Columbia Global Centers | Rio de Janeiro: beyond Rio


Columbia Global Centers | Rio de Janeiro: beyond Rio

January 11, 2017

Since its opening in late 2012, the Columbia Global Centers | Rio de Janeiro has explored collaborations with different schools in various areas and themes of interest. In 2016, the Center expanded its activities and its outreach to places in Brazil outside of Rio de Janeiro such as São Paulo and Fortaleza and strengthened partnerships with Comunitas, an institution that aims to improve Brazil’s social and economic development, and the University of Fortaleza (UNIFOR). Those partnerships led to diverse programs in various themes as can be read below; programs on Public Management, Creative Writing and Literary Translation in São Paulo and on Engineering in New York City are just an example of how the Center has grown in the past year and how diverse it can be when it comes to programming themes as well as audiences reached.




Faculty from Columbia University’s School of the Arts discuss creative writing and literary translation


Faculty from Columbia University’s School of the Arts discussed literary translation and creative writing in São Paulo, Brazil on November 8-9.


On November 8, Dr. Susan Bernofsky, Director of Literary Translation at Columbia (LTAC), discussed the program’s structure and its pedagogical goals, as well as the role of literary translation in the U.S. publishing market. LTAC is a joint course of study housed within Columbia’s School of the Arts Writing Program. LTAC was founded in 2009 in the belief that engagement with literary translation is beneficial to a writer’s development and imagination, and also that the skills involved in writing well are essential for translation.


Maria Teresa Quirino, Brazilian professor, translator and a specialist in translation studies, and Dr. Susan Bernofsky, Director of Literary Translation at Columbia (LTAC), at the event.


On November 9, the discussion focused on issues such as maternity, womanhood, and gender in fiction. Elissa Schappell, author of Blueprints for Building Better Girls and Use Me, and Binnie Kirshenbaum, author of the story collection History on a Personal Note, discussed the roles their mothers played in their writing and in their becoming writers.


Alicia Meier, School of the Arts' Communications and Global Programs Manager, Elissa Schappell, Binnie Kirshenbaum and Noemi Jaffe, Brazilian author, professor and literary critic at the event.


Columbia Global Centers | Rio de Janeiro and Comunitas promote their first Seminar on Innovation in the Brazilian Public Sector

Specialists from all over the country presented their papers at the first Seminar on Innovation in the Brazilian Public Sector on November 10 in São Paulo. Papers covering issues such as gender and social policies, urban management, strategic planning, and innovation technology were presented to almost 170 people. The event was inspired by a similar event organized in New York City for Global EMPA students in July 2016.


All abstracts are available here


Thomas Trebat, Columbia Global Centers | Rio de Janeiro's director, and Francisco Gaetani, president of the National School of Public Management (ENAP) at the Seminar.


Selected author presents her paper at the Seminar.


Innovation Hub winners present their projects in New York


Winners of both Design Challenges, representing Columbia University, presented their projects during an event in New York, which celebrated the end of the Innovation Hub’s first year. The partnership between Columbia Global Centers | Rio de Janeiro, Columbia’s School of Engineering and Applied Science and Rio de Janeiro’s Federal University (UFRJ) has created the Center COPPE-Columbia for Urban Solutions, a center which aims to develop solutions for urban problems through high impact projects as well as promote technological development and applied research in areas such as sustainable development, big data analysis, internet of things (IOT), precise medicine and other high technologies.


Diverse projects were created throughout both Design Challenges. In the urban water challenge, for example, one group used high technology, which is the most advanced technology available, to monitor floods and improve authorities’ response to it. Another group created a mobile app able to detect Aedes Aegypti (the yellow fever mosquito) in water with just a photo, and then uses georeferencing to inform authorities where the mosquitos are.


In the remote sensing challenge, there were innovative projects on diverse themes, such as a public illumination city project using energy produced by cyclists and pedestrians, a project using sensors and algorithms to increase the efficiency of air conditioners in public buildings, and the development of an intelligent outfit that prevents prolonged sun exposure.


The group Palmos, one of the winners, developed a system of sensors and transmitters which detects landslides and informs authorities and registered residents in that area by SMS. Palmos has been in touch with the Rio de Janeiro State Civil Defense to pursue further development of the prototype.


The Palmos group (Troy Jackson Hodges, Gregory Armstrong and Aykut Aksit) and the city of Rio de Janeiro's employee, Nelson Lima