Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies
Curriculum vitae

First-year coordinator 1130-1131, POR 3010
Telephone:  (352) 392-2017, ext. 232
Office hours:
Spring 2009: TR 7th ( 1:55-2:45) and W 6th (12:50-1:40) and by appointment

149 Dauer Hall

email: eginway@ufl.edu

Brazilian Science Fiction on Recommended Reading List (Non-Fiction) Locus  Feb. 2005

Release regarding 2004 book, Brazilian Science Fiction

                             "Fascinating." --Charles N. Brown, editor, Locus,
                             The Magazine of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Field (Feb. 2005)

                              [Of the university press books appearing in 2004"
... Ginway's Brazilian Science Fiction probably did the most to add
to our understanding of SF as a multicultural phenomenon."
                                                                    --Gary K. Wolfe, Roosevelt University
                                                                                                    Locus(Feb. 2005)

      Nominated for the MLA Katherine Singer Kovacs Prize in the field of
           of Latin American and Spanish Literatures and Cultures
                                    by Bucknell University Press, 2005

Current classes:

POR 3242  Oral and Written Practice

PRT 3930/LAS 4935  Latin American Science Fiction and Fantasy

In addition to the basic 10 hr. sequence in Portuguese, POR 1130 and 1131, the Department of Romance Languages at UF offers an accelerated course POR 3010 (for speakers of Spanish or another Romance Language), every Fall, Spring, and Summer A.  POR 3010 satisfies the language requirement in one semester, and also counts for  H, I.  In addition,  UF also offers a Study Abroad program in Rio de Janeiro.  See below for further information regarding the Rio program.

There is an undergraduate major and minor in Portuguese and Brazilian literature and culture.  The Certificate in Latin American Studies includes POR 3010 courses it counts towards satisfying its requirements.  The Center for Latin American studies offers Masters of Latin American Studies with a concentration in Brazil.

The Portuguese-Brazil Club (Bate Papo)

Phi Lambda Beta Portuguese Honor Society

Brazilian/Spanish American Film Series at the Hippodrome Theatre,
Spring 2009 Libby Ginway, presenter:

These showings would be free and open to the public.

All films are in Portuguese or Spanish with English subtitles.
All screenings are at 7:30 except Jan 15 (4pm)

Jan 6, (Tues) Basic Sanitation: the Movie (2007), dir. Jorge Furtado, Brazil
When a small town in Southern Brazil needs a new sewer system, the only funds available must be
used to make a fictional film.  Convinced that they can take on the project and still have money left over to fix the sewer,
 local leaders decide to make a low-budget creature feature. This comedy stars Fernanda Torres,
Wagner Moura, Camila Pitanga, Lazaro Ramos and Paulo Jose. 

Jan 13, (Tues) The Fifth Power (1962) dir. Alberto Pieralisi, Brazil
 Set in Rio de Janeiro, this thriller involves a clandestine group of foreigners broadcasting subliminal
messages to the Brazilian population. The film’s sophisticated techniques, elaborate chase scenes and
 hitchcockian-inspired suspense make it a classic of Brazilian cinema.

Jan 15, (Thurs) The Sputnik Man (1959) dir. Carlos Manga 4pm, Brazil
A late example of the Brazilian comic genre of the chanchada, this film takes on Cold War politics
when a rural couple finds a Sputnik-like object in their backyard, provoking a crisis with both the
American and Soviet authorities.

Feb 16, (Mon) Macunaíma (1969) dir. Joaquim Pedro de Andrade, Brazil
One of the few examples of the Cinema novo to be popular with filmgoers and critics alike, this comic film is based
 on a modern Amerindian trickster figure who sets out to explore the new urban jungle during the Brazilian dictatorship. 
Both allegorical and phantasmagorical, this trippy and hip color film was originally called “Jungle Freaks” in English.

Feb 23, (Mon) Man Facing Southeast (1986) dir. Ernesto Subiela, Argentina
The mysterious appearance of an extraterrestrial in a mental institution begins to unravel conventional definitions of sanity and order,
especially for the psychiatrist in charge of the case.   With its moving score, this powerful, tragic film questions institutional power,
while exploring the  truths of the subconscious.

Mar 3, (Tues) Don’t Die Before Telling Me Where You Are Going (1995)  dir. Ernest Subiela, Argentina
Technology, love and fantasy are wedded in this romantic film when a film projectionist invents a machine to
record his dreams and a friend builds a robot in the image of famous tango singer of the 1940s Carlos Gardel.
Its interweaving plot offers surprises as it explores the themes of reincarnation and filmmaking.

Mar 23, (Mon) Cronos (1993), dir. Guillermo del Toro, Mexico
The Cronos device bestows vampiric powers to its user. While helping a child to be reunited with her grandfather, its user s
oon discovers nothing comes without a price.  From the director of Pan’s Labyrinth, Blade II and Hellboy,
this macabre and creepy tale offers a Latin American take on the


Program for "Latin America Writes Back: Science Fiction in the Global Era"

held at the University of Florida, Oct. 27-29, 2005, Libby Ginway, organizer
University of Texas Brazil links page:

Brazil - LANIC

http://www.jovempan.com.br/ Joven Pan,  radio from São Paulo

O Globo (Rio de Janeiro)


 Jornal do Brasil Online

 Folha de S.Paulo

Jornal de Poesia

Revista Isto é and other sites

Correio da bahia

Rede Globo live TV

Ida's Home Page --a great Bossa Nova site!

  MPB Link



Copacabana is the location for the UF program in Rio de Janeiro

The following is information about the University of Florida/Florida International University summer exchange program in Rio de Janeiro. Summer 2009 will be the 28th year of the program between UF and the Instituto Brasil Estados Unidos (IBEU) in Rio de Janeiro, and the second year of the partnership with Georgetown.

 Rio de Janeiro is a sophisticated, cosmopolitan city of about eight million people. With its world-famous beaches of Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon, and its equally famous Sugar Loaf and Corcovado mountains and Tijuca Forest, this fascinating city is considered by many to be the most beautiful in the world. Its lifestyle is casual and although its seasons are the reverse of ours, its climate resembles that of Miami and permits a wide range of leisure activities including ocean bathing all year round.

Students from all over the country may apply.  Those in good standing who have completed their first semester of their freshman year, be at least 18 years of age and have an intermediate or advanced level of Portuguese (with a grade of B or better) may participate. Many  FLAS winners recipients have gone on this program.  Students from other universities are encouraged to apply.   The course provides the the 140 hours required by the FLAS scholarship.

Advanced class at IBEU

Students spend three and a half hours in class (8:45 am to 12:15 Monday through Friday, 105 hours) (105) hours) and spend two afternoons a week attending lectures, films, and excursions (24 hours).   Graduate students participate in an additional supervised Monday seminar in which they present their research (12 hours), for the 140 hour total required for FLAS recipients.  Graduate students should plan on bringing materials on Brazil for their presentation in Portuguese.

There are also weekend excursions and other activities organized by students and  IBEU.

WHAT IS THE PROGRAM (length, content, housing, transportation)?
The program runs for six weeks from the last week in June through the first week of August. In 2009 the dates will be arrival Sat. June 27, with classes starting the following Monday. The program goes through August 7.  Students may return to the US after August 8, but many prefer to travel to other areas in Brazil. Six semester hours of transfer credit are awarded for successful completion of the program.  Participants earn three credits in Brazilian language (1-4 different levels are offered: Intermediate 1, 2 and and Advanced 1 and 2) and three credits in Brazilian culture.  All students live with Brazilian hosts. All host families are different (single women, nuclear families and older individuals), and IBEU makes the best match possible based on a questionnaire distributed to all students before departure.  All hosts live within easy reach of the institute where classes are held.  Two meals a day are typically provided by your Brazilian family.  Most students prefer to eat lunch out.  Arrangements for special meals or dietary needs, health concerns (such as smoking) should be made in advance and must be included in the housing questionnaire provided by Study Abroad.

Classes are held at the Instituto Brasil-Estados Unidos, located in the heart of the Copacabana section of Rio, one block from the beach.  The Instituto is a well-known and highly regarded center for language instruction with pleasant classrooms, language laboratory, computer lab with 18 computers with internet access, library  and excellent Brazilian instructors.  Student placement is determined by a written test and oral interview given on the first day of classes.  The program offers organized excursions, which may include tours of Parati, Petropolis, Rio's downtown and Santa Teresa neighborhoods as well as Sugar Loaf and Corcovado. Students are encouraged to learn about the city and Brazil by reading tour guides (such as the Lonely Planet Series on Brazil) and academic studies such as Marshall C. Eakin's Brazil:  The Once and Future Country, in addition to the guides and xerox pack supplied to students by IBEU.   This year we begin recommending as well The Throes of Democracy:  Brazil since 1989 by Bryan Mc Cann.

The Instituto Brasil-Estados Unidos, Av. Nossa Senhora de Copacabana 690

TRANSPORTATION IN BRAZIL  There are a wide variety of ways to get around Rio.  Many forms of public transportation are readily available at minimal cost. Students should be prepared to pay for buses and vans to get to and from IBEU.  Students are advised to take taxis when traveling alone at night.  Bus travel between cities is also very comfortable and reasonably priced. Air Travel is also available to reach more distant cities such as São Paulo, Porto Alegre, Recife, etc. Students wishing to visit other areas of Brazil are encouraged to purchase an airpass through Varig prior to departure from the US as they are not available within Brazil. NB:  Airfare to Rio de Janeiro is not included in the price of the program.

The course is designed to fulfill 6 hours of undergraduate academic requirements.  With prior approval students may apply their course work towards summer residency, general education requirements, electives, and major/minor requirements for graduation.  Students are required to receive academic approval for their participation in the program PRIOR to that participation.  Credits earned on the program transfer to the University of Florida, but grades are not computed in students' GPAs by the registrar's office. Students receive 3 hours of language credit (2000-4000- level) and 3 hours of culture credit (POR 3502). The program was created with FLAS recipients in mind, and a letter about language study and contact hours is available.

COSTS  - Program costs will be approximately $3,995 for tuition, housing and program expenses.  Airfare is NOT included.  Most students spend about $1000-1500 on round trip airfare and some buy an air pass in the US ($500) to see five cities in Brazil after the program ends.  It is recommended to bring between $600 and $1200 for spending money for meals, busfare, travel and entertainment.  For purposes of graduate students receiving Title VI/FLAS scholarships, total program costs run between $4,000 to $5,000 (counting airfare as part of the scholarship).  Program fees cover on site orientation, language and culture instruction, housing/some meals (breakfast and dinner).  For detailed accounting check with the Study Abroad office accountant.  IBEU offers several optional excursions (Corcovado, Petropolis, Pico da Tijuca) at no extra cost. NB: A group bus will pick up students at the airport early to mid-morning on the designated Saturday morning (cost included and non-refundable).

IS FINANCIAL AID AVAILABLE? - Students should check with their Financial Aid office to determine whether they are eligible for financial assistance. University of Florida students who normally receive financial aid (including scholarships) may continue to receive it while studying overseas. Arrangements must be made with the Study Abroad and Financial Aid offices. Students not attending UF should apply to their home university for financial assistance.  UF undergraduates who apply before March 1 may be eligible for scholarships through the Overseas Studies office. A limited scholarship for Portuguese majors at UF is also available through the Center for Latin American Studies (Alfred E. Hower Scholarship), with deadlines in mid-March.

The University of Florida Center for Latin American Studies coordinates an annual competition for Summer FLAS awards for the study of less-commonly-taught languages.  Summer FLAS awards can be used for the UF-FIU Rio Program.  If you are interested in applying for a  Summer FLAS award through the University of Florida, please contact:

Hannah Covert
Associate Director
Center for Latin American Studies
PO Box 115530
319 Grinter Hall
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL  32611

Tel: (352) 392-0375, ext. 806
Fax: (352) 392-7682

UF Undergraduate and scholarship applicants: March 6

Priority is given to qualified students and especially to graduate students with FLAS scholarships.

UF graduate students applying for FLAS scholarships must get their full applications in by March 30th to Study Abroad.  This will guarantee a place in the program and allow for housing arrangements to be made in a timely fashion.
NB:  Provided that there are openings available, out-of-state FLAS graduate students may apply as late as April 15th. E-mail the Study Abroad office to communicate with the Rio program assistant for more details about program availability.

HEALTH INSURANCE - Major Medical health insurance that includes coverage while outside of the United States is mandatory. Verification of major medical health insurance coverage meeting UF standards is required. All participating students will automatically be enrolled in a 24 hour emergency assistance, medical evacuation insurance policy for an added minimal fee. Check with UFIC for additional information on coverage requirements.

Cinelândia, Teatro Municipal, downtown Rio de Janeiro

PASSPORT - All participants must have a valid passport that remains valid for the duration of travel in Brazil with a visa for Brazil.  Since this is a short-term study program, use of a tourist visa is permitted according to information posted by the Consulate of Brazil in Miami.  In some cases a student visa may be necessary. Please consult by phone with the program director before proceeding, but do so as soon as possible. Forms can be downloaded from the Brazilian Consulates' web sites.  The Miami Consulate Webpage, for example, has visa application forms http://www.brazilmiami.org/   We recommend that participants start early on the visa process.  (The Brazilian Embassy also has a web site:  http://www.brasilemb.org).  Those with a foreign passport or dual citizenship should check with the Brazilian consulate.  

For contact purposes on your visa application, you can put the name of your host family (if you know it), or Elisa Borges and the address of IBEU: Ave. Nossa Senhora de Copacabana, 690. CEP 22050-000, Rio de Janeiro, RJ.   Tel. (021) 3816-9400.   Florida residents can send passports and applications via US express mail to the Miami Consulate: 80 SW 8th St. 26th Floor, Miami, FL 33130-3004.  (305) 285-6200.  Students encountering difficulties should contact UF Study Abroad program or the program coordinator.

HOW AND WHEN CAN I APPLY? - To confirm a place in the program, most applicants for the program should apply no later than March 6 for the Summer term. The program has become more competitive and early application in addition to solid credentials help to guarantee a place in the program.
Staggered application dates:
A) all UF undergrads, all non-UF students not applying for FLAS, and UF grads not applying for FLAS March 6
B) UF grads applying for FLAS March 30
C) Non-Florida grads applying for FLAS -  April 15

The application form may be downloaded from the blue links located above the Copacabana photo at the beginning of this text.

The Office is located at the
University of Florida International Center
Hernando Zambrano, Program Assistant; hzambrano@ufic.ufl.edu
Study Abroad Assistant for Rio de Janeiro, Language and Culture
The Hub
PO Box 113225
Gainesville, FL 32611-3225

For academic questions and administrative issues please contact:  2009 Prof. Perrone, see below

Alternating Program Director, M. Elizabeth Ginway

Associate Professor, Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies
University of Florida
P.O.Box 117405
152 Dauer Hall
Gainesville, Florida  32611-7405
Phone: (352) 392-2017, x. 232
 Fax:  (352) 392-5679

 In Rio

 Elisa Borges
 Instituto Brasil-Estados Unidos
Av. N. S. Copacabana, 690 - 6º andar
Rio de Janeiro - Brasil - 22050-000
E-mail:  elisa@ibeu.org.br
Phone: 55 (21) 3816-9416
Fax:  55 (21) 2256-550


To contact the Study Abroad advisors to the Rio program, please write to
Hernando Zambrano, hzambrano@ufic.ufl.edu
For financial aid questions, please consult June Bristol jbristol@ufic.ufl.edu

Culture links to look at before you go, about food, customs and socializing: Maria Brazil - Home of Brazilian Culture on the Web Maria on the WEB    Information on Brazilian Culture

Dr. Ginway, first row, second from left with students in Petropolis, RJ
July 2000


Rotating program coordinator / 2009:

Dr. Charles A. Perrone
Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies
(see above for mailing address)
Office:  Grinter Hall, 335
Center for Latin American Studies
PHONE:  (352) 392-2100
FAX:  (352) 392-5679
E-mail: perrone@ufl.edu

last updated January 27, 2009