Our events discuss the most pressing issues in Brazil today. From citizen engagement to social policies to corruption, we engage our community in riveting discussions with experts from the public, private and social sectors.

Upcoming Events


Institution-building, Governance and Compliance in Brazil: Politics, Policy and Business

On February 6-7, the Lemann Center for Brazilian Studies at Columbia University and the Janey Program in Latin American Studies at the New School for Social Research, in New York will bring together leading practitioners, scholars and high-profile public officers to discuss the effects of Carwash Operation in Brazil’s current and future institutional framework. What has changed so far in terms of political, policy and business practices? For how long? Is there room for further institutional improvements? Is the system reformable? How is the Operation helping to support a market-based development agenda grounded on the rule of law? How are national and foreign investors reacting to these changes and challenges? What comes next for Brazil?

Featured Guest Speakers

Cármen Lúcia Antunes Rocha 
is the Chief Justice of the Brazilian Supreme Court.

Sérgio Fernando Moro is a Brazilian federal judge who has gained national and international fame for commanding the prosecution of the crimes identified in the investigation nicknamed Operação Lava-Jato (Carwash, in English), a corruption probe involving government officials and business executives.

Paulo Roberto Galvão is a Brazilian federal prosecutor, member of the Carwash Operation Task Force which negotiates plea bargains with high-profile politicians and businessmen accused of wrongdoings.

  • RSVP for February 6th at Columbia University here
  • RSVP for February 7th at the New School here

For more information please visit the event’s official page: 

When: 06-07 February 2017 from 9:30 AM to 12:15 PM and 2:30 to 5:00 PM
WhereDay 1 – Columbia University, Low Memorial Library, 535 West 114th St., New York, NY 10027. Day 2 – The New School,  John L. Tishman Auditorium, University Center 63 5th Ave, New York, NY 10003
Who: All interested in Governance.

Previous Events

Relaunch Event and Happy Hour

Fellow Brazilians and Brazilian-lovers,

We are extremely excited to start the semester with good news: The Brazil Talk Initiative will be relaunched at full speed and force and we are delighted to invite fellow Brazilians and all those interesting in learning more about the country to our Relaunch Event and Happy Hour!

Brazil Talk’s website Relaunch will be recruiting new contributors to write about current topics on Brazil. Come talk, discuss, sign up and meet new people with us, and start a great semester ahead. And if you’re interested in participating, come hear what we have to say over drinks.

We look forward to seeing you there! Also invite friends and confirm your presence on Facebook and on Eventbrite.

When: 26 January 2017 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM
Where: 420 West 118th Street, Room 802, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University
Who: All interested in Brazil.

War on Drugs: A Discussion on Innovative Brazilian Experiences


Adilson Pires, Deputy Mayor, City of Rio de Janeiro
Rodrigo Abel, Undersecretary, Special Social Protection of the City of Rio de Janeiro
Luis Guilherme Mendes de Paiva, SENAD
Rubem Cesar Fernandes, Executive Director, Viva Rio
Albert Fishlow, Professor Emeritus, Columbia University

When: 20 April 2016 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM

Where: 420 West 118th Street, Room 802, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University

Social Innovation and Happiness: why happiness is a key element to inspire innovation, connectivity and change

Speaker: Mario Chamorro

When: 2 March 2016 from 4:30 to 5:30 PM

Where: School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University

UN Security Council Reform in a Time of Global Crisis

Speaker: Ambassador Celso Amorim

When: 10 December 2015 from 12:00 to 1:30 PM

Where: School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University