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Social Science and Humanities Network

The Brazil Initiative is dedicated to advancing collaborative scholarship and teaching on the topics of social difference, inequality, and human rights from multiple, intersecting perspectives.

Our collaborations with our colleagues at the University of Michigan, UniRio, University of Sao Paulo, and other institutions in Brazil and Latin America have made this work possible.

Professor Sueann Caulfield in Michigan and Judge Carlos Haddad in Brazil teach the history of Pan-American human rights, simultaneously, through the use of video-conferencing technology. To learn more, click here »

The Global Feminisms Project (GFP) at the Institute for Research on Women and Gender Collaboration: Professors Caulfield and Grinberg are working with Ana Mauad, Senior Researcher at the Laboratory of Oral History and Image (LABHOI-UFF) at the Federal Fluminense University to conduct interviews in Brazil with women scholars and activists.  Human Rights history students will assist in research and conducting interviews.  The interviews, in both written and digital format, will become part of the Global Feminisms online archive, a powerful tool for teaching comparatively in women’s studies, history, anthropology, political science, psychology, and sociology. Learn more »

UM Law School and Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais-UFMG School of Law Human Trafficking Clinic: Led by U-M Human Trafficking Clinic Director Bridgette Carr and Carlos Henrique Haddad, a federal judge in Brazil and member of the law faculty at UFMG, the U-M Law School's Human Trafficking Clinic is working with UFMG School of Law to create a legal clinic in which students will represent people forced into slave labor in Brazil. The UM Law School and Legal and academic institutions in Brazil are expanding UM-Brazil ongoing collaborations. Judge Carlos Haddad (UFMG) and chamber of deputies staff attorney Leonardo Barbosa are also affiliated with the Brazil Initiative at LACS. Read the story »