The South American country of Brazil will be highlighted for a week beginning on Monday, Nov. 11, as part of Bainbridge State College’s International Education Week.

“International Education Week is a great opportunity for our students to explore cultures and issues that they might not be exposed to otherwise,” said Emily Dowd-Arrow, assistant professor of English at Bainbridge State and a member of the International Education Committee, which was responsible for coordinating the week’s activities. “Brazil was a consensus choice for this semester’s focus, with its vibrant, diverse and cosmopolitan population and its upcoming role on the global stage as host to next year’s World Cup and the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.”

International Education Week will take place on the Bainbridge campus from Monday, Nov. 11, to Friday, Nov. 15. Among the highlights are a book discussion of Ian McDonald’s Hugo Award-nominated science-fiction novel “Brasyl” on Monday at 5 p.m. in the Maple Center on the main campus, the viewing of “The Mission” on Tuesday at 6 p.m. in Room 961 of the Student Wellness Center, Brazilian music, a presentation by poet and translator Juan Carlos Galeano and a tasting menu featuring the country’s cuisine.

Galeano was born in the Amazon region of Colombia. He is the author of “Baraja Inicial” (poetry, 1986), “Pollen and Rifles” (1997) a book on the poetry of violence, and “Amazonia” (poetry, 2003), “Sobre las cosas” (poetry, 2010), and “Amazonia y otros poemas” (poetry, 2011), and the forthcoming “Historias del viento” (poetry, 2013). His works have been published in magazines and journals, such as The Atlantic Monthly, among others, and in college textbooks, collections and international anthologies.  He teaches Latin American poetry and cultures of the Amazon basin at Florida State University.

On Thursday, Nov. 14, in the Arts & Sciences Building, Room 274, beginning at 12 p.m., Dale Olsen and the acoustic duo Carlos & Carlos will perform.

Dale A. Olsen. (Ph.D., UCLA) distinguished research professor emeritus of Ethnomusicology and founder of the Ethnomusicology/World Music Program at Florida State University in 1973, where he taught ethnomusicology and world music for 35 years. Formerly principal flutist of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Chile and Chicago Grant Park Symphony, Dr. Olsen has written seven books, including his most recent, “World Flutelore: Folktales, Myths, and Other Stories of Magical Flute Power.”

Not only is Dr. Olsen a devoted researcher in South American music and culture, he is also an avid performer. His many talents can be heard on a range of instruments, including a long list of indigenous South American instruments.

Carlos & Carlos is an acoustic guitar duo that performs an array of traditional and contemporary Latin American styles, incorporating different techniques and sensibilities borrowed from Mexican, Brazilian, Afro-Peruvian, Andean and Afro-Caribbean traditions among others. The duo’s main goal is to explore contemporary pan-Latino sonorities as well as their many intersections with other styles/rhythms from around the world.

In doing so, Carlos & Carlos Duo wishes not only to bring to their audience versatile compositions and arrangements of Latin standards, it also wants to spread awareness about the vast cultural diversity in Latin American music and cultures.

Carlos Odria of the duo is a jazz guitarist from Lima, Peru. He received a master’s in ethnomusicology from Florida State University and is currently a doctoral candidate in ethnomusicology at Florida State. He directs the Latin American Music Ensemble in the College of Music, and performs with several professional ensembles in Tallahassee, including the well-known Carlos y Carlos guitar duo. Brazilian guitar styles is one of his musical specializations, especially bossa nova and choro.

Cameron R. Siegal of the duo is a jazz and world percussionist. He received a bachelor’s from University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, in 2012. He studied Asante drumming, dance and song in Ghana, West Africa, in 2011. He is currently a graduate student and teaching assistant at Florida State University, and is the leader of the Cameron Siegal Quintet, a well-known professional jazz ensemble in Tallahassee. In addition to many types of world drums, he plays the Brazilian pandeiro frame drum, the surdo bass drum, and other Brazilian percussion instruments.

The International Education Committee is a group of volunteers from among Bainbridge State’s faculty and staff who share an abiding interesting in expanding students’ multicultural awareness. Each semester, the Committee chooses to study a region or country that will both fascinate and enlighten students, broadening their sense of a global community by introducing speakers, performers, artists, creative contests and international foods to Bainbridge State.


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