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President of the Brazilian Federal Chamber of Deputies, Speaker Rodrigo Maia, to receive Wilson Center Award in New York

On November 15, 2019, the one-hundred and thirtieth anniversary of the Proclamation of the Brazilian Republic, the Speaker of Brazil’s House of Representatives, Deputy Rodrigo Maia, will receive the Wilson Center’s Award for Public Service.

In honoring Rodrigo Maia, the Wilson Center celebrates the efforts of Brazil’s legislative branch to debate and approve constitutional and other reform measures to produce beneficial results for the country, as illustrated by the House's recent approval of the constitutional reform of social security. The success of the reform effort—difficult in any democracy—despite the polarized political environment, attests not only to the quality of Speaker Maia’s leadership, but also to the conviction among elected representatives in Congress of the need to seek, through dialogue that respects our differences, constructive and efficient responses to the enormous challenges that Brazil currently faces.

The Woodrow Wilson Awards are presented to outstanding leaders of business, government, the arts and sciences, and beyond who have devoted their careers and lives to improve the quality of life in their countries and around the world. Their legacies reflect the values of the United States' 28th President, Woodrow Wilson, a leader who believed that, “There is no higher religion than human service. To work for the common good is the greatest creed." Since their inception in 1998, Awards for Public Service and Corporate Citizenship have been bestowed on citizens of the United States and 18 other countries covering six continents.

Past recipients of the Award include Presidents Fernando Henrique Cardoso and Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva; biologist Dr. Thomas Lovejoy; pediatrician Zilda Arns; journalist Ruy Mesquita; and former U.S. Secretaries of State Henry Kissinger and Hillary Clinton.

All proceeds from the Awards Dinner will benefit the Wilson Center’s Brazil Institute. The only research entity dedicated exclusively to Brazil in Washington, the Institute has worked since its founding in 2006 to increase understanding in Washington of Brazil’s complex realities, through research, debates, and conferences as well as other activities to bring Brazilian and American societies closer together. Detailed information about the Brazil Institute is available at

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The Wilson Center, chartered by the U.S. Congress in 1968 as the official memorial to President Woodrow Wilson, is the nation’s key non-partisan policy forum for tackling global issues through independent research and open dialogue to inform actionable ideas for the policy community.