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Brazil Initiative

The Brazil Initiative at LACS is a university-wide initiative to promote research, teaching, and activities about Brazil, and to enhance collaborations with Brazilian institutions and colleagues.

Led by University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman, a delegation of top U-M scientists, scholars and administrators traveled to Brazil in September 2012 to strengthen collaborations throughout the nation. As a result of these talks, the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies submitted a proposal to carry out a set of projects, developed in working meetings with Brazilian colleagues. The Office of the President approved this proposal, funding these activities under the rubric of the Brazil Initiative.

The Brazil Initiative at LACS comprises intersecting networks organized on supporting the arts and celebrating the culture; collaboration on advancing science research; advancing tolerance, equality, and human rights; and disseminating knowledge through translation.

Professor Joel Howell (UM Medical School) presents at FIOCRUZ, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on October 31, at 10:00.

Experimentation on human beings may at times seem essential for enhancing health and reducing the burdens of disease.  Yet all human experimentation raises ethical issues, and historical analysis of experiments on human beings raise both possibilities and pitfalls for the historical analysis. In this talk Professor Joeal Howell will briefly discuss the issues that arise from an attempt to understand the work of Ignaz Semmelweis on the value of handwashing in the setting of active labor in Vienna in the mid 19th century, J. Marion Sims in his work on surgically treating vesico-vaginal fistula in enslaved women without their consent (or anesthesia) in the pre-civil war US south, and Saul Krugman in his work differentiating hepatitis viruses by intentionally infecting children who were patients at the Willowbrook State School on Staten Island, New York, in the 1950s.

New Internship Program in Brazil

Starting Winter 2019, the RC and the Brazil Initiative at the Center for Latin American Studies are proud to announce the launch of the Social Justice/Community Engagement Internships in Brazil Program for students with skills in Portuguese or advanced Spanish. Learn more »

Brazil Initiative Scholarship for Portuguese Language Studies

The Brazil Initiative at the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies is pleased to offer scholarships of $500 - $1,000 for Portuguese language study at U-M. To learn more and apply »


For more information, contact:

Bebete Martins, Brazil Initiative Program Manager
Phone: 734.763-0553

To make a donation to the Brazil Initiative at LACS, please visit our donate page or email