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Course: Fall 2017

In the fall of 2017, students and faculty from the University of Michigan and the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) in Brazil participated in a unique, transnational course on the history of the Inter-American Human Rights system. Using video-conferencing technology, students in Brazil and the United States participated in real-time classroom discussions and collaborated on group presentations across the two continents, as they delved into the development of the Pan-American Human Rights system. The course was collaboratively taught by Professor Sueann Caulfield at UM and Brazilian Federal Judge and Professor Carlos Haddad at the UFMG Law School.

Sueann Caulfield is Associate Professor of History and Residential College at the University of Michigan, where she was the former director of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies and currently heads the Brazil Initiative Social Sciences Cluster.  She specializes in the history of modern Brazil, with emphasis on gender and sexuality.  She has won awards and fellowships from the Fulbright Commission, National Endowment for the Humanities, and American Council of Learned Societies. Her publications include In Defense of Honor: Morality, Modernity, and Nation In Early Twentieth-Century Brazil, the co-edited volume Honor, Status, and Law in Modern Latin American History, and various articles on gender and historiography, family law, race, and sexuality in Brazil.  Her current research focuses on family history with a focus on paternity and legitimacy in twentieth-century Brazil.  She is particularly interested in questions of human rights in Latin America, and has participated in a number of workshops, cross-country teaching projects, and exchanges around topics of social justice and social action.

Carlos Henrique Haddad is a federal judge in Brazil and a faculty member at the School of Law at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, UFMG). In addition to his legal practice, he also specializes in the history in modern Brazil, with an emphasis on law and slavery. He has been a fellow at the University of Michigan Law School. He has also collaborated closely with faculty in the Department of History, with whom he has co-authored articles, taught courses, and established human trafficking and slavery clinics in Michigan and Minas Gerais.