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Colloquium on Institutions

We have known the public schools in many regions due to the development of Reading Circles Project since 2000. We train young students leaders to conduct reading groups in their schools through reading and arguing the world-literature classics - from Homer & Plato to Shakespeare, Mark Twain, Guimarães Rosa e Machado de Assis. We discover high potential teenagers able to increase curiosity, thoughts and focus of other students. We form ethic values, socioemotional and leadership skills by reading those classics, group discussions and continuous educational training.

This method gained visibility and we were invited to start it in another brazilian regions, like the states of Bahia, Minas Gerais, Pernambuco and Ceará - this last one with 135 public schools by the end of 2018. We’ve attended more than 50.000 teens since the beginning of the program.

Enlightenment Now: The case for Reason, Science. Humanism, and Progress, by Steven Pinker

Enlightenment Now is a book that exalts the achievements of humanity, even in times of great challenges. Pinker wrote this book at a very delicate time for Brazil and in the world:  science, reason and institutions are being called into question and need to be defended. Like Pinker, many thinkers have produced major contributions in difficult times. 

Enlightenment Now: The case for Reason, Science. Humanism, and Progress, by Steven Pinker

Enlightenment Now is a book that exalts the achievements of humanity, even in times of great challenges. Pinker wrote this book at a very delicate time for Brazil and in the world:  science, reason and institutions are being called into question and need to be defended. Like Pinker, many thinkers have produced major contributions in difficult times. 

Enlightenment Now: The case for Reason, Science. Humanism, and Progress, by Steven Pinker

Enlightenment Now is a book that exalts the achievements of humanity, even in times of great challenges. Pinker wrote this book at a very delicate time for Brazil and in the world:  science, reason and institutions are being called into question and need to be defended. Like Pinker, many thinkers have produced major contributions in difficult times. 

Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty, by Daron Acemoglu e James A. Robinson

The Colloquium's meetings on Institutions during the first half of 2018 were devoted to reading and debating Why the Nations Fail, a book that proposes to answer the question that for centuries has instigated scholars: why some nations are rich and others are poor, divided by wealth and poverty, health and disease, food and hunger?

The Wealth of Nations, by Adam Smith

The meetings of the Colloquium on Institutions during the second half of 2018 were dedicated to reading and debating The Wealth of Nations, considered the founding work of economic science. Written in the eighteenth century, Adam Smith's classic has spawned many changes in economic policies. The book addresses such topics  as accumulation of wealth, division of labor, economic systems, and to this day is a major reference among scholars from around the world.