Guest Speaker: Maxine Margolis

February 6, 2014

Monday 2/10 from 4:00-5:30 in 404 Grinter Hall Dr. Maxine Margolis will give a presentation entitled: “Goodbye, Brazil: Emigrés from the Land of Soccer and Samba”.

Brazil, a country that has always received immigrants, rarely saw its own citizens move abroad. Beginning in the late 1980s, however, thousands of Brazilians left for the United States, Japan, Portugal, Italy, and other nations, propelled by a series of intense economic crises.

Margolis’ study synthesizes data from various researchers and analyzes this greatly expanded Brazilian diaspora. “Goodbye, Brazil” examines how Brazilian immigrants, largely from the middle rungs of Brazilian society, have negotiated their ethnic identity outside Brazil. Who are they? Why have they left their home? How has the Brazilian government responded to their exodus? Margolis argues that Brazilian society abroad is characterized by the absence of well-developed, community-based institutions—with the exception of thriving, largely evangelical Brazilian churches.

Maxine L. Margolis is Professor Emerita of Anthropology at the University of Florida and Adjunct Senior Research Scholar at the Institute for Latin American Studies at Columbia University. Dr. Margolis earned her Ph.D. in anthropology at Columbia University.

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