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President of Brazil to speak at Stanford March 11

STANFORD -- Fernando Henrique Cardoso, the president of Brazil, will deliver the Robert Wesson Lecture in International Relations Theory and Practice at 11:30 a.m. Monday, March 11, at Stanford University's Dinkelspiel Auditorium.

Cardoso, in a speech titled "In Praise of Politics," is expected to discuss Brazil's role in the international community, as well as make a major academic announcement to the Stanford community. He will be in the Bay Area en route to his first state visit to Japan.

The event, co-sponsored by the Institute for International Studies and the Center for Latin American Studies, is free and open to the general public.

After Cardoso leaves for Japan, Stanford will host an academic roundtable discussion, "Brazil: The Cardoso Presidency and the Challenges Ahead." The event will be from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Wattis Room, Littlefield Center, and will feature scholars from both Stanford and the University of California-Berkeley. Media representatives covering Cardoso's talk are invited to stay for this roundtable.

Cardoso assumed the presidency of Brazil on Jan. 1, 1995. He has been an active and influential leader in Brazilian politics since 1978, when he was elected alternate senator from the state of São Paulo. He took his seat as full senator in 1983, and was re-elected to the senate in 1986.

Cardoso is a founding member and former senate leader of both the Brazilian Social Democratic Party and Brazil's Democratic Movement Party. In 1987, he served as rapporteur of procedural rules for the Constituent Assembly, which drafted Brazil's current constitution. During the presidency of Itamar Franco, Cardoso served as minister of external relations (October 1992-May 1993) and as finance minister (May 1993-March 1994).

As finance minister, Cardoso was widely credited with lowering inflation and stabilizing an economy that represents half of South America's GDP, and he won 52 percent of the popular vote for president in the October 1994 elections.

Born on June 18, 1931, in Rio de Janeiro, Cardoso has an extensive academic career. He holds a doctorate in social sciences from the University of São Paulo, where he was named full professor of political science in 1968 and professor emeritus in 1991. He has taught at institutions including Stanford, UC Berkeley, Université de Paris, Cambridge University and the University of Chile.

Cardoso was president of the International Association of Sociology from 1982 to 1986, has published several books in the fields of sociology and political science, and has been active on the editorial boards of various academic journals.

The Wesson Lecture Series was established in 1988 by the Institute for International Studies with the stated intent of bringing to Stanford annually a "prominent scholar or practicing professional in the area of international relations."

The series is made possible by a gift from the late Robert G. Wesson, a scholar of international affairs, author and senior research fellow at the Hoover Institution.



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