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The Cost of Opportunity Conference on Higher Education & Social Mobility in Rio's Baixada Fluminense


Dr. Miguel Nicolelis

Join the research teams of Duke and the Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRRJ) for a day-long conference on higher education and social mobility in the urban periphery of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Duke neuroscientist Dr. Miguel Nicolelis will deliver the featured keynote address ("Building A Scientific and Educational Utopia in Northeast Brazil").

The Cost of Opportunity Conference will involve student and faculty presentations followed by panel discussions.

The Duke and Brazilian teams will screen the documentary The Cost of Opportunity: Higher Education in the Baixada Fluminense, which emerges out of the research experience in summer 2016. The project is co-directed by filmmaker Dudu de Morro Agudo and Stephanie Reist. Dudu, an accomplished rapper who heads the community arts program Enraizados (rooted) in Novo Iguaçu, will also perform.

The March 27 conference events are free and open to the public and will be held in the Ahmadieh Family Lecture Hall in Bay 4 in the Smith Warehouse on Maxwell Avenue near East Campus (parking available). Nicolelis's keynote address will be delivered at 6:00 PM followed by a reception.