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Press Release: Past President of Brazil to be awarded honorary degree at UMass Dartmouth October 19


Past President of Brazil to be awarded honorary degree at UMass Dartmouth October 19

Past President of Brazil Dr. Fernando Henrique Cardoso, a powerful voice for human justice around the world, will speak at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and receive an honorary degree on Tuesday, October 19 at noon in the Universitys Library Browsing Area.

Author:  John Hoey
Date:  October 13, 2004
Department:   Publications
Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 12, 2004
CONTACT: John T. Hoey
508.999.8027
jhoey@umassd.edu

Past President of Brazil to be awarded
honorary degree at UMass Dartmouth October 19

Past President of Brazil Dr. Fernando Henrique Cardoso, a powerful voice for human justice around the world, will speak at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and receive an honorary degree on Tuesday, October 19 at noon in the University’s Library Browsing Area.

“Dr. Cardoso is a man of courage who has dedicated his life to promoting human rights in his homeland and around the world,’’ UMass Dartmouth Chancellor Jean F. MacCormack said. “We are privileged to have this opportunity to honor him and hear his perspective on the great issues facing our world today.’’

Dr. Cardoso was president of Brazil from 1995 to 2003. He is credited with consolidating his country’s democracy and curbing inflation there while investing in health, education, and human development programs that recognized by the United Nations as international models. His emphasis on improving health care in poor rural areas resulted in a 25 percent decrease in infant mortality. High school enrollments increased by more than one third, and the number of students entering college doubled.

A sociologist trained at the University of Sao Paulo, President Cardoso is the author of several books, some of which are considered among the most important in the field of study in Latin America.

He was deeply involved in Brazil’s struggle to overcome the authoritarian military regime in power from 1964-1985. In the late 1960s he was arrested and interrogated by military intelligence agents, and his research institute was bombed by terrorists. To escape persecution by the military, he spent the 1970s and early 1980s teaching abroad, including the United States, France, and Chile.

He was elected senator in 1982 and served as a founding member of the Brazilian Social Democratic Party (PSDB). Before his election as president, he served as minister of foreign relations.

In an October 2003 ceremony at the U.S. State Department, Dr. Cardoso was awarded the distinguished J. Fulbright Prize. “Dr. Cardoso has demonstrated an abiding concern about inequality and obstacles to human development,” said Fulbright Association President Dr. R. Fenton-May. “As an example, his dedication to creatively tackle social and health problems resulted in a 64 percent reduction in AIDS related deaths in Brazil. His novel program has been recognized as a model for the rest of the world by the World Health Organization.”

“Fernando Henrique Cardoso has dedicated his life to fostering peace, stability, and democratic ideals not only in Brazil, but around the world,” said Brown University President Ruth J. Simmons, chairwoman of the international selection committee for the 2003 J. Fulbright Prize.

Dr. Cardoso is currently a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the Library of Congress’s John W. Kluge Center, and serves as a Professor-at-Large at the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University.






 

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