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Public Lecture Series "Brazil. Land of the Future or the Past"

In 1941, while in exile in Brazil, Stefan Zweig wrote the book "Brazil. A Land of the Future. The title of the book was considered an epithet for the country in Brazil for decades. This was justified because, despite massive problems, the population always radiated hope - that is, future - to foreign visitors. Brazilians often added the melancholy-ironic phrase ... a future we will never reach.

Then the improbable happened. With the election of leftist candidate Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva as president, who took office on Jan. 1, 2003, Brazil had achieved its future. The first years of his government were marked by a broad social awakening and shaping of the future. Disillusionment set in. Brazil is currently ruled by a right-wing president. There is little sign of awakening and hope. His re-election would make Brazil a country of the past. But what could be the future?

Brazil today is a deeply divided country. The question of whether it is still a country of the future or of the past will be examined by the speakers from different angles.

Participation is available for a maximum of 100 people in attendance or you can register to participate online by zooming in to Ms. Klein: p.klein[at]uni-kassel[dot]de


Lecture on June 9, 2022:

Thomas Fatheuer: Is there a political future?

Brazil faces a fateful election in October. The re-election of the current president would be a disaster and the way to further destruction of the environment and democracy. Can there be a hopeful future with other political constellations in a confusing party landscape? What do the political alternatives look like, what perspectives do they stand for?

Dr. Thomas Fatheuer will explore these questions. He has lived in Brazil for more than 20 years, mostly in development cooperation: for the DED in Belém, for the GtZ at the Ministry of Environment in Brasília and most recently for seven years for the Heinrich Böll Foundation in Rio de Janeiro. He is one of the most profound German-language experts on the Brazilian political scene. He currently writes regular reports on the current election campaign.

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