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LatinDisplay 2012/IDRC 2012 Venue

LatinDisplay 2012/IDRC 2012 will be held at the Mackenzie Presbyterian University in São Paulo, SP, Brazil, at the following address:

Mackenzie Presbyterian University
Rua da Consolação, 930 - Consolação
01302-907 - São Paulo - SP

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About Mackenzie

Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie (Mackenzie Presbyterian University) is a private university in São Paulo, Brazil.

Founded in 1870 as the American School, Mackenzie is one of the oldest institutions of higher education in Brazil. The University is regarded both nationally and internationally as a center of excellence having graduated numerous important names of Brazilian history. Besides its main campus in São Paulo, Mackenzie University has campus in the cities of Barueri, Brasília, Campinas, Recife, Rio de Janeiro for postgraduate and continuing education. The nickname "Mackenzista" is often used to refer to Mackenzie present or former students.


In 1870, during the Empire, the American Presbyterian missionary Rev. George Whitehill Chamberlain and his wife Mary Annesley founded a private grammar school inside their home. The classes were held in Mrs. Chamberlain's living room, and in a few years later the "American School" was established as a center of excellence in São Paulo. The Chamberlains' American School was revolutionary for the Brazilian standards at that time: no corporal punishment on students was permitted, and both boys and girls could attend classes. Even though the Chamberlains were openly Presbyterians, students from all ethnic background, social classes, and religious denominations were welcomed. The fame of academic rigour allied to religious tolerance soon reached the United States.

In 1896, John Theron Mackenzie, an attorney from Phelps, New York, and his sisters donated US$50,000 "for the establishment of an engineering school to be built under the auspices of Mr. Chamberlain". The Mackenzie building was built next year, and the college was named in their honor.

After the establishment of Mackenzie College, the institution saw rapid expansion of its activities with the creation of a School of Architecture, a School of Economics, and a Law School, gaining the status of University in 1952.
São Paulo Campus at night

In 130 years of history (as of 2000), it is estimated the Mackenzie University counts 300 thousand alumni, many of them important personalities of Brazilian politics and civil society. Among them are artists such as surrealist André Breton and the modernist painter Anita Malfatti, athletes such as Brazil's most known basketball player Oscar Schmidt, car racer Émerson Fittipaldi, sea explorer Amyr Klink, and Olympic golden medalist Robert Scheidt; journalists Boris Casoy and Ney Gonçalves Dias; businessmen Márcio Cypriano (CEO Bradesco), Ivan Zurita (CEO Nestlé, Brasil) and Emerson Kapaz; jurists Álvaro Villaça Azevedo, Carlos Miguel Aidar (former Brazilian Law Society President), Eros Roberto Grau (Brazilian Supreme Court Justice), José Roberto Batochio (prominent lawyer), Sérgio Pinto Martins (judge and labour law renowned scholar), Roberto Justus, Tales Castelo Branco, Paulo Mendes da Rocha (Pritzker Prize 2006), Antonio Carlos Rodrigues do Amaral (world-renowned lawyer, Harvard Law graduate) and many others.

Schools and Colleges

Center of Applied Social Sciences (CCSA Centro de Ciências Sociais e Aplicadas)
Center of Biological and Health Sciences (CCBS Centro de Ciências Biológicasas e da Saúde)
Center of Education, Philosophy and Theology (CEFT Centro de Educação, Filosofia e Teologia )
Center of Languages, Literature and Communication (CCL Centro de Comunicação e Letras)
Engineering School (EE Escola de Engenharia)
Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning (FAU Faculdade de Arquitetura e Urbanismo)
Faculty of Computer Sciences and Information Technology (FCI Faculdade de Computação e Informática)
Law Faculty (FD Faculdade de Direito)

For more information see: http://www.mackenzie.br/