moisesDr. Moises Lino e Silva is an anthropologist who specializes in the question of freedom and its relationship to different pressing topics such as poverty, violence, sexuality, and development. Dr Lino e Silva has written on issues related to the impact of ecotourism on the life of indigenous peoples in the Amazon Forest and his current research is centered on issues of freedom as experienced by slum dwellers in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He currently holds a shared appointment teaching in Anthropology and in International and Global Studies at Brandeis University. Recently, Dr Lino e Silva has been selected a World Social Science Fellow by the International Social Science Council (UNESCO).

What do you think are the main challenges for economic development and sustainability in Brazil?

So, while some advances have been made, there in still a lot of inequality in Brazil. A good question to ask is how will the new economy work for different people. For example, my own work as an anthropologist focused on favelas (urban shantytowns) in Rio de Janeiro and a big concern is how will Brazil deal with favela dwellers now that the country is richer. Some favelas have of course benefitted from social projects. But, for instance, with big international events in Brazil like the Olympic games and the World Soccer Cup there have been changes to the lives of the urban poor. One thing is the so-called “pacification” of favelas, during those events, where the state took over the territory from drug lords and a challenge is to see if those policies will be sustained in general and to see if Brazil’s growth can be sustained beyond what people would call a “bubble” and what will happen to the poor if this bubble bursts. The second thing is about how Brazil’s growth will impact the environment. Brazil has a lot of natural resources such as oil and minerals that have been traditionally what we exported. Part of Brazil’s growth can be explained by its relationship to China and the Chinese buying our commodities. So another question is how much of our development is dependent on exploiting natural resources for producing commodities? More specifically, how does industrial growth cause pollution in our cities and rivers? Like in Sao Paulo, it is appalling how polluted the river Tietê is. It is more like an open sewer and it smells really bad. So there are various questions of reconciling economic growth and protecting environmental resources. The last thing I will mention is the impact of the agricultural industry on our forests. People argue that they need more land for growing their crops and raising cattle but where does that land come from? From deforestation. We have been successful in slowing down deforestation but it is always an open-ended question and we need to see how this will play out in the future. Continue reading “INTERVIEW WITH DR. MOISES LINO E SILVA, PANELIST FOR BRAZIL’S BALANCING ACT”

Brazil’s Balancing Act: Reconciling the Demands of Economic Development, Environmental Protection, and Indigenous Rights

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Time: 2:00 – 5:00 pm
Location: International Lounge, Usdan

Experts working in diverse fields – Brazilincluding economic development, international business, environmental protection, international law, and human and indigenous rights – will examine the intersecting interests and responsibilities of those working in sometimes conflicting sectors. The symposium will provide a forum for dialogue about how Brazil might best fulfill its local, national, and international obligations.

Panelists include Mr. Fernando Ribeiro Delgado, Lecturer, Harvard Law School; Professor Cristina Espinosa, The Heller School, Brandeis University; Dr. Daniel Luiz Gleizer, Vice President, Banco Itau BBA, Sao Paulo; Dr. Moises Lino e Silva, Lecturer, International and Global Studies and Anthropology, Brandeis University; and Dr. Biorn Maybury-Lewis, Executive Director, Cambridge Institute for Brazilian Studies (CIBS), Institute for International Urban Development, and University of Massachusetts, Boston. The event will be moderated by Dean Bruce Magid of the Brandeis International Business School.

Click here for panelists’ bios and photos, resources, and an agenda for the day.

This event is cosponsored by the Brandeis International Business School’s Perlmutter Institute for Global Business Leadership and the Ethics Center, and is free and open to the public.


Wednesday, Nov. 7th, 7PM (6:30 for pizza)
Mandel Center Reading Room, (3rd Floor)

Is the future of the world’s global cities being created on their margins? Are city dwellers creating new and spontaneously ordered social worlds? Can informal urban networks replace formal government?

Interested in these critical questions? Join our IGS Conversation on the New Global Cities!

Our featured guest speaker is Dr. Moises Lino e Silva, Postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University.

Dr. Lino e Silva will also be an IGS Lecturer in Spring 2013 teaching IGS 170A Rise of Brazil and ANTH 129B Global, Transnational, and Diasporic Communities. He specializes in Brazilian urban life, favelas, the question of freedom in its relationship to wider topics such as poverty, sexuality, religion, violence, social justice and globalization. His most recent publication is entitled Formally Informal: Daily Life and the Shock of Order in a Brazilian Favela.

Our panel will also include two IGS Seniors – Shinhye Oh and Tripti Singh. Shinhye is writing her senior thesis on  the emerging nouveau riche and new forms of economic inequality in Beijing, China. Tripti has worked at a local NGO in Chandigarh, India integrating migrant slum dwellers, living on the periphery of the city, into new forms of urban employment.

Snapshots from Abroad

Ben Rifkin, Madagascar 

A Malagasy man naps on top of a Taxi-Brousse in the capital, Antananarivo, before he embarks on a long journey across the country. I was about to embark on my own 24 hour non-stop cross-country journey in a similar Taxi-Brousse.


Jesse Appell, China

Da Shu Hua: A traditional festival I went to in Hebei Province, where a man hurls molten iron against a wall and it explodes as it falls back towards the ground. The festival is called “Da Shu Hua,” or, “To beat down the flowers from the trees.”


Madeline Stix, Bolivia

This photograph is taken during my village stay in the town of Tocoli (population 200), on the edge of Lake Titicaca, the lake with the second highest altitude in the world (at 14,000 feet). Two women from the village scuttling down the hill to prepare for our welcome “almuerzo” (lunch), which took place by the sacred waters of the lake.


Melissa Donze, India

“Smiles”: Sharing smiles at the community meeting on the Right to Food Campaign in Ullaluapanagar, Bangalore, India.

Leadership Opportunity: Global Health and International Development work in Latin America

If you are interested in traveling to Latin America to gain hands-on experience in global health, international development work and the fight against global poverty, consider this opportunity from non-profit organization MEDLIFE. Please find below, the announcement posted by MEDLIFE.

MEDLIFE ( is a non-profit organization that works to improve access to Medicine, Education, and Development in impoverished regions of Latin America. We are currently looking for student leaders interested in starting a MEDLIFE chapter at Brandeis University and helping to send a Mobile Clinic to Latin America. Continue reading “Leadership Opportunity: Global Health and International Development work in Latin America”