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The Center for Global Education is pleased to announce its Brazil Year Initiative. This year-long initiative is only the beginning of a long-term university-wide goal to strengthen and expand academic and cultural ties between CUA and Brazil, as well as between CUA and the vibrant Brazilian community in our Washington DC area. We build upon an already strong Brazilian presence in our institution: the world renowned Oliveira Lima Library—considered one of the finest collections of Luso-Brazilian materials in the U.S.—, a long trajectory of commitment from our School of Music to the study and performance of the music of Brazil, a successful participation since 2012 in the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program, and the dedication of many of our faculty who for many years have enriched the academic experience of our students through the research and teaching of language and culture from the Luso-Brazilian world.

- Dr. Mario Ortiz
Associate Provost for International Affairs


Faculty Advisory Committee 

Dr. Jandro Abot – Clinical Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Dr. Stacy Brustin – Associate Professor, Columbus School of Law
Dr. Thomas Cohen – Associate Professor of History, Curator of Oliveira Lima Library
Dr. James Greene – Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies
Dr. Duilia de Mello – Associate Professor of Physics
Please contact the Center for Global Education for further information or to learn about ways you can contribute.

Make a gift towards the Brazil Year Initiative.


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Brazilian Civil Engineering Students Win Second Place in ASCE NCS GEC 1st Annual Student Presentation Competition

CUA students, Giovani Gattei, Simone Marini, Rodrigo Silva, and Felipe Augusto Martins, advised by Dr. Giovanni Bonita, won second place in the competition which was open to all area universities.  The theme of their presentation was "Deep excavation support system impacts, sewer overflow system upgrade in Washington DC area."


Two CUA Faculty Receive Prestigious Fulbright Fellowships for Brazil

The Center for Global Education is most pleased to congratulate Dr. Jandro Abot and Dr. Daniel Colón, who were awarded the prestigious Fulbright Scholar Program fellowships.

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Brazilian Scientific Mobility Program at CUA: A Successful Partnership

This program commenced in January of 2012, when seven students were awarded full scholarships by the Brazilian government to spend one year abroad at CUA. Read full report.




Gale Blazes New Trails for Global Researchers with Digitized Collections of Rare Historical Material including CUA's Oliveira Lima Library.

Read the full article here.



Oliveira Lima Library

The Oliveira Lima Library is a collection of books, manuscripts, pamphlets, maps, photographs and works of art that is dedicated to the history and culture of Portugal and Brazil.

Learn more at their website.


CUA Professor Selected for Diaspora Brazil Award 

Duilia de Mello, an associate professor in CUA's Physics Department, was named one of the top 100 most influential Brazilians of 2014 and won the Diaspora Brazil Award. View the article in Portuguese or English.
In October she was featured in the Brazilian magazine Contigo. Read the article in Portuguese or English about her career in astronomy.




The Center for Global Education Launches Brazil Year Initiative with Gala Concert

The Evening of Brazilian Music was sponsored in conjunction with the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music.

Read more here.

View all photos here.


Lecture on 18th Century Brazil

February 24, 2015, 5:00 p.m.
May Gallery, Mullen Library

This lecture was led by Dr. Gabriel Paquette of Johns Hopkins University.


Brazilian Diplomats Visit the Oliveira Lima Library

CUA faculty and staff pose with Brazilian diplomats following a tour of Oliveira Lima Library sponsored by the Center for Global Education.


White House Tour

Brazilian students enjoyed a visit to the
White House this fall.

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