Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies
Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies

Seth Garfield Takes the Reins of Brazil Center

Thu, September 13, 2018
Seth Garfield Takes the Reins of Brazil Center
Seth Garfield

Professor of History Seth Garfield has been named director of the LLILAS Benson Brazil Center. This is a return to LLILAS Benson for Garfield, who previously served as undergraduate faculty adviser for Latin American Studies.

Garfield's research interests include Brazilian history and environmental history, as well as broader questions of race and ethnicity in Latin America, indigenous policy, and comparative frontiers. He is author of Indigenous Struggle at the Heart of Brazil: State Policy, Frontier Expansion, and the Xavante Indians, 1939-1988 (Duke University Press, 2001), and In Search of the Amazon: Brazil, the United States, and the Nature of a Region (Duke University Press, 2013), which received Honorable Mention for the Bolton-Johnson Prize, awarded by the Conference on Latin American History of the American Historical Association. He served as director of the Institute for Historical Studies in the UT Department of History from 2013 to 2017.

In his first event as director, Garfield will moderate a conversation with filmmaker Maria Augusta Ramos following the screening of her film O Processo (The Trial), about the impeachment of Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff. He will also be involved in planning for BRASA 2020, the bi-annual Brazilian Studies Association conference, to be held on the UT Austin campus in March of 2020.

"Seth is one of the nation’s premier historians of Brazil," says Virginia Garrard, director of LLILAS Benson and a colleague of Garfield's in the Department of History. "He has deep professional and personal ties to the country, as well as a longstanding relationship with LLILAS Benson, where he served as faculty undergraduate advisor for many years. We are delighted to welcome him back as head of the Brazil Center." 

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