The Future of Brazil with Professor Roberto Unger, Roscoe Pound Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

Ahead of Brazil’s watershed presidential election in October 2022, Professor Rangita de Silva de Alwis’s class on Women, Law and Leadership will engage in conversation with Roberto Mangabeira Unger, storied legal philosopher, and Roscoe Pound Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. On a leave of absence from Harvard, he served as the Minister of Strategic Affairs of Brazil. Penn Law students from Brazil Carolina Bueno, Carolina Brandao, Melanie von Staa Toledo, Isabela Amorim, Maria Luisa Junqueira, and Octavio Lanzi will serve as discussants. In a collective statement they voice: “We cannot express the honor of having the opportunity to meet such a brilliant person and a great mind such as Professor Mangabeira, admired in Brazil and worldwide.” In general, we notice that the Brazilian intellectual elite is segregated from politics. However, Professor Mangabeira left his comfort zone - the behind the scenes and book writing work only - to actually join a new government and bring his perspective and criticism. His braveness and boldness to join politics after having a respectful career in one of the most renowned universities in the world shows his intense dedication to build a better country for all of us. Professor Mangabeira inspires us - specially as knowledge enthusiastics - to pursue our goals, dreams and academic career, although at times they seem too far away. His views on democracy and fearlessness of criticism remind us to stand up for our opinions and beliefs, always thinking as individuals, lawyers, and leaders, who have duties with the...