Bill Calhoun, Academic Director
Bill Calhoun first came to Brazil as an undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee to study Brazilian culture at the National Museum in Rio de Janeiro. He received his BA in political science and international relations in 1978 and went on to earn his MA in Latin American studies from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1980. While attending the University of Wisconsin Law School, Mr. Calhoun spent a summer in Salvador, Bahia, as a Tinker Foundation Fellow. He returned to Bahia in 1986 as a Fulbright scholar. He joined the faculty at the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1988.
Mr. Calhoun has participated in several international investigations of the systematic civil, political, and human rights violations of minorities in Brazil. He served as a member of the World Council of Churches team to investigate discrimination in Brazil and worked for two years as an instructor for the Latin American Catholic Bishops Conference (CELAM) in Bogotá, Colombia. In this position, Mr. Calhoun taught and assisted community and religious organizations in thirteen Latin American countries, including Brazil. In addition to his academic and professional interest in Brazil, Mr. Calhoun has conducted research and worked with community organizations in a personal capacity there.
In his role as academic director, Mr. Calhoun oversees every aspect of the Brazil: Sports, Youth, and Social Justice summer program as well as the semester program, Brazil: Social Justice and Sustainable Development. In addition to delivering lectures, advising students, and coordinating academic seminars, Mr. Calhoun helps plan the program’s educational excursions and works to ensure that students’ academic needs are met.
Oélito Brandao, Program Assistant
Oélito Brandao works with the academic director to help oversee the program’s day-to-day activities. He manages the program offices and lecture facilities as well as the SIT library and computer center. Mr. Brandao has been associated with the SIT program in Fortaleza for almost 20 years. He has a BA in educational pedagogy from Universidade Estadual Vale do Acaraú and is active in several organizations and social movements in the community.
Caliny Pinheiro, Program Assistant
Caliny was born in Quixadá, Ceará, and started working for the SIT Brazil: Social Justice and Sustainable Development program as an intern in 2003. Caliny became a full member of the team after finishing her degree as an accountant at the State University of Ceará in 2005. Caliny assists the academic director in everything that relates to the financial sector: she is responsible for all of the payments and purchases made during the program. In addition, Caliny plays a crucial role in organizing events and keeping track of all program details.
Lecturers for this program may include:
Professor Linda Maria de Pontes Gondim, PhD
Dr. Linda Maria de Pontes Gondim received her BA in social sciences from the Federal University of Ceará. Her master’s degree in urban and regional planning is from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, and she holds a doctorate in urban and regional planning from Cornell University. Additionally, she has a postdoctoral degree from the University of Maryland. Professor Gondim is currently a professor at the Federal University of Ceará and teaches in the undergraduate program of social sciences and the graduate program of sociology. In addition, Professor Gondim has extensive experience in the areas of urban and regional planning, urban sociology, and sociology of law. Her areas of research include urban social movements, popular participation, research methodology, and the planning and management of the city of Fortaleza. She has published in several scholarly journals. Her articles include “Slum Planet” (2007), “A New Model of Urban Development” (1992), “Social Urban Movements: Organization and Internal Democracy” (1991), and “Planning Practice within Public Bureaucracy: A New Perspective on Roles of Planners” (1988). Her published books include Research as Intellectual Handcraft: Considerations about a Method of Common Sense (2006), Clientelism and Modernity in Public Policies: The Governments of Change in Ceará (1998), and Planners in the Face of Power: The Case of the Metropolitan Region of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (1987).
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Professor Gloria Diogenes
Professor Gloria Diogenes has a degree in social sciences from the Federal University of Ceará (1980), an MA in sociology from the Federal University of Ceará (1989), and a PhD in sociology from the Federal University of Ceará (1998), and she has done post-doctorate work at the Institute of Social Sciences ICS University Lisbon (2013). She leads the Research Group on Youth for the CNPq Research Directory. She is a member-founder of the Luso-Brazilian Network of Researchers in Arts and Urban-RAIU for the CNPq Research Directory. She is associate professor in the Department of Social Sciences and the Graduate Program in Sociology at the Federal University of Ceara. She specializes in anthropology and sociology, with an emphasis on urban anthropology, youth, the city, and urban art.
Professor Henrique Antunes Cunha Junior, PhD
Professor Henrique Antunes Cunha, Jr. studied sociology at the state university Júlio de Mesquita Filho in São Paulo and electrical engineering at the University of São Paulo. Professor Cunha holds a master’s degree in history from the Universite de Loraine in France and a doctorate in electrical engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of Loraine, France. Professor Cunha is currently a tenured professor at Federal University of Ceará’s Graduate School of Education, where he specializes in the areas of African culture, Afro-descendance, urban space, ethnic relations, history, and African and Afro-descendant culture. Professor Cunha is a member of the National Council for the Promotion of Racial Equality and is president of the Brazilian Association of Black Researchers. His publications include “Racism, a Structural and Ideological Problem for Brazilian Social Relationships” (2008) and “Unfinished Abolition and the Education of Afro-descendants” (2008). His published books include Urban Space and Afro-descendance: Black Urban Spatiality (2007) and Education and Afro-descendance in Brazil (2007).
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Professor Francisco Amaro Gomes de Alencar, PhD
Professor Francisco Amaro Gomes de Alencar holds a BA in geography, a master’s degree in development and environmental studies, and a doctorate in sociology from the Federal University of Ceará. He is currently a professor in the Department of Geography at the Federal University of Ceará. His teaching and research apply primarily to the areas of rural settlements, agrarian reform, land tenure, and management of rural settlements. Professor Amaro has worked extensively with governmental agencies such as IDACE (Development Agrarian Institute of Ceará) and nongovernmental organizations including PNUD BRAZIL (United Nations) to plan debates and conferences. He also has assisted with the implementation of policies relating to land reform and rural settlements. His publications include “Reflections on the Participation of Settlers in the Municipal Election” (2005) and “Grassroots and Government Conflict” (2003). He has co-edited several books and published Intimate Secrets: The Management of Settlements of the Agrarian Reform (2000).
Professor Zelma Madeira, PhD
Professor Zelma Madeira has a degree in social work from the Federal University of Piauí (1991), a master’s in development sociology from the Federal University of Ceará (1998), and a doctorate in sociology from the Federal University of Ceará with research based in social thought, imagination, and religion (2009). She is currently the state coordinator of public policies promoting racial equality in Ceará, professor of social courses at the State University of Ceará, and coordinator of the master’s program in social work, labor, and social issues there. She is also coordinator of the African NUAFRO laboratory on Brazilianness, gender, and family and leader of the research group on ethnic-racial relations, culture, and society at the State University of Ceará. She has experience in the areas of sociology and social services, with emphasis on the following topics: family, gender, ethnic and race relations, social policy, policy of social welfare, culture, and religions of African origin.
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