BRASA History

BRASA is the result of a series of Brazil-oriented undertakings by the Brazilian Studies Section of the Latin American Institute of The University of New Mexico, including two NEH-funded Summer Institutes on Brazil (1983, 1986 – held in New Mexico) and two USDE Group Projects Abroad (1984, 1987 – held in Brazil) that had the objective of training Hispanic Americanist faculty in Brazilian Studies. A total of 50 U.S. teaching faculty participated in the four programs.

The idea for BRASA itself was launched during the first National Conference on the Teaching of Portuguese, held in December, 1984, on the campus of Georgetown University by Professor Ricardo M. Paiva, conference coordinator and host. Three hundred fifty scholars and eleven writers (six from Brazil, five from Portugal) participated in a series of debates, panels, and cultural activities.