sexta-feira, abril 14, 2006

362) Conferência em homenagem a Tom Skidmore: a rationale explicativa...

Eis a informação preparada por James Green, ex-presidente da Brazilian Studies Association, e sucessor de Tom Skidmore na Brown University:

April 7, 2006

The Center for Latin American Studies, the History Department, the Department of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies, the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, and the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University are sponsoring a Conference April 20-22, 2006 at Brown University to honor Thomas E. Skidmore, professor emeritus and the nation’s leading scholar on contemporary Brazilian history and culture.

Professor Skidmore graduated from Denison University in 1954, received a Master’s degree from the University of Oxford, Great Britain, and completed his doctorate in history at Harvard University in 1961. He taught as an Instructor and then as Assistant Professor at Harvard from 1960 to 1966. In 1967, he moved to the University of Wisconsin, Madison, becoming a Full Professor the subsequent year. Professor Skidmore moved to Brown University in 1988 where he taught in the History Department and was the Director of the Center for Latin American Studies until his retirement in 2000. He has served as President of the Latin American Studies Association and of the New England Council of Latin American Studies.

Professor Skidmore’s first monograph, Politics in Brazil, 1930-1964; An Experiment in Democracy (Oxford University Press, 1967), based on post-doctoral research at Harvard University, immediately became the definitive political history in English and in Portuguese of those turbulent times. He followed up that volume with a political history of the military regime, Politics of Military Rule in Brazil, 1964-85 (Oxford University Press, 1987) that documented the political system under the dictatorship and the gradual return to democratic rule in the early 1980s. Taken together, these two volumes offer the most comprehensive survey of modern Brazilian history and have become classics in the history of Republican Brazil. He has also produced an important textbook history, Brazil: Five Centuries of Change (Oxford University Press, 1999).

Another significant contribution of Professor Skidmore to Brazilian Studies has been the intellectual history, Black into White: Race and Nationality in Brazilian Thought (Oxford University Press, 1974) that traces the changes in notions of race in Brazil from debates during slavery to the eugenic and nationalist movements of the twentieth century. Like his two works on the political history of twentieth-century Brazil, this volume has become a reference point for all subsequent treatments of the subject.

“Politics, Culture, and Race in Brazil: A Conference Honoring Thomas E. Skidmore” has five component parts. On April 20 and 21, we have organized a Brown Undergraduate History Forum entitled “Life, Politics, and Culture during the Brazilian Dictatorship,” in which Brown students will present original archival research that they conducted last semester inspired by Professor Skidmore’s work Politics of Military Rule in Brazil.

On Friday, April 21, we have invited twelve leading scholars to an International Colloquium on Race and Ethnicity in Brazil. Based on pre-circulated papers, the colloquium promises to offer a vigorous discussion among experts in this field about race and ethnicity in Brazil and the intellectual contribution of Professor Skidmore to this area of study. Several publishers have expressed interest in an edited collection based on the papers that will be presented at the International Colloquium.

Friday evening, we will hold a special ceremony at the John Hay Library featuring a talk entitled An Academic Biography of Thomas E. Skidmore. The John Hay Library will display material from the newly acquired Thomas E. Skidmore Collection, including 5,000 books and his personal papers. At that time, we will also announce that the Skidmore family and other contributors have pledged to endow a new Thomas E. Skidmore Fellowship for Brown graduate studies in Brazilian history. On Saturday, we will hold a day-long event entitled Thomas E. Skidmore: An Historian and His Legacy that will include presentations by leading scholars about Professor Skidmore and his work.

The final component of the Conference will feature Professor Skidmore’s former graduate students from Brown University in a panel entitled The Next Generation: Thomas Skidmore’s Legacy. Six of his former students will discuss their experiences studying with Professor Skidmore at Brown and how his work has influenced their research, writing, and careers as university professors.

James N. Green
Director, Center for Latin American Studies, Associate Professor Brazilian History and Culture, Brown University

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Anonymous Anônimo said...

Very pretty design! Keep up the good work. Thanks.

segunda-feira, julho 03, 2006 8:53:00 AM  

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