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October 2013

Higher Education in Brazil: Increased Access and Internationalization

October 23, 2013 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Kiely 258, Queens College
Flushing, 11367

Join Professor Gabriela Rizo (Universidade Federal Rural do Rio de Janeiro) and Dean Craig Michaels (Queens College) in a conversation about recent advances and challenges in Higher Education in Brazil, and a discussion of the recent state-led push for internationalization.

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November 2013

Goodbye Brazil

November 13, 2013 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Campbell Dome, Queens College
Flushing, NY 11367 United States

Émigrés from the Land of Soccer and Samba

Brazil, a country that has always received immigrants, only rarely saw its own citizen’s move abroad. Beginning in the late 1980s, however, thousands of Brazilians left for the United States, Japan, Portugal, Italy, and other nations, propelled by a series of intense economic crises. By 2009 an estimated three million Brazilians were living abroad—about 40 percent of them in the United States.

Join author Maxine L. Margolis, on a conversation about Brazilian emigration.

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December 2013

A Refuge in Thunder

December 4, 2013 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Campbell Dome, Queens College
Flushing, NY 11367 United States

The Evolution and Significance of Brazilian Candomblé

Candomblé is a religion that embraces a rich, poetic complex of ritual action, cosmology, and meaning. It has deep roots in several religious traditions of West Africa and West Central Africa – especially Aja-Fon, Bantu, and the Yoruba Orisha practice. It is a (re)creation of these traditions, in addition to synthesizing aspects of Islam, Indigenous Indian spiritual practices and Catholicism. Candomble evolved within the matrix of slavery, colonialism and mercantilism, which characterized Brazil from the sixteenth through nineteenth century. Like many African American religious traditions developed within that period (such as Santeria in Cuba, Vodou in Haiti and the Black Protestant Christianity of the southern United States), Candomblé took its shape and meaning from the experience of African people and their descendents in slave-based societies as they tried to make sense of themselves, the harshness and brutality of their working and living conditions, their relationship to the structures of power, and their relationship to the structures of Being.

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February 2014

Slavery and Memory in Brazil

February 19, 2014 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Kiely 264, Queens College
Flushing, 11367

Please join Professor Mattos in a conversation about her research on the construction of slavery and race in Brazil through the analysis of selected personal narratives. The range of narratives extends from seventeenth—century letters of Henrique Dias, a black soldier in the war against the Dutch, to contemporary oral—history life narratives of the political leadership of the Brazilian new quilombos.

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March 2014

The Recent Wave of Public Protest

March 12, 2014 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Campbell Dome, Queens College
Flushing, NY 11367 United States

Gianpaolo Baiocchi (New York University) will lead a conversation on the recent wave of public protests in Brazil and how they are related to the limits of representative democracy.

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Amidst Walls, Wired Fences and Armored Cars

March 27, 2014 @ 3:00 pm - 4:20 pm
President’s Conference Rm 2, Rosenthal Library, Queens College | 65-30 Kissena Blvd.
Queens, NY 11367 United States

A Participatory Ethnography of Soundscapes in a Post-Industrial Brazilian Context

Samuel Araújo (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and Tinker Visiting Professor at the University of Chicago) will explore the perceptions of young people in Rio de Janeiro who fail to identify with canonical musical heritages and adopt instead internationalized forms.

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April 2014

Favelization: Appropriating Brazilian Slums in Foreign Luxury Items

April 30, 2014 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
President’s Conference Rm 2, Rosenthal Library, Queens College | 65-30 Kissena Blvd.
Queens, NY 11367 United States

"The world of design, art and film has recently embraced imagery from favelas, urban slums in Brazil. What are the implications and moral conundrums of the appropriation of stereotypes of Brazilian poverty onto high-priced non-Brazilian products?" is the provocative question Adriana Kertzer (Museum of Arts and Design in New York) explores in this lecture.

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