Brazil: Has the Future Come?

Date(s) - 06/06/12
5:30 pm - 7:15 pm

The Chicago Club

Hosted by
The Chicago Council on Global Affairs



Sérgio Fausto, Executive Director, Fundação Instituto Fernando Henrique Cardoso
Denis Mizne, Executive Director, Lemann Foundation
In conversation with Abraham Lowenthal, Professor, University of Southern California

The Chicago Club
81 East Van Buren Street
Chicago, IL 60605
Business attire is required.
5:30 p.m.
Registration and cash bar reception
6:00 p.m.
Presentation and discussion
7:15 p.m.
Members $10
Nonmembers $20

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Long considered the country of the future, Brazil seems to have just recently burst onto the global stage. Its status as a BRIC nation, its inclusion in the G20, the growth of its energy industry, and the awarding of the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics all illustrate its growing success. Yet its booming economy, which recently surpassed the U.K. as the sixth largest in the world, is outstripping its infrastructure, forcing Brazil to address its domestic challenges, such as the lack of quality education, high levels of poverty and violence, and an ambiguous foreign policy agenda. A new generation of leaders in Brazil has emerged who are working to meet these challenges and guide their country’s ascent to global influence. Please join the 2012 Hart Fellows Sérgio Fausto and Denis Mizne as they discuss Brazil’s changing international role, its continuing domestic challenges, and their own political and civic initiatives.

Sergio Fausto Sérgio Fausto is the executive director of the Fundação Instituto Fernando Henrique Cardoso (iFHC) and a leading political analyst. He writes regular columns for O Estado de São Paulo, is a member of the International Situation Analysis Group of the Foreign Affairs Institute of the University of São Paulo, and codirects the Plataforma Democrática. Fausto joined iFHC in 2003, after six years in three ministries under former Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardoso, including a position as advisor to the vice minister of Finance.
Denis Mizne is the executive director of the Lemann Foundation, working on improving the quality of education in Brazil. He also serves as chairman of Sou da Paz (I am for Peace), an organization that he founded in 1997 to improve gun control in Brazil. Mizne is currently a member of the steering committee of the International Arms Trade Treaty, an Ashoka social entrepreneur, and a 2007 Yale World Fellow.

The Gus Hart Fellowship is endowed by the Hart family to honor Gus Hart’s lifelong interest in Latin America and to recognize an emerging Latin American leader who is contributing to the advancement of society. The Fellows spend one week in Chicago interacting with a range of Chicago-based business, civic, and media professionals in a program tailored to further the Fellows’ interests and to engage Chicagoans on key issues evolving in Latin America.