Laurentino Gomes is a contemporary Brazilian non-fiction writer and author of three acclaimed best-selling books: 1808, about the Portuguese Royal Court’s move to Rio de Janeiro; 1822, on the Brazilian Independence; and 1889, named after the year Brazil became a republic. With a combined total of more than 2 million copies sold, his books have remained on the bestseller lists of Brazil and Portugal for seven consecutive years. Laurentino has won the prestigious Jabuti Prize, Brazil’s most important literary honor, four times, and has had his work chosen as the best composition of 2008 by the Brazilian Academy of Letters. The English edition of his first book was published in the USA by Lyons Press from Connecticut, with the title 1808 - The Flight of the Emperor. He holds degrees in journalism from the Federal University of Paraná and an MBA from the University of São Paulo. Laurentino is the Portuguese School Writer-in-Residence.
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PGSE 3200 - Cultural Studies 1.5
Lusophone Cultural Studies 1.5
This course sequence is intended for students with a strong background in Spanish or in another Romance language (native or near-native proficiency). It is designed to expand the PSGE 3198 course, with a specific focus on the cultural manifestations that shape the Lusophone world nowadays. The program integrates the teaching of language in a formal classroom setting within a cultural context that may include history, media, music, cinema, literature, environment studies, and the arts in general, as well as the study of the colonization process and its cultural manifestations through a historical, geographical, political, and anthropological point of view. Students are also exposed to other phenomena that contributed to the formation of contemporary civilization in Portuguese-speaking countries through intensive reading and interpersonal oral expression, developing their listening, writing, interpretative, and communicative skills through critical thinking. Bibliography for PGSE 3200 will vary each year.
Summer 2014 Language Schools