Robert M. Berdahl
Chancellor, UC Berkeley


Harley Shaiken

Director, Center for Latin American Studies, U.C. Berkeley

Opening Remarks
Dr. Ruth Cardoso
Dr. Cardoso is the president of the Conselho da Comunidade Solidária, an umbrella organization for community service, and the First Lady of Brazil. She was a professor in the department of anthropology at the University of São Paulo, and has served as a visiting professor at the University of Santiago, Chile; Cambridge University; and at UC Berkeley's Department of City and Regional Planning, where she taught in 1981. Her scholarly work focuses on political participation and youth in Latin America, and she has published extensively on these themes. Dr. Cardoso is currently a visiting scholar at the Center for Latin American Studies, teaching a graduate seminar on youth in Brazil, addressing issues of political participation, social policy, and the impact of globalization on youth in Brazil.


José Serra
José Serra was appointed Minister of Health in March 1998. He was elected senator in 1994 for an eight-year term representing the state of São Paulo and is a member of the Social Democratic Party (PSDB), as is President Fernando Henrique Cardoso. Minister Serra has a Ph.D. in economics and is an expert in planning and development issues, having served as Secretary of Planning for the state of São Paulo and as Minister of Planning during president Cardoso's first term in office. Minister Serra is currently in charge of carrying out the process of decentralization and upgrading of Brazil's public health system.
Challenges' background paper.

Cristovam Buarque.
Professor Buarque is a member of the Workers' Party and was governor of the Federal District from 1995 to 1998. Before that, he was Rector of the University of Brasilia, where he has taught in the Economics Department since 1979. Professor Buarque has had a lifetime commitment to the cause of human development, as a technical advisor to the International Labor Organization, the Food and Agriculture Organization, the World Bank, and the Inter-American Development Bank, among others. He currently heads Missão Criança, an NGO dedicated to the improvement of living conditions for children in Brazil.
Challenges' background paper.

R. Thomas Buffenbarger
R. Thomas Buffenbarger currently serves as the International President of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. The youngest International President elected in more than four decades, and a member of the IAM for more than half his life, Buffenbarger assumed his first leadership post in the organization at the age of 20. Since then, he has served in a number of key positions in the union leadership until taking on his current responsibilities as International President, the IAM's highest office, in 1997.

Prof. Antonio Barros de Castro
Professor Barros de Castro teaches at the Institute of Economics of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) and was a visiting professor at the Center for Latin American Studies last Spring. Professor Barros de Castro is an expert on Brazilian industrial and trade policy, having directed BNDES, Brazil's giant development bank, which has a loan volume greater than the World Bank's.
Challenges' background paper.

Rep. David Bonior
Congressman Bonior represents Michigan's 10th Congressional District. He currently serves as the Democratic Whip, which is the second-ranking elected position in the House Democratic Leadership. As Whip, Bonior is one of his party's principal legislative strategists and organizes Democratic efforts on the floor of the House. Having served on the Rules Committee, he is also one of his party's chief parliamentary experts. Since joining the Congress in 1976, Bonior has earned a reputation as a strong voice for working families and a leader on environmental, trade, human rights, and job issues.
Challenges' background paper.

UC Berkeley Faculty Discussion Leaders

Prof. Peter Evans
Chair, Dept of Sociology

Prof. Lourdes Sola
Rio Branco Chair in Brazilian Studies, 1999-2000
President, Brazilian Political Science Association (ABCP)

Challenges for Brazil

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