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Lemann Lectures Series: White Skin, Black Masks: Brazilian Performing Africanness in the South Atlantic

Event Type
Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS), Lemann Institute for Brazilian Studies,
101 International Studies Building, 910 S. Fifth Street, Champaign
Oct 4, 2012   12:00 - 1:30 pm  
Jerry Davila, Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor of Brazilian History
Originating Calendar
Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS)

As Brazilian diplomats crossed the Atlantic to build ties with newly independent West African nations in the 1960s and 1970s, they bore a belief that Brazil was a "racial democracy," favorably positioned in relation to the United States and Europe to project their country's influence abroad.  Their transit through the South Atlantic reveals a matrix of beliefs about Brazilian identity in which the idea that Brazilian society was characterized by racial harmony coexisted with stark inequalities.

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