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May 1, 2013

Brazil: Culture, Race, and Politics- Spring Speaker Series

Spring 2013 Latin American Studies Spring Speaker Series on “Brazil: Culture, Race, and Politics” kicks off on Monday, May 6.  View the complete schedule below for details about this comprehensive series of events.  Questions?  Contact Carlos Aguirre in the Latin American Studies Department at:

Brazil: Culture, Race, and Politics Complete Schedule

Monday, May 6:
“Black Women Against the Land Grab: The Fight for Racial Justice in Brazil”
Keisha-Khan Perry (Brown University)
3:30 p.m., Browsing Room, Knight Library

Thursday, May 9:
“Democracy, Development, and the Puzzling Success of Brazil”
Peter Kingstone (King’s College London)
4:00 p.m., 112 Lillis

Thursday, May 16:
“Speaking of Flowers: Commemorating 1968 Military Brazil”
Victoria Langland (UC Davis)
3:30 p.m., Browsing Room, Knight Library

Thursday, May 23:
“Beyond the Punishment Paradigm: Mapping Africa and Brazil During Samba’s ‘Golden Age’ (1920s-1940s)”
Marc Hertzman (Columbia University)
3:30 p.m., 240C McKenzie

Joáo Melo to lead two events on UO Campus, Friday, May 31st, 10am & Noon

João Melo will participate in a multilingual roundtable discussion around the topic “Cultural Dissemination Through Translation” Friday, May 31 from 10-11 am EMU Metolius room.

At 12pm, João Melo will give a public lecture entitled “Angolan Culture and Literature: From the Local to the Universal” also in the EMU Metolius room.  This talk will be in Portuguese with simultaneous translation to English.  A reception will follow.  All students and faculty are welcome.

João Melo has published twelve works of poetry, most recently Cântico da terra e dos homens (2010), five works of fiction, including O homen que não tira o palito da boca (2009) and the book of essays Jornalismo e política (1991) as well as contributions to the Angolan journals ABC, Jornal de Angola and Lavra e Oficina, the Gazette of the Angolan Writers Union. He received an honorable mention for the Sonangol Prize in Literature in 1996. He has worked as a journalist for the National Radio of Angola, has directed several  media outlets such as the Angola Press Agency-ANGOP, the Jornal de Angola and O Correio da Semana, and currently heads the communications firm Movimento. He is a founding member of the Angolan Writers Union and is a representative in the Angolan National Assembly.

For further information or questions, please contact Lanie Millar at

May 15, 2012

Study Portuguese in UO Dept Romance Languages starting Fall 2012

Beginning in Fall 2012, UO students can take beginning and intermediate Portuguese in the Department of Romance Languages. Watch this video to learn more about our Portuguese instructors and UO students’ experience studying Portuguese at the UO and abroad. Questions? Contact Simone Da Silva, Supervisor of the Portuguese program, at, or call 6-4011

Click here to see UO Schedule of Classes listings for Portuguese courses Fall 2012

Directed by local filmmaker David Nieto Wenzell, director of La llamada (2012)

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