2018 Global Brazil Conference: Amazon Frontiers

Amazon Frontiers
The Fourth Annual Global Brazil Conference at Duke University
April 5-6, 2018

Hosted by the Duke Brazil Initiative and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies with support from the von der Heyden Fellows Program Endowment Fund, the Hanscom Endowment, and the Duke Office of Global Affairs.

All Sessions Free and Open to the Public


Thursday, April 5, East Duke 209

9:00:  Opening Remarks: John D. French, Duke Brazil Initiative.
>>>Livestream at the link: 

9:10-10:50 amHealth Care Access and Regional Disparities in Brazil: The Case of the Amazon and the North.
     Moderated by João Ricardo Nickenig Vissoci, Dept. of Surgery, Duke University School of Medicine.

9:10-10:00 am:  Luiz Augusto Facchini, Dept. of Epidemiology, Universidade Federal de Pelotas, Brazil.
     Primary Care Quality in the Amazonia Region: The National Program for Improving Access and Quality of Care (PMAQ) Report on Regional Disparities in Primary Health Care in Brazil.

10:00-10:50 am:  Amazonia and the Need for Better Health Care Access: Examples from Surgery, Cardiovascular Disease, Snakebite Envenomation, and Injury.
     Roundtable discussion with Cecilia T. Ong, Thiago H. Rocha, Nubia C. Silva, and João Vissoci, Dept. of Surgery, Duke University School of Medicine.

10:50-11:00 am:  Break.

11-11:45 am:  Indigenous Law in the Amazon: Clash of Worldviews.
     Moderated by Katya Wesolowski, Dept. of Anthropology, Duke University. 

     Jan H. French, Dept. of Anthropology, University of Richmond.

11:45 am-1:00 pm:  Lunch.

1:00-2:30 pm:  Webinar: Is the Amazon at a Tipping Point?
     Featuring conference guests and international experts participating remotely. Open to the public online. To join, go to dukeuniversity.webex.com on your browser and enter the following information.
     Meeting number: 735 146 501

     Meeting password: Fg3wUxtS

2:30-2:45:  Break.

>>>Livestream this portion of the conference at the link: 

2:45-5:00 pm:  Sustainable Development and Conservation in the Amazon Region.
     Moderated by Alex Pfaff, Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University.

2:45-3:30 pm:  Victor Salviati, Sustainable Amazonas Foundation, Manaus, Brazil.
     Empowering Forest-Based Businesses and Conservation in the Brazilian Amazon. 

3:30-4:15 pm:  Erin Sills, Dept. of Forestry and Environmental Resources, North Carolina State University. 
     Local Responses to Federal Forest Policy: The Green Municipality Program in the Brazilian Amazon. 

4:15-5:00 pm:  Alex Pfaff, Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University.
     Protected Area Impacts in the Brazilian Amazon.

5:00-5:15 pm: Break.

5:15-7:00 pm:  Indigenous Women, Video Technology, and Transmission of Knowledge in the Amazon.
     Moderated by Gustavo Furtado, Dept. of Romance Studies, Duke University.

Mari Corrêa, Catitu Institute, São Paulo, Brazil, will show and discuss two films:
     Mawo, The Ikpeng Cultural Center (35 min)
     The Audiovisual Formation of Indigenous Women (18 min)


Friday, April 6, Richard White Auditorium

9:00 am-12:00 pm:  Evolution of the Amazon and its Diversity.
     Moderated by Paul Baker, Dept. of Earth and Ocean Sciences, Duke University.
>>>Livestream this portion of the conference at the linkhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QpsO6mZeE0

9:00-10:00 am:  Ivan Prates, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.
     Integrating Species Inventories, Genetics, and Past Climates to Shed Light on the History of Amazonian Biodiversity.

10:00-11:00 am:  Camila Ribas, National Institute of Amazon Research, Manaus, Brazil. 
     Implications of Amazonian Landscape Evolution for Biogeography and Conservation.

11:00-12:00 pm:  Paul Baker, Dept. Earth and Ocean Sciences, Duke University. 
     Trans-Amazon Drilling Project: History of the Amazon and its Forest.

12:00-1:00 pm: Lunch.

>>>Livestream this portion of the conference at the linkhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rO4ItUScSrE

1:00-2:15 pm: Damming the Rivers of the Amazon.

     Moderated by Paul Baker, Dept. Earth and Ocean Sciences, Duke University. 
     Edgardo Latrubesse, Dept. of Geography, University of Texas-Austin.

2:30-4:45 pm: Keynote Session: History of the Xingu Valley and the Place of the Kuikuro People in the Global Village.

Moderated by Carolina Sá Carvalho, Dept. of Romance Studies, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. 

Michael Heckenberger, Dept. of Anthropology, University of Florida.
Xingu Deep History and Climate Change: Research Partnerships and Sustainable Futures of Indigenous Peoples in the 21st Century.

Afukaka Kuikuro, Paramount Chief of the Kuikuro Nation. 
The Kuikuro People and their Place in the Global Village.

4:45-5:15 pm: Break.

5:15-6:30 pm: The Kuikuro Indigenous Filmmaking Collective and World Premier of ITO
     Moderated by Gustavo Furtado, Dept. of Romance Studies, Duke University.

     Takumã Kuikuro, filmmaker and President of the Kuikuro Indigenous Association, will premiere and discuss ITO (20 min), which examines forest fire prevention efforts that combine indigenous and technological knowledge.

Amazon Frontiers is co-sponsored by the US National Science Foundation, the Duke departments of Arts of the Moving Image and Romance Studies, and the Kenan Institute for Ethics.