FT 011-R From BraSil to BraZil: Brazilian Carnival and Globalization
Ivette Wilson, Department of Modern Languages
This course will explore the cultural diversity of Brasil - the largest South American country and the only one in the Americas to have Portuguese as its official language. Brazil, as known internationally, is an emerging global economic powerhouse and the chosen site for two large-scale global events: The Olympics in 2012 and the World Cup in 2014. From soccer to carnival we are going to have a multifaceted cultural experience interrogating how Brazilian culture, as internationally marketed, affects current social issues within the country. We will explore the intersection of cultural and social issues through History, literature, cinema and music produced by and about Brazilians.