Occupying Schools, Occupying Land: How the Landless Workers Movement Transformed Brazilian Education

Rebecca Tarlau

Author's book talk, with opening remarks by Zeus Leonardo, and comments by Tianna Paschel

March 4, 2020

Event Description

The Brazilian Landless Workers Movement (MST) is one of the largest social movements in Latin America. In the past 35 years, it has become famous globally for its success in occupying land, winning land rights, and developing alternative economic enterprises for over a million landless workers. In her recent book, Rebecca Tarlau explores how MST activists have pressured municipalities, states, and the federal government to implement their educational program in public schools and universities, impacting hundreds of thousands of students.


Rebecca Tarlau is Assistant Professor at The Pennsylvania State University. She has a Ph.D. in Education from the University of California, Berkeley.

Tianna Paschel is an associate professor of African American Studies and Sociology at UC Berkeley. 

Zeus Leonardo is an associate professor of Education at UC Berkeley.


Co-sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies, the Graduate School of Education, the Department of Sociology, the Department of Geography, and the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, & Management (Center for Diversified Farming Systems)