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Breaking the Wall of Authoritarianism

Falling Walls Foundation | Lilia Moritz Schwarcz

How democracies can prevent the slow decline into becoming autocracies

Democracy is at risk. All around the world, democratic states, governments and democratic values that lie at the core of a peaceful and equal society are being weakened and eroded, thus paving the way for anti-democratic sentiments and systems.

A historian and anthropologist and Professor at the University of São Paulo, Lilia Moritz Schwarcz has shown in the past how the decline of Brazilian institutions underestimated the role of race, gender and inequality in this process. The deeply rooted slave system, that generated cruelty and exploitation led to structural oppression that affects Brazil and its population until today.

At Falling Walls, Moritz Schwarcz outlines the path through which democracies can slowly become autocracies. At the same time, she shows how vigilant democratic engagement and the integration of new concepts and fresh principles may be used in nations around the world to preserve democracy.

LIVE EVENT; AVAILABLE VIA LIVESTREAM AND ATTENDANCE FOR SUMMIT PARTICIPANTS in the Lecture Hall. Radialsystem, Ground Fl.

About the Venue
Radialsystem – Lecture Hall
Holzmarktstraße 33
Berlin, 10243 Germany

Lilia Moritz Schwarcz

University of São Paulo

Full Professor in Anthropology at USP, Global and Visiting Professor at Princeton. Published several books, 5 in English: Spectacle of Races, The Emperors beard, Brazil: a biography; Brazil reader. Curator of some exhibitions like: Mestizo Histories, Afroatlantic histories. Fellow at the Guggenheim Foundation (2006/ 2007), John Carter Brown Library (2007); visiting professor at Oxford, Leiden, Ècole des Hautes Etudes, Tinker Professor at Columbia University. Holds a Commend of the Brazilian Order of Scientific Merit. Since 2015 she is co-curator at MASP.

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