Brazilians are known for their creativity and imagination, and Kelly Hayes, who has been studying the nation’s various religions since 1997, can vouch for that.
With the recent FIFA World Cup in Brazil and the upcoming 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil has been the focus of much media attention.
Grover Norquist and political scientist Geoffrey Kemp will discuss the topic “Can the U.S. Afford to be the World’s Sole Superpower?” at 3:30 p.m. today in the Hall of Philosophy.
Rachel Elizabeth Harding, assistant professor of indigenous spiritual traditions in the Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado Denver, will explore one such way — through the religion Candomblé — in a lecture at 2 p.m. today in the Hall of Philosophy.
At 10:45 a.m. today in the Amphitheater, Brian Winter will share his thoughts on Brazil’s place in the modern world and whether the nation is capable of asserting itself as a force on the global stage.
“I’m coming to realize that speaking about Brazil is quite a daunting task,” said Lourenço Bustani, who served as the second speaker in Week Six’s morning lecture series, “Brazil: Rising Superpower,” at 10:45 a.m. Tuesday in the Amphitheater.
When Kenneth Serbin moved to Brazil in 1986 to study Portuguese, he was surprised by the differences in the Catholic Church that were evident in the Latin American country. It wasn’t the “lukewarm Catholicism that I had witnessed in the United States,” he said.
Though Lourenço Bustani holds citizenship in two countries, founded a multinational consulting company called Mandalah that represents corporations such as General Motors, was selected by Nike to help develop a strategy for the 2014 World Cup, and will head cultural planning in Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Olympic games, he insists he’s nothing special.
While others are often quick to dismiss New Age religions, Kelly E. Hayes is happy to step in and explore the stigmatized and marginalized.
Standing under a photograph that he took of a shirtless, 15-year-old street kid high on industrial glue, National Geographic photographer Tyrone Turner recalled the destitution that he encountered while photographing the lives of “glue kids” in northeastern Brazil in the late 1990s.