DBI Projects

Current Signature Projects

São Paulo Researchers International (SPRINT)


Description forthcoming

2021 Global Brazil Conference


Angola-Brazil Encounter: Music and Movement Connections

This 3-day participatory symposium will explore the deep cultural exchanges between Angola and Brazil.  Bringing together scholars, performance artists and teachers from Angola, Brazil, Europe and the United States we will the explore the musical and movement practices that have traveled across the Atlantic between these two countries for the last several hundred years.  Events will include panel discussions, a documentary film screening, live performances, a Lusophone dance party with DJ Aporia Barrage, and music and movement workshops.  Special guests include capoeira mestre Cobra Mansa from Bahia, Brazil and performance artist, Cabuenha, from Luanda, Brazil.  All events will be free and open to the public.

Past Projects

The Global Brazil Humanities Lab (2014-2017)


The Global Brazil Humanities Lab was an innovative teaching experiment that entailed developing new interdisciplinary methods to learn about Brazil, not just in an area studies context, but primarily as a global actor, especially related to the overarching themes of culture, the environment, and politics. The lab was funded by a grant from the Mellon Foundation and supported by the Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke.


The Cost of Opportunity: Higher Education & Social Mobility in the Baixada Fluminense (2016-2018)


Bass Connections brings together Duke faculty and students to explore real-world issues in interdisciplinary research teams. This project team worked collaboratively with faculty, graduate students and undergraduates at the Multidisciplinary Institute of the Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro (IM/UFRRJ) in Novo Iguaçu, a county of 829,000 people in the Baixada region on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, to understand social mobility as it relates to higher education in the region.