On Aspects of Brazilian Culture: Three Insights About Brazil

Date:     Thursday, October 18, 2007
2:00pm - 4:00pm                
Troy Moore Library
                   9th Floor, GCB

Event Notes

A colloquium with three scholars from the Fundação Casa de Rui Barbosa (FCRB) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Which country is this? Notes on Brazilian society and the efforts to explain it, Isabel Lustosa, Ph.D.

Even before sociology gained the status of an academic discipline in Brazil, most sociological studies focused on understanding what "Brazil" meant, identifying the origin of its problems and explaining why it differed from the U.S. Those studies tried to understand how Brazilian Culture was concocted, with its ways of being and apprehending reality. This presentation analyzes some of the stereotypes associated with Brazil, connecting them to the country's history and the sociological interpretations they yielded.

Being a mulatto in Brazil: a century ago and now, Antônio Herculano Lopes, Ph.D.

Interethnic relationships in the Americas are one of the main clues to understanding the construction of societies that, in modern times, brought together groups that once had very separate cultural histories. In early 20th century Brazil, the image of mulatto women and men in literature, theater and music celebrated a racial democracy that didn't exist. This lecture discusses how such representation still resonates today, when the State tries to enforce affirmative action policies based on the North American interethnic experience.

Egyptian Jewish immigration in Brazil in the 1950s, Joëlle Rachel Rouchou, Ph.D.

In the aftermath of the 1956 Suez Canal War, all foreigners were forced to leave Egypt. Groups of Mediterranean Jews who had already come from other countries moved to Rio de Janeiro , a painful experience, as is all forced migration. They were mostly educated, middle-class businessmen, teachers and musicians who chose Brazil because it was open to migrations at that time. This presentation examines the pans and joys of their experience in their new country, where they kept their own Jewish rituals and celebrations, mixing Arab and East European foods, and the Arab, French, English, Italian and Portuguese languages.

Additional Event Notes

The Fundação Casa de Rui Barbosa is a research center of the Brazilian Ministry of Culture dedicated to the preservation of the cultural memory in the fields of humanities and literature. It is located in the neighborhood of Botafogo in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Admission to this event is free. For more information, please contact Dr. Héctor Fernández L'Hoeste at fernandez (at) gsu (dot) edu.