Lecture Series Now Streaming

Presentations from the Year of the Portuguese Speaking World Lecture Series can now be streamed online from iTunes U (Fall Semester) or KSU TV (Spring Semester) 

Year of the Portuguese Speaking WorldThe 2015-2016 academic year at Kennesaw State University is the Year of the Portuguese Speaking World. The university will host a series of events, speakers, conferences, and cultural activities throughout the year designed to promote a deeper appreciation for and understanding of the Portuguese speaking world.

Comprised of nine countries on four continents - Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, East Timor, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Portugal, and São Tomé and Príncipe - the Portuguese Speaking World is a diverse region, with each country possessing a unique history, economy, political structure, and culture.

As in previous years, the university has teamed up with key international and domestic partners to organize events that provide attendees with unique, fascinating insights about real life in the region. For example, for the Year of the Portuguese Speaking World, KSU is working closely with the Community of Portuguese Language Countries.

Be sure to visit this site regularly to learn more about upcoming events, classes, and conferences, and, of course, to learn more about the Portuguese speaking world.

If you have any questions about the Year of the Portuguese Speaking World and related events, please contact Dr. Dan Paracka, Director of Academic Initiatives, at dparacka@kennesaw.edu.

The Division of Global Affairs also wants to thank students in Assistant Professor Kristine Hwang's Design Practicum (ART 4030) for their efforts designing The Year of the Portuguese Speaking World's marketing materials. This year's logo was designed by Shey Draw, while the calendar poster was designed by Kelvin Lee, the border pattern by Sami Malik, and the digital signage by Brieanna Bailey.

Featured Spring Events

  • International Conference

    Confluence and Divergence in the Portuguese Speaking World

    February 11 & 12, 2016
    8:30 am - 7:45 pm
    Carmichael Student Center Leadership Room

    Spring international conference hosted by Kennesaw State University in sponsorship with the Georgia Afro-Brazilian Consortium.

  • Andy Connell

    Brazilian Choro Concert

    Thursday, February 11th, 2016
    8:00 PM
    Bailey Performance Center

    Concert featuring famed fadista Brazilian musical group Quarteto Viagem.

Featured Fall Events

  • Georgina

    Opening Address: Trade, Investment and Value Chain Development in the Portuguese Speaking World

    August 27th, 2015
    12:30pm - 2:00pm
    Social Sciences 1019

    Georgina Benrós de Mello, Director General of the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries.

  • Year of Portuguese Speaking World Day

    Year of the Portuguese Speaking World Day

    October 6th, 2015
    12:30pm - 2:00pm
    Carmichael Student Center, University Rooms A-E

    Celebration featuring Capoeira demonstration, the KSU Tellers, musical performances, and food-tasting.

  • Felipe Coelho

    Brazilian Guitarist Felipe Coelho with KSU Symphony Orchestra and Faculty Jazz Combo

    October 16th, 2015
    Bailey Performance Center

    This special concert features Brazilian guitarist Felipe Coelho performing "Todas as Direções" for Brazilian 7-string guitar with the KSU Symphony Orchestra, plus a jazz set with KSU jazz faculty members Sam Skelton, Marc Miller, and Justin Chesarek.

  • Women Panel Discussions

    Gender and Women’s Studies Panel

    October 29th, 2015
    12:30pm - 2:00pm
    Social Sciences 1019

    Several panel discussions on the current and historical role of women throughout the Portuguese speaking world.

    • Nneka Bennett

      Diaspora Dictionary: Bahia, Brazil Exhibit

      November 2nd - 12th, 2015

      Social Sciences Atrium

      Photography exhibit featuring the work of Nneka Bennett

    • PEGS Panel Discussion

      Portuguese Speaking World Student Symposium

      November 12th, 2015
      8:30 am - 6:30 pm
      KSU Center

      Presentations from students who participated in the President's Emerging Global Scholars program partnership with UNIFACS in Brazil.