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(Re)Presenting Lucia: An Ethnographic Biography of Violence in Rio de Janeiro

February 10, 2006 - 4:00 pm

Robert J. Gay, Connecticut College
Gay will be discussing his most recently published book, Lucia: Testimonies of a Brazilian Drug Dealer’s Woman, (Temple University Press 2005), which documents the life of a poor favelada as she struggles to survive in the increasingly violent and divided city of Rio de Janeiro. This life history/biography project was supported by an American Council of Learned Societies grant. Gay is also the author of Popular Organization & Democracy in Rio de Janeiro: A Tale of Two Favelas and has published numerous articles on Latin American political change.

Discussant:
Desmond Arias, John Jay College, CUNY

Moderator:
Mauricio Font, Bildner Center for Western Hemisphere Studies

Robert Gay is Professor and Chair of the Sociology Department at Connecticut College. He is also the Director of the Toor-Cummings Center for International Studies and the Liberal Arts (CISLA). His research focuses on democracy, civil society and violence in Brazil and other countries of Latin America.