TALÍRIA PETRONE, Brazilian Congresswoman
Moderated by STEVEN LEVITSKY, Professor of Government, Harvard University; Director, DRCLAS
Brazil has been in a state of political turmoil since 2013. Mass protest, a dubiously democratic presidential impeachment, highly politicized anti-corruption investigations, the renewed presence of the military in political life, rising right-wing extremism, and the election of an extremist and authoritarian president has given rise to both dysfunctional government (amid a deep economic and public health crisis) and increasing political violence. Although these troubling developments threaten the democratic institutions built after Brazil’s last military dictatorship, an important source of democratic resilience has been an unprecedented cohort of grassroots black, feminist, and LGBTQ+ activists elected to local, state, and federal legislatures.
This event is virtual and will be held in Portuguese with simultaneous English translation. For more information about the event, click here.
Presented in collaboration with Afro-Latin American Research Institute at Harvard University.