The highlight of the celebrations of UFMG’s 95th anniversary will be next Monday, the 5th, in a solemn session of the UFMG’s superior councils (University, Teaching, Research and Extension and Directors), which will honor five personalities (one in memory) and an institution with the Mendes Pimentel Medal. The ceremony, which starts at 7 pm, will be held in the auditorium of the Rectory, broadcast on the UFMG YouTube channel. Ars Nova Recital – UFMG Choir will open the ceremony.
“The Reitor Mendes Pimentel Medal is, at the same time, a way to honor the first director of UFMG and to recognize the work of people who, with the same spirit as our founder and first dean, contributed, in their respective areas, to in a prominent way, for UFMG and for society, and, together with so many others of note in the history of our University, are responsible for perpetuating the legacy of our pioneer”, record Dean Sandra Regina Goulart Almeida and Vice-Dean Alessandro Fernandes Moreira in a text that makes up the tribute catalogue. The medal was established by means of Ordinance 7, of March 28, 2007, signed by then-rector Ronaldo Pena.
Francisco Mendes Pimentel graduated in Legal and Social Sciences, as the law course was called, in 1889. He was one of the founders of the Minas Gerais Historical Geographic Institute (IHG/MG) and the Minas Gerais Lawyers Institute (IAMG) . In 1940, he joined the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague and, three years later, became a signatory of the Miners’ Manifesto against the dictatorial regime.
Ailton Krenak: Brazilian thinker, environmentalist, poet and writer of the Krenak indigenous ethnicity, in Minas Gerais. He played a decisive role in the conquest of the Chapter of Indigenous Peoples in the 1988 Constitution, which began to guarantee, by law, indigenous rights to indigenous culture and land.
Berenice Menegale: pianist, professor at the UFMG School of Music from 1975 to 1999 and one of the creators of the Winter Festival in 1967. She was Secretary of Culture in Minas Gerais and Belo Horizonte. She created the Fundação de Educação Artística, an entity recognized for training musicians and encouraging contemporary musical creation.
Fábio Lucas: essayist, translator, fiction writer, literary critic and university professor. He taught at UFMG, at four other universities in Brazil, six in the United States and one in Portugal. He was a prominent member of the literary generation that founded the magazines Vocação and Tendência in Belo Horizonte in the 1950s.
Nilma Lino Gomes: Emeritus professor at UFMG and pro-tempore dean of the University of International Integration of Afro-Brazilian Lusophony (Unilab). Minister of the Secretariat of Policies for the Promotion of Racial Equality and Women, Racial Equality, Youth and Human Rights in the government of President Dilma Rousseff.
Institute of Lawyers of Minas Gerais: founded on March 7, 1915, it has been directed, since then, by notable jurists, including Francisco Mendes Pimentel, president during the first term of the institution. It has always played a prominent role in the movements of construction and support of law, legality, democracy and justice in the state.
Enio Cardillo Vieira (posthumous tribute): physician and professor emeritus at UFMG, he was one of the creators of the Department and the Graduate Program in Biochemistry and Immunology at the ICB. Reference in research in the areas of nutrology and gnotobiology – field of biology responsible for the maintenance of isolating barriers of pathogens. He died in May 2022.