St John’s College, Cambridge University

The Kenneth Maxwell Collection at St. John’s College, Cambridge University consists collection of books covering colonial Brazil (with a emphasis on the 18th century, through the establishment of the Portuguese Court in Rio de Janeiro in 1808, until the recognition of Brazil's independence by Portugal in 1825); and on Portugal (covering the period from 1750, with a special focus on the rule of the Marques de Pombal. In addition, there is a contextual collection of books on colonial Latin America, books of maps and photographs of Brazil, and books concerning Atlantic history in the period of the American Revolution.


For a description of the Maxwell Collection by Professor Gabriel Paquette click The Eagle 2012 extract.pdf

St John’s has also announced a new Celso Furtado Fellowship which will bring a leading Brazilian historian or humanities scholar to Cambridge each year.


Princeton University

Princeton University Library Special Collections: "Documenting the Portuguese Revolution 1962-1994


The maxwell fund also finances purchases for Brazilian materials for the manuscript collection

Harvard University
The Kenneth Maxwell Thesis Prize in Brazilian Studies was awarded for the first time in the Spring of 2005, and was established to recognise the best Harvard College senior thesis on a subject related to Brazil. Candidates may be nominated by their department/concentration/instructional committee, or candidates may nominate their own thesis. This annual prize is funded by a gift to The Rockerfeller Centre DRCLAS from Professor Kenneth Maxwell. The prize carries a monetary award of $500.The Kenneth Maxwell Summer Research Grant established by Harvard Rockefeller Center in honour of Professor Kenneth Maxwell and his life long commitment to Brazil and the study of its history. A $2,000 grant awarded annually to a graduate or professional school student for summer research in Brazil.

Princeton University
Kenneth Maxwell Senior Thesis Prize. The Program in Latin American Studies awarded for the best thesis related to Brazil. May be in any field or discipline. The Prize carries a monetary award of $500.

Kenneth Maxwell Collection

Press Column

Kenneth Maxwell was the founding Director of the Brazil Studies Program at Harvard University's David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS) (2006-2008) and a Professor in Harvard's Department of History (2004-2008).....read more

BREXIT: In or Out?

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

O Globo Monthly Column

Thesis Prize

On Thursday June 23rd the British people will vote to remain within the European Union or to leave.  

It will be a choice with momentous consequences.  There is at least agreement on this point. But the debate has generated a great deal of heat and shed very little light. It has been a classic case of the use and misuse of "lies, damned lies, and statistics." It has also played to the very worse fears of the British population. Those who wish to leave have emphasized the fear of Immigrants. Those who wish to stay have played on the forecasts of economic doom if the "brexiters"win.

"The Financial Times" poll on Monday June 20th put the sides level with 44% each. But the question remains: Can we believe the opinion polls? Last year they singularly failed to predict the result of the British general election. The Conservative party, to the surprise of many, gained a small majority, which led to the calling of the referendum on the first place. David Cameron, the leader of the Conservatives, and the current prime minster, had promised to hold one. But it was a promise he evidently did not anticipate having to fulfil.

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