Free online course debate authoritarianism at the university;

Editora Expressão Popular, in partnership with the Rosa Luxemburgo Foundation, will hold the course from September 29th Authoritarianism at the University: the challenge of popularizing the defense of public education.

The training is based on the homonymous book by Roberto Leher, which is part of the Emergências Collection. This series began in 2019 and has the purpose of discussing crucial issues for Brazil from perspectives little publicized in the commercial media.

The course is online, free and open to the public. To follow along, just access the networks of Expressão Popular, the Rosa Luxemburgo Foundation or the Landless Rural Workers Movement (MST).

In addition to the class on the 29th, the training also takes place on October 6th and 13th, always at 7:30 pm.

::MEC breaks up federal educational institutes, appoints 10 rectors and puts a Trojan horse in the system::

Professor of Public Policies in Education and former dean of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Leher brings in his book a history of the structuring of Brazilian higher education, analyzes the scenario of the commodification of education and points out strategies of resistance.

Leher is also a collaborator at Escola Nacional Florestan Fernandes and coordinates the Collective of Research in Marxism and Education at the Faculty of Education at UFRJ.

The training is part of module IV of the Emergencies Course. In previous modules, topics related to the Amazon, the hybrid wars in Latin America and the 2016 coup were addressed.


The course theme dialogues with a scenario of growing threat to university autonomy in the country.

Under the government of Jair Bolsonaro (no party), 18 of the 50 rectors appointed by the Ministry of Education (MEC) had not been the most voted in the internal elections – equivalent to 36%. Of these, seven did not even participate in the public consultation of the university community.

For at least five years, federal universities have been facing budget cuts in Brazil. For 2022, the federal government’s proposal is to restore part of what was lost – which, for most universities, is considered insufficient.

::Parliamentarians, professors and graduate students point out the ideological character of MEC performance::

The numbers reflect a deliberate intention by the federal government to restrict access to higher education. In August, Minister Milton Ribeiro stated, in an interview with TV Brazil, that “the university should be for few.”

On February 5, the Federal Supreme Court (STF) reinforced the understanding that the MEC can name any of the names contained in the triple list – generally, the three most voted by the community.

The Court rejected an injunction from the Brazilian Bar Association (OAB) which asked that the first on the triple list, chosen by professors, students and civil servants, be mandatorily appointed – as occurred during the 14 years of PT governments, for example.

Edition: Vinícius Segalla

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