Brazil’s Rightward Turn, a Conversation with Leonardo Avritzer

A group of people hold red flags and protest. A sign saying "In defense of DEMOCRACY! Dilma Stays!" in Portuguese
Monday, November 21, 10:00am11:30am

The unraveling of the Left in Brazil has been as sudden as it has been surprising.  For the last several years Brazil was a standard-bearer of the “pink tide,” as an example of progressive reforms under a pragmatic leftist party.  And now, Brazil seems to be the prime example of how fragile those reforms may have been as the country takes a sharp right turn in terms of policy and political sentiment.  The impeachment of president Dilma Rousseff ended not only a dozen years of uninterrupted Workers Party national rule in Brazil; it appears to have unleashed a process that has nearly vanquished the Left as an electoral force in the country. Leonardo Avritzer, one of Brazil’s most prominent political scientists and an an outspoken critic of Rouseff’s impeachment, will lead a discussion of Brazil’s current predicament and will forecast its future prospects.

Space for this event is limited to 30 people.  Please RSVP via e-mail to to reserve your seat.

Co-sponsored by the North American Congress on Latin America (NACLA) and Urban Democracy Lab