WNYC: “The Global Salon: Cities in Brazil” – An Evening of Conversation and Performance

On December 9, “The Global Salon: Cities in Brazil” will examine the country’s astounding transformation in economic prosperity and global infrastructure. Among the featured panelists is Lubin’s Claudia Green, who has made 18 trips to Brazil in the past 11 years, initiating projects in the Brazilian Atlantic Rainforest and Rio de Janeiro.

The Global Salon: Cities in Brazil

In collaboration with PEN World Voices Festival

Friday, December 9, 2011 at 7:00 PM
Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes
Tickets: $20.00

The Global Salon: Brazil will examine the country’s astounding transformation in economic prosperity and global infrastructure navigated by New York Public Radio Host Eddie Robinson.

The evening includes Conversation and Performance with:

Larry Rohter, Award-winning journalist; New York Times Culture Reporter; former Newsweek correspondent and New York Times bureau chief for the Rio de Janeiro office; author of “Brazil on the Rise”

Helio Alves, Pianist and composer Helio Alves has received high praise as an in-demand sideman with Joe Henderson, Yo-Yo Ma, Slide Hampton, Airto Moreira and Flora Purim, Paquito D’Rivera, Claudio Roditi, Oscar Castro-Neves and Gato Barbieri, to name but a few. And now, with more than 40 recordings as a sideman – and two at the helm of his own ensembles – this incomparable musician is quite deservedly earning respect as a leader too.

Claudia G. Green, Executive Director/Associate Professor, Center for Global Business Programs at Pace University, Lubin School of Business; organizer of “Rio Green Map” initiative on sustainable development in preparation for Rio+20, World Cup 2014, and Olympics 2016; leader of  ‘Amigos Digitais,’ a non-profit that links students in the favellas of Rio with students in the Lower East Side of NYC for cultural and educational exchange

Béco Dranoff, Award-winning music/film producer — Red Hot + Rio; the documentary, “Beyond Ipanema;” and Brazilian radio show, Sonoridade

Nilson Matta, considered one of the greatest bass players in the world and since his arrival in New York in 1985 he has become the first call of many of the top US musicians. Nilson studied bass at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) with Sandrino Santoro, Brazil’s premier classical bass player. Since his arrival in New York 1985 he has become the first call of many of the top US musicians. His mastery of the instrument and unique sound have earned him a reputation as one of the industry’s most sought after players. Throughout his career, Matta has been the “go to” bassist for numerous top musicians from around the globe.

Lidia Santos, was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where she received a B.A. in Literatures of Portuguese Language from the University of Rio de Janeiro –UFRJ. Her Ph.D in Spanish American Literature was received from the University of São Paulo –USP. Before arriving at the Graduate Center, Prof. Santos taught at Yale University and at the Federal Fluminense University –UFF, in Brazil.

Venue: A new destination for artists and audiences, The Greene Space was created for live performances, signature WNYC radio shows and video webcasts — with concerts, audio theatre, political and cultural discussions, visual arts, public radio events and more.  It is located on the ground floor of WNYC’s new home at 44 Charlton Street (at Varick Street).

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