Larry Rohter, former South American bureau chief for The New York Times and author of "Brazil on the Rise," will speak about what's next for Brazil once President Luiz Inácio “Lula” Da Silva finishes his last term in office and a new president takes over after the Oct. 31 run-off election.
Brazil's energy independence and its discovery of the largest oil field so far this century should soon make it a major energy exporter. Combine that with its successful bid to host the 2016 Olympics and the 2014 World Cup and Brazil is poised to take its place on the global stage.
Rohter has been the go-to journalist on Brazil for more than a decade. He lived in Brazil for the last fourteen years, first as a Newsweek correspondent and later as The New York Times bureau chief for the Rio de Janeiro office. Known for his sharp reporting and spats with current President Lula de Silva, one review of his Portuguese language book on Brazil, published earlier this year, said "Rohter knows Brazil better than many Brazilians." Currently he is the culture reporter for The New York Times.
This event is sponsored by the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas and Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies at The University of Texas at Austin.