Afro-Brazilian Guest Speaker Series
Affirmative Actions in Brazil since 1992: The Steve Biko Cultural Institute in Bahia
Ivo Ferreira de Jesus and Luciana Reis
Steve Biko Cultural Institute
Since 1992, the Instituto Cultural Steve Biko in Salvador da Bahia has developed political and educational initiatives to fight racial inequality in Brazil by promoting the social and political advancement of Afro-Brazilians through access to education and the recognition of their ancestral values. Its work has been acknowledged by social movements and community organizations, both in Brazil and abroad, and has been recognized with important prizes such as the 1999 National Human Rights Award. In this talk the members of the institute will share their experiences in initiatives to empower community leaders in the social and political scenario in Bahia and the impact these initiatives have had on public policy in Brazil.
Ivo Ferreira de Jesus holds a PhD in literature and culture from the Universidade Federal da Bahia. Dr. Ferreira specializes in Afro-Brazilian history and culture and teaches at the Instituto Federal da Bahia (Ifbaiano). He has been an active member of the Steve Biko Cultural Institute since 1993, where he teaches Portuguese and writing.
Luciana Reis holds a master’s degree in literature and culture from the Universidade Federal da Bahia (UFBA), focusing on cultural translation and intersemiotic studies. She is a member of the research group Translating in the Black Atlantic and teaches English language at the Steve Biko Cultural Institute, where she also works with exchange programs.