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Edmund T. Gordon, Chair 210 W. 24th Street , Mailcode E3400, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4362



Study in Brazil, Summer 2015! Apply by February 15, 2015.

Spring Info Sessions TBA!

Past Info Sessions:

Monday, November 3  •  12:00 NOON  •  BEL 232

Tuesday, November 17  •  12:30 PM  •  SRH 1.313

Course Information

Students register for:

ANT 324L/391, crosslisted with LAS 324L and AFR 321: African Diaspora in the Americas with Dr. João Costa Vargas

ANT 379/391: Field Research in Social Anthropology (in this course, students will conduct a research project with the guidance of Dr.Vargas.)

Rio de Janeiro is famous for its natural setting; Carnaval celebrations; samba and other music; and hotel-lined tourist beaches, such as Copacabana and Ipanema, paved with black and cream swirl-patterned mosaics known locally as pedra portuguesa. Famous landmarks also include the giant statue known as Christ the Redeemer (Cristo Redentor), one of the new Seven Wonders of the World; Sugarloaf mountain (Pão de Açúcar); the Sambódromo, a permanent parade stadium used during Carnaval; Maracanã stadium, one of the world’s largest soccer stadiums; and its many favelas.

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Favelas are an essential part of understanding the makeup of
 Rio. These primarily black communities are informal urban settlements originating from independent ex-slave communities called quilombos. Favela residents make up 25 percent of the city and are the fastest growing group of the city’s population. Rio also boasts the world’s two largest forests growing inside an urban area, the Parque Estadual da Pedra Branca (White Stone State Park) and the famous Floresta da Tijuca (Tijuca Forest).

This program provides participants with an overview of the theories, histories, and politics of the African Diaspora in the Americas. While attending the course on African Diaspora in the Americas, students have the unmatched opportunity to read and debate on topics concerning Black peoples while experiencing the very new and palpable effects of the greater presence of Afro-Brazilians in previously segregated institutions of higher learning. 

Students will volunteer with CRIOLA, a Brazilian NGO which supports black women in Brazil. Their mission is to improve living conditions and prepare these women to face racism, sexism and homophobia current in Brazilian society. Volunteer positions vary but give students the opportunity to interact widely within the CRIOLA community. Students can also volunteer with other partners that match their interests.


Application Deadline: February 15, 2015 (for more information, visit the LLILAS Website)

Duration of Trip (tentative): June 8th –July 17th, 2015

Approximate Expenses and Fees from 2014 Maymester Trip

Application Fee: $50

Program Fee: $4175

Books and Materials: $100

Food: $400

Airfare: $1500

Local Transportation: $100

Personal Items: $100

Medical Insurance: $76

Passport: $135

Visa: $160

Emergency Funds: $500

Total: $ 7,296

For more information, visit the LLILAS website (coordinating department)


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