(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.

Desmond Arias, John Jay College, CUNY

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.