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Literatura de Cordel:
Continuity and Change in Brazilian Popular Literature

Symposium: September 26-27, 2011
Thomas Jefferson Building, Room 119
10 First Street, SE
Washington, DC

Program

Links to the webcasts of this event are available at the start of each session below

Monday September 26

12:30-1:00 Registration
   
  View the webcast of the Monday session (Runtime 03:03:48 )
 
1:00-1:15 Welcoming Remarks
Dr. James H. Billington, Librarian of Congress
His Excellency, Mauro Vieira, The Ambassador of Brazil
Peggy Bulger, Director, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress
   
1:15-2:45 Keynote Address: "Here Today, Here Tomorrow: The Survival and Continuing Transformation of Brazilian Literatura de Cordel"
Candace Slater, Department of Portuguese and Spanish, University of California, Berkeley [abstract & biography]
   
2:45-3:00 Break
   
3:00-5:00 Panel 1: Cordel: Voice of the People
  • A Debt to Pay: A Portrait of Twentieth-Century Brazil in Cordel,
    Mark Curran, Professor Emeritus, School of International Letters and Cultures, Arizona State University [abstract & biography]
  • God, Goals, and Guns: Pentecostalism, Soccer, and Violence as Brazilian Vox Populi,
    R. Andrew Chesnut, School of World Studies, Virginia Commonwealth University [abstract & biography]
  • My Life in Cordel: Poet, Vendor, and Publisher,
    Gonçalo Ferreira da Silva, Academia Brasileira de Literatura de Cordel, Rio de Janeiro (in Portuguese) [abstract & biography]
  • Moderater: Iêda Siqueira Wiarda, Hispanic Division, Library of Congress [biography]
   

Tuesday September 27

   
8:45-9:15 Registration
   
  View the webcast of the Tuesday morning session (Runtime 02:37:00)
   
9:15-9:30 Welcome: Georgette Dorn, Chief, Hispanic Division, Library of Congress
   
9:30-10:45 Panel 2: Vernacular Creativity: Cordel in the Musical Life of Brazil
  • Cordel as Theme and Practice in Brazilian Popular Music,
    Bryan McCann, History Department, Georgetown University [abstract & biography]
  • Cordel, Cantoria and Repente: Song Contests, Improvised Poetry and the Popular Music of Northeastern Brazil,
    Morton Marks, Ethnomusicologist, Brooklyn, NY [abstract & biography]
  • Moderator: Larry Appelbaum, Music Division, Library of Congress [biography]
   
10:45-11:00  Break
   
11:00-11:15 Showing of the documentary, J. Borges By Myself.
   
11:15-12:00 Panel 3: Vernacular Creativity: Cordel in the Artistic Life of Brazil
The Imagery  of  Brazilian Cordel
Presentation by Maria Carmen Gambliel, Idaho Council on the Arts [abstract & biography]
Moderator: Gayle Williams, Florida International University [biography]
   
12:00-12:30 Panel 4: Brief History of the American Folklife Center's Literatura de Cordel Collections
  • The Library of Congress Hispanic Division's Role in Developing the LC Cordel Collections,
  •                                                                 Iêda Siqueira Wiarda, Hispanic Division, Library of Congress [biography]
  • Collecting Cordel for the LC Rio Office,
    Marli Gomes Soares, Rio Office, Library of Congress (in Portuguese) [biography]
  • Improving Metadata and Access for Library of Congress Cordel Collections,
    Maggie Kruesi, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress [biography]
  • American Folklife Center Cordel Exhibit, Valda Morris-Slack, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress [biography]
   
12:30-3:30 Exhibit of Literatura de Cordel from American Folklife Center Collections, Room 113 (Thomas Jefferson Building)
   
12:30-1:45 Lunch (on your own)
   
  View the webcast of the Tuesday afternoon session (Runtime 02:16:09)
   
1:45-3:00 Panel 5: Preserving the Past & Embracing the Future: Cordel in an e-World
  • Digital Preservation:  Converting Existing Collections of Cordel,
    Manuela Maia, Director, Central Library of the State University of Paraíba (in Portuguese) [abstract & biography]
  • Digital Preservation: Web Archiving of Cordel,
    Debra McKern, Director, Library of Congress, Rio de Janeiro Office [abstract & biography]
  • Moderator: Michael Neubert, Collections and Services, Library of Congress [biography]
   
3:00-3:15 Break
   
3:15-4:45       Panel 6: Discussion: What does Cordel Represent in Brazil Today? Local or National Identity? Accompanied by a showing of segments of the documentary, Globo Rural — Cordel
  • Maria Carmen Gambliel, Idaho Council on the Arts
  • Mark Curran, Professor Emeritus, School of International Letters and Cultures, Arizona State University
  • Moderator: Candace Slater, Department of Portuguese and Spanish, University of California, Berkeley [biography]
   
4:45-5:00 Wrap-up

 

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