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Presentations on Brazil, Morocco scheduled for March 3-4

WEATHER UPDATE: The March 3 and March 4 presentations in the Tracing the Unexplored series have been canceled.

Brazil and Morocco will be the focus of lectures next week hosted by WKU’s Department of Modern Languages.

Tracing the Unexplored: Brazil’s Multicultural Society: Are you interested in economics, affirmative action, film, literature, history or Brazil? On Monday and Tuesday (March 3-4) researchers Ana Cristina Conceição Santos and Dr. Dawn Duke will share their expertise on these wide-ranging topics as they relate to Brazil.  Both lectures will begin at 4 p.m. in Gary Ransdell Hall.

Brazil-seriesOn Monday in Affirmative Action in the Context of Brazil, Conceição Santos will share her work on the impact that affirmative action policies have had in Brazil, a country with a majority of the population who claims to have African ancestry. Conceição Santos is a researcher associated with the Nucleus of Gender and Sexuality of the State University of Bahia and the Federal University of Alagoas, Brazil.

On Tuesday in Afro-descendent Cultural and Literary Studies in Brazil Today, Dr. Duke will discuss the contemporary relevance of the homage that Afro-Brazilian film and literature pay to Brazil’s African slave hero and the most famous and largest runaway slave community in Latin America. Dr. Duke is a Professor of Portuguese and Spanish and Chair of Africana Studies at the University of Tennessee.

The Tracing the Unexplored series will continue with the film City of God at 5:30 p.m. March 19 at Mass Media and Technology Hall Auditorium; a presentation on 12 Myths and Facts About Brazil by Dr. Riverson Rios, visiting scholar in WKU’s School of Journalism & Broadcasting, at 3 p.m. March 26 at the Faculty House; and the documentary Waste Land at 5:30 p.m. April 1 at Mass Media and Technology Hall Auditorium.

The series is sponsored by the Department of Modern Languages, Department of English, Department of History, Africana Studies, Gender and Women’s Studies, WKU Libraries and Office of International Programs. For information, contact Dr. Sonia Lenk at (270) 745-5906 or sonia.lenk@wku.edu

Hatcher Modern Language Lecture Series: Dr. Jonathan Smolin, Associate Professor and Director of the Arabic program at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, will present Police, Mass Media and State: Morocco’s Serial Killer and CSI: Casablanca at 7 p.m. Tuesday (March 4) in the Ivan Wilson Fine Arts Center, room 146.

Dr. Jonathan Smolin

Dr. Jonathan Smolin

Dr. Smolin will discuss his research into the changing relationship of the mass media, political authority and public in the Arab world — specifically, Morocco — and has looked at the question of why Morocco did not have an “Arab Spring” revolution. As he states in his new book, Moroccan Noir, from Indiana University Press, “Facing rising demands for human rights and the rule of law, the Moroccan state fostered new mass media and cultivated more positive images of the police, once the symbol of state repression, reinventing the relationship between citizen and state for a new era.”

The lecture is free and open to the public and is part of the Paul G. and Ernestine G. Hatcher Modern Language Lecture Series made possible through a gift by Dr. Graham Hatcher in honor of his parents, Dr. Paul G. and Ernestine G. Hatcher.

For information, contact David DiMeo at (270) 745-6408 or david.dimeo@wku.edu

Contact: Modern Languages, (270) 745-2401.

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