The contrast of economic might with staggering poverty in cities like Rio de Janeiro seems to be capturing the world’s attention in a new way. Sure, voices that go beyond the “poverty-tour”-type depictions of life in megacities like Rio aren’t new, but it does seem like they’re being listened to by a wider audience. Janice Perlman, author of Favela: Four Decades of Living on the Edge in Rio de Janeiro, is one of those voices. She’s making a stop at NYU-Wagner on Wednesday to discuss her most recent book and engage in a conversation about urban poverty, marginality, and her study of four generations of migrants and squatters in Rio’s slums. The event, from 2:00 – 3:30 on Wednesday, November 17 is free and open to the public, RSVP here.
If you’re a fan of Perlman’s work or these types of issues, you might also be interested in a feature that ran recently on Public Radio International – it takes an inside look into Rio’s favelas as well, examining both opportunities and barriers to businesses and entrepreneurship.