Amazon Week in DC

Amazon Week in DC - Presented by the Embassy of Brazil in Washington, DC

The 7th of September celebrates Brazil's Declaration of Independence in 1822. In 1824, the United States was one of the first countries to recognize the independence of Brazil. This year, visitors and residents of Washington will be able to experience Brazilian history, culture and entertainment on the week of September 7th, with a series of events that will celebrate the Amazon region.

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  • Tourism in the Amazon, American Society of Travel Agents Global Convention 2018

23 August, Thursday, 11:30 am
The Washington Hilton Hotel
1919 Connecticut Ave., NW
Registration required

“The Wonders of the Brazilian Amazon: Learning From the Source” will be a seminar presenting the Amazon region as a tourist destination. Held at the American Society of Travel Agents Global Convention, it will be presented by Mr. Nickolas dos Anjos, president of AMAZONASTUR (Amazonas State Tourism Board). Representatives of EMBRATUR (Brazil’s tourism agency) and the Consulate-General of Brazil will also answer general questions about the country and the new Brazilian electronic visa for US citizens.
The annual ASTA Global Convention is the essential event for travel agency professionals, providing insights into current research and trends. The 2018 Global Convention will be held in Washington, DC, on the Washington Hilton Hotel, between August 21-23. Registration is available at

  • Brazilian Amazon Culinary Week

31 August – 9 September
Siren by RW
1515 Rhode Island Avenue, NW

From August 31 through September 9, guests at Siren by RW will taste a special menu curated by Chef Felipe Schaedler, of Banzeiro Restaurant in Manaus. Brazilian Amazon Culinary Week will feature Amazonian fish and delicacies, as well as specialty Brazilian libations prepared by the Siren by RW team.

Felipe Schaedler is passionate about the exuberance of the largest rainforest in the world and is a young visionary who investigates and innovates regional gastronomy with genuine Amazonian products. His creative awareness over the years has led him to discover new flavors, aromas and textures, bringing an exceptional experience with each dish.

The Brazilian Amazon Culinary Week is hosted by Siren by RW in partnership with the Embassy of Brazil and supported by Destination DC. Part of the proceeds will be donated to The American Experience Foundation and to the Vaga Lume NGO.

  • “The Future of the Amazon” at the National Geographic Society

September 4, Tuesday, at 6:30 pm
National Geographic Society
1600 M Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
Free admission

Join us at the National Geographic Society for a discussion on the conservation of the Amazon rainforest. The evening will include a conversation with Thomas Lovejoy (U.N. Foundation and National Geographic Fellow) and the Brazilian researcher Rita Mesquita (INPA), and the screening of a National Geographic documentary on the Amazon rainforest, with juices from the Amazon and Brazilian cheesebread being served to the guests.

Thomas Lovejoy first set foot in the Amazon in 1965 and studied birds in the forests near Belem for his PhD. He has been involved in Amazon science and conservation ever since, including a major ecological experiment to understand the consequences of forest fragmentation now in its 39th year. He was an integral part of the National Geographic’s map of the Amazon (November 2015) project. In 2016-2018 he served as Science Envoy for the Department of State. He will provide an overview of Amazon conservation achievements, opportunities and challenges looking forward. 
Rita Mesquita has lived in Manaus, in the state of Amazonas, Brazil for the past 34 years and is a senior researcher with the Brazilian National Institute for Research in the Amazon (INPA) since 2000. She holds a Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of Georgia, USA. Her research is on natural regeneration of degraded areas of the Amazon, working mainly on secondary vegetation dynamics. She worked for the State of Amazonas Government between 2004-2008, and took part on some of the most relevant public policies for nature conservation, including the creation and implementation of protected areas, the ecological economic zoning, and the formulation of legislation on environmental management and climate change mitigation. She currently works on scientific dissemination and is responsible for INPA’s extension and outreach programs. 
The National Geographic documentary Wild Amazon: Savage Realm presents the largest rainforest and mightiest river on earth, where there is more diversity of life than anywhere else. From the elusive jaguar to diminutive leaf cutter ants; where turtles strike as fast as a snake and spiders protect frogs, stunning photography will showcase the diversity and color of the rainforest along with the people they share their home with. The documentary explores the extraordinary relationships that have developed between the unlikeliest of creatures while they struggle for survival in the Amazon. 
You are invited to join the discussion and watch this National Geographic film and journey deep into the heart of the Amazon, the largest rainforest with the largest river on Earth. Juices from the Amazon and light snacks will be served following the discussion.

  • Parintins and Manacapuru Festivals at the Kennedy Center

The Parintins Folk Festival is a popular annual celebration held in the Brazilian city of Parintins, Amazonas. One of the largest annual festivals in Brazil, it takes place during three days and  celebrates a local legend about a resurrected ox. It is also a competition where two teams, Garantido and Caprichoso, compete in extended retellings of the story, each team attempting to outdo the other with flamboyant dances, singing, and parade floats.
Join us at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage on September 5th and 6th for these vibrant performances that are based on local Amazonian folklore and indigenous culture, while also incorporating contemporary Brazilian rhythms and themes. Admittance is free and no tickets are required.
Parintins Boi-Bumbá Festival
September 5, Wednesday, 6:00 pm
Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage (2700 F St NW)
Admittance is free; no tickets required

Dancers from Parintins, state of Amazonas, Brazil, will stage regional themes in a celebration of local traditions, depictions of nearly century-old legends of rivalries, and the culture of riverside communities in the Amazon region.
Manacapuru Ciranda Festival  
September 6th, Thursday, 6:00 pm
Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage (2700 F St NW)
Admittance is free; no tickets required
Dancers from Manacapuru, state of Amazonas, Brazil, will showcase rhythms, songs, multicolored costumes, diverse choreography, and the history and origin of the Brazilian Amazon legends.

  • Amazon Film Showcase

Starting on September 5th, the Embassy of Brazil in Washington, D.C., will host two movie screenings. Admittance is free.

“Into the Amazon”
Wednesday, September 5, 5:30 pm

Brazilian Embassy Auditorium (3006 Massachusetts Avenue, NW)
Limited capacity, admittance is free (reserve your seat)

PBS documentary “Into the Amazon” tells the remarkable story of the expedition by President Theodore Roosevelt and legendary Brazilian explorer Cândido Rondon into the heart of the Amazon rainforest.

“Salt of the Earth”
Thursday, September 6, 5:30 pm
Brazilian Embassy Auditorium (3006 Massachusetts Avenue, NW)
Limited capacity, admittance is free (reserve your seat)

Biographical documentary film about Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado, directed by Wim Wenders and Juliano Salgado and nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary at the 2014 Academy Awards.

  • Seminar on Amazon culture and literature

September 6, Thursday, 3:00 pm
Brazilian Embassy Auditorium (3006 Massachusetts Avenue, NW)
Limited capacity, admittance is free

The Embassy of Brazil will host a seminar on Amazon culture and literature with Professor Bryan McCann of Georgetown University and Sylvia Guimarães of the Vaga Lume NGO. Professor Narlan Teixeira of George Washington University will moderate the discussion. Learn about literacy, literature and culture in the Brazilian Amazon with three experts on Brazil and social studies. Professor McCann will discuss the main narratives within and about the Amazon region, and how do they influence our perceptions, while Sylvia Guimarães will talk about the tales from the Amazon as seen through handicraft books.

Prof. Bryan McCann, PhD, is an associate professor of Latin American History and director of the master’s degree in Global International and Comparative History (MAGIC) program at Georgetown University. He teaches courses on colonial and modern Latin America, particularly Brazil, and advanced topical courses on popular music in Cuba and Brazil and the history of Latin American populism; he taught a class supported through the Berkley Center's Doyle Seminars project. McCann is the author of numerous articles and two books: Throes of Democracy: Brazil since 1989 (2009) and Hello, Hello Brazil: Popular Music in the Making of Modern Brazil (2004). McCann holds a B.A. from Princeton University, M.A. from University of New Mexico, and Ph.D. from Yale University.

Sylvia Guimarães is co-founder and president at Vaga Lume and Director of Community Engagement at Avenues – The World School. Her nonprofit organization Vaga Lume promotes cultural and educational development of rural communities in the Amazon by promoting an exchange of knowledge between people living in the Amazon and other regions of Brazil. Since 2002, it has established libraries in 90 rural communities in 20 municipalities in the Amazon and it has trained 1,600 people to manage and direct group readings. The program has benefitted an average of 20,000 children annually, with the distribution of 65,000 books. She is an activist and social entrepreneur, taking part in networks such as Vital Voices Global Partnerships and BMW Responsible Leaders. Sylvia has attended three United Nations Forums and has given numerous lectures. Sylvia has a strong commitment to bringing education to all children and a special wish to build bridges between cultures and different social realities.

Prof. Narlan Teixeira, PhD, is an Adjunct Lecturer at the George Washington University. He holds a master’s degree from the University of New Mexico and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. His Ph.D. thesis, for which he was awarded the Jorge Paulo Lemann Fellowship 2011-2012, has been considered a key explanation for the genesis of post-modernity in Brazil and, at the same time, for the Tropicalia movement. Dr. Teixeira is also a widely recognized poet, having participated in many international poetry festivals and having been  translated in several languages. His fields of interests are Brazilian and Latin American cinema, literature, music (especially Tropicalismo), marginal cultures, counter-culture in Brazil and the U.S., Afro-Brazilian heritage, literature and dictatorship in Brazil, theoretical design and industry in Brazil.

WIMUN Brazil 2018

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WFUNA International Model United Nations (WIMUN) is the world's most accurate simulation of the United Nations. Located at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City, the World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA) has worked closely with the UN Department of Public Information to precisely simulate the United Nations in Model UN programs and provide students with the most realistic experience possible.

The WIMUN conference features intensive training workshops taught by UN officials, briefings on important agenda items by UN Agencies, and conference sessions at the United Nations Headquarters in its flagship session in New York. WIMUN is the one of the first conferences to implement the WIMUN Approach on such a large scale, and they are working towards improving Rules of Procedures for educational purposes and bridging the gap between UN and MUN Rules of Procedure. Moreover, for the first time the WIMUN will simulate the International Court of Justice (ICJ). 

The WIMUN Brazil will take place in Campinas, Brazil, in September 2-6, 2018 in partnership with FACAMP - Faculdades de Campinas.

Among the students that are part of the WIMUN Brazil team are Gabriel Meneghel Caseta and Isabela Fernanda Mendes. Mr. Caseta and Ms. Mendes attended the 2018 Brazil Initiative Summer Program which took place at The George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs last June. Mr. Caseta is holding the position of Assistant Secretary-General for General Assembly Affairs and Conference Management, being responsible for the logistics of the event. In its turn, Ms. Mendes was assigned to write one of the articles that will serve as the basis for the studies of the students who will delegate at the event. 

The registrations to the event are open until August 15 and must be done through the WIMUN website, where all the detailed information about the event, such as registration fees, accommodation options, and so forth, can be found. 

Should you need any further assistance, do not hesitate to contact Mr. Caseta at and Ms. Mendes at

2018 GW ESIA Brazil Initiative Summer Program

For the second consecutive year, the Brazil Initiative at The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs hosted a student delegation from FACAMP (São Paulo/Brazil) for the 2018 Summer Program.

The GW ESIA Brazil Initiative Summer Program aims at providing the students a better understanding of the United States government and politics, the U.S. economy, and the international dimensions to the city of Washington, D.C through a multidisciplinary course that provides a comprehensive immersion in all these topics.

Among the activities covered in the schedule were lectures given by professors from GW; seminars presented by leading professionals; technical on-site visits to multilateral organizations; panels at think tanks and U.S. based firms; as well as cultural tours. The opening event was a remarkable one featuring as special guests Mr. Thomas J. LeBlanc, President of The George Washington University, and his wife Mrs. Anne LeBlanc. The students truly appreciated learning from President LeBlanc's knowledge and hearing great stories about the time he lived in Brazil. 

The program was co-organized by Dr. Mark Langevin (Director with the Brazil Initiative) and Ms. Livia Lopes (Assistant with the Brazil Initiative) in partnership with FACAMP and its coordinator for International Programs, Dr. Sulamis Dain. The ESIA M.A. Candidate Gabriela Oliveira also collaborated to the activities.

We had a marvelous experience with the students and are delighted to share with our readers some pictures of the events:

The George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs (GW ESIA)

The George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs (GW ESIA)

Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)

Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)

The World Bank Group (WBG)

The World Bank Group (WBG)

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

Cultural activity: Tour to the White House

Cultural activity: Tour to the White House

Wrap-up dinner and Closing Ceremony

Wrap-up dinner and Closing Ceremony

Exchange Program: 2018 Elections in the United States

Comunicado - Brazil Industries Coalition (BIC)

Programa de Intercâmbio: 2018 US Elections Exchange

O Brazil Industries Coalition (BIC) tem a satisfação de anunciar o programa Eleições nos Estados Unidos 2018, uma realização do American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL).

O programa 2018 US Elections Exchange tem como missão cultivar a relação entre os líderes das próximas gerações dos Estados Unidos e do Brasil. O objetivo do intercâmbio é expor jovens lideranças do Brasil ao ambiente político e funcionamento do processo eleitoral nos Estados Unidos.

O programa 2018 US Elections Exchange convida 5 jovens líderes brasileiros para cumprimento de programa de 10 dias nos Estados Unidos: 4 dias de discussões em Washington, DC e 6 dias de imersão acompanhando o processo eleitoral no Colorado, estado-chave nas eleições americanas, onde acompanhará a movimentação dos últimos dias que antecederam as eleições, conhecido como "Get Out The Vote (GOTV)".

Quem pode participar do programa?

Líderes entre 25 e 40 anos, fluentes em inglês, ensino superior completo e experiência profissional na área de políticas públicas (setores público, privado ou terceiro setor).

Como participar?

Os candidatos deverão preencher o formulário disponível no link abaixo.

Qual é o custo para participar do programa?

As inscrições são gratuitas. O custo de execução do programa (logística, hospedagem e alimentação) serão cobertos pelo ACYPL.


  • 27 de junho a 27 de julho de 2018 - Inscrições 
  • 1 a 17 de agosto de 2018 - Processo seletivo e entrevistas
  • 27 de agosto de 2018 - Divulgação do resultado
  • 1 a 30 de setembro de 2018 - Organização e trâmites burocráticos de viagem 
  • 30 de outubro a 8 de novembro 2018 - Realização do programa

Inscreva-se aqui.

Desde 2004 a Brazil Industries Coalition mantém parceria com o ACYPL, apoiando na mobilização e seleção das delegações de jovens líderes que participam do programa.

Para saber mais sobre o American Council of Young Political Leaders clique aqui.

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Dr. Mark Langevin, Brazil Initiative Director and Professor at GW lectures in Brazil

Dr. Mark Langevin, the Brazil Initiative director and research professor at The George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs traveled to Brazil in order to participate in some events and to speak at seminars.

On May 22th, he was the special guest at a panel on Commercial Relations between the U.S. and Brazil organized by the Federal University of Goias (UFG). Find more details on the event in the link below:

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