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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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