Brazilian Humanitarian Organizer Judite Stronzake to Speak at Wells

Stronzake will discuss her community work with Brazil’s Landless Worker’s Movement.




7:00 pm


Art Exhibit Room, Macmillan Hall

General Info

Wells College presents a discussion titled “Development, Change and Protest in Brazil: a Social Movement Perspective” with Judite Stronzake of Brazil’s Landless Worker’s Movement. The talk will take place at 7:00 p.m. Oct 2 in the Art Exhibit Room of Macmillan Hall on the Wells College Campus. The event is free, and all are welcome to attend. 

Judite Stronzake will speak about her work with a national grassroots movement in Brazil aimed at preserving local communities and their ability to sustain themselves. Founded in 1984, Brazil’s Movimento dos Trabalhadores Rurais Sem Terra, or Landless Workers’ Movement, is a mass social movement, formed by rural workers and others struggling for land reform and against injustice and social inequality in rural areas. Over nearly three decades, the movement has led more than 2,500 land occupations, with about 370,000 families - families that today settled on 7.5 million hectares of land that they won as a result of the occupations. Through their organizing, these families continue to push for schools, credit for agricultural production and cooperatives, and access to health care. Stronzake has been a member of and leader within the MST since its founding.

Stronzake is also the coordinator for "Formacao," or political education, for Via Campesina in Latin America, and the inaugural Paulo Freire Engaged Practitioner for the Center for U.S.-Latin American Relations. The Freire Program will periodically host leaders from social and political organizations from Latin America to broaden understanding of pivotal human rights issues. These leaders will share knowledge and experience through lectures and workshops and engage with U.S. social movements and universities. The program allows students, faculty and local organizations to engage with leading Latin American practitioners in fields such as education, sociology, international and human development and political economy.

Stronzake has extensive experience in pedagogy and rural education and speaks Portuguese and Spanish. After eight years living in an informal encampment, Judite has lived in a formalized settlement in Copavi since 1993.

This event is co-sponsored by Wells College’s education, political science, psychology, Spanish, sociology and anthropology departments and the Social Science Division.