Symposium on Brazil

The Symposium on Brazil began in 2015 as an initiative of Dr. Flavia Azeredo-Cerqueira. The event represents the beginning of a long term commitment in having Brazil, its language, history and culture represented on our campus. Each event is unique as it concentrates on diverse topics on Brazil and on the lusophone world. 

This symposium includes ambassadors and attachés from lusophone embassies in Washington/DC, dignitaries from international organizations, distinguished faculty from American and foreign universities, researchers across a diverse array of academic fields, NGOs, and activists. The event has an interdisciplinary agenda which intends to promote interaction and networking between faculty and students in an informal environment. The highlight of the event is the undergraduate research poster session.

Amazonian Studies: Multidisciplinary Approaches

Symposium on Brazil, Amazonian Studies: Multidisciplinary Approaches flyer

November 18 to 19, 2019

The third year of the symposium on Brazil was dedicated to studying the North region of Brazil, specifically the amazon rainforest in a multidisciplinary approach. The amazon rainforest is one of the three biomes part of the Legal Amazon (Amazonia legal). The Legal Amazon is the largest continuous tropical forest in the world and harbors 20 percent of the planet’s plant and animal species. Why is it so important to push the conversation about the Amazon?  The rainforest is a vital global resource because of its role in storing carbon. Destroying it will cripple efforts to slow climate change. This conference gave us all a valuable opportunity to enhance our knowledge of the Legal Amazon, the rainforest, the native population and pressing issues around agro-business, cattle rangers and land distribution, while also providing a platform highlighting the relevance of the symbiotic relationship of the indigenous tribes and the forest, as well as the importance of the indigenous peoples in the formation of Brazilian culture, heritage and identity. 


  • Dr. Beth A. Conklin, Vanderbilt University
  • Dr. Douglas Morton, NASA Goddard
  • Dr. Flavia Azeredo-Cerqueira
  • Dr. Janet Chernela University of Maryland College Park
  • Dr. Jeremy Campbell, Roger Williams University
  • Dr. Robert Walker, University of Florida
  • Dr. Nicole Labruto, Johns Hopkins University
  • Dr. Túlio Zille, Johns Hopkins University

AmazonFACE: Environmental science applied to the Amazon region

AmazonFACE event flier

October 16, 2017

The event presented the scientific rationale for the AmazonFACE (free-air CO2 enrichment) project, which aims to assess the effects of increased CO2 on the resilience of the Amazon forest. Participants learned about the project site, the ongoing research there, and the results of their on-going projects. In addition, the socio-economic impacts of future changes in the Amazon forest, and how they are being addressed, was discussed.


  • Dr. Richard J. Norby, Environmental Sciences Division and Climate Change Science Institute, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Dr. Flavia Azeredo-Cerqueira, Johns Hopkins University
  • Tiago Santos, Second Secretary, Environment and Technology Section, Brazilian Embassy

Brazil in Focus – Africans and Afro-Brazilians: the African diaspora in Brazil

Brazil in Focus 2016 poster  of man's face on background of Brazilian flag

November 14 to 15, 2016

The second year of the symposium on Brazil was dedicated to celebrating the identity, culture, history and accomplishments of the Africans and Afro-Brazilians in Brazil. This symposium held an interdisciplinary program and not only offered our community of scholars and students the opportunity to be exposed to new ideas and concepts, but also a chance to discuss the importance of the African people in the formation of Brazilian culture, heritage and identity 


  • Dr. Allan Charles Dawson, Drew University  
  • Dr. Ana Paula Höfling, The University of North Carolina, Greensboro
  • Dr. Celso Castilho, Vanderbilt University
  • Dr. Flavia Azeredo-Cerqueira, Johns Hopkins University
  • Dr. Franklin Knight, Johns Hopkins University                     
  • Franklin Netto, Counselor, Head of the Educational Section, Brazilian Embassy 
  • Guilherme Andreas, Peabody Conservatory, GPD Candidate
  • Dr. Patricia Acerbi, George Mason University

Brazil in Focus: Brazilians, Culture & Politics

2015 symposium in Brazil flyer with woman wearing Brazilian flag like a scarf

November 9 to 10, 2015

This first Symposium on Brazil concentrated on Brazilians, their culture and politics. The years of 2015 and 2016 were marked by political unrest, massive street protests and a corruption scandal involving the state-owned energy company Petrobras. On this academic event we studied and celebrated the Brazilians and their culture but also discussed politics and the current issues.


  • Anne Gillman, PhD Candidate, Johns Hopkins University
  • Dr. Bryan McCann, Georgetown University
  • Dr. Flavia Azeredo-Cerqueira, Johns Hopkins University
  • Dr Franklin Knight, Johns Hopkins University 
  • Franklin Netto, Counselor, Head of the Educational Section, Brazilian Embassy
  • Dr. Margaret Keck, Johns Hopkins University 
  • Paulo Sotero, Director, Brazil institute, Woodrow Wilson Center
  • Dr. Regina Igel, University of Maryland
  • Dr. Sara Castro Klaren, Johns Hopkins University
  • Brazilian music Pablo de Oliveira on Cavaco & Gigi Macaxeira on Percussion