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.
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.
Lines Of Action
Health of the black woman
Economy, work, and income
Defense and guarantee of human rights
Political action and articulation with institutions and social movements
Dissemination of information, documentation, and publications
Duration of trip
Late May - Late June
Approximate Expenses and Fees
Application Fee: $50
Program Fee: $4175
Books and Materials: $100
Local Transportation: $100
Personal Items: $100
Medical Insurance: $76
Emergency Funds: $500
Total: $ 7,296
Students must have advanced Spanish or basic Portuguese
Good academic standing
Open to Graduate/Undergraduate
Open to all majors
ANT 324l/391 - lAS 324l - AFR 321 African Diaspora in the Americas Dr. João Costa Vargas
ANT 379/391 Field Research in Social Anthropology
Students will conduct a research project with the help of Professor Vargas. Students can register for a super- vised research course in their own department but need departmental approval beforehand.
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