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Undiscovered Rio de Janeiro with Dr. Javier Escudero


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Known as the Cidade Maravilhosa (Wonder City), Rio de Janeiro is one of the most fascinating urban centers in the world. Join a local expert on this exploration of Rio in order to understand the origins of some of the most traditional perceptions associated with the city while acquiring a more complex vision about its history, cultural and social traditions.

As the second capital of Brazil, Rio de Janeiro flourished between the eighteenth and the nineteenth centuries due to the gold and the coffee trade, the arrival of the Portuguese king, and later on due to the new Brazilian state. Traditionally, the city has been seen as a paradisical urban center, surrounded by dense mountains and long tropical beaches, or as a hellish place dominated by criminal violence, political corruption, and marginalized communities. This conversation looks to go beyond these classical paradoxes as we discover Rio beyond its standard labels.

We’ll discuss how Rio de Janeiro´s natural landscape and beaches, combined with its vibrant and exuberant carnival, and the sex appeal of its people, are some of the identity signs of the city. While participants might be familiar with sites like Corcovado Christ, Ipanema Beach, Maracanã Stadium or Copacabana neighborhood, or with cultural expressions like samba music, and Bossa Nova, or with artists like Carmen Miranda, not many people know about the writer Machado de Assis, the singers Dona Ivone Lara and Elza Soares, the funk rhythm from the favelas, or the new city sites full of symbolic meaning like the Valongo Port and the Selarón Stairs in Lapa district.

Led by published author and local Rio expert, Dr. Javier Escuder, this interactive seminar will provide an alternative study of the fascinating city of Rio de Janeiro. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding of one of Latin America’s most vibrant and historically intriguing cities.

Javier combines the knowledge of an extensive scholar career with his large study abroad experience in both the university and the business sectors. He published 3 books on Juan Goytisolo, Américo Castro, and Rosa Montero, as well as many articles in academic journals and newspapers on Spanish and Latin American literature, culture, and film. Javier presented papers and guest lectures in over 30 universities and international conferences and was appointed Spain’s Consul of Education and Director of the Instituto Cervantes in Rio de Janeiro between 2001 and 2003. He has directed several university abroad programs in Spain, Mexico, and Brazil and has worked as a guest lecturer for Semester at Sea and as study leader for Smithsonian Journeys. Currently, he is preparing a new book–Through the Lens of Pierre Verger: Photographs of a Multicultural United States, 1934 & 1937. He has a PhD in Spanish and Latin American Literature.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Dr. Escudero covered a lot of material and aspects of life and culture in Rio.
His visuals were excellent.
I had some trouble with accent as he spoke so rapidly.

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Dr. Escudero covered a lot of material and aspects of life and culture in Rio.
His visuals were excellent.
I had some trouble with accent as he spoke so rapidly.