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Messy Reflections after a trip to Brazil

This summer I had the incredible fortune of spending a month in Brazil taking an intensive language course. I arrived in Rio de Janeiro with a fairly set speech explaining my presence in the city and my desire to learn Portuguese. I’d discussed it with my mentor and typed it

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Brazilian Filmmaker Gabriel Mascaro visits Austin

Celebrated Brazilian Filmmaker Gabriel Mascaro will be visiting Austin, Texas for three exciting events this week. On Monday at 7:30, the Austin Film Society will present a screening of Ventos de Agosto (2014), Mascaro’s first feature narrative film, followed by a Q&A with the director, mediated by UT professor Jason Borge. The

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Poverty Tourism and Gabo in Yoknapatawpha

Recently, Jessica Carey-Webb wrote about “Favela Chic,” a Paris nightclub built on a favela theme which, as she puts it,  “exploits the colors, sounds and sites of Rio for the client who can spend a mere 9 euros on a caipirinha.” Jessica aptly diagnoses the problems that come from repackaging

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Reporting from BRASA

As the grand conclusion to my incredibly privileged whirlwind summer of travel, observation, and adventure, I ended in London for the Brazilian Studies Association (BRASA) conference. Having planned with a group of fellow PhD students and professors in the Spanish and Portuguese department at UT since October, we presented a

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Now that the dust has settled: 7-1 and beyond

  Nothing felt right the day of the game. After weeks of clear and sunny skies, an ominously dark cloud had extend its way over Rio de Janeiro. Everyone was trying to fake optimism in the wake of Neymar’s injury. Maybe because relatively few German fans made it to Rio before

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The «Chic» Favela

As I continued to ruminate on my experiences in the “The ‘Eco-Favela’” and watch the World Cup, I traveled from Brazil back to my hometown of Kalamazoo, Michigan and then on to Europe, stopping to visit friends in Paris before I present at a conference in London.

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The «Eco-favela»

I’ve spent the last month living in Rio, taking a course on the African diaspora through UT’s department of African Studies. We’ve been staying in Copacabana, in the wealthy, heavily touristed Zona Sul of Rio. If you walk to the very end of Copa, into a neighborhood called Leme and

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Who needs the World Cup anyway?

Very few people trust my intentions when I tell them that I will be traveling to Rio de Janeiro this summer to learn Portuguese, at the very same time that Brazil will be hosting the World Cup. They put air-quotes around words like «research» and «language classes», assuming that I

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Sports and Politics on Display Again

As Brazil prepares to host two of the world’s largest sporting extravaganzas, the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics, this summer’s FIFA Confederations Cup has already offered a preview of what we may see over the next few years as the country takes its place in the global spotlight.

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#vemprarua: following the protest on vine

Watch Vines from the protesters in Brazil HERE. As I attempt to keep up on the news about the massive protests throughout Brazil it is important to keep up with both major news outlets and ground level individual reports. I have messaged a few of my friends/colleagues that are in Brazil studying

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Sem violência! Police Aggression in São Paulo

On the 2nd of June when bus and subway transport prices were raised protesters took to the streets. Since there have been reports of «anarchists» on the streets looking to fight with the police (read more here), but there has also been unofficial videos uploaded to the web. Taken by

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Connecting Texts: «Daytripper» and Literature Review

Daytripper (2011) is Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá’s Eisner Award winning comic series (now distributed as a single collection or graphic novel) that tells the life story of Brás de Oliva Domingos in contemporary Brazil. The comic’s subtle movements across Brazil (Río, São Paulo, Bahía and Acemira) create a national story

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Nossa, Nossa, assim você me mata

I hope that got a song stuck in your head. If it didn’t, then I hope this does: And if that didn’t, then you may have been one of the few people who managed to escape Michel Teló’s massive 2011 hit “Ai se eu te pego,” a poppy version of

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