Conference Papers and Major Presentations

2022 (Forthcoming): Round-Table: “Caribbean Migrations: Workers and Intellectuals” May 31):

2022: “The Presence of Afro-Brazilians (or Brazilians) in Europe and the United States since World War II, (April 12): – ( cancelled in person due to Health restrictions ).

2021: Jury member, Marseille film Festival, 23rd Annual South American Film Festival, Marseille, June 13-19,

2021: Presenter,  “The Oblique Gaze in the Land of Mirrors: Afro-Brazilian Transnational Performance and Struggle for Recognition in the Post-World War II Era.” University of Miami, Documenting Diversity and Democracy in Brazil.” April 12, 2021.

2020: Organizer and Presenter, “Black Migrations in the Luso-Hispanic World,” American Historical Association Annual Conference, New York, New York, January 3-6, 2020. Organized two separate panels on the  theme of black migrations to and from the Luso-Hispanic World.

Invited Speaker, ““Raça, Nação e Migração: Contemplando o Desenvolvimento da Sociedade Brasileira – da Formação da República até “Vidas Negras Importam,”  Middlebury Portuguese Language School, July 23, 2020.

2019: Presenter, “Highlighting Tacit Links: Brazil and the Caribbean  in the Post World War II Era,”  Caribbean Studies Association,” Santa Marta, Colombia June 3-7, 2019. 

2018:  Presenter, “Diasporas and Avoiding the Single Story.” (Invited guest speaker at workshop for high school teachers in Addison county, Vermont sponsored by Center for Community Engagement, Language in Motion, Middlebury College, November 6, 2018).

2016:  Presenter, “Haitian Migrations to Brazil: Understanding the relationship Between Brazil and Haiti,” Caribbean Studies Association,” Port-au-Prince, Haiti, June 5-11, 2016. 

Presenter, “Cannibalizing the Cannibals: The Consumption and Circulation of Brazilian “Culture” in France in the 1960s,” Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs Colloquium, April 8, 2016. 

2014:  Presenter, “My Life with Stefan Zweig: An Exploration of the Oblique Diasporic Gaze and Scholarly Positionality, Middlebury Faculty Lecture, March 5, 2014. 

Invited speaker, (With Joel Zito Araujo, Brazilian film maker and scholar), “Blackness, Social Justice and Globalization,” Winston Salem State University, Tuesday, February 4, 2014.

2013: Invited speaker, “São João de Meriti I Festival Literário da Diáspora Africana (FLIDAM), Rio de Janeiro: “Negritude Trans-nacional, Brasil e Estados Unidos,” November 20-23, 2013.

2010: Presenter, “Transnational Blackness”: The Female Body and the Early Globalization of Brazilian Popular Music,” Rethinking Race and Ethnicity in Brazilian Music (c1600-Present), part of Encuentros/Encounters 2010. University of California Riverside, February 4, 2010.

Presenter, “The Oblique Gaze: Jews and Afro-Brazilians in the ‘Land of the Future’,” Rethinking Multiculturalism: Brazil, Canada, and the United States Symposium, University of York, Toronto, Canada, January 28-30, 2010.

Presenter, “Pan-Africanism Revisited: A History of Afro-Latin Americans Working Trans-nationally,” Re-Examining the Black Atlantic: Afro-Descendants Still At the Bottom? University of Tampa, April 28-30, 2010.

2009:  Presenter, “Liminality and Exile: Stefan and Lotte Zweig in Brazil, 1941-1942,” Stefan Zweig’s Transatlantic Connections Symposium, October 1-3, 2009, State University of New York at Fredonia.

Presenter, “Orpheus Revisited: Bossa Nova Fora do Brasil,” LASA International Conference, Rio de Janeiro, June 11-14, 2009.

“Panelist, Brazilian performers in the United States,” Brazilian-Americans in Georgia and Beyond: A Multi-Disciplinary Symposium, University of Georgia, Athens, April 24-28, 2009.

2006:  Presenter, “Understanding the Black Anthropophagites:  The Black Experimental Theater and the Legacy of Negritude in Brazil,” Senghor Colloquium, University of the West Indies, Barbados October 26-27, 2006. 

2004: Panel Organizer and Commentator, “Novas Negritudes, Novas Atitudes,” BRASA VII, Pontifícia Universidade Católica, Rio de Janeiro, June 9-12, 2004. 

Panel Organizer and Presenter, Pioneiros Negros, Artistas Brasileiros, BRASA VII, Pontifícia Universidade Católica, Rio de Janeiro, June 9-12, 2004. 

Presenter, “Orpheus Between the Wars, Music and Popular Brazilian Performers in the 1930s and 1940s,” Rohatyn Center for International Studies Faculty Lecture Series, Middlebury, VT, January 13, 2004.

2002: Presenter, “Three Films in Search of a Country: History and Brazilian Cinema, BRASA VI, Atlanta, Georgia April 3-5, 2002.

2000: Guest-Speaker, “Afro-Brasileiros Hoje,” Guest Lecture Series, Geledés (Afro-Brazilian NGO and BankBoston, August 15, 2000.  

1999: Lecturer, “Building the Nation: Getúlio Vargas and the Construction of National Culture, Faculty Lecture Series, November 10, 1999.        

1998: Commentator, Panel on “Race and Ethnicity in Latin America,” (29th Annual New England Conference on Latin America (NECLAS), Wellesley College, October 15-16, 1998.

Presenter, “From Carmen Miranda to Bossa Nova:  Brazilian Music and Identity in the United States, “American Historical Association, Conference on Latin American History, Seattle Washington, January 8-11, 1998.

1997: Presenter, “Latinos Reaching a New Millennium,” Middlebury Spring Symposium Organized by the Alianza Latinoamericana y Caribeña, May 1-2, 1997.

Presenter, “British Football to a Brazilian Beat: The Social History of a National Pastime, 1894-1930,” March 11-13, 1997.

Presenter, “Representations of “Race” During the Vargas Years:  The Case of Carmen Miranda, 1930-1939, Faculty Lecture Series, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, New York University, April 8, 1997.

Presenter, “Nationalism, Vargas and Música Popular Brasileira in the 1930s,” Center for Latin American and Iberian Studies Lecture Series, Columbia University, May 9, 1997. 

1996: Presenter, “Imaging (not imagining) the Nation:  Intellectuals and National Culture under Capanema,” BRASA III Brazilian Studies Association, Kings College Cambridge, University, September 7-10, 1996.

Guest Presenter, “The African Contribution to Latin American Societies:  An Overview, 1492-Present,” Conference on Alleviating Poverty in Minority Communities in Latin America,” Inter-American Development Bank, Washington D.C., November 13-14, 1996. 

1995: Guest Speaker, “Gender in the Construction of Resistance Brazil:  Lessons from Palmares.” Conference in Honor of Zumbi: Three Hundred Years Later.  The Black Experience in Brazil: Awareness, Resistance and Hope,” Howard University, Washington D. C, November 20, 1995.  

Presenter, “Grassroots Movements in Latin America:  A Regional Perspective.” III Annual Nicholas R. Clifford Symposium:  “The New World Order,” Middlebury College, September 22-23, 1995.

1994: Keynote Speaker, “The Latin Image in the United States from the Spanish American War to the End of the Cold War:  Sex, Myths and Historical Mis-Takes,” Conference on Latinos in the U.S.:  Nuestra Honra y Cultura,” Middlebury, Vermont, April 14-17, 1994.  

Presenter, “The Historical Consequences of Pan-Africanism in Latin America:  Lessons for the Future,” Primer Seminario Sobre Racismo and Xenophobia:  Programa de Desarrollo para los Afroamericanos,” Montevideo, Uruguay, December 8-11, 1994.

1993: Presenter, “Fifty Years of Civil Rights Struggle in Brazil:  Convergence and Dissent, 1930-1980,” South West Historical Conference on Africa and Latin America, New Orleans, Louisiana, March 17-20, 1993.

1991: Guest Lecturer for outreach seminars for high school teachers, “Afro-Latin American Intellectuals:  Resistance and Assimilation in Latin America, Spring, 1991.    

1990: Guest Speaker, “O papel do teatro como espelho da sociedade: crisis e identidade na historia,” University Federal Fluminense, Niteroi, Rio de Janeiro, June 10, 1990.