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Past Events

Creating Rights: Human Rights and Literature in Conceicao Evaristo's Poncia' Vicenio

portugueselanguage_lecture2014Lelia Lehnen, Ph.D., associate chair and professor of Portuguese, Spanish and Portuguese Adviser of the University of New Mexico, delivered a talk on Thursday, Nov. 13 from 12 - 1 p.m. in Packard Auditorium.  This event was sponsored by the Office of the Provost.

Lehnen received her doctorate in 2003 from Vanderbilt University and taught for two years as an assistant professor of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Her primary research interests are in contemporary Brazilian and Spanish American literature and culture. She is especially interested in how culture reflects, comments and attempts to, at times, subvert dominant discourses such as historiography.

In her classes, Lehnen likes to motivate students to think critically about the hybrid processes that form and transform cultures as well as the effects culture has on how we engage with the world in which we live.

First Noite Cultural at Spelman College

First Noite Cultural was supported by the Gordon-Zeto Center for Global Education and the Office of Student Life and Engagement at College 

Photo: Português: Casal de mestre-sala e porta-bandeira da Unidos de Vila Isabel, escola de samba do carnaval do Rio de Janeiro. By Mark Scott Johnson from Sydney, Australia, Feb. 27, 2006. Used according to the Wikimedia Commons

For more information, contact Professor Ligia Bezerra via email at

Afro-Brazilian writer Ana Maria Gonçalves visited Spelman College in Fall 2013. She gave the talk “Racism and Human Rights” and talked about her novel A Color 
Defect (2006).Gonçalves was born in Ibiá, Minas Gerais, Brazil, in 1970.

She worked in advertising until 2001 before becoming a full-time writer. She published the novels Ao lado e à margem do que sentes por mim (Beside and at the Edge of What You Feel for Me);  Um defeito de cor (A Color Defect) was winner of the Casa de las Américas Prize for best book in 2007. She's been living in New Orleans since 2007, and has been as a writer-in-residence at Tulane University, Stanford and Middlebury College.

Gonçalves Visit

Afro-Brazilian writer Ana Maria Gonçalves with Spelman Professors and representatives of the Brazilian Consulate in Atlanta, the Consul-General of Brazil in Atlanta, Ambassador Hermano Telles Ribeiro, and the head of the Education, Science and Technology Cooperation Section of the Brazilian Consulate in Atlanta, Elaine Boing.


Spelman and Morehouse students enjoy Brazilian refreshments, make new friends and practice their language skills at the Bate-papo, the weekly Portuguese conversation hour sponsored by the Portuguese Club at Spelman College.