First David Maybury-Lewis Memorial CIBS Bi-Lingual Mesa Redonda on Human Rights – February 13, 2013


We are delighted to report that the first CIBS David Maybury-Lewis Memorial Bi-Lingual Mesa Redonda (Round Table Discussion) took place at the home of Pia Maybury-Lewis on February 13, 2013.  The focus was on human rights, including its definition, human rights work in practice, and the contemporary situation in Brazil.


James Ito-Adler and Paulo Spieler

Joining CIBS President James Ito-Adler and Executive Director Biorn Maybury-Lewis, Paula Bertolini Spieler initiated the Round Table discussion,  raising definitional issues that she is tackling in her ongoing research on human rights.  Spieler is a professor of law and director of the International Affairs Office at the Fundação Getúlio Vargas Law School in Rio de Janeiro and was a recent invited speaker at Harvard Law School.  Contributing also to the discussion was Fernando Ribeiro Delgado, a lecturer on law at Harvard Law School and an instructor at its International Human Rights Clinic.  Delgado’s work focuses on human rights and criminal justice issues and on the inter-American human rights system.  Also participating was Mariana Mota Prado, an associate professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto (presently on sabbatical at MIT) who, before joining the faculty at the University of Toronto, worked for the Private Participation in Infrastructure Database Project at the World Bank, and was a fellow of the Olin Center for Law, Economics and Public Policy at Yale Law School. Rounding out this distinguished group was Dr. Elizabeth Leeds, a research affiliate at the Center for International Studies, MIT, where she had previously served as executive director.  As a program officer in Governance and Civil Society at the Ford Foundation in Brazil, based in Rio (1997-2003), Leeds initiated strategies for police reform and public safety and continues to be involved in those issues.  She co-founded the Brazilian Forum for Public Safety, based in São Paulo (she is the honorary president), while she is also a senior fellow at the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA), advising on Brazilian public safety issues.


Elizabeth Leeds and Mariana Mota

CIBS extends a special thank you and abraço to Pia Maybury-Lewis for hosting the Mesa Redonda which commemorates the similar round tables that she and her late husband, Professor David H.P. Maybury-Lewis, held at their home to discuss issues in anthropology and Brazilian studies while he was at the Harvard Anthropology Department (1960-2007). CIBS and Mrs. Maybury-Lewis plan to carry forward this tradition, in the months to come, with other round tables on themes of importance in Brazilian studies.


Pia Maybury-Lewis and Fernando Delgado



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