Um Retrato Atual: Economic, Political, and Cultural Perspectives on Brazil in 2018
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Um Retrato Atual: Economic, Political, and Cultural Perspectives on Brazil in 2018

Join us on Wednesday, March 21, for an evening program exploring the challenges and opportunities faced by Brazil in 2018. We’ll be joined by an illustrious panel who will offer perspectives on Brazil’s economy, politics, and culture in a Latin American and global context. Tickets are available for $20 (general admission), $15 (IRC members), and no charge (students). Refreshments will be available during a networking reception before the panel discussion, and a Q&A session will follow.

When: Wednesday, March 21, 2018
5:45-8 p.m.
Where: BEST Conference Center at the KU Edwards Campus
12600 Quivira Rd.
Overland Park, Kansas  66213
United States
Contact: Matthew Hughes

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Event Schedule

5:45-6:30 p.m.     Networking reception
6:30-8:00 p.m.     Panel presentation followed by audience Q&A

About the Panelists

Christopher W. Anderson is an accomplished scholar, experienced teacher, and engaged leader at the University of Kansas and its host community of Lawrence, Kansas. A native of Council Bluffs, Iowa, Anderson attended Creighton Preparatory School in Omaha, Nebraska, the University of Iowa for bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business and economics, and the University of Pittsburgh for a Ph.D. in financial economics. Before joining the KU Anderson taught at the Pennsylvania State University and the University of Missouri-Columbia, and before his academic career he worked as a financial analyst in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Anderson studies capital markets, corporate finance, international finance, and real estate. He currently serves as Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs at the KU School of Business.

Anderson speaks Portuguese and Spanish, and he has begun studying Chinese. He has frequently led MBA students to Brazil on project-based study abroad experiences involving U.S. and Brazilian firms across a variety of industries. He has also enjoyed professional and scholarly experiences in Chile, Ecuador, Japan, and China, and he recently was a visiting scholar at Chongqing University. He is active in interdisciplinary scholarship with the Center of Latin American & Caribbean Studies, the Center for East Asian Studies, and the Center for Global & International Studies. He sponsors the Portuguese for the Professions scholarship program at KU.

Dr. Mona Lyne is an Associate Professor and former Chair of the Department of Political Science at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Her research focuses on political and economic development, particularly how distributive politics and clientelism drive economic development policy. Her publications include a book (The Voter’s Dilemma and Democratic Accountability) and articles in the American Journal of Political Science, Party Politics, and Latin American Politics and Society, among others.






Luciano Tosta has a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, and Master's degrees in Comparative Literature and Portuguese and Brazilian Studies from Brown University. Dr. Tosta also has a Master's degree in Comparative Literature from the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he was a Fulbright scholar. Prof. Tosta did his undergraduate studies at the Universidade Federal da Bahia, where he earned a Bachelor degree and a Licenciatura in English. Before joining the faculty at the University of Kansas, he taught at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. During his graduate studies at Brown, Dr. Tosta taught at Harvard University, Boston University, and Rhode Island College. He received Harvard University's Certificate of Distinction and Excellence in Teaching, and featured on the University of Illinois's List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent. He was awarded the University of Kansas Department of Spanish and Portuguese 2016-2017 Jessie Marie Senor Cramer and Ann Cramer Root Faculty Award in recognition of meritorious teaching and research. In Brazil, he taught at the Federal and State Universities of Bahia.

His publications on Brazilian and Brazilian-American literature, film, and music have appeared in several journals and as book chapters in the United States, Brazil, Canada, and England. Journals include Afro-Hispanic Review, Revista Iberoamericana, Luso-Brazilian Review, Letras de Hoje, Canadian Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Chiricú Journal: Latina/o Literatures, Arts, and Cultures, Chasqui, Romance Notes, Gávea-Brown, Estudos Portugueses e Africanos, and Hispania. Dr. Tosta also co-edited the Luso-American Literature: Writings by Portuguese-speaking Authors in North America (Rutgers UP, 2011) and Brazil (ABC/CLIO, 2016). His book Confluence Narratives: Ethnicity, History, and Nation Making in the Americas was published with Bucknell University Press in 2016. It won the 2016 Vice Chancellor for Research Book Publication Award at the University of Kansas. He is currently working on a second book manuscript tentatively entitled Brazilian American Literature and Its Counterparts: Transamerican Politics, Postcolonial Readings.

About the Moderator

Originally from Brazil, Dr. Monica Mingucci has been working with language teaching and acquisition for more than 30 years. Dr. Mingucci oversees all administrative and academic functions of the Applied Language Institute at the University of Missouri–Kansas City.




Preparation Materials
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Parking Information

The BEST Conference Center is located in the western portion of the BEST Building, on the north side of the KU Edwards Campus near 125th and Quivira in Overland Park, Kansas. Ample parking is available in the lot in the north part of campus.

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