Public Seminar at The New School for Social Research organized a roundtable discussion with the title What’s Next for Brazil? The Crisis of 2016 in Context. 

Since March of 2016, Brazil has experienced a controversial presidential impeachment process. This political crisis has polarized the nation and elicited scholarly and public debates about the status of Brazil’s democracy, its past, present and future. This event will be a forum for informed dialogue among scholars, students, activists and the public at large about these recent events, and an opportunity to reflect on the challenges and possibilities that lie ahead for the country.


  • Dr. James N. Green is the Carlos Manuel de Céspedes Professor of Latin American Studies at Brown University, the Director of the Brown-Brazil Initiative and Executive Director of the Brazilian Studies Association.
  • Dr. Johnny Lorenz is Associate Professor in the English Department at Montclair State University. He has published a variety of articles, poems and translations, among which, Clarice Lispector’s novel A Breath of Life (New Directions).
  • Dr. Katarina Peixoto holds a doctorate in Philosophy from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil (UFRGS). She has been a consultant for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and has written a variety of academic articles and political analyses about democracy, human rights and theories of punishment.
  • Felippe Ramos is a Ph.D. student in Sociology at The New School for Social Research. His research focuses on democracy, institutional development, state design, constitution and political instability.
  • Andreia Vizeu is a member of the activist group Defend Democracy in Brazil (DDB) of New York City and a pedagogue at the New York City Department of Education.

Followed by a Q&A session with the audience.

Co-Sponsored by the Public Seminar, the Sociology and Economics Departments and by the Janey Program in Latin American Studies.

Location: Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Room I-202, Arnhold Hall, 55 West 13th Street, New York, NY 10011