The Brazil trip is part of Northeastern University’s Dialogue of Civilizations Program. This Dialogue is led each summer by Professor Thomas Vicino and Professor Simone Elias.
Today, Brazil is a land of contrasts. It is home to one of the world’s largest multiethnic societies, yet it is one of the most segregated. While it is one of the world’s largest democracies with over 190 million inhabitants, its political history is turbulent. The environmental landscape offers a vast array of diverse—yet vulnerable—ecosystems, but Brazil’s cities and urban growth outpace most others in the world. These defining characteristics, including demographic shifts, economic transition, political change, and landscape transformation, will allow students to engage in a “dialogue” about global issues with other Brazilian students, cultures, families, businesses, and policymakers.
Rio de Janeiro is a city of multiple faces, which is shown in its natural beauty, the variety of people that walk along the streets, and its five centuries of culture. From the beach to the forest, from the rural tranquility to the urban hustle and bustle, Rio is, without a doubt, one of the most original cities in Brazil. At the end of the program, students will have had the opportunity of interacting and exchanging ideas with people from many diverse backgrounds, and thus gain exposure to a wide spectrum of Brazilian society and Brazil’s place in the global community.