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Part Time Work
01/20/2005 Samba Round at BSAG

02/02/2005 Carnival Parade of the Afoxé Estreal D’Oyá Block
Grupo Africanidade at the Bola Preta Club - Cinelândia
02/26/2005 and 02/27/2005 Artisans Meeting Project

03/07/2005 to 03/09/2005 PET Recycling Course
03/24/2005 to 03/27/2005 Second Cultural Week in Santa Tereza

04/01/2005 to 04/02/2005 Transatlantic Luso-Spanish Debates and the Market of Ideas
04/06/2005 Rethinking the local: the axis of the global - Christopher Cozier
04/22/2005 to 04/23/2005 Global Turns and Gender Returns
04/23/2005 Anniversary of journal Panorama da Palavra at BSAG
04/28/2005 Roda de Jongo at Arcos da Lapa, Rio de Janeiro

06/04/2005 Debut performance of the play "Você tem medo de que?" ("What are you afraid of?")
04/06/2005 Tambor de Crioula and Jongo dancing with the group Pé de Chinelo
06/04/2005 Environmental Week - Greenpeace
06/20/2005 to 06/23/2005 Workshop "The Body as a Channel" at Moitará Group's Headquarters

07/14/2005 Sala Escura Cinema Club: "Mi Querido Tom Mix "
07/15/2005 to 07/23/2005 "Alta Estação da Arte" Festival (High Season for Art)

08/01/2005 to08/02/2005 State Forums: Education and Racial and Ethnic Diversity
08/01/2005 to 08/06/2005 Ninth World Congress of Orixá Tradition and Culture
08/03/2005 to 09/02/2005 Exposition "Novíssimos 2005" (The Latest in 2005) at IBEU Art Gallery
08/15/2005 PVNC - Meetings "Race, Nationhood, Rights" / PUC-Rio
08/25/2005 Popular dance round in Lapa, Rio de Janeiro
08/27/2005 Feijoada

10/05/2005 to 10/07/2005 African Diaspora - International Conference at the Hotel Sofitel, Rio de Janeiro
10/24/2005 to 11/06/2005 3º Culture Symposium: Interculturalidades

11/01/2005 All Saints Procession for Peace
11/03/2005 and 11/04/2005 Luso-Brazilian Seminar on Santa Teresa at BSAG
11/07/2005 and 11/08/2005 Symposium "A Compared Perspective on Slavery: Brazil and the USA"
11/26/2005 Homage to Jorge Rodrigues - Viva Jorge!

Weekly Bulletin for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, U-M
12/02/2005 to 12/04/2005 Quilombos of Brazil - Recognition, Regularization and Property Title
12/04/2005 100 Notable Books of the Year
/05/2005 to 12/09/2005 Fourth Comparative History Symposium - PPGHC
12/07/2005 Latin American & Caribbean Studies Brownbag Series: Francisco Thoumi
12/18/2005 Christmas Bazaar Sale at BSAG



Part Time Work

The "O Nosso Papel" (Our Role) NGO has 10 part time vacancies for young people from 18 years of age. The selected youth will work in January, February and 15 days of March. There is a salary for this work.

Please contact by e-mail with:clluna@terra.com.br

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Let's celebrate Rio 2005!

Under the blessings of Saint Sebastian, the city's protective saint, Bel, Lauro e Bacana invite you for a samba with lentils Baiana style.

Thursday, January 20, 2005 from 3 p.m. on at Baixo Santa do Alto Glória.
Collaboration fee R$10,00 with Lentils Baiana style included on fee.

[Click here to print the invitation with a discount]

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02/02/ 2005

The Estrela D'Oyá Culture House seeks to preserve and disseminate Afro-Brazilian cultural and religious values and on February will promote these events:

“Offerings to Yemanja, Goddess of the Waters” and “Carnival Parade of the Afoxé Estreal D’Oyá Block”, preserving in great style the African roots of Brazil’s Carnival celebration.

Day: 02/02/2005 Concentration: 09:00 am for distribution of event t-shirts and tickets to board the yacht
Place: Av. Mém de Sá, 37 - Largo da Lapa - Rio de Janiero– Headquarters of the Federação dos Blocos Afros e Afoxés do Rio de Janeiro (FEBARJ)
Procession Starts: 10:00 AM
Destination: Lapa / Praça XV – where a yacht will be waiting for the faithful to deliver the offerings.
After returning, everyone will be invited to partake of the traditional fish stew and listen to the sounds of afoxé, samba de roda, and see various shows.

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Carnaval 2005
Grupo Africanidade at the Bola Preta Club - Cinelândia
Entrance: R$ 35,00 including Abadás (African costume), beer, barbecue and water.

The group will base itself in a tent set up at Cinelandia. The specific place will be defined and divulged later.

Contacts to purchase:
Cátia: (+55 21) 3903 5136 /9798 8055/9166 8370
Josina: (+55 21) 2221 8464 /9617 2754

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02/26 and 02/27/2005

During the two days, the project offers courses, presentations and video showings, from 9:00 AM to noon and from 2:00 to 5:00 PM

Saturday, February 26
9:00 to 12:00
· PET Recycling
· Paper Recycling
· Embroidery

2:00 to 5:00
· Afro Braiding
· Painting on Cloth

Sunday, February 27
9:00 to 12:00
· Ceramic Making
· Paper Maché
· Presentation: Entrepreneurship

Price: Five reais each
Sign-ups: 76 B, Hermenegildo de Barros St.
Ask for Suely
Tel: +55 21 2224-3232

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March from 07th to 09th

PET Recycling Course

The Environmental and Development Interdisciplinary Nucleus (NIEAD) again is offering the Pet Recycling Course to be held March 07, 08 e 09 2005.

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March, 24th to 27th

Second Cultural Week in Santa Tereza
Baixo Santa do Alto Gloria participates in the cultural week, with the help of the residents of Travessa Cassiano and Hermenegildo de Barros.


March, 24th - Thursday

+Rolling out the carpet at Travessa Cassiano and Baixo Santa do Alto Gloria
[learn more]
[slideshow of the setting up]
[slideshow: "Rolling out the Carpet"]
Time: 6:00 PM

+ Photography showing "Céu na Terra by Carnaval Blues"
[showing's release]
[galery of photos of the showing's premier]
Curator: Daniele Pessanha.
Scene painter: Tereza Zarvos de Médici

Time: 7:00 PM

March, 25th - Friday
Starting at 10 in the morning, BSAG will be open for visitors. We will be serving breakfast, snacks and refreshments until 6 in the evening.

+ Carpet "Santo Sudário" (“Holy Shroud”) by Leila Barbosa and Telma Rodrigues
Technical consultant: Sergio Cezar, the "Cardboard Architect":
Assistance by scene painter Theresa Zarvos de Medicis and artist Gabriel Verani

+ Photography showing "Céu na Terra by Carnaval Blues"

March 26th - Saturday
Activities from Noon to Midnight

+ Photography showing "Céu na Terra by Carnaval Blues"

+ Free Workshop: Daily Body Poetry

Up to 20 participants
Time: 1:00 to 4:00 PM

+Jongo with the capoeira group Kunta Kinte
Time: 4:00 PM

+ Art Exhibition at BSAG with the participation of Telma Rodrigues and other artists

+ Gastronomy: Vaca atolada and other taste treats by neighborhood residents.

March 27th– Sunday
Starting at 10:00 AM

+ Photography showing "Céu na Terra by Carnaval Blues"

+ Art at BSAG

+ Gastronomy: Picadinho na farofa

Baixo Santa do Alto Glória
73, Hermenegildo de Barros, St. - Glória - Rio de Janeiro

(Take the first right going up Rua Cândido Mendes)

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April, 1st and 2nd, 2005

The University of Michigan Department of Romance Languages and Literatures is pleased to announce a conference:

What's New: Transatlantic Luso-Spanish Debates and the Market of Ideas

”What's New: Transatlantic Luso-Spanish Debates and the Market of Ideas” will examine intellectual and institutional shifts in "Luso-Spanish Studies" over the last twenty years, paying particular attention to the relation between the new critical paradigms within the university, and within the field of "Spanish" in particular, and the equally astounding expansion and extension of market forces on a global scale.

Written and performed by Josefina Báez
2005 CWPS Artist in Residence & King Chavez Parks Visiting Professor
Directed by Claudio Mir • Trumpet: Ross Walker Huff
Language acquisition with soul. A nonlinear expression of our nonlinear life.

Performance and residence generously co-sponsored by the University of Michigan Office of the Provost, Rackham School of Graduate Studies, the Institute for Research on Womenand Gender, Arts at Michigan, Program in Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and the Department of Theatre & Drama.

Location: Rackham Amphitheater, 915 E. Washington Street, 4th Floor (9am - 8pm). Ann Arbor, MI.

For more information, please contact Prof. Cristina Moreiras-Menor at moreiras@umich.edu or April Caldwell at apcaldwe@umich.edu

Sponsors: The Atlantic Studies Initiative, Comparative Literature, Department of Romance Languages & Literatures, Institute for the Humanities, Institute on Women and Gender, International Institute, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, LS&A, Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Office of the Vice President for Research, and Rackham Graduate School.

To view the program, please visit http://www.lsa.umich.edu/rll/eventsnews/events.html and check April events.

Cristina Moreiras-Menor
Associate Professor of Spanish and Women's Studies
Associate Chair
Department of Romance Languages & Literatures
University of Michigan
812 E. Washington St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Phone # 734 647 2475
FAX: 734 764 8163

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April 6, 2005

Rethinking the local: the axis of the global - Christopher Cozier

An artist of international standing, Christopher Cozier is a leading contemporary artist who works in the Caribbean and engages the global. Using a vocabulary of everyday objects, his drawings, installations, performances and videos speak emphatically about the construction of identity and nationhood and to issues of power and knowledge production in our multi-cultural world. Cozier is also a curator and critic. Among his publications are: Searching For a Way Out (Massachusetts Review, Autumn-Winter 1994) and Between Narrative and Other Spaces in (Small Axe, September 1999).

Cozier's works have been exhibited at the Havana Biennale; the Bag Factory in Johannesburg; TENT in Rotterdam; CCA7 in Trinidad; the Museum of the Americas in Washington, DC; the Art Foundry in Barbados; "Nouveau Monde /mondes nouveaux" in Montreal; the Marlborough Gallery in Madrid; the A Space in Toronto; and the Art Centre of the City of Copenhagen. His work was featured on the cover of Art Journal (Spring 2003), illustrating an article-length consideration of his practice by Annie Paul.

Sponsors: The Atlantic Studies Initiative, the Center for Afroamerican and African Studies, and the School of Art and Design, and with support from the Department of the History of Art

Date:Wednesday, April 6, 2005
Time: 3:30pm
Location: 4701 Haven Hall
Atlantic Studies Initiative (ASI)

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April 22nd and 23rd, 2005

Global Turns and Gender Returns

In coordination with the University of Michigan program "Global Turns and Gender Returns," doctoral students and faculty in Latin American history are pleased to announce a two-day conference on the state of gender and history research in Latin America.

This conference will provide a forum for dialogue among scholars working from several different institutions across the Americas. In bringing these scholars together, the conference will offer a unique forum to examine the current status, challenges, and future paths of gender studies programs in Latin America and the U.S. as well as an opportunity to discuss recent trends in scholarship.

For more information, see:

Conference Program

Friday, April 22, 2005
International Institute/School of Social Work
Room 1644

Panel 1 - Gender and Nation
Time: 10-11:30 am

Chair: Professor Jesse Hofnung-Garskoff
Commentator: Professor Alexandra Stern

+Marie Cruz (University of Michigan), Inhabiting la Isla Nena: Gender Discourses and Geographical Imaginings in Vieques, Puerto Rico
+Valeria Pita (University of Buenos Aires, Argentina), The Hospice for Mad Women and the
Debates on Nation-Building and Citizenship During the Era of the República de la Opinión. Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1852-1862
+Rebekah Pite (University of Michigan), Teaching Modern Argentine Housewives How to Cook: Doña Petrona Enters the Corporate Kitchen, 1928-1934


Panel 2 - Gender and Sexuality
Time: 1:30-3:00pm

Chair: Professor Neil Safier
Commentator: Professor Michele Mitchell

+Júnia Ferreira Furtado (Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil), Black Pearls: Freed Women of Color in the Diamond District
+Sarah Arvey (University of Michigan), "Good Customs" and Illicit Sexuality in Cuba, 1933-58
+Maria Emma Mannarelli (National University of San Marcos, Peru), The Written Word, Women, and Secularization in Peru, 1890-1925.

~Coffee Break~

Panel 3 - Gender and Law

Chair: TBA
Commentator: TBA

+Astrid Cubano Iguina (University of Puerto Rico), Negotiating Masculinity and Citizenship in Nineteenth Century Puerto Rico: Narratives of Gender and Propriety in the Court of Law
+Victoria Castillo (University of Michigan), La Mujer India--the Solution to the "Indian Problem"?: Race and Gender in Early Twentieth-Century Peru
+Cristiana Schettini Pereira (University of Campinas, Brazil), Slavery in White and Black:
Debates Over Sexual Labor in Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro at the End of the Nineteenth Century

Saturday, April 23, 2005
International Institute/School of Social Work
Room 1644

Panel 4 - Gender Bending/Gender Norms


Chair: Professor Helmut Puff
Commentator: Professor Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes

+María del Carmen Baerga Santini (University of Puerto Rico), Subversive Body, Seductive Norm: A Chapter in the History of Heterosexuality in Puerto Rico
+Isabel Cordova (University of Michigan), SettingThem "Straight": Social Work Interventions with "Deviant" Youth in Puerto Rico, 1950s-1960s
+Gabriela Cano (Autonomous University of Mexico, DF, Mexico), Colonel's Robles Intimate Joy. Gender Battles in the Mexican Revolution


Roundtable Discussion on the State of History and Gender Research in Latin America

Chair: Professor Sueann Caulfield
All international conference presenters will comment on their experiences in Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Peru and Puerto Rico.

Sponsors: Atlantic Studies Initiative/English Department, Center for the History of Medicine,Global Turn and Gender Returns Program, Institute for Research on Women and Gender, History Department, International Institute, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, LS&A , Rackham Graduate School, Science and Technology Studies Program,
Women's Studies Department

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Saturday, April 23, 2005

Anniversary of the journal Panorama da Palavra at BSAG

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On April 23, 1999, the first edition of Panorama da Palavra circulated. The journal was created to publish the work of the poets who appeared at the Panorama da Palavra ("Word Panorama") - a weekly poetry reading event that was first held at the Margarida Rey Culture House, and later at the Cândido Mendes Theater, until 2003.

The original idea changed over the years, to take in poets from all over Brazil, and now includes not only contemporary poets, but also ones from all eras, who enrich our literature.

The journal has now reached its 47th edition, which will be commemorated by all those appearing in its pages through a sampling of the best of what is being produced today in Rio de Janeiro and all of Brazil.

Come celebrate with us the anniversary of Panorama da Palavra!

Date: April, 23rd - Saturday
Time: Starting at 7:00 PM
Place: Baixo Santa do Alto Glória
Rua Hermenegildo de Barros, 73 - Glória
(First right turn going up to Santa Teresa via Rua Candido Mendes

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April 28th, 2005

Hi all.

This past Thursday, just like all other months, we had our roda de jongo at Arcos da Lapa in Rio de Janeiro. It is not exaggeration to say that this event has been one of the most looked forward to among people who enjoy popular culture. This is certainly due not only to the contagious animation of the Pé de Chinelo group, but also to the integrating character of these events, which make all feel as one. All are treated equally and all egos are put aside, in an uncommon spirit of togetherness.

WHAT’S MORE, we have been even more honored to receive so many maestros of popular culture, as happened at the last event with the presence of Nico (of Santo Antônio de Pádua) and Julio (of Congo, from Vila Velha, Espírito Santo), among other old friends.

We would once again like to thank Lola (Companhia Folclórica do Rio de Janeiro), for having brought our friends and we hope to count on her presence again in the future.

The roda always starts at 9:00 PM. We will form a Tambor de Crioula, under the direction of Lucio Oliveira (who also works with the Mariocas Company and with the Three Marias) and will also have forró (from Tambor das Almas, and this month with backing from the vibrant Cidéu). There will be no lack of coconut (with the indispensable help of Marcello Mattos). And at the end, who knows, even a little samba to close out the night.

Hugs to all. See you Thursday. Axé!

Vanusa de Melo


Date: April, 28th - thursday
Time: 9pm

Place: Arcos da Lapa, Rio de Janeiro

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June 4th, 2005

Debut performance of the play "Você tem medo de que?" ("What are you afraid of?")

On June,4th is the debut performance of the play "Você tem medo de que?" ("What are you afraid of?") with the Cia.Jardim das Espécies and directed by Rosyane Trotta. The play will be held every saturday and sunday of June.

Date: June, 4th - Saturday
Time: 8:00 PM
Price: R$15,00 (studants pay R$7,50)
Place: Baixo Santa do Alto Glória
Rua Hermenegildo de Barros, 73 - Glória
(First right turn going up to Santa Teresa via Rua Candido Mendes
Contact: +55 21 2224 3232

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Tambor de Crioula and Jongo dancing with the group Pé de Chinelo

The group of popular culture "Pé-de-Chinelo" will present Tambor de Crioula and Jongo dancing at BSAG.

Date: June 4th - Saturday
Time: 10:00 PM
Price: R$ 5,00
Place: Baixo Santa do Alto Glória
Rua Hermenegildo de Barros, 73 - Glória
(First right turn going up to Santa Teresa via Rua Candido Mendes
Contact: +55 21 2224 3232

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Environmental Week - Greenpeace

Environmental Week is here. And deforestation of the Amazon continues full bore, 1,740 trees a minute! Worse still, this has become routine. At this rate in a short time there’ll be no Amazon Forest left. Brazil IS LOSING its greatest natural treasure. You can help!

Come take part in the Greenpeace’s activities and leave your message to make your city a Friend of the Amazon City.

On June 4, the eve of Earth Day, Greenpeace presents the interactive game Peace in the Forest, aimed at kids and their parents. The game points out the friends and enemies of the Amazon Forest. Have a look!

06/04 – Farroupilha Park – Expeditionary Monument – 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
06/05 - Praia de Belas Shopping Center – Good citizenship stand – dissemination of Greenpeace and the campaign against Amazon deforestation – 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM

06/04 – Marquis of Ibirapuera Park, gate 3 (Bienal gate) – 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Learn about other happenings:
06/04 – Participation of Greenpeace in open house at the Santo Amaro SENAC (Av. Eng. Eusébio Stevaux, 823) – 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Presentation at 10:00.

06/04 – Petition signature drive for the Friend of the Amazon City drive and planting of 1,000 native tree seedlings – Concentration at FIG (Rua Dr. Solon Fernandes, 155 - Vila Rosália, Guarulhos - 8:00 AM

06/04 and 05 - Greenpeace at Hopi Hari amusement park (Rod. Bandeirantes, Km 72), Greentips Exposition – 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM

06/06 and 07 – Greentips Exposition – "Bazar do Surf" (Alameda dos Arapanés, 197) – 2:00 PM to 10:00 PM

06/06 and 07 – Friend of the Amazon City exposition at the "Sustainability Fair" that is part of the Barueri Environmental Week - (Av. Pastor Sebastião Davino dos Reis, 672 - Vila Porto - Barueri) – 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM

06/06 toa 10 – Forests Exposition – Central Post Office (Rua Mergernthaler, 600) – 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

06/08 - Friend of the Amazon City exposition - Carrefour Osasco

06/04 - Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon – Roller Skate Park – 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

06/04 – City Park, near the Athlete’s Kiosk – 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

06/07 – Vigil in front of the Presidential Palace. Joint activity with other NGOs, remembering the murder of Sister Dorothy Stang, with the theme “The death of the forest is the end of our lives" – 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

06/04– Mindu Park – 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

06/04 - Aggêo Pio Sobrinho Municipal Park, entrance from Av Mario Werneck - Buritis – 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM

06/05 - Américo Gianetti Municipal Park, entrance from Av. Afonso Pena - Centro – 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM

06/04 –Pituaçu Park, beachfront entrance – 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Spread the word, bring your friends and protect what’s ours.

Hope to see you there!
Team and Greenpeace

*** Learn about other events that will be part of Greenpeace’s actions for Environmental Week in Belo Horizonte, Brasília, Manaus, Porto Alegre, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador and São Paulo. See here:www.greenpeace.org.br

If you haven’t voted yet, participate now: www.greenpeace.org.br/motosserra/
If you’ve already voted, see the results at our site on June 7th.

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June 20 to 23,2005

Workshop "The Body as a Channel" at Moitará Group's Headquarters

Jorge Lopes Ramos, actor and director of the Zecora Ura Theater Group, of London, and the Moitará Group take great pleasure in inviting you to a workshop at its headquarters. Sign-ups are open.DON’T MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY!

Date: From June 20 to 23
Time: 2:00 to 6:00 PM
Fee: R$ 150.00
Place: Space of the Moitará Group
Rua Joaquim Silva, 56 / 3rd Floor - Lapa
Contact: 55 21 3852 0403 / 2221 7319

Remark: At the last workshop, at night, there will be a demonstration work open to the public, for at most 30 people. Those interested should get in touch to make reservations.

The Body as a Channle is the result of the practical thesis developed from the theoretical studies of Antonin Artaud, of Japanese Butoh dancing and of its ramifications in Europe today. The study of the body as a channel is conducted by investigating the practices of Tatsumi Hijikata and Kazuo Ohno, where the dance is not an end, but rather a means. The work of listening as a point of departure enables an understanding of the body in organic movement, suspended and interrupted aging, physical and imaginary manipulation of the body, emptying the “channel”, directing energy and life cycles.

Jorge Lopes Ramos is artist in residence and visiting professor at Rose Bruford College in England. Founding member and artistic director of the Zecora Ura Theatre (London) since 2001, his experience as director includes 10 shows, presented in various countries such as England, Scotland, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Poland, Finland, Iceland, Brazil and Japan, where he has also given various workshops. His training is based on a range of corporal practices, such as Japanes Butoh dance, Kabuki theater, Commedia Dell’Arte, acrobatics, clown performance, Laban, mime, physical theater and Angolan capoeira. His teachers include Atsuchi Takenuchi (Ohno/Hijikata), Ana Sanchez Coldberg (Pina Bausch), Ana Vasquez de Castro (Peter Brook), Ian Morgan (Grotowski), among others.

For more information about Zecora Ura Theatre, visit:www.zecoraura.com

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July 14th, 2005

Sala Escura Cinema Club: "Mi Querido Tom Mix "

The SALA ESCURA Cinema Club presents this Thursday, July 14th, at 6:30 PM, its Latina session at MAM (Av. Infante D. Henrique, 85,Centro - Rio de Janeiro).


The feature film is MI QUERIDO TOM MIX (Mexico, 1991, 90 min.), directed by Carlos García Agraz, with Federico Luppi, Ana Ofelia Murguia, Carmen Beato, Lourdes Carrillo and Eduardo Casals.

The film by Carlos García Agraz was shown at various festivals, such as in Mexico and Havana, where it won the award for best actress. At the Gramado Festival in 1993, besides being nominated for the Kikito Award as the best Ibero-American film, Mi Querido Tom Mix won the award for best actor for the interpretation of Federico Luppi.

The script for Mi Querido Tom Mix was written by Consuelo Garrido in a script workshop organized by the Colombian writer Gabriel García Márquez. Its greatest quality is to revitalize a genre known in Mexico as “aventura”, which was of great importance in the history of that country’s cinema.

To start off the session in July, we’ll have the not-to-be missed short SIEMBRO VIENTO EN MI CIUDAD (Cuba, 1978, 24 min), by Cuban filmmaker Fernando Pérez, which documents moments in the artistic life of Chico Buarque and his relations with the political and social life of Brazil.

Date: July 14th
Time: 06:30 PM
Place: MAM - Modern Art Museum
Av. Infante D. Henrique, 85 - Centro - Rio de Janeiro

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July 15th to 23, 2005

"Alta Estação da Arte" Festival

The "Alta Estação da Arte" Festival will be promoted by BSAG during the days 15, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22 and 23, in July, and will have a programming that gathers presentations of various works with quality, like Cia. de Dança Dani Lima, Teatro do Nada, Violão Real Quintet, Cabaret Pé Sujo, Sergio Cezar, “the architect of cardboard”, and many others.

Visit the event's hotsite to check the programme.

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August 1st to 6th, 2005

State Forums: Education and Racial and Ethnic Diversity

Racial and ethnic diversity is in the heart of this country, and also in the classroom.

Promoted by the Secretariat of Continuing Education, Literacy and Diversity (Secad/MEC), part of the ministry of Education, in partnership with the Rio de Janeiro state government, the event will occur at COLÉGIO BATISTA SHEPARD, which is located at Rua José Higino, 416 - Tijuca/R on August 1st and 2nd, 2005.

During these two days, participants will be able to choose from presentations, roundtable discussions and working groups, with all activities related to the themes of education and racial and ethnic diversity.

Among the main themes will be Law 10,639, enacted in 2003, which makes African history and afro-Brazilian culture a required part of the national curriculum directives. The seminar will be a good opportunity to discuss the implementation of public policies to promote racial equality.

The Ministry of Education has been holding these forums since last year, in various states, and all told there will be 20.

Date: August 1st and 2nd, 2005
Rua José Higino, 416 - Tijuca/RJ

More information
http://portal.mec.gov.br/secad or call toll-free 0800-616161 or contact the Undersecretary of Planning and Coordination of Special Schools at: (55 21) 2299-4262 and 2299-3795



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August 1st to 6th, 2005

Ninth World Congress of Orixá Tradition and Culture
Rio de Janeiro State University, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The World Congress of Orixá Tradition and Culture (OrisaWorld) opens sign-ups for the Ninth OrisaWorld Congress, which will take place from August 1 to 6, 2005 at Ro de Janeiro State University, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

This congress will focus on the role of the Orixá religion in society, exploring the influence of the Orixá religion and culture in contemporary societies, and its effective role in people’s lives, especially among Africans of the Diaspora and on the African continent. In this form, the congress will seek to analyze the current context of societies from the African matrix, stressing their positive characteristics, and at the same time pointing to possible solutions to various problems. The sub-themes include the following:

1. Education, pedagogy and Orixá religion
2. Health, medicine and curing
3. Native knowledge and technological systems
4. Sacrifice, possession and ritual
5. Environment and ecology
6. The use of the Yoruba language and philosophy
7. Creation in visual and performing arts
8. The relevance of the literature on Ifá and Orixá
9. Public policies and social rights
10. Promotion of Yoruban culinary arts and sciences
11. Development and preservation of the biological and spiritual family
12. Socioeconomic development

13. Relations between African and the Diaspora
14. Inter-religiosity
15. Ethics, hierarchy, discipline and character
16. Questions of gender, race and ethnicity
17. Currents of the Orixá religion
18. Questions about the body and sexuality in the Orixá tradition
19. Negritude: the bias of the African matrix in philosophy
20. Politics and religion

We are accepting applications to give presentations (please fill out the specific form)

Official languages: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish and Yoruba

We stress that presentations on subjects not directly related to the main congress’s theme, but that are relevant to the Orixá religion and culture, will always be welcome. The organization is therefore open to applications of summaries on topics related to the Orixá religion, culture and tradition in general.

The approved summaries will eventually be published

Sign-up fees:

Local participants: R$100.00
Local artisans: R$100.00
Local exhibitors (companies): R$400.00
Foreign participants: US$100.00
Foreign exhibitors: US$400.00

The deadline for sign-ups for summaries of communications, exhibitors and presenters is June 17, 2005. We will send you a confirmation letter as soon as we receive the summaries and sign-ups.
(Please indicate what sub-theme applies to your summary.)


Participants from Brazil and other South American countries:

Professor Robson Rogerio Cruz (Coordinator of the local organizing committee) or Professora Magali da Silva Almeida (Coordinator of ProAfro)

Rua São Francisco Xavier, 524 - Bloco E - Sala 8017
Rio de Janeiro - RJ - CEP: 20550-013

Tel: (5521) - 2587-7208
Fax: (5521) - 2284-3290

Participants from the rest of the world (Africa, Canada, Caribbean, Europe, United Kingdom, etc.)

Dr. Kola Abimbola (International coordinator of OrisaWorld)
Faculty of Law, University of Leicester
Leicester LE1 7RH

E-mail: coordinator@orisaworld.org
Tel: + 44 (0)116 223 1255
Fax: + 44 (0)116 252 502

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August 3rd to September 2nd, 2005

Exposition "Novíssimos 2005" (The Latest in 2005) at IBEU Art Gallery

The Institut Brazil-United States (IBEU) is proud to invite you all to the opening of the exposition "Novíssimos 2005" (The Latest in 2005) on August 3rd, 2005, starting at 8:00 PM.

On the occasion, at 9:00 PM, the IBEU Award of Plastic Arts 2004 will be given to the artists Araken and Valdir Rocha, considered the best exposers in 2004.

Place: Art Gallery IBEU
Av. N. Sra. de Copacabana, 690 / 2°andar - Copacabana
Rio de Janeiro - Brazil
Time: from 8:00 PM till 11:00 PM - Free entrance
55 21 3816 9400

Date: 08/04/2005 a 09/02/2005
Monday through Friday, Noon to 6:00 PM - Free entrance

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August 15th, 2005

PVNC - Meetings "Race, Nationhood, Rights" / PUC-Rio

The Interdisciplinary Nucleus for Afro-Descendent Reflection and Memory (Nirema) is beginning a series of meetings to discuss race, nationhood and civil rights in the United States. The first presentation will be by Professor Jerry Davila, of the University of North Carolina, who will speak on Slavery and the Formation of the Republic in the United States. The meeting will take place on Monday, August 15th, at 3:00 PM in Room 408-F. The presentation will be in Portuguese and certificates will be given to participants.

Movimento PVNC

Data: 08/15/2005
Rua Marquês de São Vicente, 225, Gávea
Rio de Janeiro, RJ - Room 408-F
Horário: 3:00 PM

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August 25th, 2005

Popular dance round in Lapa, Rio de Janeiro

The last Thursday of every month we get together with friends for dancing and other festivities. This month it will be on the 25th, at 9:00 PM, under the Lapa Arches. We’ll dance jongo, coco, tambor de crioula and Uruguayan candomblé (with the group Nação Zumbalelê). The event is open to the public, full of spirit, and it’s free.

Visit our community at Orkut:

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August 27th, 2005

Feijoada (traditional Brazilian dish)

Saturday, August 27th, at the Pé-de-Chinelo House, we’ll have a delicious feijoada. The dish, prepared by Olívia and Cassiano, will be the outcome of the efforts of each member of the group, and seeks to raise funds to finish construction or our headquarters.

Information and reservations by e-mail or:

(55 21) 2507-9483 (Vanusa or Bruno)
Date: 08/27/2005
Rua Costa Bastos, 298, casa 102
Santa Teresa/RJ

Time: 2:00 PM

Price: 7 reais (inclui uma bebida a escolher)

Visit our community at Orkut:

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October 5th to 7th, 2005

African Diaspora - International Conference at the Hotel Sofitel, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro

International Conference in Rio gathers black people who will discuss their culture and challenges

The III Bi-annual Conference of ASWAD - "Diasporic Encounters and Collaborations" will happen on October 5th to 7th, 2005, with 330 proposals organized into 67 panels and round tables.

Further information: http://aswadconference.rg3.net


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October 24th to November 6th, 2005

3º Culture Symposium: Interculturalidades

Opening Conference
10/24 / 5 PM
Culture Minister Gilberto Gil

And: Ariano Suassuna, J. Borges, Raíces de América, Tarancón, Tangos e Tragédias, Verve Cia de Dança, Muniz Sodré, Yassir Chediak, MV Bill, Carnaval de Oruro (Bolívia), Negro Mendes (Peru), Joe Vasconcellos (Chile), Terreirada, Carimbo Raízes da Terra, Léo Leobons, Mãe Beata, Santero Fermin Nani (Cuba), As Marias da Graça, O Sombra, Hierbacana (Argentina), Mahuederu Karajá e Ijesseberi Karajá, Octavio Arbelaez (Colômbia), Nitis Jacón, Maria Eliana Nett (Chile), Sérgio Mamberti, Sérgio Sá Leitão, João das Neves.

More information:
Tel 55 21 2629-5035 / Telefax 55 21 2629-5030

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November 1st, 2005

All Saints Procession for Peace

Dear All,

On November 1st we’ll be holding, for the sixth straight year, the All Saints Procession for Peace, which this year will be part of the programming of the Celebrate with the City Cultural Condominium, an event in partnership with the Rio de Janeiro city government.
The Cultural Condominium and the Grande Companhia Brasileira de Mystérios e Novidades hold the All Saints Procession every November 1st, starting at 5:00 PM. It is a grand procession not only in honor of Catholic saints, but also in respect of various traditions and religions (African, Indigenous, Buddhist and Hindu, among others). It starts from the Cultural Condominium, in Largo de São Francisco, and follows many of the streets with special significance in the cultural life of downtown Rio de Janeiro, ending up at Praça XV.

In a manifestation at the same time artistic, pacifist and integrating, where the richness of our diversity finds expression, saints are represented by actors, dancers and musicians on stilts, dressed in special costumes created for the occasion, accompanied by banners and musical instruments intoning sacred and profane hymns. Participation is open to all who want to accompany or take part actively in this moment of rare beauty.

Date: 11/01/2005
2, Luís de Camões St.– Largo de São Francisco
Time: 5PM
Lígia Veiga : +55 21 22524103

Ana Luísa Cardoso:+55 21 25572685

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November 3rd and 4th, 2005

Luso-Brazilian Seminar on Santa Teresa at BSAG

Inter-American Development Bank Technical Cooperation Fund
Portuguese Fiduciary Fund
TC: BRT1017

Dates: November 3rd and 4th, 2005
Place: Baixo Santa do Alto Glória
Rua Hermenegildo de Barros, 76 – Glória – Rio de Janeiro
Tel:[55 21] 22243232


Program of the Luso-Brazilian Seminar on Santa Teresa (Rua Hermenegildo de Barros and Travessa Cassiano)

Project Coordinator: Fernanda Magalhães
Social scientist Paula Azem will be representing BSAG President Leila Barbosa at this event

November 3rd

+09:00 – 09:30 - Opening – brief explanation on the project under way
+09:30 – 10:00 - Brief explanation of the area and its population
+10:00 – 10:30 - Brief diagnosis of the area
10:30 – 11:00 - Coffee break
+11:00 – 13:00 - Presentation of relevant experiences in Brazil and Portugal
. Rio Corridor Cultural (to be confirmed)
. Downtown São Paulo (Nadia Somekh)
. The experience of the Lisbon City Council (Dr. Teresa Craveiro)
. The rehabilitation experience in Portugal (Prof. Costa Lobo)
+13:00 – 15:00 - Lunch
15:00 – 19:00 - Workshop I:
. Working Instruments and Methodologies– coordinated by Teresa Craveiro and Fernanda Magalhães
. Inventory and Landmarking
. Urbanistic Instruments
. Legal Instruments
. Public-Private Partnerships

November 4th

+09:00 – 09:45 - Summary of the project under way and conclusions of Workshop I
+09:45 – 10:00 - Coffee break
10:00 – 13:30 Workshop II:
. Defining an Action Plan – coordinated by Costa Lobo and Fernanda Magalhães
. Public participation
. Choice of priorities
. Funding and financing
. Management instruments
13:30 - Official Seminary Closing

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November 7th and 8th, 2005

Symposium "A Compared Perspective on Slavery: Brazil and the USA" - UFRJ

On November 7 and 8, 2005, the symposium "A Compared Perspective on Slavery: Brazil and the USA" will take place in the Grand Salon of the Institute of Social Sciences (IFCS) of Rio de Janeiro Federal University (UFRJ). Below is the programming:

November 7: Opening with Manolo Florentino and conference on "The historiography of slavery in the United States: new approaches," with William Harris.

November 8: Roundtable discussion "Aspects of slavery in the Americas", with Vitor Izecksohn - Moderator, William Harris, Robert Slenes, Keila Grinberg and Beatriz Gallotti Mamigonian.

Sign-ups are free and can be made until 11/04/2005, from Noon to 5:00 PM at the secretary's office of the Postgraduate History Program, at Largo de Sao Francisco, no. 1, Centro, Rio de Janeiro, RJ.

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November 26th, 2005

Homage to Jorge Rodrigues - Viva Jorge!

Homage to the sculptor, deceased in 2004, with the exposition and sale of his work at Baixo Santa do Alto Glória, after 4 PM.

+Learn more about Jorge Rodrigues

Place: Baixo Santa do Alto Glória
Rua Hermenegildo de Barros, 73 - Glória
Take the first right going up Rua Cândido Mendes)
Time: after 4PM
Telephone: [55 21] 2224-3232

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Weekly Bulletin for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, U-M

* Wednesday, November 30: LACS Brownbag with Brenda Lin and Shinsuke Uno
* Wednesday, November 30: Lecture by Fernando Velasquez
* Thursday, Dec. 1: Presentation on Fair Trade Cocoa in Ecuador
* Wednesday, Dec. 7: LACS Brownbag with Francisco Thoumi
* Thursday, Dec. 8: LACS Bate Papo with Paulina Alberto
* Thursday, Dec 8: Caribbean Workshop Reception (originally scheduled for Nov. 10)
* Friday, Dec. 9: Lecture by Juan Flores on ‘Creolite in the Hood: Diaspora as Source and Challenge’

The LACS Winter 2006 Courseguides are available online at http://www.umich.edu/~iinet/lacs/course/courses.html and http://www.umich.edu/~iinet/lacs/course/courses-grad.html

TODAY Wednesday, November 30, 12-1pm, in 2609 SSWB/International Institute

Shinsuke Uno (SNRE) and Brenda Lin (SNRE) will be leading the second of this semester’s LACS Brownbag Series with a presentation on “Sustainable Coffee Agriculture in Chiapas, Mexico: from ecology to economics.” Coffee agroecosystems are diverse agricultural systems that cover much of Latin America. Its traditional form includes many layers of shade canopy cover that serve as habitat for various organisms. For this reason, traditional coffee agroecosystems have received much attention among conservationists as refuges for biodiversity. Protecting traditional systems of coffee may also be beneficial toward protecting crop production from global climate change. Climate data from Southern Mexico show trends in decreasing annual precipitation and increasing temperatures in the last forty years. This change in climate is a challenge to farmers who need rainwater to maintain crop production. Studies show that traditional coffee systems are capable of maintaining more water within the agricultural crop layer than technified coffee systems. However, current trends show that more technified coffee agroecosystems are replacing these traditional coffee systems, and the value of coffee agroecosystems for biodiversity and water conservation is rapidly being lost.

Brenda Lin is a doctoral candidate in the School of Natural Resources and the Environment. She is interested in the ability to maintain ecological benefits in disturbed habitats and is currently studying sustainable coffee agroecosystems in Southern Mexico. Shinsuke Uno is a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Natural Resources and Environment. He is interested in biodiversity conservation in agroecosystems and its practical benefit. His current research focuses on the diversity of parasitic wasps in coffee agroecosystems of southern Mexico.

Wednesday, November 30, 12-1pm, in 210 West Hall

Fernando Velasquez (Romance Languages and Literatures) will present his work in progress: "Writing at a Crossroads: Arguedas between Literature and Anthropology." Through the analysis of Arguedas' short story "El sueño del pongo," this reflection discusses writing as political intervention and the contradictions that such an operation entails.

Thursday December 1st, 5:30PM, 1028 DANA (the School of Natural Resources and the Environment, at 341 E. University Ave.)

Please come tomorrow evening for a presentation on Fair Trade Cocoa in Ecuador by the founder of the Kallari Cooperative, Judy Logback, and cooperative leaders Netty Cayapa & Diego Grefa as they discuss the effect of Fair Trade on their communities, how they became involved, as well as barriers along the way specific to Fair Trade cocoa production, and what we in the US can do to help out. Fair trade coffee, baked goods and translation will be provided!

Wednesday, December 7, 12-1 pm, International Institute, room 2609

LACS will be having another brownbag entitled "From drug lords to war-lord: the unintended consequences of anti-drug policies in Colombia,” which will be presented by Francisco Thoumi (Professor of Economics, and Director/Founder of the Research and Monitoring Center on Drugs and Crime, Universidad del Rosario, Bogotá, Colombia).

Thursday, December 8, 12-1pm, International Institute, room 2609

For the next LACS Bate-Papo in our Fall Series, Paulina Alberto (History, RLL) will be talking about “Os Bailes Soul e o Movimento Negro Carioca nos Anos 70.” Paulina Alberto is assistant professor of History and Romance Languages and Literatures, working on questions of race and national identity in modern Latin America. Specifically, her work focuses on black intellectuals' and activists' involvement in defining Brazil's multi-racial identity in the 20th century. The Bate-Papo is a series of informal meetings of students, scholars, and invited guests to discuss issues of broad contemporary interest. Conversations will be primarily in Portuguese, but accessible to beginning Portuguese students.

Thursday, December 8, 3-5pm, International Institute, room 2609

Please come to the Caribbean Workshop Opening Reception which will serve as the official inauguration for the 2005-06 Caribbean Workshop Series. The goal of this reception is to facilitate contact across departments and to initiate communication between students and professors whose work focuses on the Caribbean. At this event, the organizers will also present to the academic community the schedule for upcoming presentations and related events.

Friday, December 9, 4:30-6:30pm in the Michigan Room of the Michigan League

As part of the Colloquium series: What is the Atlantic?, Juan Flores (Hunter College & CUNY Graduate Center) will be presenting the lecture ‘Creolite in the Hood: Diaspora as Source and Challenge.’ Professor Juan Flores, a well known scholar in the field of Puerto Rican and Cultural Studies, teaches seminars in sociological theory, Latino and cultural studies at the CUNY Graduate School. Since 1999, he has been director of the Hunter College Mellon Minority Undergraduate Fellowship Program. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of the New York Council on the Humanities and has consulted for the Smithsonian Institution and the Rockefeller Foundation. His major publications include Poetry in East German, Memoirs of Bernardo Vega, Divided Arrival, Divided Borders: Essays on Puerto Rican Identity, & his latest publication, From Bomba to Hip Hop: Puerto Rican Culture and Latino Identity (Columbia University Press, 2000). This lecture is free and open to the public.



“Wired up to the World: Performance, Film & Television in Contemporary Brazil.” (LACS 490.001 for undergrads, LACS 590.001 for grads and Comm 437.001 for Communication Students). A one-credit mini-course, to be held on Tuesdays & Thursdays, from March 7, 2006-March 28, 2006: 5-7 pm, in 3512 Haven Hall. The class will be taught by Professor Esther Hamburger who is a Professor of Communication Arts at the University of São Paulo (USP). With a background in social anthropology (Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1999), Professor Hamburger has emerged as one of the leading television scholars conducting original primary research in Brazil. She has published in a wide range of journals and book anthologies, including the journals Framework and Television and New Media in the U.S., and is a correspondent for the prestigious Folha de São Paulo newspaper. Recent projects include her book O Brasil atenado (2005), a study of the Brazilian telenovela, and research-in-progress on representations of race, poverty, modes of exhibition, and viewer response in cinema and live performance.

This fourteen-hour, one-credit mini-course focuses on film and television representations of violence and poverty as intrinsic dimensions of what is known as "the social problem" in contemporary Brazil. The dispute over control of how and where these representations are produced defines the relationship that people from different social classes and professional segments maintain with various audiovisual formats, such as TV programs (news, reality shows, soap operas), documentaries and/or fictional films. In this course, consideration of films and specialized literature will be combined with discussion of an ongoing ethnographic experiment in a favela in São Paulo since the end of the 1990s. Our focus will be on how people from different social groups contribute (unequally) to both the production and reception of images that represent Brazil. For more information, contact David Frye at dfrye@umich.edu, or Esther Hamburger at ehamb@usp.br.

“From the Law of the Indies to Brasilia: Architecture and Urbanism in Mexico, Peru and Brazil.” (LACS 619), History of Art (HA 617). Thursdays 10-1 pm, in

210 Tappan Hall, and taught jointly by Prof. Fernando Lara, and Professor Stella Nair (both from U-M). What is “Latin American Architecture?” Is there such a thing as the “Latin American city?” In this course, we will explore the common stereotypes and misconceptions about “Latin America” as expressed through architecture and urban form, challenging how ideas of sameness and difference in the built environment are embedded in cultural assumptions. We will critique the boundaries of Latin America as we explore examples from beyond Central and South America, turning also to the United States and the Caribbean. Covering five hundred years but focusing primarily on three case studies (Mexico, Peru, and Brazil) this interdisciplinary seminar will interrogate some of the major themes concerning architecture and urban form in Latin America, ranging from cultural encounters to internationalization. In particular, we will address the entanglement of the built environment with issues of race, nation building, and artistic production. We will explore how architecture and the city have been imagined, created, visualized, altered, destroyed and remembered in order to better understand the complex dynamics underlying their histories.

New Grad Course for Winter 2006. Anthro 549: ‘Indigenous Political Movements’. Professor Stuart Kirsch. Thursdays 1-4 pm. 171 Lorch. This course examines the prospects and limits of contemporary indigenous political movements. The emergence of the indigenous as a legal category and social movement has opened up new politics and debates about alternative forms of sovereignty in many parts of the world. These movements express concerns about their physical and cultural survival, local environments and the economic benefits of natural resources, linguistic continuity, and political autonomy. Paradoxically, securing new rights-based claims requires movement and translation across cultural, political, and geographical boundaries. Strategic alliances with nongovernmental organizations, which have their own agendas, may result in significant compromises. Yet indigenous movements retain the capacity to introduce new ideas into the public domain in a compelling fashion, presenting alternatives to familiar forms of the state, science, and capital. Readings include: Ramos (1998) INDIGENISM, Niezen (2003) THE ORIGINS OF INDIGENISM, Baviskar (2004) IN THE BELLY OF THE RIVER (2nd ed.), Sawyer (2004) CRUDE CHRONICLES, Warren (1998) INDIGENOUS MOVEMENTS AND THEIR CRITICS, Grant (1995) IN THE SOVIET HOUSE OF CULTURE, Bell (1998) NGARRINDJERI WURRUWARRIN, Brown (2004) WHO OWNS NATIVE CULTURE?, and Tsing (2005) FRICTION.

University of Chicago Summer 2006 Beginning and Intermediate K'iche' Maya Classes. June 19-August 26, 2006. During Summer 2006, the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Chicago will offer an intensive summer institute in K’iche’, a Mayan language spoken by about one million people in the central highlands of Guatemala. K’iche’ has played a central role in the Mayan cultural revitalization movement and has a long literary tradition including such works as the Popol Wuuj (Popol Vuh) and numerous plays such as Rabinal Achi. The CLAS K’iche’ course will be taught by Rusty Barrett, a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Linguistics Department conducting socio-linguistic research on K’iche’ dialectology and language change.

The K’iche’ course uses newly developed teaching materials in addition to a revised version of the Stanley Wick and Remigio Cochojil-González textbook written for the late Norman McQuown’s K’iche’ course at the University of Chicago. The course will be appropriate for students with a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds, including anthropology, comparative religion, Latin American studies, linguistics, and human development. Emphasis will be on developing proficiency in modern spoken K’iche’ for future field or archival research. The University of Chicago houses one of the world’s finest collection of recorded K’iche’ materials, including recordings dating back to the 1920’s. In the summer of 2006, CLAS will offer intensive courses in both Beginner’s and Intermediate K’iche’, allowing additional students to take advantage of this rare opportunity.

Graduate students at CIC institutions may directly enroll in the K'iche' institute without change in registration or increase in tuition through the CIC Traveling Scholars program. For details on how to apply, please visit http://www.cic.uiuc.edu/programs/TravelingScholars/index.shtml. Graduate students at CIC institutions may also apply for Foreign Language Enhancement Program (FLEP) scholarships to cover living expenses incurred while attending the K'iche' institute. Applications are due February 10, 2006. For details on how to apply, please visit http://www.cic.uiuc.edu/programs/FLEP/index.shtml.

Capoeira Angola Tribute to a Legend in Capoeira Angola in Brazil: Master Pastinha. Friday Dec.2-Sunday Dec.4, 2005 with Master Caboquinho and Master Marrom. In 1942 Master Pastinha founded the first Angola school, the Centro Esportivo de Capoeira Angola, located at the Pelourinho. Shortly before this time Capoeira had been banned in Brazil. Capoeira Angola is an Afro-Brazilian dance/defense that developed 500 years ago in Brazil by Africans fighting to maintain freedom. It has now become an art-form that has spread throughout Brazil and throughout the world.

Friday, Dec. 2, 1:30pm, Michigan Union, Anderson room A
"500 years of Resistance: Life of Master Pastinha" (Ann Arbor) Lecture and Movie on History of Capoeira Angola and Master Pastinha, with Master Caboquinho and Master Marrom.

Saturday, Dec. 3, 10:30am, Michigan Union, Wolverine room
Capoeira Angola workshop 1 - Music and Movement of Capoeira-Afro-Brazilian dance/defense with Master Caboquinho

Saturday, Dec. 3, 1:00pm, Michigan Union, Wolverine room
Capoeira Angola workshop 2 - Music and Movement of Capoeira-Afro-Brazilian dance/defense with Master Marrom

Saturday, Dec. 3, 3:00pm, Michigan Union, Wolverine room
Samba percussion workshop - Afro-Brazilian rhythms! with Master Caboquinho

Sun, Dec. 4, 1:00pm, Centro TABCAT 4647 Michigan Ave, Detroit(b/w Livernois & Clark)
"Tribute to Master Pastinha"

Sunday, Dec. 4th, 3:00pm at Centro TABCAT
Capoeira Angola Workshop with Master Marrom Roda(Capoeira performance)

Open for community, family and friends to watch and participate! Brazilian Food will be served! Please e-mail capoangoladetroit@prodigy.net or call 734-449-9960/313-361-9030 to register for workshops. Registration for lecture or roda is not necessary. Please visit www.tabcat.org for more information.

CALL FOR PAPERS: The Society for Cultural Anthropology Biennial Spring Conference will have panels, plenaries, and workshops on "Translations of Value." May 5 & May 6, 2006 at the historic Pfister Hotel, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. DEADLINE for Paper and Panel Proposals: January 1, 2006. The 2006 SCA conference theme invites participants to track, conceptually and ethnographically, the networks of association through which people and things create, transmit, transform, and contest, economic and semiotic value(s). Among the themes invited for individual paper and panel proposals are: Commodity and value chains; politics of translation in scientific knowledge production; semiotic and linguistic value shifts; the social life/transnational traffic of things and persons; transforming knowledge systems and local knowledges; transnational social/solidarity movements; geographies of belonging and exclusion; emerging methods and scales of ethnography. We invite contributors to address the challenges, methodological and political as well as theoretical, posed by global translations to an anthropology committed to ethnographic practice. Featured plenary speakers and workshop organizers include: Marisol de la Cadena, Lisa Cartwright, Elizabeth Dunn, Judith Farquhar, Lisa Rofel, Rachel Silvey, Charis Thompson, Anna Tsing, Kay Warren, Brad Weiss, and Sylvia Yanagisako. The David Schneider Memorial lecture will be given by Professor Timothy Mitchell of New York University. http://www.aaanet.org/sca/meetings/sca/2006/intro.htm

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS. Paper proposals are being accepted for the upcoming Graduate Student Conference "Perceptions of Space", to be held March 24 & 25, 2006, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (Dept of Spanish and Portuguese). Grad students from any discipline to submit proposals for papers which examine how the perception of space, whether real or imaginary, influences disciplines, identities, genres, artistic expression, and language in the context of Spanish American, Luso-Brazilian, or Iberian Studies. Presenters are welcome to address the conference topic from any interpretive stance, and from a variety of (inter)disciplinary approaches. The following list is not intended to be exhaustive: Boundaries and borders; Imaginary communities and imaginary worlds; Cities vs. countryside / urban vs. rural; Regions and their effect on ethnicity / identity; Nationalism, transnationalism, globalization; Foreign and national spaces; Regional dialects and languages; Gendered, queered, and/or transgressive spaces; Bodies within space; Exile; Disciplinary and interdisciplinary spaces; Textual space; The space of genres; The space of languages / language’s view of space; The interaction between visual images and the spaces they reflect; Theatrical and/or cinematic space. Abstracts of no more than 200 words can be submitted in Spanish, Portuguese, or English; send to: Julie M. Beutler, 1018 Van Hise Hall, 1220 Linden Drive, Madison, WI 53706-1557. Deadline for abstract submissions: January 24, 2006. More information: Michelle Sharp [mmsharp@wisc.edu].

LANGUAGE FELLOWSHIPS FOR GRAD STUDENTS: 1) LACS has just announced the 2006 competitions for FLAS (Foreign Language and Area Studies) awards. UM grad and professional school students who are US citizens or permanent residents are eligible. Eligible languages: Quechua, Brazilian Portuguese, and (for professional school students only) advanced Spanish. There are two concurrent competitions. Summer 2006 FLAS awards pay for an intensive summer course of six weeks or more (providing full tuition plus a stipend of $2500 for the summer); this year we expect to fund 7 awards. Academic year 2006-07 FLAS awards pay full UM tuition plus a stipend totaling $14,500 over ten months; awardees must be enrolled in language class each semester of the award; we expect to award 3 of these. You may apply for both the Summer and the Academic Year FLAS at the same time. Deadline: February 1, 2006. More info: http://www.umich.edu/~iinet/lacs/fellowships/flas.htm and http://www.umich.edu/%7Eiinet/iisite/funding/FLAS/Site/index.htm.

2) For students needing language study of less commonly taught languages, please note that the Committee on Institutional Cooperation(CIC) will be providing 24 awards for summer 2006. Each award is for $2000. Check out the CIC website for the application, for frequently asked questions, and for a description of languages and CIC locations. The deadline for the FLEP application is February 10. A list of the available languages to be offered will be posted in January. Students selected for this award may also apply to the CIC Traveling Scholar Program which allows the student to take the language course from another CIC university without a change in the registration process or tuition cost. The website is http://cic.uiuc.edu/programs/FLEP/

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To announce an event in the LACS Bulletin, send the information to misantos@umich.edu or call us at (734) 763-0553. To see LACS events online: <http://www.umich.edu/~iinet/lacs/events/events.html>

Mercedes Santos-Garay
Latin American & Caribbean Studies Dept.
International Institute, U-M
Fax: 734-615-8880

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December 2, 3 and 4

Recognition, Regularization and Property Title

Quilombo de Caçandoca (SP)


December 1 (Thursday)
Arrival of the quilombo dwellers in Ubatuba (reception at the Hotel Água Doce, Rodovia SP 55 Caraguá-Ubatuba, Km 68.5 - Praia Dura - Ubatuba - Tel.12 3848-1500 )

December 2 (Friday)
08:00h Reception and credentialing
08:30h Recognition ceremony
09:00h Coffee break
10:00h Presentation “The Arrival of the Africans and Formation of Quilombos in Brazil”
11:00h Official opening. Guests: Minister Matilde Ribeiro (SEPPIR), São Paulo Governor Geraldo Alckmin, Ubiratan Castro (President of the Palmares Cultural Foundation), Hédio Silva Jr. (State Secretary of Justice), Raimundo Pires (Superintendent of INCRA/SP), FUNASA/SP, Mayors, State Legislators, Federal Legislators, City Council Members, representatives of the Afro-Brazilian Movement, other social movements and the MST (Landless Peasant Movement)
12:00h Lunch
14:00h Panel “The Paths to Recognition, Regularization and Land Title”
15:00h Group Interchange: “How is my community?”
16:00h Summary of the works
17:00h Cultural activity

December 3 (Saturday)
09:00h Development and Sustainability of Quilombo Communities
11:00h Systematization and Pathways
12:00h Lunch
14:00h Strengthening and Protagonism of the Associations
16:00h Report from the Provisional State Commission and exchange of experiences with representatives from other states
17:30h Cultural activity

December 4 (Sunday)
08:30h Election of the São Paulo State Commission on Quilombo Communities
11:00h Presentation of the State Community Coordinators of São Paulo
11:30h Reading of the manifestos and approval of the Letter of Caçandoca
Closing with lunch and cultural activity
15:00h Departure


To stimulate joint efforts between public officials and quilombo leaders to identify the needs and priorities of remaining quilombo communities, to encourage sustainable economic development.

To further the actions of the Quilombo Community Associations under their entitlements as defined in Decree-Law 4887.

To formalize a commitment to regularize the landholding situation of quilombos, mainly those involved in lawsuits, promoting the surveying of public lands.

To make official the São Paulo State Commission on Quilombo Communities.

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December 4th, 2005

100 Notable Books of the Year

The Book Review has selected this list from books reviewed since the Holiday Books issue of Dec. 5, 2004.
Fiction & Poetry
BEYOND BLACK. By Hilary Mantel. (John Macrae/Holt, $26.) Neurotic, demanding ghosts haunt a British clairvoyant in this darkly comic novel.
A CHANGED MAN. By Francine Prose. (HarperCollins, $24.95.) A neo-Nazi engages a Jewish human rights leader in this morally concerned novel, asking for help in his effort to repent.
COLLECTED POEMS, 1943-2004. By Richard Wilbur. (Harcourt, $35.) This urbane poetry survived the age of Ginsberg, Lowell and Plath.
EMPIRE RISING. By Thomas Kelly. (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $25.) A muscular historical novel in which the Irish erect the Empire State Building in a cheerfully corrupt New York.
ENVY. By Kathryn Harrison. (Random House, $24.95.) A psychoanalyst is unhappy but distant until Greek-tragedy things start happening in this novel by an ace student of sexual violation.
EUROPE CENTRAL. By William T. Vollmann. (Viking, $39.95.) A novel, mostly in stories, of Middle European fanaticism and resistance to it in the World War II period.
FOLLIES: New Stories. By Ann Beattie. (Scribner, $25.) This keen observer of the surface of life now slows down for an occasional epiphany.
HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE. By J. K. Rowling. Illustrated by Mary GrandPré. (Arthur A. Levine/ Scholastic, $29.99.) In this sixth volume of the epic series, the Dark Lord, Voldemort, is wreaking havoc throughout England and Harry, now 16, is more isolated than ever.
HOME LAND. By Sam Lipsyte. (Picador, paper, $13.) Lipsyte's antihero, a loser but unbowed, asserts in endless letters to his alumni magazine that all the others are losers too.
THE HOT KID. By Elmore Leonard. (Morrow, $25.95.) Many seek fame in this rendering of America's criminal landscape in the 1930's; the title character, a killer lawman, achieves it.
HOW WE ARE HUNGRY: Stories. By Dave Eggers. (McSweeney's, $22.) A shining miscellany peopled by characters in close touch with childhood.
IN CASE WE'RE SEPARATED: Connected Stories. By Alice Mattison. (Morrow/HarperCollins, $23.95.) The stories concern a family whose members couldn't lose each other if they tried.
INDECISION. By Benjamin Kunkel. (Random House, $21.95.) This postmodern, posteverything, fresh and funny novel by a young writer seems to develop a nonironic social conscience.
KAFKA ON THE SHORE. By Haruki Murakami. (Knopf, $25.95.) Two characters alternate in this dreamish novel: a boy fleeing an Oedipal prophecy and a witless old man who can talk to cats.
LUNAR PARK. By Bret Easton Ellis. (Knopf, $25.) A novel starring a brat named Bret Easton Ellis, who knows everybody and has more fun than ever happens to real people.
MAPS FOR LOST LOVERS. By Nadeem Aslam. (Knopf, $25.) Unhappy Pakistani exiles in a cold, hard Britain populate this intricate novel.
THE MARCH. By E. L. Doctorow. (Random House, $25.95.) Characters in this absorbing novel are transformed by distress and destruction as Sherman marches to the sea in 1864.
MEMORIES OF MY MELANCHOLY WHORES. By Gabriel García Márquez. (Knopf, $20.) A strange and luminous novel whose elderly hero pays for sex but finds love.
MIGRATION: New and Selected Poems. By W. S. Merwin. (Copper Canyon, $40.) Half a century's work, from archaic allegories to unpointed lyrics to secular prophecy and wisdom verses.
MISSING MOM. By Joyce Carol Oates. (Ecco/ HarperCollins, $25.95.) This novel peers into the void left by a woman's sudden absence.
MISSION TO AMERICA. By Walter Kirn. (Doubleday, $23.95.) In his new novel, Kirn invents a religion whose believers hit the road to recruit.
MOTHER'S MILK. By Edward St. Aubyn. (Open City, $23.) In this novel an ancient family's sins are visited on its offspring, who repeat them.
NATURAL HISTORY: Poems. By Dan Chiasson. (Knopf, $23.) This second collection conjures a postmodern landscape where folk knowledge and superstitions arrange into oddly moving litanies.
NEVER LET ME GO. By Kazuo Ishiguro. (Knopf, $24.) This bold novel imagines a school where clones are trained for a terrible destiny.
NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN. By Cormac McCarthy. (Knopf, $24.95.) Women grieve, men fight in this hard-boiled Texas noir crime novel.
ON BEAUTY. Zadie Smith. (Penguin Press, $25.95.) The author of ''White Teeth'' pounces on a place like Harvard in a cultural-politics comedy.
OVERLORD: Poems. By Jorie Graham. (Ecco/HarperCollins, $22.95.) Politics and World War II, mediated by a major poet.
THE PAINTED DRUM. By Louise Erdrich. (HarperCollins, $25.95.) A ceremonial drum is magically linked to children and death in Erdrich's latest novel set among the Ojibwa.
PLEASE DON'T COME BACK FROM THE MOON. By Dean Bakopoulos. (Harcourt, $23.) When the fathers in the Rust Belt town of this novel abandon it en masse, their sons take over.
PREP. By Curtis Sittenfeld. (Random House, $21.95.) A scholarship girl at a nifty prep school is thrust into a world of privilege in this novel.
SATURDAY. By Ian McEwan. (Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, $26.) This novel traces a day off in the life of an English neurosurgeon who comes face to face with senseless violence.
THE SEA. By John Banville. (Knopf, $23.) Banville's new novel, which won this year's Man Booker Prize, concerns an aging art critic mourning his wife's recent death - and his blighted life.
SEVEN TYPES OF AMBIGUITY. By Elliot Perlman. (Riverhead, $27.95.) An Australian novel so large in its concept of fiction's grasp on the world it takes seven narrators just to tell it.
SHALIMAR THE CLOWN. By Salman Rushdie. (Random House, $25.95.) Beauty loses out as Kashmir and Rushdie's characters who live there turn brutal.
SLOW MAN. By J. M. Coetzee. (Viking, $24.95.) Crippled at 60 in a car-bike accident, instructed willy-nilly by a know-it-all female novelist, Coetzee's hero studies the diminished life.
STAR DUST. Frank Bidart. (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $20.) The fastidious and the primal join in poems concerned with man as maker.
THE SUCCESSOR. By Ismail Kadare. (Arcade, $24.) A whodunit tragicomedy by Albania's pre-eminent novelist, about a loyal Communist who dies before succeeding to power in that unlucky land.
TOWELHEAD. By Alicia Erian. (Simon & Schuster, $22.) A bluntly erotic novel whose narrator's budding sexuality gets her driven from home.
VERONICA. By Mary Gaitskill. (Pantheon, $23.) A novel that ruminates on beauty and cruelty, told by a former Paris model now sick and poor.
THE ACCIDENTAL MASTERPIECE: On the Art of Life and Vice Versa. By Michael Kimmelman. (Penguin Press, $24.95.) A study of the unpredictable, by the chief art critic of The Times.
AHMAD'S WAR, AHMAD'S PEACE: Surviving Under Saddam, Dying in the New Iraq. By Michael Goldfarb. (Carroll & Graf, $25.95.) A memoir of a good man murdered for his decency.
AMERICAN PROMETHEUS: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer. By Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin. (Knopf, $35.) The first full biography of the atom bomb's father -- rich in new revelations.
ARE MEN NECESSARY? When Sexes Collide. By Maureen Dowd. (Putnam, $25.95.) The Times's twice-a-week Op-Ed columnist for the last decade expands her observations on the gender situation, from the Y chromosome up.
ARMAGEDDON: The Battle for Germany, 1944-1945. By Max Hastings. (Knopf, $30.) Though obviously beaten, the Germans wouldn't give up; an experienced journalist pursues the apparent paradox.
THE ASSASSINS' GATE: America in Iraq. By George Packer. (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $26.) The New Yorker reporter reviews the pride and ignorance he blames for the war.
THE BEATLES: The Biography. By Bob Spitz. (Little, Brown, $29.95.) Spitz's broad, incisive chronicle breathes new life into the familiar story of the Liverpool boys who conquered the entertainment world.
BECOMING JUSTICE BLACKMUN: Harry Blackmun's Supreme Court Journey. By Linda Greenhouse. (Times Books/Holt, $25.) A Times correspondent tells how a Minnesota lawyer became the author of the Roe v. Wade decision.
BEYOND GLORY: Joe Louis vs. Max Schmeling, and a World on the Brink. By David Margolick. (Knopf, $26.95.) A heavyweight chronicle of good's symbolic clash with evil in the ring.
BOSS TWEED: The Rise and Fall of the Corrupt Pol Who Conceived the Soul of Modern New York. By Kenneth D. Ackerman. (Carroll & Graf, $27.) The colorful master of graft, our greatest.
BREAK, BLOW, BURN. By Camille Paglia. (Pantheon, $20.) Smart, lively essays on 43 poems, written without ego for a popular audience.
BURY THE CHAINS: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire's Slaves. By Adam Hochschild. (Houghton Mifflin, $26.95.) How the struggle availed, especially when black Haitian armies beat white French and British ones.
COLLAPSE: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed. By Jared Diamond. (Viking, $29.95.) In ''Guns, Germs, and Steel'' (1997), Diamond speculated on how the world reached its present pecking order of nations; his latest book examines geographic and environmental reasons some societies have fallen apart.
CONSPIRACY OF FOOLS: A True Story. By Kurt Eichenwald. (Broadway, $26.) A meticulous dissection of the rise and fall of Enron by a correspondent for The New York Times.
DE KOONING: An American Master. By Mark Stevens and Annalyn Swan. (Knopf, $35.) An exploration at length of de Kooning's life and work and their role in art's midcentury upheaval.
DREAM BOOGIE: The Triumph of Sam Cooke. By Peter Guralnick. (Little, Brown, $27.95.) This exhaustive biography surrounds Cooke in the overlapping worlds of gospel, the civil rights movement and rock 'n' roll.
ELIA KAZAN: A Biography. By Richard Schickel. (HarperCollins. $29.95.) The stranger-than-fiction life story of the distinguished stage and screen director.
AN END TO SUFFERING: The Buddha in the World. By Pankaj Mishra. (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $25.) An intellectual autobiography: what Mishra has learned from the Buddha's legacy.
1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus. By Charles C. Mann. (Knopf, $30.) This sweeping portrait of pre-Columbian civilization argues that it was far more populous and sophisticated than previously thought.
FREAKONOMICS: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything. By Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner. (Morrow, $25.95.) A maverick scholar and a journalist apply economic thinking to everything from sumo wrestlers who cheat to legalized abortion and the falling crime rate.
GARBAGE LAND: On the Secret Trail of Trash. By Elizabeth Royte. (Little, Brown, $24.95.) A chronicle of the weird stuff that happens to what we discard.
THE GLASS CASTLE: A Memoir. By Jeannette Walls. (Scribner, $25.) Walls and her three sibs, dragged all over the country by damaged parents, thought it a glorious adventure. Tough kids.
A GREAT IMPROVISATION: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America. By Stacy Schiff. (Holt, $30.) A wise account of Benjamin Franklin's diplomatic brilliance, revealed in Paris at 70.
IN COMMAND OF HISTORY: Churchill Fighting and Writing the Second World War. By David Reynolds. (Random House, $35.) How a very busy man and a staff of busy assistants managed to turn out six volumes in 1948-54.
JEAN-JACQUES ROUSSEAU: Restless Genius. By Leo Damrosch. (Houghton Mifflin, $30.) A life of the self-taught Swiss who proclaimed the noble savage and denounced conventional social distinctions.
JOHN KENNETH GALBRAITH: His Life, His Politics, His Economics. By Richard Parker. (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $35.) The career of a public intellectual, ambassador and aphorist.
LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THE BRONX IS BURNING: 1977, Baseball, Politics, and the Battle for the Soul of a City. By Jonathan Mahler. (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $25.) A narrative that captures New York City's about-face from rot to rehab.
THE LETTERS OF ROBERT LOWELL. Edited by Saskia Hamilton. (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $40.) Confessions, opinions and other people's secrets animate these missives from a fine poet.
LINCOLN'S MELANCHOLY. By Joshua Wolf Shenk. (Houghton Mifflin, $25.) In an era before the relentless good cheer and glad-handing of modern politicians, Lincoln passed through shadows to triumph.
THE LOST PAINTING. By Jonathan Harr. (Random House, $24.95.) The adventures of Caravaggio's ''Taking of Christ,'' painted in 1602, rediscovered by scholar-hunters in 1990.
MADE IN DETROIT: A South of 8-Mile Memoir. By Paul Clemens. (Doubleday, $23.95.) Clemens (born in 1973) recalls growing up working-class white in a black city losing both people and jobs.
MAO: The Unknown Story. By Jung Chang and Jon Halliday. (Knopf, $35.) A huge, meticulously researched biography that paints Chairman Mao in authentic Hitler-Stalin 20th-century hues.
MARK TWAIN: A Life. By Ron Powers. (Free Press, $35.) A wise and lively biography of an American paradox, always lively, rarely wise.
MATISSE THE MASTER: A Life of Henri Matisse. The Conquest of Color, 1909-1954. By Hilary Spurling. (Knopf, $40.) The final volume of a huge, careful study of a 20th-century wizard.
MIRROR TO AMERICA: The Autobiography of John Hope Franklin. (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $25.)A riveting and bitterly candid memoir by a seminal African-American scholar, raised and educated in an era of stifling race prejudice.
NEW ART CITY. By Jed Perl. (Knopf, $35.) The art critic of The New Republic explores heroic Abstract Expressionism and its cool, empirical successors in New York.
NIGHT DRAWS NEAR: Iraq's People in the Shadow of America's War. By Anthony Shadid. (Holt, $26.) An Arabic-speaking reporter on life in the Red Zone, outside American control.
OH THE GLORY OF IT ALL. By Sean Wilsey. (Penguin Press, $25.95.) A coming-of-age memoir by a writer so skillful his account of his sufferings as a rich kid never becomes insufferable.
OMAHA BLUES: A Memory Loop. By Joseph Lelyveld. (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $22.) A memoir of a complicated childhood by a former executive editor of The Times.
102 MINUTES: The Untold Story of the Fight to Survive Inside the Twin Towers. By Jim Dwyer and Kevin Flynn. (Times Books/Holt, $26.) A skilled reconstruction by writers of The Times.
THE ORIENTALIST: Solving the Mystery of a Strange and Dangerous Life. By Tom Reiss. (Random House, $25.95.) The bold writer and impostor Lev Nussimbaum (Kurban Said) (Essad Bey) and his lives from 1905 to 1942.
OUR INNER APE: A Leading Primatologist Explains Why We Are Who We Are. By Frans de Waal. (Riverhead, $24.95.) De Waal addresses the similarities between humans and their closest relatives, bonobos and chimpanzees.
POSTWAR: A History of Europe Since 1945. By Tony Judt. (Penguin Press, $39.95.) An inquiry into why the condition of Europe is so much better than anyone would have dared hope in 1945.
THE PRINCE OF THE CITY: Giuliani, New York and the Genius of American Life. By Fred Siegel with Harry Siegel. (Encounter, $26.95.) Giuliani seen as the Machiavellian prophet of an alternative urban policy and as an eligible president.
THE RISE OF AMERICAN DEMOCRACY: Jefferson to Lincoln. By Sean Wilentz. (Norton, $35.) A clear, readable and monumental narrative work of scholarship, full of rich detail.
THE RIVER OF DOUBT: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey. By Candice Millard. (Doubleday, $26.) A vibrant retelling of Roosevelt's postelection expedition through the Rio da Dúvida; what was supposed to be a well-provisioned safari became instead a survey of an uncharted capillary of the Amazon.
1776. By David McCullough. (Simon & Schuster, $32.) A lively work that skewers Washington's pretensions and admires citizen soldiers.
SPOOK: Science Tackles the Afterlife. By Mary Roach. (Norton, $24.95.) A diligent, cheerful account of efforts to learn whether science can show that there is (or isn't) life after death.
THE SURVIVOR. By John F. Harris. (Random House, $29.95.) An assessment of Bill Clinton's performance in the White House; by a reporter for The Washington Post.
A TALE OF LOVE AND DARKNESS. By Amos Oz. (Harcourt, $26.) A memoir by the Israeli novelist, mourning the death of his mother long ago and the demise of the socialist Zion in his own time.
TEAM OF RIVALS: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln. By Doris Kearns Goodwin. (Simon & Schuster, $35.) An elegant, incisive study of Lincoln through his relationships with his former political rivals turned cabinet members.
THE TENDER BAR: A Memoir. By J. R. Moehringer. (Hyperion, $23.95.) As an only child abandoned by his father, the author found an adoptive family in a Long Island bar (now defunct).
THEATRE OF FISH: Travels Through Newfoundland and Labrador. By John Gimlette. (Knopf, $25.) Gimlette explores the provincial psyche by journeying through the barren regions whose chief resource, fish, has departed.
TULIA: Race, Cocaine, and Corruption in a Small Texas Town. By Nate Blakeslee. (PublicAffairs, $26.95.) How 38 people, mostly black, were convicted of grave drug charges on virtually no evidence but the word of a single cop.
VINDICATION: A Life of Mary Wollstonecraft. By Lyndall Gordon. (HarperCollins, $29.95.) A biography of the brilliant early feminist.
A WAR LIKE NO OTHER: How the Athenians and Spartans Fought the Peloponnesian War. By Victor Davis Hanson. (Random House, $29.95.) The fate of Athens, the superpower of its day, after it tried to export its political system to the rest of the Greek world.
WARPED PASSAGES: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Universe's Hidden Dimensions. By Lisa Randall. (Ecco/HarperCollins, $27.95.) From a Harvard physicist, advanced cosmological theories for lay folk who are a bit baffled by the idea of 10 dimensions.
WITHOUT APOLOGY: Girls, Women, and the Desire to Fight. By Leah Hager Cohen. (Random House, $24.95.) Cohen thoughtfully tracks girls' boxing till she herself is converted to pugilism.
WODEHOUSE: A Life. By Robert McCrum. (Norton, $27.95.) The prolific, industrious creator of Jeeves and oh so many dear others.
THE WORLD IS FLAT: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century. By Thomas L. Friedman. (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $27.50.) The New York Times columnist maps the next phase of globalization as technological forces level the world's economic playing field.
THE YEAR OF MAGICAL THINKING. By Joan Didion. (Knopf, $23.95.) A powerful, persuasive account of the crisis of mortality after the sudden death of the author's husband.

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December 5th and 9th, 2005

Fourth Comparative History Symposium - PPGHC

Largo de São Francisco, no. 1
CEP 20.051-070 - Centro - Rio de Janeiro
Tel.: 55 21 2221-4049 (direct) and 2252-8035 extension 301
e-mail: hcomparada@ifcs.ufrj.br



December 5 (Monday)
COMUNICATIONS – 2:00 to 5:00 PM
Roundtable 1 – Room 310 (Celso Lemos)
Dr. Marco Morel (UERJ);
Dr. Rachel Soihet (UFF);
Dr. Maria Alice Rezende (UERJ).
Mariana Blanco Rincon
Title: Brazil and Venezuela: slavery, color and citizenship in compared perspective (1824-1854).
Moderator: Dr. Flávio dos Santos Gomes
Bárbara Canedo Ruiz Martins
Title: Wet nurses and medical views: crossed narratives (1840-1873).
Moderator: Dr. Flávio dos Santos Gomes
Elizabeth do Espírito Santo Viana
Title: About pathways, biographies and narratives: gender, race relations and social movements (1950-1990).
Moderator: Dr. Flávio dos Santos Gomes

Roundtable 2 – Room 106
Dr. Alice Helga Werner (UFF);
Dr. Sidnei Munhoz (UEM);
Dr. Antônio Edmilson Rodrigues (PUC).
Flávio Alves Combat
Title: Hegemony and contradictions in the international monetary and financial system: the consequences of the Vietnam War (1965-1975) and Iraq War (2003-present) to sustain the dollar as the main international currency.
Moderator: Dr. Sidnei Munhoz
Jorge Luiz Pereira Ferrer
Title: International relations and their applications in the Sourthern Cone during the Second World War (1939-1945).
Moderator: Dr. Francisco Carlos Teixeira da Silva
Walter Marcelo Ramundo
Title: The education of the senses by the Atlantic: relations between France’s incipient Brazilian colonization and the French royal court society.
Moderator: Dr. Francisco Carlos Teixeira da Silva


December 6 (Tuesday)
COMMUNICATIONS – 2:00 to 5:00 PM
Roundtable 1 – Room 310 (Celso Lemos)
Dr. Marcelo Badaró Mattos (UFF);
Dr. Mirian Goldenberg (UFRJ).
Márcio Santos Nascimento
Title: The participation of Jornal do Brasil newspaper in destabilizing and deposing President João Goulart.
Moderator: Dr. Anita Leocadia Prestes
Marcos César de Oliveira Pinheiro
Title: The Brazilian Communist Party and Popular Democratic Committees in the city of Rio de Janeiro (1945-1947).
Moderator: Dr. Anita Leocadia Prestes
Ana Lúcia Vieira Chaves
Title: The daily lives of the textile workers of Companhia de Tecidos Nova América during the Vargas Era.
Moderator: Dr. Silvio de Almeida Carvalho Filho

Roundtable 2 – Room 106

Dr. Alexandre Carneiro Cerqueira Lima (Editor of Hélade Magazine);
Dr. Ana Livia Bomfim Vieira.
Isabel Sant’Ana Martins Romeo
Title: The ambiguity of the vision of spartan wives.
Moderator: Dr. Fábio de Souza Lessa
Fernanda Mattos da Silva
Title: Suicide in the tragedies of Sophocles: The "polis" against the individual.
Moderator: Dr. Fábio de Souza Lessa
Cristiano Pinto de Moraes Bispo
Title: Discourse, identity and otherness in the interactions between Athenians and Ethiopians in the sixth and fifth centuries BC.
Moderator: Dr. Maria Regina Cândido


December 7 (Wednesday)
COMMUNICATIONS – 2:00 to 5:00 PM
Roundtable 1 – Room 310 (Celso Lemos)
Dr. Jorge Ferreira (UFF);
Dr. Renato Lemos (UFRJ);
Dr. Johnni Langer (FACIPAL);
Dr. Marly de Almeida Gomes Vianna (UFSCA);
Dr. Lincoln de Abreu Penna (UNIVERSO).
João Ignácio Medina
Title: Stormy Waters: a study of the Chibata Revolt of 1910 and the Revolt of the Brazilian Navy and Marine Corps (AMFNB) of1964.
Moderator: Dr. Anita Leocadia Prestes
Carlos Manoel de Hollanda Cavalcanti
Title: Prince Valiant: the Middle Ages and the knight in comic book stereotypes in the 1930s and 40s.
Moderator: Dr. Álvaro Bragança
Luiz Henrique de Castro Silva
Title: The revolutionary with conviction: Joaquim Câmara Ferreira, “Old Zinho”.
Moderator: Dr. Maria Yedda Leite Linhares

Roundtable 2 – Room 106
Dr. Ana Maria Mauad (UFF);
Dr. Cláudia Henschel de Lima (Estácio de Sá).
Agnaldo do Araújo Ramos
Title: History in photos: photographs and journalists of Rio de Janeiro in the 1980s.
Moderator: Dr. Clara De Góes
Paula Faccini de Bastos Cruz
Title: Goodbye, Lenin – The Democratic Republic of Germany and Federal Republic of Germany: cultural changes and vestiges.
Moderator: Dr. Francisco Carlos Teixeira da Silva
Elaine Polly da Silva Veras Vieira
Title: Police forces in Brazil: a profession without identity.
Moderator: Dr. Clara De Góes


December 8 (Thursday)
COMMUNICATIONS – 2:00 to 5:00 PM
Roundtable 1 – Room 310 (Celso Lemos)
Dr. Gilvan Ventura da Silva (UFES);
Dr. Edgar Leite (UERJ);
Dr. Edson Borges (UCAM).
Aline Louredo de Mendonça
Title: Speaking in tongues, dialoging with the divine, discoursing with the power.
Moderator: Dr. André Leonardo Chevitarese
Rosana Marins dos Santos Silva
Title: Plurality and Resistance. The Jewish Revolts and the Ideology of Power.
Moderator: Dr. André Leonardo Chevitarese
Rogério José de Souza
Title: Epistemology and whiteness: What the translations of the tragedy of Oedipus have to tell us about the White identity in Brazil.
Moderator: Dr. André Leonardo Chevitarese

Roundtable 2 – Room 106
Dr. Marilena Ramos Barbosa (UERJ);
Dr. Christiane Laidler de Souza (UFF);
Dr. Washington Dener dos Santos Cunha (CUMSB);
Dr. Emerson Guimbelle (UFRJ);
Dr. Vagner de Souza (PCRJ).
Jeferson Farias da Silva
Title: A political reading of Jornal Batista and the publications of the Baptist Evangelical Conventions in a time of Brazilian transition between the miracle and the crisis (1972-1974).
Moderator: Dr. Maria Conceição Pinto de Góes
José Henrique Motta de Oliveira
Title: Between Macumba and the Estado Novo: Umbanda, Candomblé and Kardecism (Spiritism) – a compared history.
Moderator: Dr. Maria Conceição Pinto de Góes
Jorge José Barros de Souza
Title: Compared history of the Brazilian Communist Party, the Catholic Church and popular cultural movements in Recife (1960-64).
Moderator: Dr. Maria Conceição Pinto de Góes


December 9 (Friday)
COMMUNICATIONS – 2:00 to 5:00 PM
Roundtable 1 – Room 310 (Celso Cunha)
Dr. Ana Paula Tavares Guimarães (USP);
Dr. Renan Frighetto (UFPR).
Alex da Silveira de Oliveira
Title: The body in Frutuoso de Braga and in the conciliatory acts of Toledo: a comparative study.
Moderator: Dr. Leila Rodrigues
Jefferson Eduardo dos Santos Machado
Title: The Antonian Bestiary: a comparative study of animal symbolism in the construction of clerical behavior models in the thirteenth century.
Moderator: Dr. Andréia Frazão
Rodrigo dos Santos Rainha
Title: Reflections on the Visigoth educational system: nuances and characteristics of hte educational monopoly of the Catholic Church.
Moderator: Dr. Leila Rodrigues
Maria Valdizia Rogério Soares
Title: Gender and the construction of virginity in the writings of Clara de Assis and the Lesser Legends: a comparative study.
Moderator: Dr. Andréia Frazão

Roundtable 2 – Room 106
Dr. Paulo Knauss (UFF);
Dr. Anderson José Machado de Oliveira (UERJ);
Doutoranda Mônica Lima (Cap – UFRJ);
Dr. Márcia Pereira Leite (UERJ).
Adam Thommy
Title: History of the Circo Voador – Culture, Society and Democracy in Contemporary Brazil.
Moderator: Dr. Francisco Weffort
Glicia Caldas
Title: Africa recreated in Brazil: slaves, diseases and cures at the Imperial Court.
Moderator: Dr. Francisco Weffort
Cíntia Aparecida Almeida Ramos
Title: Strategic intervention in a place of tactical social outreach: thoughts on the social assistance policies of Fundação Leão XIII in Rocinha Favela (1949-1983).
Moderator: Dr. Silvio de Almeida Carvalho Filho


Postgraduate Program in Comparative History
Dr. Norma Musco Mendes
Assistant Coordinator:
Dr. Fábio de Souza Lessa

Organizing Comittee:
Dr. Fábio de Souza Lessa
Dr. Maricí Martins Magalhães

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December 7th, 2005

Latin American & Caribbean Studies Brownbag Series

Francisco Thoumi
From drug lords to war-lord: The unintended consequences of anti-drug policies in Colombia

Wednesday, December 7, 12-1 pm,
2609 SSWB/International Institute

It is clear that governments have been attempting to control and regulate mind-altering drug use for a long time. Their results, however, have been at best highly questionable. Today cocaine and heroin are widely available, new drugs have appeared on the market, new markets have developed and new criminal and subversive organizations have entered the illegal drug business. Advocates of current policies would argue that without the policies things would be worse. Those who oppose them contend that policies themselves are at fault and have contributed to increasing the social costs of drug production and trafficking, as has occurred with the breakdown of the large Cali and Medellin cartels. This breakdown has led to a proliferation of small trafficking organizations that did not have large armed support groups, and so began to use paramilitary and guerrilla groups to supply the force necessary to operate illegally. These armed groups have gained power and today drug traffickers tend to be their subsidiaries. From large cartels the industry has evolved into one controlled by paramilitary and guerrilla groups, owing much of its existence to the questionable results of current drug policy.

Francisco Thoumi is Professor of Economics and Director/Founder of the Research and Monitoring Center on Drugs and Crime, Universidad del Rosario, Bogotá, Colombia.

Mercedes Santos-Garay

Latin American & Caribbean Studies Dept.
International Institute, U-M
Fax: 734-615-8880

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December 18th, 2005

Christmas Bazaar Sale at BSAG

BSAG invites you to our Christmas Bazaar Sale.

BSAG´s community and friends will be displaying their artwork,m crafts, vintage clothes, items, new and used clothes, ornaments, knittings, beadings and other items.

BSAG´s children capoeira group will liven up the event having Master Canoa and Master Duda from Kunta Kinte Capoeira Group.

A fashion show with the items from the Bazaar will also take place.

Do not stay home and complain about the violence!

On December 18 after the beach or lunch we will be expecting you for an Elevated Experience at Baixo.

The revenue will be reverted to each exhibitor!!!


December 18
Starting at 2:00 p.m.
Rua Hermenegildo de Barros, 73 - Glória
(First street to the right after you go up Cândido Mendes street)

Phone:[55 21] 22243232


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December, 20th and 21st

The 4 Seasons

Realization: Santa Teresa Ballet
Direction: Vânia Farias
December 20 and 21 at 6:00 PM
João Theotonio Theater
(Cândido Mendes Downtown Campus) – Rua da Assembléia, nº 10

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December, 2nd
BSAG at the University of Michigan - Atlantic Studies Initiative

Michigan League, Hussey Room
Sounds of the Black Atlantic: Contemporary Music of Latin America and the Caribbean

Discussants: Robin Wilson (Dance Department, School of Music, UM); Mary Catherine Smith (Host, Brazilian Sol, WEMU); Leila Barbosa (Founder, The Baixo Santa do Alto Glória Cultural Pharmacy, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

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December, 1st
National Samba Day

The Aracy de Almeida Popular Culture Center promotes event in which Lucio Sanfilippo will be honored as a representative of the artists who have added value to popular culture. The group Pé-de-Chinelo will also be there, adding their part to the subject.

As part of the activities of National Samba Day, on December 1st at 2:00 PM, at the City Council Auditorium, the Aracy de Almeida Popular Culture Center promoted a panel discussion on Cultural Policies and Contemporary Youth: two inventories, divided into two debate tables:

+Public Policies on Culture, with state representative Alessandro Molon, city councilman Eliomar Coelho, Lúcia Pardo, ombudswoman of the Ministry of Culture, and Dalmo Mota of the Musicians Union.

+Contemporary Scene: contemporary culture and the ways today’s youth express themselves, with the groups Memória and Cultura do Samba, the popular culture group Pé-de-Chinelo, the College Assistance Group for Afro-Brazilians and the Disadvantaged and the ELAM Music School.

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November, 12th till 14th, 2004

August 18th and 24th
At 7:00 PM
Open class to present the WORKING GROUP ON ONE's SELF
with Celso Nascimento - Psychologist - Corporeal Therapist

April 4, 2004

Winning Futures CONVERSATION CLUB presents its first meeting at BAIXO SANTA DO ALTO GLÓRIA:

July 14 at 7:00 PM.

Once a month we have a get-together with interesting people to participate in diverse activities while they develop their communication skills in English and/or Spanish.

The Baixo Santa do Alto Glória cultural complex is in a restored neoclassical house in one of Rio’s few remaining authentic Victorian neighborhoods, where participants can spread their chairs on the sidewalk and engage in an evening of conversation.

These events also feature artistic presentations, such as film shorts - a recent example being "Beautiful March 2003" by Miguel Barbosa Silveira, poetry readings - by Glória Horta, among others- and topics of special interest - such as discussions of traditional Chinese medicine with specialist Dr. Ronaldo Azem.

Photos by Glória Horta and Sérgio Maurício

Click on the images to enlarge

We look forward to seeing you.

Baixo Santa do Alto Glória
Rua Hermenegildo de Barros, 73 - Glória
(Take the first right going up Rua Cândido Mendes)
Telefone: [55 21] 2224-3232














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