"50th Anniversary Symposium of the Military Coup in Brazil" (Thursday, April 3-Friday, April 4, 2014) On March 31st, 1964, the Armed Forces of Brazil commenced a series of events that would lead to the removal from power of then President João Goulart and the installation of a military-backed, authoritarian regime that would persist in power until 1985. 50 years later almost to the date, the Brazil Initiative at UW-Madison along with our co-sponsors have invited a group of Brazilianists from the United States and abroad for a day-long symposium that seeks to commemorate this departure from democracy and critically analyze its consequences in a larger context and from diverse perspectives.

Past Conferences

"Celebrating Fifty Years of the Luso-Brazilian Review: A Symposium" (April 20 and 21, 2012) In 2014, the Luso-Brazilian Review will mark 50 years of continued publication as a biannual, interdisciplinary journal dedicated to stimulating and disseminating research on the Portuguese-speaking world. Founded in 1964 by Professor Alberto Machado da Rosa and published by the University of Wisconsin Press, the Luso-Brazilian Review has been edited or co-edited by professors from the University of Wisconsin Department of Spanish and Portuguese since its inception. Over the five decades of its publication, the LBR has benefited from the collaboration a wide range of well-known scholars from throughout the world. It currently enjoys a reputation as the foremost interdisciplinary publication in the field of Luso-Brazilian Studies in the U.S., and one of the journals with the longest uninterrupted publishing history.

As the current editors of the LBR have continued the practice of seeking to include a variety of topics and critical approaches, the journal has become a key venue for the publication of in-depth studies of the various national cultures of the Portuguese-speaking world. It also has become an important resource for the continued reassessment of the role played by language, literature, geography and history in a world that is increasingly, yet unevenly, globalized and transnational. Portuguese is the official language of eight countries on four different continents and the LBR regularly includes articles authored by national and international scholars whose teaching and research center on the networks that link these countries. The editors are dedicated to maintaining open discussions regarding the models and methodologies will best lead to new modes of production of knowledge about the Lusophone world.

In an effort to maintain and further the Review's eminence in the field of Luso-Brazilian Studies, the Co-Editors and members of the Review's Editorial Board have organized a two-day conference entitled "Celebrating 50 Years of the Luso-Brazilian Review" to mark the journal's 50th anniversary. This conference will bring together researchers and writers from the US and abroad who are specialists in literature, history, and the social sciences. Speakers will assess the current state of Luso-Brazilian Studies in the U.S. academy and abroad, and discuss the methodological trends that are shaping research conducted on and in the Portuguese-speaking world. This conference will take place on campus from April 20th-21st 2012 at the Pyle Center Room 235.

Nabuco II "Emerging Issues in US-Brazilian Relations (September 2010)

Brazilian Literary Networks (November 2009)

Cartonera Publishers Conference (October 2009)

Nabuco and Madison (April 2009)

Performing Brazil (April 2007)