[Brazil@Harvard] BRAZIL WEEK starts this segunda-feira!

DRCLAS Brazil Program brazil at fas.harvard.edu
Fri Apr 15 19:22:23 EDT 2005

BRAZIL WEEK: "Brazilian Women's Movements"

Monday, April 18 - Monday, April 25

Recent scholarship has argued that Brazil has Latin America's largest, most 
vibrant and most diverse feminist movement, having pioneered a number of 
policy changes advancing women's rights.  The Third Annual Brazil Week at 
Harvard will bring together scholars, leaders, members of the local 
community, and students to examine these critical issues and celebrate the 
multiple ways in which Brazilian women have organized, including a focus on 
the role of women's organizations in the new immigrant communities.

Brazil Week Founder & Chair: CLÉMENCE JOUËT-PASTRÉ - Senior Preceptor in 
Portuguese, Department of Romance Languages & Literatures, Harvard University.

Sponsored by Harvard University's David Rockefeller Center for Latin 
American Studies (DRCLAS) and the Department of Romance Languages & 
All events are free and open to the public.  No RSVPs required.

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"Brazilian Women in Popular Music"
6:00 - 8:00 PM, Yenching Auditorium (Yenching Library), 2 Divinity Avenue 
(off of Kirkland Street), Cambridge

Vocals: Valdisa Moura, bass: Tal Shalom-Kobi, guitar: Deborah Rocha, flute: 
Tina Jacas, percussion: Steve Sanford & Marcos Santos.

Lecture by DÁRIO BORIM, JR. - Associate Professor of Portuguese and 
Brazilian Studies, University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth. Author of 
Perplexidades: Raça, Sexo e Outras Questões Sociopolíticas no Discurso 
Cultural Brasileiro and Borders and Selves: Contemporary Autobiography of 
Brazil and the Americas. Borim is host and producer of Brazilliance, a 
weekly live radio program dedicated to the music of Brazil and other 
lusophone countries.

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"Brazilian Women's Movements: A Historical Perspective"
12:00 - 2:00 PM, DRCLAS Conference Room (2nd Floor), 61 Kirkland Street, 
Brazilian lunch served at noon; the presentation will began at 12:30 pm.

A historical overview of women's movements in Brazil and an analysis of the 
movement's triumphs and challenges in the twentieth century, focusing 
particularly on education and society. Unlike the U.S. model, Brazilian 
education was marked by a strong Jesuit presence and hundreds of years of 
influence from the Catholic Church. The Constitution of 1891, which 
established Brazil as a secular, federal and democratic state, led to 
changes in the educational system which had profound repercussions for the 
education of women.

Speaker: ROSELI FISCHMANN, Visiting Scholar of Political Psychology, 
Department of Psychology, Harvard University, and Professor of Graduate 
Studies, Department of Educational Administration and Economics of 
Education, University of São Paulo (USP); Author of numerous books and 
articles, Fischmann is a regular contributor to the Brazilian newspaper 
Correio Braziliense. She is a former member of the São Paulo State Council 
for Women's Affairs (1999-2002).

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"Boston's Brazilian Women's Group"
6:00 - 7:30PM: Presentation (Conference Room - 2nd floor)
7:30 - 8:30PM: Reception & book launch (Resource Room - ground floor)
DRCLAS - 61 Kirkland St., Cambridge

What is it like to be a Brazilian, a woman, and an immigrant? How does it 
change one's life? These are some of the questions that Heloisa Galvão's 
book, As Viajantes do Século Vinte: Uma História Oral de Mulheres 
Brasileiras na Área de Boston, tries to answer. The project is an oral 
history of the saga of Brazilian women immigrants narrated in their own 
voice, featuring interviews with eleven Brazilian women who immigrated to 
the United States in the 1980s. They are young and old, married, mothers, 
grandmothers, workers from all areas, and homemakers. They speak for 
themselves on why they decided to come, what happened when they came, and 
how it changed their lives.

Speakers: HELOISA MARIA GALVÃO, co-founder, Brazilian Women's Group, and 
bilingual community field coordinator, Boston Public Schools.
GRUPO MULHER BRASILEIRA, founded in 1995 by a group of Brazilian immigrant 
women in Boston, this organization developed strong roots by participating 
actively in the organization and growth of the local Brazilian community. 

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"Brazilian Journeys: The Documentaries of Dorrit Harazim"
A series of films depicting different touching facets of Brazilian life.
4:30 - 7:30 PM, Fong Auditorium, Boylston Hall (next to Widener Library)

4:30pm: "Travessia do Escuro" (Journey through Darkness), 2002, 28 min.
Chronicles the struggles and triumphs of the illiterate in Brazil. The film 
tells the story of three elderly Brazilians, two of them women, all of whom 
have led productive lives and retired yet have now returned to school to 
learn how to read and write, hoping to fulfill the gap illiteracy has 
carved in their lives.

5:00pm: Post-film discussion with the filmmaker.

5:30pm: "Passageiros" (Passengers), 2000, 57 min.
At the age of 17, Marcelo left the ranch and mine where he worked with his 
father in Piauí and made his way to São Paulo in search of employment.  The 
film accompanies Marcelo in a three-day bus journey as he returns home for 
the first time.  Through the personal stories of Marcelo and the other 
passengers who are part of this constant migration movement within Brazil, 
the film depicts the aspirations and obstacles of the contemporary migrant.

6:30pm: Post-film discussion with the filmmaker.

Documentaries in Portuguese with English subtitles. For full series, see: 

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"Brazilian Mothers' Feeding Practices and Child Overweight"
12:00 - 2:00 PM, DRCLAS Conference Room (2nd Floor), 61 Kirkland Street, 
Brazilian lunch served at noon; the presentation will begin at 12:30pm.

A presentation on an on-going research project examining Brazilian mother's 
feeding practices, perceptions of infant weight status, and the factors 
that may influence a child's dietary intake and the development of 
overweight in pre-school years.

Speakers: ANA CRISTINA LINDSAY, DDS, MPH, DrPH, Research Scientist, Public 
Health Nutrition, Department of Nutrition, Harvard School of Public Health.
KATARINA MUCHA, Doctoral Candidate, Department of Anthropology, Faculty of 
Arts & Sciences, Harvard University.

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For a full schedule of DRCLAS's Brazil Semester at Harvard, please see: 

For location details of Harvard buildings, please see: http://map.harvard.edu

Um abraço, Tomas Amorim

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