Beginning when I was 15, my Dad and I teamed up to write a book about a group of extraordinary Brazilian women who started a women's movement during their teens and twenties, then went on to work as government officials, university professions, union presidents, movement leaders, and entrepreneurs. That's not the vision most students in the US have of Brazil. I'll talk about how our collaboration gave us a unique window into this fiery struggle for equality and helped us find new ways to get students here fired up about Latin America--and how collaboration can transform any project in exciting and unexpected ways.
1) How a father and daughter developed a professional collaboration that lasted more than ten years, and how their relationship changed as a result.
2) Tips for making innovative collaborations work (particularly within families!)
3) How young women in southern Brazil started a movement that transformed their communities, and how these women’s battles for equal rights helped Latin America’s largest country move from dictatorship to a democracy – with the world’s sixth largest economy!
4) Concrete ways to bring dynamic, up-close examples of people transforming their communities in Latin America into US classrooms and conversations.
5) How producing multiple and multi-media representations of your work (in the case of this father-daughter team, a high school curriculum, lectures, articles, and a book) puts you in conversation with a wide range of audiences, and gets those audiences talking to each other.