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Brazil Initiative

The Brazil Initiative at LACS is a university-wide initiative to promote research, teaching, and activities about Brazil, and to enhance collaborations with Brazilian institutions and colleagues.

Led by University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman, a delegation of top U-M scientists, scholars and administrators traveled to Brazil in September 2012 to strengthen collaborations throughout the nation. As a result of these talks, the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies submitted a proposal to carry out a set of projects, developed in working meetings with Brazilian colleagues. The Office of the President approved this proposal, funding these activities under the rubric of the Brazil Initiative.

The Brazil Initiative at LACS comprises intersecting networks organized on supporting the arts and celebrating the culture; collaboration on advancing science research; advancing tolerance, equality, and human rights; and disseminating knowledge through translation.

Dr. Courtney Campbell, University of Birmingham presents Women, Defiance, and Brazilian History at the University of Michigan.

In this talk, Dr. Campbell outlines the structure of this project and show how some key historical women have been represented and re-invented in art, literature, film, and TV series.

This exploratory paper asks the questions of how and why this group—in most cases the majority of the nation—is tied to the idea of nationhood and how their representation within media affects understandings of Brazilian history.

New Internship Program in Brazil

Starting Winter 2019, the RC and the Brazil Initiative at the Center for Latin American Studies are proud to announce the launch of the Social Justice/Community Engagement Internships in Brazil Program for students with skills in Portuguese or advanced Spanish. Learn more »

Brazil Initiative Scholarship for Portuguese Language Studies

The Brazil Initiative at the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies is pleased to offer scholarships of $500 - $1,000 for Portuguese language study at U-M. To learn more and apply »


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To make a donation to the Brazil Initiative at LACS, please visit our donate page or email