The 2015 Urban Forum conference, �Cities and Spectacle in Modern Brazil," was recently hosted by the University of Chicago. Resident professor of Latin American History, Brodwyn Fischer�s goal was to attract different minds from the social sciences to discuss themes of environmentalism, economic development, culture, and urban planning in an effort to shed light on many timely and significant questions facing Brazil and possibly Chicago.
How did the 2014 World Cup affect Brazilian underdeveloped areas? What did Brazil learn and how will it shape the planning of the 2016 Olympics? With the widening class inequality in Brazil, what specific challenges do these "mega" events impose on urban mobility and policies? How have other international events historically affected struggling communities? How might the answers to these questions be relevant to Chicago's urban plans?
"The University of Chicago's Urban Network and the Center for Latin American Studies were honored to have such a diverse set of scholars, who came here from not only the global south", but from around the world, to connect with one another here in Chicago." says Anne Dodge, Program Director at the University of Chicago. "We were also lucky to have such an engaged audience of students, scholars, community members, and those interested in Brazil and its urban places. If our work here at the University of Chicago truly transforms the way we understand the world, then it is because of conferences like Cities and Spectacle in Modern Brazil."
From left to right: Beatriz Jaguaribe, Associate Professor at the School of Communications of the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro,
Bruno Carvalho, Associate Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures at Princeton University, and
Bianca Freire-Medeiros, Professor of Sociology at the Universidade de S�o Paulo.
The open panel shared perspective and insight into the ramifications of these mega spectacles on everything from the social and cultural fabric of today's modern Brazil to economic and environmental impact worldwide. The University of Chicago plans to organize more of these events in the future. Stay tuned to BrazilChicago for future announcements