DRCLAS Brazil Studies Program: Lima Barreto - A sad visionary in Brazil at the beginning of the XX century


Thursday, November 16, 2017, 12:00pm to 2:00pm


CGIS South, S050, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA

Speaker: Lilia Schwarcz, Full Professor of Anthropology, the University of São Paulo (USP); Visiting Professor, Princeton University



The main goal of this lecture is to analyze the life and work of Lima Barreto: a black writer in Rio de Janeiro who fought against discrimination and racism in Brazil.

Lilia Moritz Schwarcz is a Full Professor in Anthropology at the University of São Paulo and she has been a Global Scholar and Visiting Professor at Princeton since 2011. Lilia was a fellow at the Guggenheim Foundation (2006/ 2007), a visiting professor at Oxford, and the Leiden Brown and Tinker Professor at Columbia University (2008). She published several books, such as Retrato em branco e negro (1987), A longa viagem da biblioteca dos reis (2002) , O sol do Brasil (2008); Lima Barreto triste visionário (2017); among them three in English: Spectacle of Races (1999); The Emperors beard: D. Pedro II a tropical king, (Farrar Strauss and Giroux, 2004), and Brazil: a biography – with Heloisa Starling (Penguin, Spain; Farrar Strauss and Giroux and Penguin UK, to be published in 2018). She was chief editor of História do Brasil Nação: 1808-2010 (Fundação Mapfre/ Objetiva) in six volumes. She has also curated exhibits, including Nicolas-Antoine Taunay: a French translation of the tropics (2008, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro), A history of Brazil an interpretation by photographs, (with Boris Kossoy, 2013, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Brasília, Curitiba, Belo Horizonte), and Mestizo Histories (with Adriano Pedrosa, 2014, São Paulo). She was a Member of the Advisor Group for the Harvard Brazilian Office, from 2006 to 2012. She holds a Commend of the Brazilian Order of Scientific Merit presented by the Presidency of the Republic (2010). She has a column at Nexo magazine. Since 2015, she is also a co-curator at MASP (Museum of Modern Art of São Paulo).

Moderator: Sidney Chalhoub, Professor of History and of African and African American Studies, Harvard University