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May 24: Brazil with Craig Auchter

A discussion of Brazil -- "The Next Superpower ... and it always will be" -- with Craig Auchter

When: Wednesday May 24, talk 11:00-12:00, lunch 12:00-12:45

Where: North United Methodist Church, N. Meridian St. at 38th St. Indianapolis

After decades of economic volatility, Brazil is finally enjoying steady growth, despite a political scandal surrounding the administration of President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. Will Brazil continue on course toward stability? What impact will the scandal have on Brazil's economy, on its South American neighbors and on the U.S.?

Leading this discussion will be Prof. Craig Auchter of the Butler University Political Science Department. Craig should have an interesting take on Brazil since he recently spent time in that country's rowdy neighbor, Venezuela. Of the area's Latin Americanists, Craig's passion for justice is perhaps the greatest, and he is a favorite. If you think this event sounds interesting, you should check out some of the other Brazil talks that are part of Great Decisions series run by the Indiana Council on World Affairs (March 7, featuring Pedro Cardoso, Senior Systems Analyst with the virtual think tank Geo-Pol) or the Church of the Saviour (February 22, featuring some guy named John Clark).

If you want to get into the spirit of a talk about Brazil, listen to the greatest song of all time, Tom Jobim's "Águas de Março" ... although this not my favorite version (his version with Stan Getz transcends poetry).

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