Dilma Rousseff (President of Brazil, 2011-2016), visited UC Berkeley to meet with faculty, students, and the Berkeley community. Her talk, titled “Challenges for Democracy in Brazil”, was organized by the Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) and cosponsored by the Department of Sociology and the Charles and Louise Travers Department of Political Science.
Dilma Rousseff, an economist, was elected the 36th President of Brazil in 2010 and reelected in 2014. She is the first woman to have served as Brazil’s president. Previously she was the Minister of Energy and then Chief of Staff to President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (2003-2010).
The Rousseff government continued the labor and social programs from the previous administration and initiated policies to reorganize the Brazilian economy in the face of strong resistance. In 2016, Rousseff was impeached by the National Congress for allegedly breaking a budgetary law and removed from the presidency. She continues to fight for the policies she supports and to defend democracy, both in Brazil and internationally.
- Video of entire event (in Portuguese). Scroll ahead to 41 minutes.
- Article about President Rousseff's visit to UC Berkeley in Folha de São Paulo (Portuguese)
- CLAS Blog: Carlos Milani writes about President Dilma's visit to Berkeley (English)
- CLAS Blog: Javier Couso writes about President Dilma's visit to Berkeley (English)
- CLAS Blog: Maria Hermínia Tavares de Almeida writes about President Dilma's visit to Berkeley (English)