Celebrating Brazil: Brazil Week and 2017-2018 Brazilian Film Series

The Halle Institute for Global Research and Learning sponsored Emory's second annual Brazil Week, September 25-29, 2017, with exciting events held across campus to celebrate Brazil and Emory's deep engagement there. Festivities kicked off on Wagner Quad with "Futebol and Barbecue" hosted by the Brazilian Student Association (BRASA), and continued to include a rich lineup of talks and presentations.

Celebrated Brazilian writer and journalist Claudia Nina delivered a lecture "Strangers in Landscape and in Fiction: Questions of Identity, Culture, and Genre," and read from her novel Paisagem de Porcelana (Porcelain Landscape). In addition, Emory's first round of FAPESP-SPRINT grant winners presented on their projects, with themes ranging from the digital historic mapping of São Paulo to tackling mosquito borne disease to examining gender narratives around public health. Presenters included Ana Catarina Teixeira, director of the Portuguese Program and lecturer in Portuguese; Uriel Kitron, Goodrich C. White Professor of Environmental Sciences; Michael Page, geographer and lecturer in geospatial sciences and technology, and Thomas D. Rogers, associate professor of modern Latin American history.

Benito Schmidt, the first Fulbright Emory Distinguished Chair in Brazilian Studies and a visiting professor from Brazil, gave a talk on "Cinema and Dictatorship in Brazil: Propaganda, contestation, and memory" which set the stage for the kickoff of a fascinating film series that will extend into spring semester. The series, "Resistance and Memory: A Film Series about the Civil-Military Dictatorship in Brazil," is organized by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program, in collaboration with the Department of Film and Media Studies, with the generous support of the Halle Institute. For the latest information about upcoming films in the series, visit the Department of Spanish and Portuguese.

Brazil Week's events wrapped up with a special "Bate-Papo" or Portuguese conversation hour. These informal sessions are held every Friday, giving Brazil enthusiasts at Emory a way to celebrate and immerse in Portuguese dialogue throughout the school year. For more information, visit the Department of Spanish and Portuguese.