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  • Berkeley's Judith Butler gets tangled in Brazil's culture wars

    Berkeley’s Judith Butler gets tangled in Brazil’s culture wars

    Judith Butler, the University of California at Berkeley professor, philosopher and gender theory trailblazer, is in São Paulo for “Os Fins da Democracia” (“The Ends of Democracy”), a joint UC Berkeley/University of São Paulo conference focused on the challenges the rise of populist movements pose for liberal democracy and its institutions. So it’s fitting and not […]

  • An open-air, free mental health clinic in São Paulo

    An open-air, free mental health clinic in São Paulo

    Low-income residents of the concrete jungle known as São Paulo can access mental health care through the publicly funded SUS health care system, but earlier this year a psychiatrist collective decided to launch a novel alternative. Calling itself Clínica Aberta de Psicanálise (“Open Psychoanalysis Clinic”), the collective began providing its services at a community center in […]

  • H.I.G. Capital bets on São Paulo real estate, buys corporate center

    H.I.G. Capital bets on São Paulo real estate, buys corporate center

    H.I.G. Capital, a Miami-based global private equity investment firm managing $23 billion of equity capital, purchased Urbanity Corporate Center in São Paulo’s South Region for an undisclosed amount. Urbanity Corporate, a AAA office building with 29,248 square meters (95,958 square feet) of space, is part of a recently completed mixed use complex developed by Even, […]

  • From the pages of Life Magazine: São Paulo in the late 1940s

    From the pages of Life Magazine: São Paulo in the late 1940s

    Life Magazine sent Ukrainian photojournalist Dmitri Kessel on assignment to São Paulo in the late 1940s. Now available on the Google-hosted Life photo archive, these photos have been shared on several websites and forums over the past few years, always said to date from 1947. Yours truly decided to dig for specifics, and found on […]

  • MOSTRA festival to showcase U.S. indie films in São Paulo

    MOSTRA festival to showcase U.S. indie films in São Paulo

    It was back in 2010 that Ariani Friedl founded MOSTRA — a small festival showcasing what she labeled “socially conscious” Brazilian films in Chicago. “There’s too much gratuitous nudity and sex in Brazilian cinema,” said Friedl, a Porto Alegre native who came to Chicago in 1964 and served as director of the John Nuveen Center […]