Fabio de Sa e Silva is a professor here at the University of Oklahoma. He teaches a module of the class Understanding the Global Community in the fall and spring and a class called Modern Brazil in the springs. As a global engagement fellow, I am required to take the class Understanding the Global Community, so this was a great opportunity to see how one of the instructors is in a classroom setting. I found his presentation in my Becoming Globally Engaged Gateway class to be quite intriguing. Sadly, I am not someone who is engaged in what is happening in the world or even in my own country, as I don’t watch the news or scroll through different news websites every day. I only find out of different things that are going on through my friends or if it trickles into social media.
Sa e Silva’s presentation was over Brazil, as that is his main area of focus. The presentation focused primarily on the different people who have been in power politically and all of the scandals that came with these politicians. The main scandal is known as “Lava Jato” which translates to “Carwash” in English from Portuguese. Operation Carwash took Sa e Silva an entire hour to explain; therefore, I could not adequately explain it in as little as 500 words. But the main thing I took away from his presentation was to become more plugged into the news.
Many of my fellow classmates knew the names of the people he was mentioning, such as Lula da Silva or Bol Sonaro. I had no clue who these people were, or how they connected back to Brazil. If I would have been more into the news, not only what’s happening in Oklahoma but the global news, I would have probably known who these people were or at least had heard of them before.
I encourage anyone who isn’t already trying to educate themselves on what is happening in the world around them to start. In America, I feel like we can become so involved with what is happening here and only here. With this mindset, we lose out on learning from the other countries in the world; we could be making some of the same mistakes as them, and we would miss out on the opportunity to learn from that experience.