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) more

A Poetical Essay on the Existing State of Things

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

O Globo Monthly Column

Thesis Prize

Last week, the Bodleian Library at Oxford University, released a digital text of a newly discovered poem by Percy Bysshe Shelley, first published in London anonymously in 1811.  Shelley was 18 years old at the time. The poem was long lost. It has now been made public for the first time in over 200 years.  Shelley attacks the "rank corruption" of the ruling class in a fiery denunciation of war and oppression, the abuse of the press, and dysfunctional political institutions.  

All of which reminded me of an Brazilian carnival lyric I heard in 1965, the year I first arrived in Brazil: "Rio de Janeiro:/My joy and my delight!/By day I have no water/By night I have no light."

By 1967 I was living in a small apartment on the top floor of a building at the corner of the Rua Figueiredo de Magalhaes and the Avenida Nossa Senhora da Copacabana. Torrential rain and mudslides washed away part of the highway between Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo. We suffered for weeks of power outages. I had to walk up the stairs each evening since the power supply to the city was very intermittent and the lift was not working.