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Professor Aaron Schneider receives prestigious appointment

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Courtland Matthews

Communications Manager, Josef Korbel School of International Studies

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In December, Professor Aaron Schneider was appointed as the inaugural President Lula Chair at the Instituto Luis Inácio Lula da Silva.

The position honors former President Luis Inácio Lula da Silva, an important figure in contemporary Brazilian history and global affairs.

In this role, Schneider will guide a series of conferences, classes, and book publication on the topic of Popular Sovereignty in a Digital Age. His work will bring together leading thinkers on the topic of the digital transition from the US, Europe, India, China, and Brazil.

“I am deeply honored to accept appointment as inaugural President Lula Chair of the Instituto Luis Inácio Lula da Silva. This appointment comes at a time of great global turbulence - digitization has rapidly altered the way we work, produce, live, and govern ourselves. Further, the digital transition coincides with pandemic, environmental crisis, and geopolitical upheaval.  At this moment of multiple interacting crises, the Instituto Lula is strategically placed to engage debate, stimulate action, and articulate alternative futures, and it is to this effort that the inaugural President Lula Chair seeks to contribute”, remarks Professor Schneider.

At the Korbel School, Professor Schneider holds the Leo Block Chair of International Studies.  He recently completed a term as Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, was the founding director of the Latin America Center, and the director of the Masters’ Program in International Development.