NEWS ADVISORY/FEB 4 EVENT AND RECEPTION, “BRAZIL DAY 2011” – PACE NYC – “Brazil Transformed: Rising of Today’s Newest Superpower”

Two decades ago Brazil had a debt that made some Third World countries blush, but today it has the world’s eighth largest economy, poised to overtake France. It has achieved energy independence and, with the discovery of the largest oil field in the last century, is becoming a major exporter of crude oil to the United States. With its successful bid for the 2016 Olympics, Brazil, at last, is ready to take its place on the world stage.

From “Brazil on the Rise: The Story of a Country Transformed” by Larry Rohter, Culture Reporter and former Rio De Janeiro Bureau Chief for The New York Times AND guest speaker, Pace University “Brazil Day 2011” on Friday, February 4, 2:30 PM, NYC Campus, Lecture Hall North.

Friday, February 4, 2:30 PM

“BRAZIL DAY 2011”  PACE NYC CAMPUS, LECTURE HALL NORTH

BRAZIL TRANSFORMED: Rising of Today’s Newest Superpower

World’s Fifth Largest Country (population); Eighth (economy) 

Brazil is MORE than Carnival, the samba, soccer, beautiful beaches and The Girl from Ipanema.  The nation has emerged from an underachiever to one with economic and political clout … ready to take the world’s center stage by hosting the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics. 

Open to “Anyone with an Interest in Brazil” – Free of Charge

2:30-2:45 pm – Introduction and WelcomeClaudia G. Green, PhD, Associate Professor of Management and Director of Hospitality and Tourism Management, Pace University. Dr. Green has led over 250 students and faculty on 10 field studies to Brazil since 2000. On eight other visits, she spoke at professional conferences and worked on community-based projects in the Brazilian Atlantic Rainforest.

2:45- 3:15 pm – Larry Rohter, author of Brazil on the Rise: The Story of a Country Transformed.  Critics have said that he knows the country better than Brazilians themselves. Rohter served 14 years as a Newsweek correspondent in Rio de Janeiro and later as bureau chief there for The New York Times.  He is currently a culture reporter for The New York Times.

3:15-3:30 pm – Panel discussion and questions/answers

3:30-4:15 pm – Miguel Jeronimo, Director Brazil Tourism Embratur, North America 

4:15-5:00 pm – Thiago Guimarães, Development Officer, Brazil Foundation, NYC, which raises funds in the U.S. for the purpose of sponsoring qualified social investments in Brazil

Honorary Guest:  Jordan Young, PhD, Pace University Professor Emeritus, Brazilianist scholar

5:30- 7:30 pm – Reception for those attending “Brazil Day 2011” at the restaurant Barzinho, 225 West Broadway, Tribeca (cash bar). RSVP requested. 

WHAT: “Brazil Day 2011” at Pace University

WHEN: February 4, 2011, 2:30 – 5:00 presentations with reception at Barzinho at 5:30

WHERE: Pace University, One Pace Plaza, Lecture Hall North (ID needed for security pass)

GENERAL PUBLIC RSVP: Claudia G. Green, PhD, cgreen@pace.edu, 646-523-8270

MEDIA RELATIONS CONTACT: Samuella Becker, sbecker2@pace.edu; 212-346-1637 or 917-734-5172           

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