News & Events

Samba Workshop with Mestre   
Curtis Pierre, Master of Brazilian   
Percussion and Culture.

Dixon Annex Recital Hall (Room 152).   
Thursday, February 29, 3:30 pm–4:45 pm

Curtis Pierre is a world-renowned artist, educator, and guardian who has devoted his life to Afro-Brazilian musical, dance, and performance traditions. He is the founder and director of Casa Samba, which he leads with his wife, Carolyn Barber-Pierre, Assistant Vice President of Intercultural Life at Tulane University, and their son, Bomani Pierre.

Casa Samba promotes Brazilian musical and performance cultures through weekly open rehearsals and frequent school and university workshops. It also maintains a center that works to educate the New Orleans community and the Gulf South region of the rich cultural traditions of Brazil and the similarities which bridge Carnival in Brazil with Mardi Gras in New Orleans emphasizing the importance of their African tradition and influences.

In addition to the samba workshop Mestre Curtis will discuss a recent partnership with the Acadêmicos do Salgueiro, an esteemed Escola de Samba from Rio de Janeiro. Casa Samba has been selected to serve as the first international ambassador to Salgueiro.

O Navio Negreiro, The Slave Ship    
A Public, Trilingual Poetry Reading    
followed by a post-reading activity and discussion. 

Friday, March 1, 10:00-10:50 am   
Jones Hall Patio

Brazil had the longest lasting slave economy in the Americas, importing an estimated 10x as many enslaved Africans as the U.S.

In a belated recognition of Black History Month we will acknowledge the monumental importance of these four million enslaved people with a trilingual reading of the Castro Alves poem O Navio Negreiro (The Slave Ship).

Ongoing Activities


TU Spanish conversation group    
¡vengan a conversar!    
snacks & coffee provided

Wednesdays 2-5 pm    
TU Language Learning Center    
Newcomb 408

TUdo bem - Portuguese language meet up

TUdo bem!

Portuguese language meet-up

  • all levels welcome!
  • informal conversations
  • new homemade desserts every week!

Jones Hall Patio across from the library    
[rain location: Language Learning Center, Newcomb 408]


Spring 2024

  • Friday, January 19: 1 pm
  • Friday, January 26: 4 pm
  • Friday, February 2: 11 am
  • Friday, February 9: 12 pm
  • Friday, February 16: 4 pm
  • Friday, February 23: 11 am
  • Friday, March 1: 3 pm
  • Friday, March 8: 2 pm
  • Friday, March 15: 12 pm
  • Friday, April 12: 1 pm
  • Friday, April 19: 5 pm
  • Friday, April 26: 3 pm

BRASA / TU Brazilian Student Association open for registration!

Upcoming Lectures and Events

Sesión informativa sobre el programa de posgrado en el departamento de español y portugués de Tulane University (New Orleans, EEUU).    
Esta sesión está destinada a interesados en solicitar admisión a nuestro programa de maestría y doctorado en literaturas y estudios culturales españoles y latinoamericanos.    
En una charla informal de unos cuarenta minutos cubriré estos puntos:

  • estructura académica del programa
  • campos de especialización
  • esquema de financiamiento ofrecido
  • proceso de solicitud
  • recomendaciones prácticas

Luego habrá unos 20 minutos para preguntas y respuestas.    
El evento via zoom será en español, pero los asistentes pueden hacer preguntas en inglés y portugués.

Fecha: viernes 10 de noviembre, 2023    
Hora: 16.00 / 4.00 pm (hora central de EEUU / GMT -5) 

¡Hasta pronto!

Navio Negreiro trilingual poetry reading    
Sign up to read!!!

PORTa-voz: PORTulane continues its popular video series!
Tune in weekly to hear from a different community member about their favorite word in Portuguese. Don't forget to share yours in the comments!

Ana Carolina de Paula of the Poli Sci department and her favorite word: serelepe!


Mestre Cocada, capoeira instructor and TIDES service learning partner, TU

Tate Sheppard, 1st year law student, TU

Ezra Spira-Cohen, Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science, TU

Idelber Avelar, Professor of Spanish and Portuguese

Daniel de los Rios, PhD student in Spanish and Portuguese, TU

Igor Acácio, Post-Doctoral Fellow at Center for Inter-American policy and research, TU

Catie Mae Carey, 3rd year undergraduate and Altman Scholar,    

Pablo Barra, PhD student in Spanish and Portuguese, TU

Sara Pancerella, PhD student in Spanish and Portuguese, TU

Stephanie Holden, alum in Spanish and Portuguese, TU

Ana Guilhermina Soeters, alum in TU Business School and outgoing BRASA student org president

Mike Bromberg, PhD student in Latin American Studies, TU

Andromeda Yahoudy-Macner, TU undergrad

Guilherme Mariano, Professor at the Universidade Regional do Cariri; Co-Director of the TU-URCA telecollaboration partnership

Sydney Jernigan, TU undergrad

Juliana Taddone, NOLA Brazilian caterer

Ana Maria Caldwell, Executive Director of Bard Early College

Sarah Mellman, PhD student in Anthropology, TU

Claudia B. de Brito, Senior Executive Secretary, Department of Spanish and Portuguese

Adrienne Gonzales, TU Assistant Dean for Language Learning

Dan Sharp, Chair of the Dept. of Music, TU

Julie Cornfield, TU undergrad

Glauber Brito Matos Lacerda, TU visiting scholar (Fall 2019)

Carolyn Barber-Pierre, TU Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and the Director of the Center for Intercultural Life

Patrick Urbine, a TU Altman alumnus (May 2021)

Megwen Loveless, Director of the Portuguese Basic Language Program, TU

Christopher Dunn, Chair of the Dept. of Spanish and Portuguese, TU

Carolina Nobrega, 1st year undergraduate and heritage speaker, TU

Jessica Glass, PhD student in Latin American Studies, TU

Raleigh Kreis, 1st year undergraduate, TU

Jonathan Gutmann, TU alum and TU Admissions Counselor.

Grant Little, 4th year undergraduate and Altman Scholar, TU

Abby Cramer, TU alum

José Fernando Nascimento Moraes, 4th year undergraduate and BRASA founding member, TU

Professor Edith Wolfe, Assistant Director for Undergraduate Programs at the Stone Center for Latin American Studies, TU

Hannah Palmer, PhD, Program Manager at the Stone Center for Latin American Studies, TU

Carolina Timóteo de Oliveira, PhD student in Latin American Studies, TU

Rachel Stein, PhD, Research and Instructional Librarian at the Latin American Library, TU

Annie Gibson, PhD, Director of Study Abroad at the Center for Global Education, TU

Josh Belew, 1st year undergraduate, TU
Leo Oliveira, Adjunct Professor and Director of the Brazilian Music Ensemble, TU

Julie Gamze, Family Literacy and Workforce Coordinator for the Immigration and Refugee Services arm of Catholic Charities, TU alum

Anjana Turner, J.D. International lawyer and TU alum

Kyle Young, MA student in Latin American Studies, TU

Ana Claudia dos Santos São Bernardo, PhD. Zemurray-Stone Postdoctoral Fellow at the Stone Center for Latin American Studies, TU

In the News

The Power of Language

Recent Lectures and Events


Information Session for Prospective Graduate Students    
Para más información contactar al Prof. Loveless


Workshop: Gamify the Language Classroom - K-12 Educator    
Facebook event:

Rethinking Early Modern English and Spanish Religious Texts: A conversation with Debora Shuger and Dale Shuger

Carolina: raça e gênero na favela de Canindé

Tantas vezes Carolina: uma conversa com Sirlene Barbosa & João Pinheiro.

Navio Negreiro by Castro Alves is a classic piece by Brazilian abolitionist Castro Alves describing the middle passage.

The TU annual Black History Month bilingual poetry reading of Navio Negreiro by Castro Alves virtual for the first time ever!

Brazil-themed house float.    
We also enjoyed our first BRIGADEIRO KING CAKE and GOIABADA KING CAKE plus plenty of pão de queijo!

Lamonte Aidoo    
“Without a Name and Under the Tongue: Sexual Violence, Brazilian Slavery, and the Archive”

Andrew S. Curran    
“Before Anthropology: Enlightenment Science and the Category of the Human”    
Book Presentation: “Diderot and the Art of Thinking Freely”

James N. Green    
"Exile within Exiles: The Extraordinary Life of Herbert Daniel, Gay Brazilian Revolutionary"

Amazônia Ocupada Symposium

O Navio Negreiro, The Slave Ship - A Public Poetry Reading

"Divorce Court": a staged reading of Miguel de Cervantes's "El juez de los divorcios" in a new English translation. 


Harley Erdmann, UMass, Amherst    
“Translating the Counter-Canon of Early Modern Spanish Theater: Theatrical Journeys with Luis Vélez de Guevara’s La serrana de la Vera

Sophia McClennen, Penn State University    
* “Globalization and Latin American Cinema: Toward a New Critical Paradigm”    
* “Satire, Politics, and Resistance: The Global Rise of Comedy and Activism”

PORTrait of Brazil - IEW International Education Week

Luiz Ruffato: “Literatura e Invisibilidade”

Marti Buckley: What's Basque Got to Do with It: Tradition and Modernity in Hispanic Footways

Prof. Gisela Heffes, Rice University: "El nuevo paisaje rural argentino: contaminación y ecodeformidades"

Pedro Meira Monteiro, Princeton University: The Internal Ear: Caetano Veloso's take on bossa nova

Marielle Presente e Futuro: An Artistic Tribute to Marielle Franco

Foreign Language Pedagogy and Research: New Approaches to Old Challenges

Poetry Reading: Navio Negreiro "The Slave Ship"

A talk by poet and scholar, Sara Uribe, the "Emily Dickinson of Tamaulipas"

Ana Paulina Lee Mandarin Brazil Chinese Labor, Memory, and Representation

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