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Book Presentation by Keo Cavalcanti

Fri, 4 Apr 2014 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

2-3 p.m.
The Forum, Memorial Hall

Dr. Keo Cavalcanti, professor of sociology at JMU, talks about his most recent book, “Almost Home: A Brazilian American's Reflections on Faith, Culture, and Immigration” (University of Wisconsin, 2012).

Born in Brazil and raised within an evangelical Protestant community within the heavily Catholic culture of Brazil, Cavalcanti grew up with an “insider outsider” status and identity. He was Brazilian within Brazil, but had a foot outside of the dominant culture. Prior to joining the JMU faculty, Cavalcanti spent time at Vanderbilt University and the University of Richmond. It was here that Cavalcanti adopted United States citizenship. Upon doing so, he realized that although he was now an “American,” he was also a “Hispanic American” in the American south, a region historically marked by a black/white ethnic divide.

A reception is to follow.

Part of the Culture and Community: Focus on Brazil symposium.

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