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What Portuguese Students Have Been up to Lately

Second Noite Cultural at Spelman College

Second Noite CulturalThis year, students celebrated São João, a tradition from Portuguese-speaking countries, held in the month of June. In honor of Women's Herstory Month, students learned about women who have made history in the Portuguese-speaking world. The event was generously sponsored by the Office of Inclusion and the Office of Student Life and Engagement.


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.

Students of Portuguese 101 and Portuguese 201 represent Brazil dancing samba to “Mais que nada” on International Education Week 2014 at Spelman

Students from Portuguese 101 and Portuguese 201 meet up to practice their language skills and learn more about Brazilian food and culture at a local Brazilian bakery in Marietta, GA.

portugueselanguage_lecture2014Creating Rights: Human Rights and Literature in Conceicao Evaristo's Poncia'

Vicenio Lelia Lehnen, Ph.D., associate chair and professor of Portuguese, Spanish and Portuguese Adviser of the University of New Mexico, delivered a talk sponsored by the Office of the Provost.

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.

portuguese_carnivalFirst 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

Ana Maria Gonçalves: Afro-Brazilian Writer

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.

portuguese_anamariagonçalves2Afro-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.