Cultural Heritage and Indigenous Music in Brazil

Oct. 21, 2009

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Dr. Elizabeth Lucas, professor of Ethnomusicology at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil, will present "Cultural Heritage and Indigenous Music in Brazil: What We Can Learn with Intercultural Partnership in Academia" at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, in Room 116 in the Draper Academic Building on Baylor's campus.

Lucas' lecture is part of the Global Issues series, presented by the Center for International Education at Baylor.

Her lecture, which is free and open to the public, shows the process of a collaborative research project involving young ethnomusicologists and Guaraní Indians in a safeguarding project of their traditional music and dances.

"The thing you need to keep in mind is that the total indigenous population in Brazil is less than 0.1 percent," said Dr. Lizbeth Souza-Fuertes, director of Latin American Studies and associate professor of Spanish and Portuguese.

She received her bachelor's degree in music and history from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil. She received her master's degree in musicology from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, and her doctorate from the University of Texas in Austin. Lucas also received three post-doctorate degrees from Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind., the University of California in Los Angeles and the New University of Lisbon in Portugal. The Brazilian National Research and Development Council presented Lucas with a research grant. She has more than 20 articles published in journals and has published six books.

The Center for International Education seeks to ensure positive experiences for international students and faculty and highlights their contributions to Baylor.

The Draper Academic Building is at 1420 S. 7th St. in Waco.

For more information, contact Dr. Lizbeth Souza-Fuertes, coordinator of the Global Issues Series at (254) 710-4531.

by Jessica Puente, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

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