Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

International Programs

Summer in Brazil: Portuguese Language and Culture
São Paulo, Brazil
June 13 – July 25, 2020

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Application deadline: March 6th, 2020

This 6-week summer program, sponsored by the Stone Center for Latin American Studies at Tulane, caters to graduate and undergraduate students who wish to achieve a high level of Portuguese fluency through immersion in Brazilian language and culture. With language classes at the intermediate and advanced levels, it allows students to study with experienced faculty while living with local families or college students in the Sao Paulo neighborhood of Perdizes. Each participant enrolls in two Tulane credit-bearing courses organized by our partner institution CET. In their Portuguese language course, students polish their reading, writing, and conversation skills by engaging with Brazilian art, film, and literature. Meanwhile, they delve into the current cultural, social, and political landscape of Sao Paulo in “Contemporary Social Issues in Brazil,” a course co-taught in Portuguese by Tulane and CET professors. Outside of the classroom, participants can explore Sao Paulo and its surroundings through organized excursions to museums, landmarks, and historic sites, and set off on personal adventures with friends and roommates. Summer in Brazil provides the perfect opportunity to uncover the riches of one of the country’s most overlooked treasures.

ACADEMICS

All students enroll in 2 courses for a total of 6-7 Tulane credits transferable to other institutions. In general, classes meet daily Monday-Thursday: language courses in the morning and the content course in the afternoon. There are no classes on Friday. This schedule may vary to make room for excursions and holidays.

Courses offered

+ PORT 2050: Intermediate Immersive Portuguese (4 credits) OR
+ PORT 3050: Advance Immersive Portuguese (3 credits) AND
+ PORT 6130: Contemporary Social Issues in Brazil (3 credits) – see details below

Contemporary Social Issues in Brazil is a 3-credit course introducing students to the cultural, historical, sociological, and political forces that shape the experiences of 21st-Century Brazilian peoples. It will be co-taught by faculty members at Tulane or its partner institutions and local Brazilian professors contracted by CET. The first week, led by the visiting U.S. instructor, will examine Brazilian popular culture with a particular focus on the art, literature, music, performance, etc of Sao Paulo. Subsequent classes will be divided into two equal modules. The first will discuss social concepts like citizenship, religion, race, development in the local context; the second will provide an in-depth exploration of various Brazilian social welfare programs (health, retirement, education, etc). All class meetings will be conducted in Portuguese, though appropriate accommodations will be made for less advanced language learners. Students will engage with course materials through daily readings (in English and Portuguese), lectures, discussions, and cultural excursions. By the end of the class, students should be able to identify the social and cultural currents that shape Brazilian realities, to connect these currents to their political, historical and philosophical roots, and to assess and debate the Brazilian welfare state.

HOUSING

Summer in Brazil offers two housing options: a family homestay or an apartment shared with Brazilian university students. Students will be able to indicate their preferences during the registration process, though assignments will ultimately depend on enrollment and availability.

Those who choose a homestay will be placed with a local family experienced in hosting foreign students. They will likely have their own bedroom, though they could be required to share with another program participant in the case of high enrollment. Their host families will provide breakfast every morning, but the student will be responsible for the rest of their meals.

Those who choose to stay in apartments will be placed in fully equipped and furnished apartments within a 15-minute walk from the campus. Generally, they will share a double-occupancy bedroom with one other program participant and the rest of the apartment’s common spaces with 2-4 Brazilian university students. Upon arrival, each one will receive a stipend with which to buy groceries used to prepare breakfasts in their home kitchen (NOTE: this stipend is intended to cover the cost of ingredients for homemade breakfasts, not to eat out every morning). Students choosing to live in an apartment will be required to pay a security deposit of approximately $100USD to be returned to them at the end of the program.

EXCURSIONS

Summer in Brazil offers a mix of mandatory and optional excursions to help students explore the city and its surroundings. Students will go on one overnight excursion to Paratay, a colonial city in the state of Rio de Janeiro. There, they will go on guided visits of colonial sites and monuments, witness the sustainable economies of local fishermen, learn about traditional medicine, and explore the natural wonders on hikes along the beach and through the mountains.

Other mandatory excursions will take students to learn from important historical and cultural sites around Sao Paulo. In the past, destinations have included the Museu Afro-Brazil, Museu de Arte Sao Paulo, Memorial da Resistencia, Avenida Paulista, and the Soccer Museum. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to explore together through optional organized activities such as a trip to the theatre, a hike up the Pedra Grande Trail, or a night of Karaoke.

ABOUT SAO PAULO

With a population of more than 20 million people, Sao Paulo is the largest metropolitan area in the Southern Hemisphere and the most important industrial center in Latin America. Though founded in 1554 by Jesuit missionaries (on the anniversary of the conversion of St. Paul, from whom the city takes its name), the city truly blossomed in the late 1900s when coffee became a major Brazilian export. By the middle of the twentieth century, the city had overtaken Rio de Janeiro in population and GDP, and it remains an economic powerhouse and an international leader in industries from heavy manufacturing to technology to international banking and global trade. The economy has given rise to a dynamic, multicultural population with immigrants from all over the world. For example, though the largest percentages of the population identify as of Portuguese, Italian, or African descent, the city is also home to the largest Japanese population outside of Japan.

The diversity of the population leads to a vibrant, eclectic social and cultural scene. Especially since the early 2000s, the city has invested in energizing its streets and neighborhoods, which now boast an array of trendy restaurants, bars, and clubs. Thanks to the Clean City Law restricting outdoor advertising, one can appreciate both the city’s innovative architecture and the explosion of street murals that have cropped up to replace the signage. For more than a century, Sao Paulo has been a leading city for the fine arts: It boasts globally renowned centers like the Sao Paulo Art Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art, and Municipal Theatre, as well as a wealth of smaller galleries and venues. The town also has much to offer sports fans: it is home to four major soccer teams alone and has major centers for swimming, tennis, volleyball, basketball, and auto racing. Add to this the special events like the Parada do Orgulha Gay, the largest gay pride parade in the world, and there is always something exciting to do or see.

The city’s temperate climate makes it easy to enjoy all it has to offer. Though transected by Tropic of Capricorn, the city, which is known as the “Cidade de Garoa,” or the city of drizzle, enjoys moderate temperatures because of its situation on a plateau in the Brazilian highlands. Average temperatures range between 58 degrees during the winter and 69 degrees during the hottest summer months.

ABOUT BRAZILIAN PORTUGUESE

Portuguese is the sixth most spoken language in the world and is an official language in nine nations. Of the more than 220 million native speakers, approximately 95% of them live in Brazil. Brazilian Portuguese differs from the language spoken in Portugal in important details such as the second-person address. The language taught in this program will follow Brazilian norms.

ABOUT CET

CET Academic Programs has been a leader in international education since 1982. Originally founded as “China Educational Tours,” the company has now expanded to manage programs in 16 countries on 3 different continents. The organization has overseen a semester-long program in Sao Paulo since 2015, and the Stone Center draws upon the experience, networks, and resources of CET managers and local staff to make our Summer in Brazil program a success. For more information about CET, visit their website: cetacademicprograms.com.

PROGRAM COST

$7,600 Total ($5,000 Tuition, $2,600 housing and logistics fee)

Tuition and fees include 6-7 Tulane credits, international medical insurance, shared housing in apartments or homestays, one meal/day (breakfast), transportation from the São Paulo airport upon arrival, all costs associated with group activities and excursions. Tuition and fees do NOT include airfare to/from Brazil, passport/visa expenses, transportation to airport for departure, lunches and dinners, vaccinations, laundry, and other incidentals.

FINANCIAL AID

Summer in Brazil has been designed to meet all requirements of the federal FLAS grant, which may cover much of the cost. For more information and to see if you qualify, visit the Grants & Funding page of the Stone Center website or speak with the FLAS coordinator at your university.

Note: FLAS applicants should apply separately to Summer in Brazil by the posted application due date.

REGISTRATION

All registration will be processed by Stone Center staff. Students will initially be enrolled in one 3-credit Latin American Studies placeholder course, used for billing purposes only. After students’ language placement in Brazil, they will be enrolled in their respective culture and language courses.

In order to register for classes, non-Tulane students must first enroll as temporary students at the university. Undergraduate students should complete the Visiting Student Application available at applygrad.tulane.edu/register/Summer19. Graduate students should email their full name, home institution, and date of birth to the Program Manager (sclassum@tulane.edu). After enrollment, students will be issued a Tulane ID number and email address that will be uploaded to the post-decision forms on their application.

ORIENTATION

Prior to departure, the CCSI will host two mandatory pre-departure information sessions. During these meetings, students will learn more about what to expect during their time abroad and have the opportunity to ask questions of program faculty and former participants. Students will also be provided with a detailed orientation packet, which they are encouraged to share with their families.

MEDICAL INSURANCE AND GLOBAL RESCUE

CET will enroll Summer in Brazil students in a comprehensive study abroad medical insurance policy provided through GeoBlue. This insurance is included in the cost of the program.
Students are also covered by Global Rescue, an emergency travel assistance program offering medical, personal, and security advice and assistance, as well as emergency evacuation services. The Stone Center will enroll students in this service, and students will receive an email with instructions for setting up the GRID app on their phones.

BILLING

Tuition and fees will be charged to student accounts in the late Spring. Students are responsible for making sure that the bill is paid in full by the end of the billing cycle the month following the posting. Students can access their accounts through the Gibson Portal: gibson.tulane.edu.

For FLAS students: The Stone Center works closely with FLAS coordinators at other institutions to apply these grants to student accounts. However, every school has a different policy regarding how it issues the funds: some pay the full bill directly to Tulane, some directly pay tuition to Tulane and issue the living stipend to individual students, and others issue the entire award to students (who must then pay tuition and housing/logistics fees). Additionally, because of rising operations costs, this year’s program price exceeds the maximum FLAS award by $100, a difference students must pay out-of-pocket. Each student is ultimately responsible for making sure that his/her bill is paid in full and on time. If you have questions or foresee problems please contact the Program Manager.

REFUND AND CANCELLATION POLICY

If a student withdraws from the program at any point between acceptance and departure, the student forfeits their deposit plus any additional expenses that the Stone Center cannot recover from program providers. Prior to 15 days before the program start date, a student may submit a written withdrawal request to be considered for a refund of up to 75% of the program fee (deposit excluded). Refund requests received less than 15 days before the program start date will only be eligible for a maximum of 25% refund of the program fees (deposit excluded). Students withdrawing after the program start date will not be eligible for any refund.

ACCESSIBILITY AND ACCOMMODATIONS

The Stone Center is committed to making all its programs accessible to all students. Persons requiring special facilities or accommodations should notify the Program Manager as soon as possible. All effort will be made to accommodate their needs, but students should be aware that reasonable accommodation may be required.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Both Tulane and non-Tulane students at the graduate and undergraduate levels are encouraged to apply. Applicants must have a GPA of at least 2.5 and the equivalent of two semesters of Portuguese-language classes (PORT 1120 for Tulane students). They may be interviewed to determine their language proficiency during the application process. Applicants must have a passport valid for at least six months following the program end date.

APPLICATION

Application available through the Tulane Study Abroad portal:
Components

  • General Student Information
  • Current Official Transcript
  • Personal Statement (approx. 500 words; written in Portuguese encouraged)
  • Two faculty recommendations (preferably one from a Portuguese instructor)
  • Proof of Valid Passport
  • $300 non-refundable deposit (WAIVED for FLAS applicants who contact the Program Manager at sclassum@tulane.edu)

Application Deadline: Friday, March 6, 2020

Questions? Contact the Stone Center Program Manager for Special Programs
Hannah Palmer
Phone: (504) 862 – 8629
Email: sclassum@tulane.edu
100 Jones Hall, Tulane Uptown Campus

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Upcoming Events

Lunch with LAGO featuring Ruben Luciano

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Join the Latin Americanist Graduate Organization (LAGO) on Friday, 1/24 at 12pm for the latest installment of our bi-weekly lunch series. Ruben Luciano is a Ph.D. student in the Tulane University History department, specializing in modern Latin American (specifically, Dominican) history, the military under dictatorship, intersectionality, and gender. He also has two Master’s degrees in the Social Sciences and Health Communication. He’ll be speaking on his thesis project, entitled “Queering the Trujillato: Reinterpretations of Loyalty, Criminality, and Homosociality in the Dominican Military from 1930-61.” Afterwards, we’ll open the floor for a Q & A, allowing for further conversation about Ruben’s work, more practical questions about the dissertation research and writing experience, and navigating the grants application process as a Ph.D. student.

The Labyrinth will be serving mini paninis, bagels, savory spreads and dips, desserts (including tres leches cake) and fresh juices. Please come hungry!

Haitian Artists Showcase at Tulane

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HAITIANOLA and the Stone Center present artists from the Jacmel Arts Center in Jacmel, Haiti. This event will feature live dance as well as a discussion on Haitian art and its connection to New Orleans culture.

Tunica-Biloxi Language & Culture in the Classroom

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Saturday, January 25, 2020
9:00 am – 12:30 pm
Tunica-Biloxi Language & Culture in the Classroom

This collaborative workshop is designed for middle to high school Social Studies educators to enhance the teaching of the Tunica community while highlighting this group as part of a series of ancient civilizations currently taught at the K-12 level. This workshop is the first one in the series aimed at increasing and extending the current teaching of ancient civilizations in the Americas. The local focus on Louisiana indigenous people and culture will enable educators to create deeper connections when teaching about indigenous identity across the Americas such as the Maya, the Aztec and the Inca.

This workshop will introduce participants with little or no prior knowledge to ancient Tunica history, art, and language, with special focus on the role of food and native foods of this region. Language Instructors Donna Pierite and Elisabeth Pierite Mora of the Tunica-Biloxi Language & Culture Revitalization Program (LCRP) will share the history of the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe beginning in 1541 up to the 1700s when the tribes reached the Avoyelles Prairie. Through story, song and dance they will share the Tunica language and Tunica-Biloxi culture. They will highlight the cultural educational initiatives of LCRP, and provide a list of online resources and samples of pedagogical materials for attendees.

Sponsored by the Middle American Research Institute, S.S. NOLA, and the Stone Center for Latin American Studies.

This Bridge Called our Backs: Judith F. Baca, Muralism, and Community Engagement

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A Lecture by Dr. Anna Indych-Lopez
The City University of New York

Monday, February 3, 2020
6:00 PM

Woldenberg Art Center
Room 210

FLAS Summer Fellowship Application Deadline: February 14th, 2020

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The Stone Center for Latin American Studies receives funding from the U.S. Department of Education’s Title VI program for Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships. FLAS fellowships administered by the Stone Center are available to undergraduate and graduate students for the intensive study over the summer of Kaqchikel Maya, Portuguese, or another less-commonly taught Latin American language. Graduate students wishing to engage in intensive study of such a language are encouraged to apply for one of these fellowships. Only U.S. citizens or permanent residents are eligible to apply; and only intensive summer language programs that meet the FLAS guidelines will be considered. A listing of some of the approved programs is prepared by CLASP and available on-line. Program information and application packets for Tulane sponsored summer language programs can be found here.

The following FAQs offer further information on the application process and program guidelines for undergraduates and graduates respectively:

Summer FLAS FAQ for Undergraduates
Summer FLAS FAQ for Graduate Students

The Stone Center staff held an on-line information session on Wednesday, January 15, 2020. You can access the video and PowerPoint presentation here: FLAS SUMMER APPLICATION MATERIALS for 2020 All materials are PDF files, forms are in fillable PDF format.

All application materials, including the faculty recommendation form, proposal narrative, and financial need statement or FAFSA EFC, should be submitted electronically by email according to the application guidelines. Please review these guidelines carefully.

For questions regarding the FLAS Fellowship, please contact Dr. Jimmy Huck by email at jhuck@tulane.edu OR Valerie McGinley at vmcgmar@tulane.edu.

Bate Papo! Primavera 2020

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A weekly hour of Portuguese conversation and tasty treats hosted by Prof. Megwen Loveless. All levels are welcome! Meetings take place on Fridays at different hours and locations. See the full schedule below:

January 17th, 11 AM, LBC Pocket Park
Treat: Suco de maracuja

January 24th, 3 PM, Boot
Treat: Suco de caju

January 31st, 4PM, Cafe Carmo (527 Julia St.)
Treat: Suco de caja

February 7th, 11 AM, LBC Pocket Park
Treat: Agua de coco

February 14th, 11 AM, LBC Mezzanine
Treat: Guarana

February 21st, 12PM, PJs Willow
Treat: Cha de maracuja

February 28th, 2PM, Sharp Residence Hall
Treat: Cafe brasiliero

March 6th, 10 AM, LBC Mezzanine
Treat: Cha matte

March 13th, 1 PM, LBC Pocket Park
Treat: Suco de goiaba

March 20th, 3 PM, Greenbaum House
Treat: Limonada a brasiliera

March 27th, 12 PM, LBC Mezzanine
Treat: Batido de abacate

April 3rd, 11 AM, LBC Pocket Park
Treat: Suco de acai

April 17th, 1 PM, LBC Pocket Park
Treat: Caldo de cana

April 24th, 2 PM, Boot
Treat: Groselha