The symposium will look at the country's rapidly developing economy and place in the world in the context of its history, geography and politics. Current events and issues will be considered at a time when attention has been focused on the country through the World Cup and the Olympics.
Alan was the British Ambassador to Brazil between 2008 - 2013. joined the Diplomatic Service in 1978 and has served in the British Embassy in Amman, the United States and Germany. While in Brazil, he led five posts: the Embassy in Brasilia; Consulates-General in Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Recife; and a Trade Office in Porto Alegre. During his period of office, he led a major UK effort to strengthen relations with both the large emerging economies and with Latin America. There was a sharp increase in Ministerial visits at this time, and increased support and encouragement for British business. The UK and Brazil agreed a Strategic Partnership with annual meetings led by Foreign Ministers to review and boost bilateral relations. His particular focus in Brazil was on working with British business, education and science.
Tim Connell is Professor Emeritus at City, University of London, having been head of languages there for nearly twenty years. He is deputy chair of the international course board of ESCP Europe, the French grande école which has centres in Paris, London, Berlin, Madrid, Turin and Warsaw.
He is a graduate of Oxford, Liverpool and London universities, and has also studied in Spain and Mexico. His particular languages are Spanish, French and Portuguese and he has extensive experience of both Spain and Latin America. His particular interest is in the field of professional training for translators and interpreters, where he works closely with the Chartered Institute of Linguists (of which he is a Fellow and Vice-President). He attends meetings of the All Parties Parliamentary Languages Group, which advises Government on matters of language policy.
As a Fellow of Gresham College he sits on the Academic Board and has organised cycles of lectures in the Mondays at One series for 24 years, looking at topics of mainly current interest and speaks on a variety of subjects himself. He has devised half-day symposia on a wide range of themes with an invited panel of experts and is currently looking at the development of webinars. He is also Chair of the Gresham Society, which aims to support the work of the College.
He maintains close links in the Square Mile as a Liveryman of the Stationers’ and Newspaper Makers’ Company, where he is a Court Assistant. He has been Chair of the Livery Committee and currently sits on the Strategy Oversight Committee. He is also involved in developing various charity projects.
Tim writes and speaks on topics relating to the history of the City of London and also covers themes relating to contemporary Latin America. He sits on the Advisory Board of Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
Maria Lúcia G. Pallares-Burke was Professor at the University of São Paulo and is now Research Associate of the Centre of Latin American Studies, University of Cambridge. She has worked on the cultural history of the European Enlightenment and its reception in Latin America, emphasizing a comparative approach to the circulation and reception of ideas. She also published two books about the Brazilian polymath and anglophile Gilberto Freyre, who is said to have discovered Brazil for the Brazilians in the 1930s: a study of his early years and, with Peter Burke, an intellectual portrait concerned with his whole lifetime. Her most recent book, O Triunfo do Fracasso (2012), is about the German friend of Freyre at Columbia University, Rüdiger Bilden, and his battle for the dissemination of the idea of Brazil as a "laboratory of civilization" and for the improvement of race relations in the USA.
Professor Pereira is currently Director of the Brazil Institute at King's College London. His current work concerns citizenship, human rights, public security, and state coercion in Brazil. This includes a study of the performance of a relatively new human rights institution, the police ombudsman, in two different states in Brazil, as well as an analysis of some recent efforts to reform the police. Anthony has been a member of the Executive Committee of the Brazilian Studies Association (BRASA) and is an occasional commentator for BBC Brazil.