According to Roberto Unger, “the world has been in a storm,” with a constant fire burning for about 200 years.
A changing, 21st-century American landscape warrants big questions and innovative ideas, and Krista Tippett will address these concepts with five guests this week.
Americans describe their ethnicity with hyphens. When an immigrant comes to the United States, citizens become “Chinese-American,” or “Italian-American.” This modification, Jeffrey Lesser said, is representative of the fact that Americans strongly believe immigrants “come to the United States and better themselves upon arrival because the United States is intrinsically great.”
Paulo Sotero, director of the Brazil Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, is 64 years old. His generation grew up under Brazil’s military dictatorship. But over the last three decades, Sotero’s generation has seen its country build what he called a “vibrant democracy,” a history that he outlined in his morning lecture, “Will Brazil Rise?” at 10:45 a.m. Friday in the Amphitheater.
The image of Escrava Anastacia is a powerful one. The young girl’s blue eyes stare like sentinels from behind a gold face mask, one that clings to her head and covers her mouth like a muzzle. A gold collar coils around her throat.
Many scholars focus on somewhat traditional ways of thinking about Brazil, but Jeffrey Lesser is interested in Brazilians who don’t fit into the typical categories — namely, Japanese, Jewish and Arab Brazilians.
Paul Sotero will deliver the 10:45 a.m. lecture today in the Amphitheater, wrapping up the Week Six examination of Brazil. Sotero will offer a nuanced, clear-eyed, but largely positive view of the South American behemoth whose political, social and economic development has always been complex and unpredictable.
In her analysis of the Brazilian economy at 10:45 a.m. on Thursday in the Amphitheater, Deborah Wetzel, the World Bank director for Brazil, posed a simple question: Is Brazil’s economy more like a jaguar, or a capybara?
Not a country for beginners, as composer Antônio Carlos Jobim famously said, Brazil often does what is least expected. It did the unexpected in the World Cup — twice.
Religion preserved the black identity in Brazil. In a country dominated by slavery — with about 4 million Africans imported to the nation by the 19th century — Rachel Elizabeth Harding said it was the birth of Afro-Brazilian religions in a time of dehumanization and oppression that helped blacks in Brazil keep hold of their traditions and their sense of self.