Oscar Niemeyer and Modernization in Brazil

MAY 28

Oscar Niemeyer and Modernization in Brazil

The Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies and the Embassy of Brazil present:


Oscar Niemeyer and Modernization in Brazil

6:30pm Tuesday 28 May

Manning Clark Centre, Theatre 3, ANU

The screening of the documentary: “Oscar Niemeyer, Life is a Breath of Air”, by Fabiano Maciel, is to celebrate the launch of the Portuguese Language Course while paying a tribute to one of the most important geniuses of the 20th Century, the Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, who died in December 2012 at the age of 104. The screening of the documentary will be preceded by the introductory lecture “A Timeline of Political and Economic Modernization in Brazil during Niemeyer’s Life”, presented by Dr. Carlos Pio (Visiting Fellow at SPIR/ANU).

The film:
“Oscar Niemeyer, Life is a Breath of Air” (2007, 90 min) is based on face-to-face conversations with Niemeyer. Director Fabiano Maciel introduces a wide range of Niemeyer’s most well-known buildings in Brazil, France, Italy, and Algeria, while exploring the evolution of the post-war intellectual and political atmosphere through Niemeyer’s eyesight. The film depicts the Brazilian architect as a fighter for social justice. It also explores his role in the construction of Brasilia during the 1950’s, a time when reinforced concrete technology became available and the Western communist parties and workers’ organizations peaked.

The Portuguese Language Course:
The Portuguese Language Course will commence in the second semester of 2013 as an elective class for all Bachelor of Arts Programs at ANU and will also be open for M.A. and Ph.D students as well as to the wider Canberra community.. The Embassy of Brazil and the ANU School of Language Studies (SLS) have entered into a partnership to enhance the Portuguese Language Course students’ experience. During the course, the students will have the opportunity to take part in seminars, conferences and short extension courses on topics related to Brazilian culture, society and history with a Brazilian professor. Program Codes: PORT1001 to be taught in semester 2/2013, and PORT1002 to be taught in semester 1/2014.

Carlos Pio Bio: Carlos Pio is Professor of International Political Economy at Universidade de Brasília, since 1993. He was a Senior Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the University of California—Berkeley, and a visiting Academic at the University of Oxford, England. Since 2012 he has been affiliated with ANU’s School of Politics and International Relations and ANCLAS.

Food and beverages will be served after the screening of the documentary. No RSVP required.