Brazil: Past and Present

  • October 17, 2016
  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Aurora Cultural Centre

Dr. Gillian McGillivary

Dr. McGillivray teaches Latin American History as an Associate Professor for Glendon College’s Department of History. Currently working on a research project called “Sugar and Power in the Brazilian Countryside, 1928-1965,” she is author of Blazing Cane: Sugar Communities, Class, and State-Formation in Cuba, 1868-1959 (Duke University Press, 2009).

Brazil: Past and Present

Full of paradoxes and contrasts, Brazil has one of the world’s largest economies with an advanced industrial sector, extensive territory, and a huge population that just hosted the 2016 Olympics. Yet many of its regions and millions of its citizens suffer from extreme poverty and inequality. Brazil’s 1988 constitution--which brought to an end 24 years of military dictatorship--guarantees broad social and economic justice and protects the rights of historically disenfranchised groups like Afro-Brazilians, indigenous peoples, and workers. However, special interest groups and corruption problems hinder the enforcement of these laws. The nation celebrates its rich multi-ethnic culture, but remains stratified by visible racial and regional differences. Professor McGillivray will describe some of the roots of these inequalities, the left-wing government efforts to combat them, and the political and economic uncertainties of today's Brazil.

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