Townterview With Secretary Clinton in Sao Paulo Hosted in Partnership With Brazil's Globo Network

Posted by Katie Dowd
March 3, 2010
Townterview Sao Paulo Replay

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About the Author: Katie Dowd serves as New Media Director at the U.S. Department of State.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will visit Sao Paulo on Wednesday, March 3 at 6:00 p.m. EST, 8:00 p.m. local time, where she will participate in a live townterview (interview + town hall) at Zumbi dos Palmares University, Brazil's only Afro-Brazilian institute of higher learning. The townterview is hosted in partnership with Brazil's Globo Network.

The audience of the event will include students and representatives of NGOs, educational institutions, government and the business community. The Secretary will answer a range of questions from U.S.-Brazil relations to the value both countries place on education, diversity and social inclusion.

This event will be streamed live tomorrow at 6:00 p.m. EST/ 8:00 p.m. local time on and DipNote. Tune in to watch.



NaChelle L.
Georgia, USA
March 3, 2010

NaChelle L. in Georgia writes:

As an American, and specifically a Georgian, value is not placed on education when students such as myself are being overwhelming effected by the gross budget cuts to all GA universities and college. The news glosses over the seriousness of the situation, because the effects will be state-wide, impacting every student, professor, faculty, and staff member, but more importantly the hardships will fall on the families. This is cause for more concern than attention is being paid.

As illustrated in the "Summary of Reductions" document-found on the University System of Georgia website- the cuts listed by universities/colleges will be executed by the presidents of each institution when the Board of Regents receives the final word from the General Assembly for FY 2011, according to the Governor's budget.

For my university, the summary states:
In total the actions described below will eliminate a total of  313.5 positions at UWG: 
40 Full‐time Faculty positions, of which up to 17 are likely to be Tenured Faculty positions, assuming the declaration of financial exigency and the relevant internal processes 
42 Part‐time Faculty Positions 
59.5 Staff positions 
171 Student/Graduate Assistant positions 

(For my college)
College of Arts & Sciences 
Eliminate 2 Academic Departments totaling 10 FT  faculty positions 
Do not fill 3 FT faculty positions due to retirements 
Eliminate 35 Graduate Research Assistants 
Reduce 42 PT Faculty Positions 
Reduce 26 Student Assistant positions 

(the impact on students and faculty)
•Eliminates 2 academic departments and 5 academic majors, thus reducing program  options for students. 
•Reduces options in the core curriculum as well as support courses for other majors. 
• Loss of students who are attracted to UWG for those majors. 
• Loss of particular areas of academic expertise. 
• Reduction in number of courses offered. 
• Increased class sizes for remaining faculty. 
• Reduction in research productivity of faculty and students 
• Reduces ability to recruit and retain graduate students. 
• Reduces student employment opportunities on campus. 
•Increases cost of attending graduate school, which will negatively impact enrollment. 
• Reduces number of courses taught. 
• Increases time to graduation for students. 
• Reduces flexibility of departments to meet changing enrollment. 
•Reduces opportunities for community members with particular credentials and 
expertise to teach, which reduces opportunities for students to have exposure to 
practitioners in their fields. 
• Reduces student employment opportunities on campus. 
• Reduces ability to recruit and retain students. 
•Reduces students’ ability to graduate on time because of the need to find employment elsewhere that may not be as accommodating to class schedules. 
•Increases the costs of running offices and other functions on campus if student labor 
has to be replaced by more expensive staff. 
• Loss of faculty and student jobs. 

The three "Budget Scenario Documents" consisting of "Chancellor's Letter, Executive Summary," and "Summary of Reduction" are located at

After revision, it is evident that university priorities are not in the interest of providing quality eduction for students. How so? When tenured faculty are being cut by the masses, and little reduction and/or fiscal revision is being made in areas such as IT, food services, transportation, athletics, etc. the cuts are being made with the interest of the institution, not its members.

If "value" were really the emphasis, than proper measures would have been taken to preserve all faculty members to ensure the students were receiving quality instruction by those whom are qualified; NOT making sure athletics (for unproductive teams), food (often wasted), tech support (which is unreliable causing more problems than service-most students & faculty rely on personal accounts for efficiency) were taking priority.

Using Georgia as an indicator of the "value" of education Americans have, I'd say is a poor example, which reflects to world audiences that our value is not in line with our priorities. Perhaps we should look to other nations as examples in education.

bill r.
March 3, 2010

Bill R. writes:

I think Hillary Clinton is the best Secretary of state that we have ever had.

March 7, 2010

Neide in Brazil writes:

Honorable Secretary

I am brasilian

Mrs. and a star! God bless. Do not be sad with the destructive criticism. I believe in Mrs..

thank you


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