Tuesday, February 21, 2012

March 2 – 9 is Brazilian Week 2012 at Daytona State

The Office of Global Education and Affairs at Daytona State College will host a symposium next month to kick off a weeklong series of activities focusing on Brazilian business, educational and cultural opportunities and activities. All events are free and open to the public.

“We hope to shed light on the many prospects available to the people of Central Florida through potential partnerships in business, culture, education and a variety of other means,” said Carlos Robles, a Brazilian Fulbright Scholar in Residence at Daytona State who is the primary organizer of Brazilian Week 2012.

The Brazilian Symposium starts at 9 a.m. Friday, March 2, in Bergengren Hall (bldg.110) on the Daytona Beach Campus, 1200 W. International Speedway Blvd. Speakers representing nearly a dozen US and Brazilian colleges, universities and major corporations will present on topics as diverse as global business connections, study abroad programs, politics and culture. The one-day symposium will wind down at 5 p.m. in the college’s Theater Center (bldg. 220) with a Brazilian-Afro Dance Workshop conducted by Rita Silva of the Brooklyn Arts Council, NY.

But the symposium only marks the beginning of Brazilian Week 2012. Activities will resume on Monday, March 5 and continue throughout Friday, March 9, with an eclectic variety of presentations, roundtable discussions and cultural entertainment. (Download a full schedule of activities.)

Also participating is the Southeast Museum of Photography, which will feature nightly screenings of Brazilian films in the Madorsky Theater, located inside the Hosseini Center (bldg. 1200), culminating Brazilian Week 2012 with a showing of the internationally acclaimed Waste Land, a documentary about the work of photographer Vick Muniz.

Brazil is Latin America’s largest country and currently boasts one of the world’s most robust economies. The country is set to host the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics.

For more information about the week’s events, please call or email (386) 506-3837, bradyj@DaytonaState.edu.