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Fascism Across the Americas: The Rise of the Far-Right in Brazil and Beyond

On October 28, 2018, right-wing authoritarian, Jair Bolsonaro, was elected president of Brazil, the world’s fifth largest country. Just months before, Bolsonaro was seen as a fringe candidate, known primarily for his love of torture and dictatorship; virulent misogyny, homophobia, and racism; loathing of the poor; and catastrophic environmental policies. His election marks a political U-turn for Brazil, which until recently was governed by a democratic socialist party that oversaw historic gains for poor, black, indigenous, women and gay Brazilians. This forum explores the causes and consequences of Bolsonaro’s election, its historic antecedents, and its relation to the recent global upsurge of right-wing populism.
Join us for this important forum and community discussion!

Forum Facilitator: Mark Anner, Center for Global Workers’ Rights

Topics and Speakers:

-   “Who is Bolsonaro?”
Manuel Rosaldo, Center for Global Workers’ Rights

-   “Histories of Fascism in Brazil”
Sarah Townsend, Department of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese

-   “White Supremacy and Brazilian Racial Politics”
Zachary Morgan, Department of History and African American Studies

-   “Reflections on the Rise of Workers’ Party (PT) and Anti-PTismo”    Rafael Padilha, Labor and Global Workers’ Rights Program

-   “Art as Protest and the Possibilities for Resistance”
Krista Brune, Department of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese

-   “What is Left of the Brazilian Left?”
Rebecca Tarlau, Lifelong Learning and Adult Education

This Forum is sponsored by the Center for Global Workers’ Rights, the Department of History, the Department of African American Studies, the Department of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese, the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, the Latin American Studies Program, and the Lifelong Learning and Adult Education Program. 

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Willard Building, 160

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