Press Release: Former President of Brazil to Receive Honorary Doctorate

Former President of the Federal Republic of Brazil and world-renowned sociologist and scholar, Fernando Henrique Cardoso, will receive an honorary doctorate from the City University of New York's Graduate Center at a ceremony to be held Friday, October 29. Cardoso will also deliver a lecture at the presentation ceremony and reception, which begins at 6 p.m. The Graduate Center is located at 365 Fifth Avenue (at 34th Street). A bio of Mr. Cardoso follows.

The Graduate Center is the doctorate-granting institution of The City University of New York. The only consortium of its kind in the nation, the school draws its faculty of more than 1,600 members mainly from the CUNY senior colleges and cultural and scientific institutions throughout New York City. According to the most recent National Research Council report, more than a third of The Graduate Center's rated Ph.D. programs rank among the nation's top 20 at public and private institutions.

Fernando Henrique Cardoso

For nearly twenty-five years, Fernando Cardoso has worked tirelessly to promote democracy and human rights in Brazil as one of the founding members of the Social Democratic Party and as a member of senate. Cardoso served as Foreign Minister from 1992 to 1993 when he then became Economy Minister and was credited with the monumental task of successfully controlling inflation and turning the troubled Brazilian economy around. On the heels of his success, he was elected President in 1994 and soon moved to reduce government involvement in the economy and to attract foreign investment to Brazil. President Cardoso was reelected President in 1998. During his two terms as President, Cardoso expanded educational opportunities for all Brazilians while promoting human rights and development. During his tenure, high school enrollments increased more than one third, and the number of students entering college doubled. Cardoso assisted in the resettlement of nearly 600,000 landless peasant families and his emphasis on improving health care in poor rural areas resulted in a 25 percent decrease in infant mortality.

In addition to his impressive political record, Cardoso is a leading figure in the academy as an internationally recognized sociologist with several advanced degrees from the University of São Paulo, where he held the Chair of Political Science and is today Professor Emeritus. As a young sociology professor, Cardoso was a vocal opponent of Brazil's military dictators; he lived in exile from 1964 to 1968. Although he was arrested on his return in 1969 and banned from teaching for a time, he became a prominent and well-respected Latin American sociologist. For more than fifteen years, Cardoso held senior faculty positions at the Universities of Chile (Santiago), Paris (Nanterre), and Sau Paulo, at Cambridge University, Stanford University, and the University of California (Berkeley). Currently, Cardoso is serving a five-year term as Brown University's professor-at-large.

Cardoso is the author of countless publications including Charting a New Course: The Politics of Globalization and Social Transformation, edited by Professor Mauricio Font (Sociology).

Submitted on: OCT 18, 2004

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