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Spelman-Morehouse Brazilian Festival 2021

Monday, April 12, 2021 to Friday, April 16, 2021

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Spelman College's Department of World Languages and Cultures and Morehouse College's Modern Foreign Languages Program invite the community to join them for a fun, engaging and educational festival celebrating the country and cultural heritage of Brazil.

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Schedule of Events

Clarice Mota Presentation

Race, Health and the Challenges of Implementing Equitable Policies in Brazil
Monday, April 12 | 6 p.m.

Clarice MotaDr. Clarice Mota is an anthropologist with a master's degree in collective health and a doctorate in sociology from the Federal University of Bahia, and a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of York (UK). Since 2009, she has been a full-time professor at the Institute of Collective Health – UFBA in the department of public health and serves as the vice-coordinator of the Integrated Program for Research and Technical Cooperation Community, Family and Health.

Dr. Mota's research focuses on communities and groups affected by social vulnerability, racial inequality and neglected diseases, and she has done extensive studies on social protection policies, therapeutic itineraries of Sickle Cell Disease and institutional racism.


Memories of Brazil

Memories of Brazil Student Panel
Tuesday, April 13 | 6 p.m.

Meet and hear from students who have studied abroad in Brazil.


Brigadeiro Cooking Class

A Sweet Bite of Brazil: Brigadeiro Cooking Class
Wednesday, April 14 | 11 a.m.

Spelman Fulbright Fellow Júnia Oliveira will provide a hands-on demonstration of cooking brigadeiros, a traditional Brazilian dessert. The brigadeiro is made of condensed milk, cocoa powder, butter, and chocolate sprinkles covering the outside layer. It is a popular confection throughout the country, especially for festive events.

Follow along and make your own! Ingredients needed are:

  • 1 TBSP butter
  • 14 OZ condensed milk
  • 1/4 CUP cocoa powder
  • 1 CUP chocolate sprinkles

Bacurau Screening

"Bacurau" Film Screening
Screening #1 - Wednesday, April 14 | 7 p.m.
Screening #2 - Thursday, April 15 | 7 p.m.

Join us for a screening of "Bacurau," a Western thriller by Kleber Mendonça Filho and Juliano Dornelles. This Brazilian box office sensation won the Jury Prize at Cannes Film Festival 2019.

Bacurau posterABOUT "BACURAU"

A few years from now... Bacurau, a small village in the Brazilian sertão, mourns the loss of its matriarch, Carmelita, who lived to be 94. Days later, its inhabitants (among them Sônia Braga) notice that their village has literally vanished from most maps and a UFO-shaped drone starts flying overhead. There are forces that want to expel them from their homes, and soon, in a genre-bending twist, a band of armed mercenaries led by Udo Kier arrive in town picking off the inhabitants one by one. A fierce confrontation takes place when the townspeople turn the tables on the villainous outsiders, banding together by any means necessary to protect and maintain their remote community.


Capoeira Class

History and Introduction to Capoeira Movements & Music
Friday, April 16 | 7 p.m.

Part dance, part martial art, capoeira is integral to the culture of Brazil and has been slowly spreading in popularity worldwide. Get a lesson in its history and learn a few moves from Capoeira Maculelê Decatur.

Past Events

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Second Noite Cultural at Spelman College

Second Noite CulturalStudents 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.


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

Vicenio Lelia Lehnen, Ph.DVicenio 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.


First Noite Cultural at Spelman College

Noite CulturalFirst 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

Ana Maria Gonçalves 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.

Group shot from Ana Maria 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.