HGSA: The Crisis of Brazilian Democracy


Friday, October 14, 2016, 12:00pm to 2:00pm


Robinson Hall Basement Seminar Room, 35 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA


On August 31, the Brazilian Senate voted to oust President Dilma Rousseff of the Workers’ Party. The impeachment process was controversial, and many consider it to have been a parliamentary coup d’Etat. The purpose of this panel is to analyze the historical and social causes of President Rousseff’s fall, as well as the prospects for the country, now ruled by a right wing government coalition not chosen in democratic elections.

Panelists include Dr. Sidney Chalhoub, Professor of History at Harvard University and chair of the Latin American Studies Association investigation of the impeachment proceedings, and Dr. James Green, Professor of Modern Latin American History and Portuguese and Brazilian Studies at Brown University.


This talk is sponsored by the History Graduate Student Association as part of an event series that brings historical perspective to discussions of current events.