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Carnaval in Brazil - A Celebration for All

Learn about the different ways Brazilians celebrate Carnaval—and celebrate yourself with some Brazilian dance moves!

Thursday, February 7, 2013
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Hesburgh Center for International Studies
University of Notre Dame

The Kellogg Institute celebrates Brazilian Carnaval with a cultural overview by Notre Dame undergraduates and a lecture by Brazil expert Stefanie Israel that links the celebration with the contemporary reality of Brazil.

The festivities will include Samba dancing with local dance instructor David Seymour and conclude with Carnaval beads and Brazilian candies and sodas.


7:00 pm
Pacification of Rio's Favelas: The Mega-Event Preparation Samba”
Lecture by Brazil expert Stefanie Israel

7:30 pm
Student Presentation about Carnaval in Brazil

7:45 pm
Samba Lesson by noted local instructor David Seymour and open dance time

Admission is free and open to the public.

About the Carnaval display and student presentation

Notre Dame undergraduates designed and constructed this year’s Brazilian Carnaval display. Led by members of the Brazil Club and Portuguese Language Club, they aim to share the regional celebrations of Carnaval across Brazil through photos and brilliant Samba costumes as well as a brief presentation.

About the lecture

Pacification of Rio's Favelas: The Mega-Event Preparation Samba”

As Rio prepares for the World Cup in 2014 and the Olympics in 2016, violence associated with favelas (slums) controlled by armed drug traffickers has become a major concern. Pacification—the removal of armed drug traffickers and installation of a “Pacifying Police Unit” (UPP) in select slums—represents an attempt by the state to regain control of territories controlled by traffickers. But how does pacification actually affect these communities and their residents?

About the speaker

Stefanie Israel, a second-year PhD student in sociology at Notre Dame, is a Kellogg PhD Fellow. Her research interests include globalization, social movements, political sociology, and religion, especially in Latin America. She is currently conducting research on the impact of favela pacification programs on the organization of social life in Rio's slums. Before returning to graduate study, she spent 18 months working as a social educator at a faith-based community development center in a large slum in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

About our dance instructor

David Seymour became passionate about Latin music and dance in college during study abroad in Colombia, Puerto Rico, Argentina, Brazil, and Spain. He teaches at dance studios, schools, festivals, clubs and company parties where he has grooved with students of all races, ages, and persuasions. His Latin Dance Social every Wednesday night is a South Bend tradition. He holds a BA in Spanish & Latin American Studies from Earlham College and a Master’s in Public Affairs from Indiana University South Bend.

Cosponsored by the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, the Latin American Studies Program, the Brazil Club, and the Portuguese Language Club.


Public parking is available in the B (West) Lot South of the Hesburgh Center for International Studies, the C1 Lot South of the Football Stadium, or the Visitor Parking Lot South of the Football Stadium.

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