Robert (Bob) Kennedy at the Catholic (Jesuit) University of Rio de Janeiro

I’ve posted the pictures of Robert (Bob) Kennedy in his appearance at the Catholic Jesuit University (PUC-Rio.Br) of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This was suggested to me by a friend and diplomat, Kevin, at the local US Consulate. He also directed me to a useful MOOC,, which I aspire to use as a platform to teach “Jesuit Entrepreneurship/ Veteran Entrepreneurship (Ignatius, Inacio was a Veteran)” through the global Jesuit schools,

Like RFK, I attended Harvard, where I aspired to follow in JFK’s footsteps, as an imperfect man, but as a proud American military member and Veteran. Now as we Americans elect our second Irish Catholic President, it is timely to recall the Kennedy’s who, flawed as they are, are our American Camelot, as the phrase once had it. To all Americans, especially fellow Catholic and Jesuit alumni, I would commend to us a trip to Gavea when in Rio, to visit the bust of John F. Kennedy who at 46 died far too soon, as did his brother, RFK, unfortunately, but not before being honored in Brazil, perhaps our most important ally, after Japan and Germany in this age of Great Power Competition.

I notice that my fellow Harvard graduate, Hildete Vodopives, has taken an interest in greater coordination between American and Brazilian film industries. In this regard, I note that is the location of an important Brazilian film, “Tropa de Elite.” I would welcome opportunities to develop stronger ties between Hollywood and Rio.

Boa Noite, Gente.

Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam, and Semper Fidelis to a shipmate and fellow Catholic, Lieutenant John “Jack” Kennedy, United States Navy

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Harvard announces research funding opportunities for Brazil

The Harvard University Lemann Brazil Research Fund available to Harvard faculty is intended to foster collaboration between scholars and to support research projects focused on current issues facing Brazil, including the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Lemann Brazil Research Fund Request for Proposals (deadline: Jan 25, 2021) Harvard faculty should also be aware of upcoming DRCLAS funding opportunities:DRCLAS Brazil Research Grants (deadline: Feb 10, 2021)DRCLAS Brazil Events-Based Grants (deadline: Feb 10, 2021)

Student-Specific Opportunity Deadlines
Nov 30Lemann Program on Creativity and Entrepreneurship

Feb 10: Brazil Research Grant & Brazil Cities Research Grant

Brazil Research Grants are awarded to Harvard graduate students for research on and in Brazil. The grant is open to both PhD and master’s students with priority given to PhD students. PhD students may apply at any stage of their graduate program – from preliminary research to dissertation completion. Master’s students must apply with research that leads to a master’s thesis and take place over a minimum of six weeks. 

RollingDRCLAS Independent Experience Stipend

The Independent Experience Stipend is a pilot program which aims to encourage and aid currently-enrolled Harvard students interested in pursuing substantive professional experiences related to Latin America and the Caribbean with underrepresented organizations, remotely. 

Source: Harvard Brazil Radar
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Robert Kennedy at PUC

As we Americans elect our second Catholic President , I remember Robert Kennedy at PUC ….

The look on the nun’s face says it all.

Kennedy as a Catholic leader appealed to the better angels of our nature.

So too does Joe Biden.

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European academic revue launches issue about regulation and competition in Brazil

During most part of the 20th century the Brazilian State has been a drive of economic development, specially in capital intensive sectors such as energy, telecom and mining. But in the 1990s, states around the world virtually broke forcing policies into liberal mode. Brazil was no exception.

The new recipe included creating regulatory agencies sector by sector in order to promote competition, growth, transparency, and efficiency. Did it work? How did the economy respond? What problems this model faced?

The European magazine Entreprises et Histoire just launched a special issue addressing this issue. Professor Luiz Carlos Delorme Prado from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) and myself organised this discussion following a mixed approach: historical and strategic.

Cover of the Entreprises et Histoire issue dedicated to Brazil

We have tackled complex issues covering:

1 – Brazil, an original trajectory

1.1 -Particularities of Brazilian economic development
1.2 – The economic miracle of the 1970s and the new regulation of capital markets
1.3 – Brazil facing the challenges of globalisation

2 – Realities and limits of the action of regulatory agencies

2.1 -The first regulatory agencies
2.2 -Left winds: under the direction of the Partido dos Trabalhadores
2.3 -Natural resources: oil and iron ore, peculiarities of Brazil’s two largest public companies
2.4 – Independence of agencies, critics and new law

3 – Sector studies

3.1 – A long-term perspective on competition and regulation: energy
3.2 -Basic Industries
3.3 – Communication Activities

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Review of “Sergio” with Wagner Moura on Netflix

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