Spanish and Portuguese faculty members receive a Reflective Engagement Initiative grant
Bryan McCann (History), Michael Ferreira, (Spanish and Portuguese Linguistics), and Vivaldo Santos (Director of the Portuguese Program) received a Reflective Engagement Intiative Grant for "Remaining Brazuca: Language and Culture among Brazilian Immigrants in the Washington DC Area." The initiative's goal is to encourage new kinds of thinking at Georgetown about how rigorous academic work can, and should, have more of an influence on the quality of life in the U.S. and around the world. With over 30 scholars taking part in the projects this year, it underscores both emphasis on collaborative research and support for work across all of Georgetown. The collaborative grant for "Remaining Brazuca: Language and Culture among Brazilian Immigrants in the Washington DC Area" will help support a two-day conference and workshop designed to bring specialists and practitioners in second-language acquisition and cultural instruction to campus in order to discuss and facilitate language and cultural instruction for children of Brazilian immigrants in the Washington DC area. The objectives are to strengthen a nascent immigrant network and connect it to the University, and to further research interest in language and cultural acquisition among “heritage speakers” or second-generation immigrants.