Real Weaker Early As Europe Worries Still Weigh

-- Rio+20 UN Summit of Sustainable Development Webite