Hey Brazil Enthusiasts,
There is an interesting event happening next week. It calls for a meet-up. See the details below and don't forget to RSVP!
CULTURE IS OUR WEAPON
Making Music and Changing Lives in Rio de Janeiro
A Panel Discussion with author Damian Platt, Associate Professor of History and Director of Brazilian Studies at Georgetown University Bryan McCann, and James Early of the Smithsonian
Wednesday, March 17
BUSBOYS AND POETS
[masked]th St. NW
Washington DC 20009
DAMIAN PLATT was born in Nairobi and grew up in West London. From the age of fifteen onwards he traveled widely around Europe. He reached Brazil for the first time in 1994. He was a Brazil Campaigner for Amnesty International between 1997 and 2005, where he researched human rights in the USA, Colombia, Haiti and Brazil among other countries. Between 2006 and 2008 he was the Coordinator for International Partnerships at the cultural group AfroReggae in Rio de Janeiro. He is currently involved in a number of cultural projects in Rio, including the setting up of a cultural center in Providência, the first officially recognized favela in Brazil.
BRYAN McCANN is Associate Professor of History and Director of Brazilian Studies at Georgetown University. He is the author of Throes of Democracy: Brazil since 1989 (Zed, 2009), exploring Brazil's substantial transformations since its emergence from military dictatorship over the course of the 1980s. He is also the author of Hello, Hello Brazil: Popular Music in the Making of Modern Brazil (Duke, 2004), a study of popular music's importance in the formation of understandings of race, citizenship and the meanings of being Brazilian.
JAMES EARLY has served in various positions at the Smithsonian, including Assistant Provost for Educational and Cultural Programs, and Assistant Secretary for Education and Public Service. Prior to his work with the Smithsonian, Early was a humanist-administrator at the National Endowment for the Humanities; producer, writer, and host of "Ten Minutes Left," a weekly radio segment of cultural, educational, and political interviews and commentary at WHUR-FM radio, Howard University; and a research associate for programs and documentation at the Howard University Institute for the Arts and Humanities. His service on boards includes the International Network for Cultural Diversity, TransAfrica Forum, the Institute for Policy Studies, Fundacion Amistad, and Telesur. He has done graduate work in Latin American and Caribbean history, with a minor in African and African American history, at Howard University.
Co-Sponsored by The Brazilian Embassy