Professor Severino Albuquerque, Chair of the Brazil Initiative Steering Committee (front)

Claudia Tomaselli, Wisconsin Trade Representative in Brazil (middle)

Professor Ksenija Bilbija, LACIS Director (back)

A series of workshops for Wisconsin businesses with interest in trade and exchange with Brazil. Sponsors: UW-Madison School of Business/CIBER, the WI Outreach Consortium (WIOC), and Wisconsin Department of Commerce. Partially supported by the Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Fund. (Launch - Summer 2009)

Tinker Visiting Professorships. Professor Glauco Arbix, from the University of São Paulo taught and conducted research on Brazil's socio-economic and political issues at the UW-Madison School of Business (Fall semester 2010).

Major conferences on US-Brazil relations beginning with a Fall 2010 follow up to the Nabuco and Madison conference, under the direction of Emeritus Professor of Law David Trubek.

A Writers in Residence Program at UW-Madison, in collaboration with the Consulate of Brazil in Chicago. (began Fall 2009)

Appointment of Honorary Fellows to conduct independent research on Brazil and U.S. economic and political relations. First fellow: Professor Wilson Almeida, Professor of International Relations at the Universidade Catolica de Brasilia.

A series of visiting invited speakers in diverse fields with expertise on Brazil (see events page). 

A series of visiting officials of governments, industry, business and commerce, beginning in April 2009 with Diana Page, immediate past U.S. consul in Recife, Brazil. 

Expand exchange programs such as the existing agreement between the UW Law School and the Pontifical Catholic University in Rio de Janeiro.

Foster interdisciplinary research and academic activities in areas of shared interest for Brazil and the United States.

Expand study abroad, field work and internship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students interested in Brazilian studies.

Convene Brazilian UW alumni and other Brazilianists in conjunction with professional conferences to initiate new collaborative efforts. The first such meeting took place during the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) conference in Rio de Janeiro in 2009.