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S18B7 Brazilian Culture

In this class, we will explore the discovery and development of Brazil in comparison with other countries in the Americas. The people and culture of Brazil were shaped by strong African, Native American and East Asian influences as well as by those of its European colonizers and immigrants. We will examine Brazil's history, music, arts, literature, racial diversity and folklore, its current national, regional and global trends and its growing role in international political and cultural organizations. The class will also view and comment on Brazilian films and documentaries.

Instructor: Valnora Leister is an Adjunct Professor at James Madison University's Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures. A native of São Paulo, Brazil, Dr. Leister has a Bachelor and a Masters degree in Law and Social Sciences from the University of São Paulo and a Master in Laws (LLM) and a Doctorate (DCL) degree from McGill University, Montreal, Canada. Dr. Leister had a career in international development at the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, D.C. before joining the JMU faculty. She is current working on a book on "Brazil and the Virtual Lusosphere."


Payment Information: Payment is due at time of registration and must be made by credit card (AMEX, MasterCard, Visa and Discover.) There is a $5 credit card convenience fee assessed at the time of payment. You will be redirected to the payment web site after clicking submit. Please have your credit card ready. Once payment is successfully completed, you will receive a payment receipt and a registration confirmation by email.

Withdrawal/Refund Policy: You may cancel your registration up to one week before the class start date, and receive a full refund (minus any credit card processing fees.) After that date, no refunds will be given.

For registration questions, please contact Lifelong Learning Institute at or 540/568.2923.

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