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Rio de Janeiro: Mega-Events and Rapid Urban Change in the ┬┐Divided City┬┐

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Jepson Hall, Room 118
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Dr. Theresa Williamson, executive director of Catalytic Communities, presents Rio de Janeiro’s recent mega-event driven boom and bust, highlighting the transformative years when Rio hosted the World Cup and Olympic Games, and the hope of and actual implementation of Olympic policies directed towards favelas-the city’s most chronically underserved communities. Specifically, the talk answers the question: what does pre-Olympic Rio teach us about poor urban planning and development policies, as well as effective community organizing and resistance? What can we learn from Rio’s favelas about how to organize, and how not to organize, our own communities, and what would truly inclusionary policies look like?
Sponsored by the Geography and the Environment Department, International Studies Program, and the Office of International Education

Contact: Nancy Propst