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Conference to focus on "Brazil Today"

STANFORD -- Brazilian politicians, scholars, business leaders and social activists will be among those taking part in a two-day conference at Stanford on "Brazil Today - Problems and Alternatives."

The conference, sponsored by Stanford's Center for Latin American Studies, in conjunction with the Brazilian Consulate, will be held Monday and Tuesday, April 13 and 14 in Tresidder Union, Oak West Room. It is open to the public without charge.

The meeting will address a broad range of political, economic and social issues confronting Brazil. Topics will include reform of the political system, privatization and economic restructuring, the foreign debt, economic integration, the social impact of economic reform, the labor movement and Brazilian feminism.

Among the April 13 speakers will be Fernando Henriques Cardoso, a political scientist and newly appointed minister of foreign affairs; Sao Paulo Vice Governor Aloysio Nunes; labor leader Luiz Antonio de Medeiros; political scientist Bolivar Lamounier; sociologist Jussara Nunes; and psychologist Marta Suplicy, an education ministry official who hosts a national sex-education television program in Brazil.

Panelists on April 14 will include Joao Sayad, former planning minister; Tasso Jereissati, president of the Social Democratic party and newly appointed minister of infrastructure; senators Eduardo Suplicy and Jose Fogaca; anthropologist Ruth Cardoso; political scientist Ottaviano de Fiore; and business leader Jose Ramos.

Former congresswoman Ruth Escobar, a longtime feminist leader and defender of minority rights, will lead a panel on "Feminism and the Emancipation of Women in Brazil Today" at 12:30 p.m. April 14.

Political science Prof. Terry Karl, director of the Center for Latin American Studies, will make opening remarks at 9:30 a.m. April 13. Stanford faculty members will serve as discussants and moderators on each of the panels.



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