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Our Summer Program in Salvador of Bahia, Brazil

History, Politics, & Music of Brazil



Bahia, Brazil


June 4th, 2012 - July 1st, 2012

Credits Offered

LACS 330.51 / POLSC 272.19 - 3 Credits

LACS 330.61 - 3 Credits

CUNY Tuition is NOT included in the Program Fee.

Verify with your college's Bursar for your rate and tuition payment deadlines.

Application Deadline

March 19th, 2012

Financial Aid

PELL, STOCS, Student Loans

Program Fee

$2,150.00 (Estimate)

Program Fee includes : Housing with breakfast, Excursions, and International Health Insurance.

AIRFARE is NOT included in the program fee. All students are responsible for arriving at their study abroad location by the first day of the program, this may mean flying the day before.

Payment Schedule

$350 Application Fee due with application on March 19th, 2012

$1,800 Balance due by April 27nd, 2012 --> We encourage you to submit payment early!!!

TUITION - Campus specific deadlines, Check with your college's Bursar for their summer semester payment due dates.

HUNTER-BAHIA consists of two courses: LACS 330.51/POLSC 272.19, Brazilian History and Politics, an interdisciplinary field course, and LACS 330.61, Brazilian Music: Understanding the Historical Richness of Brazil.  These courses provide analytic, interpretive materials on Brazilian history, culture, and politics, with a particular focus on Salvador, Bahia, the site of the course.  Readings and discussion in the history and politics course will treat authoritarianism, the transition to democracy, current successes and failures of Brazilian democracy, economic policy, and the role of social movements and popular culture. Especially in the Bahian context, it will examine globalization, socioeconomic inequality, the history and legacies of slavery and racism.  The music course will provide insight into and appreciation of the richness of Brazilian music, from the 1500s to the present. It will enrich analysis of the Brazilian cultural context as well as the historical background through the use of DVDs, CDs, photos, power point texts, and live music.  

Why Brazil?  Brazil is the world’s fifth largest and fifth most populous country, with the eighth largest economy.  It is a fascinating nation of contrasts and contradictions—of poverty and wealth, of the privileges and the deprivations of race and class, and of economic leaders employing cutting-edge technology while many labor under primitive conditions.  After 20 years of authoritarian rule following the military coup of 1964, social movements, opposition politicians, and some social and political elites forced a negotiated end to the dictatorship and wrote the democratic constitution of 1988.  The once-imprisoned labor leader, Luis Inácio Lula da Silva, and his Worker’s party, were then elected into two successful terms of presidency to the Republic.  We will see that the realities of society and politics in Brazil are far more complex and sobering than Lula’s electoral victories might lead one to expect.   

Why Salvador?  Capital of colonial Brazil and a stunning UNESCO World Heritage site, Salvador is a now city of 3 million, 1000 miles up the coast from Rio de Janeiro.  It was the center of the colonial sugar industry and one of the principal ports of entry for African slaves brought to work in that industry.  Peopled at independence by Portuguese, enslaved Africans, and Amerindians, Salvador presents itself today as the most African of Brazilian cities, where culture, religion, foods, and, especially, music and the plastic arts all revel in their pluralistic ethnic roots.  The contradictions of race and class are clearly evident.  For graphic and audio illustrations of Salvador and its creative spirit, visit the rich website,, created by “Pardal,” a transplanted New Yorker:; see also 

Complementing the in-class seminars, HUNTER-BAHIA will visit museums, churches, monuments, markets, and performance spaces—sites that reflect the history of colonial Portuguese rule, the oppressions of slavery, the expressions of resistance in the popular culture, and the multiculturalism that is Bahia today.  Music is ever present in the daily life of Salvador, and the local arrangements team will organize visits to a candomblé ceremony and to a capoeira school, illustrating different styles of ritual music.  There will also be a one-day trip to Cachoeira and São Felix, historically important inland towns located on opposite sides of the Paraguaçu River. 


Students will live in shared apartments in the Hotel Porto Farol, located in Barra, close to two popular beaches and a shopping center.  Barra is the neighborhood of Salvador immortalized in songs by Caetano Veloso and Dorival Caymmi.


IMPORTANT - American citizens and citizens of many other countries will need Brazilian visas (not included in program fee).


Academic Inquiries

Administrative Inquiries

Prof. Kenneth Erickson, Political Science Dept.
Phone: (212) 772-5498

Education Abroad Office    

E1447, Mon - Fri 9:30 am - 5:30pm
Phone: (212) 772-4983 
Fax: (212) 772-5005



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