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Spanish Professor Núria Sabate-Llobera awarded NEH summer grant


June 27, 2013 By Elizabeth Trollinger        
Centre College I'm looking forward to meeting writers and artists and visiting
museums," says Sabate-Llobera. "I'll also enjoy meeting people
who have similar interests and teach at other universities, and
getting to meet people who know a lot about Brazil."

Centre College Sabate-Llobera in front of the Museo de Arte de Sao Paulo in Sao
Paulo, Brazil.

Assistant Professor of Spanish Núria Sabate-Llobera was named a 2013 Summer Scholar by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), which included her acceptance to a four-week summer seminar in Brazil.

The seminar, from June 17—July 12, focuses on "Brazilian Literature: Twentieth Century Urban Fiction," and will give college and university professors from across the country a chance to study together in-depth. Sabate-Llobera, whose area of expertise is Latin American literature and studies, thought the seminar could be helpful not just to her but to the Centre community.

"What we teach at Centre about Brazil is very limited; we don't have a Brazilian specialist, per se. That was part of the plan when I applied for the grant," she says. "I also thought it would complement what I do here as a Latin-Americanist."

During the seminar, experts on Brazilian urban novels will lead discussions of various contemporary works, and the scholars will also have the opportunity to study Portuguese, meet with Brazilian authors and more.

"The objective of the workshop is to train people who have a small background or no background in Brazilian studies or urban literature," Sabate-Llobera says. "The group [of scholars] is multidisciplinary—some teach literature, some teach in English programs, some teach on African influences in the Americas, some teach music. We all will bring a different focus to the workshop."

During the seminar, the scholars will travel around Brazil, studying in Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Curitiba and Porto Alegre—giving them a real sense of Brazilian culture, which Sabate-Llobera looks forward to.

"This will be my first time in Brazil—I've been to South America, but never Brazil. Just being there will be great," she says. "I'm looking forward to meeting writers and artists and visiting museums. We'll get to use the city as part of the course. I'll also enjoy meeting people who have similar interests and teach at other universities, and getting to meet people who know a lot about Brazil."

The NEH offers summer seminars and institutes annually to professors at undergraduate colleges and universities as enrichment tools in numerous areas of studies. Those professors named Summer Scholars are awarded stipends to assist with the cost of travel and research expenses. For more about the NEH, click here.






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