• April 12-13, 2021 – Event Online
  • #createbrazil

About the Symposium

The University of Miami is proud to announce Documenting Diversity and Democracy in Brazil, a symposium established to highlight the unique and richly-textured Leila Míccolis Brazilian Alternative Press Collection. The event features keynote presentations by João Silvério Trevisan (Brazilian LGBT activist, journalist, and novelist), Dr. Leila Míccolis (Lawyer, activist, and writer) and Sonia Guajajara (Brazilian environmental and indigenous activist and politician), alongside invited papers of scholars who have worked with the Collection to showcase intersectionalities and (dis)connections between burgeoning social and political movements in Brazil from the military dictatorship (1964–1985) to the present day, as well as works focusing on human rights, social justice, and cross-fertilization of historical and sociopolitical trajectories that shed more light on recovering the voices of marginalized Brazilians.


The symposium, Documenting Diversity and Democracy in Brazil, is made possible due to a grant funded by the CREATE Grants Program, a joint Lowe Art Museum and University of Miami Libraries initiative supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Additional support has been provided by our co-sponsors, including the University of Miami's Office of the Provost, College of Arts and Sciences, the Joseph Carter Fund of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, Latin American Studies Program, Department of History, Department of Anthropology, Office of Hemispheric and Global Affairs, Institute for Advanced Study of the Americas, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program, American Studies Program, Department of English, Department of Political Science, Native American and Global Indigenous Studies (NAGIS), U.S. Network for Democracy in Brazil (USNDB), and the Miami Network for Democracy.

Featuring keynote presentations by

João Silvério Trevisan

João Silvério Trevisan

(LGBT activist, journalist, and novelist)

Sonia Guajajara

Sonia Guajajara

(Indigenous and environmental activist and 2018 vice-presidential candidate)

Leila Miccolis

Leila Míccolis

(Lawyer, activist, and writer)

This free online symposium will be hosted using Zoom software. Please create a Zoom account now if you haven't done so already. We recommend that you connect to each session ten minutes prior to its start time to test your connection and ensure that your technology is properly configured.

Please note that all sessions of the symposium will be presented in both English and Portuguese. Audio translations in both languages will be available during the live sessions. The keynote presentations will be recorded for on-demand access following the symposium.