Speakers & Organizer


Flavia De Azeredo-Cerqueira is director of the Portuguese Language Program at Johns Hopkins University, and a senior lecturer in Portuguese.

Dr. Azeredo-Cerqueira received her PhD in Applied Linguistics and her MA degree from the Federal University of Minas Gerais (Brazil). Dr. Azeredo-Cerqueira taught Portuguese language as well as courses in Brazilian cinema and culture for five years in four different institutions: at the Morgan State University in Baltimore, at the University of Maryland at College Park, at the American University in Washington, D.C., and at Johns Hopkins University in the spring of 2010. For several years she worked at the Brazilian-American Cultural Institute (BACI, a former branch of the Cultural Department of the Brazilian Embassy), Washington, D.C. There she taught Portuguese as a foreign language and also served as a course coordinator and material developer.

Dr. Azeredo’s research explores second language acquisition with a focus on bilingualism, corrective feedback, motivation and language identity.


Patricia Acerbi
Dr. Patricia Acerbi taught for five years at Russell Sage College and now teaches history at George Mason University and the Bard College Clemente Course program at the Latin American Youth Center in Washington D.C. Her book about street commerce, slavery, and early post-abolition Rio de Janeiro will be published by the University of Texas Press in the fall of 2017. She also published an article about vendors in Rio in the Journal of Urban History, which was awarded the 2014 Arnold Hirsch Award for Best Article by the Urban History Association.

Guilherme Andreas
Brazilian flutist Guilherme Andreas is a versatile musician. He is equally at home as soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player. Known for his powerful sound and inspired phrasing, Andreas toured as a soloist with the Brazilian Marine Wind Symphony in several concerts in many theaters all over Brazil. Andreas’ refined technique, interpretation and engaging stage presence have earned first prize in many national competitions in Brazil.Andreas is the winner of the 2013 Música no Museu National Competition for Young Brazilian Musicians, which awarded him with full scholarship to pursuit a Master’s in Flute Performance at James Madison University (VA). Once in the States, he was the 2015 JMU Concerto/Aria competition winner, and as award, he performed the Reinecker Flute Concerto with the JMU Symphony Orchestra. Recent performances include concerts in Carnegie Hall (NYC) as a principal flute with the New England Symphonic Ensemble, a lecture recital at Duke University for the 2016 Brazil Lab Conference, and summer artistic residencies in Rio de Janeiro and Brasilia. Andreas is currently a GPD candidate at the Peabody Institute in the studio of Emily Skala.

Celso Thomas Castilho
Celso Thomas Castilho is an Assistant Professor of History with research and teaching interests in comparative slavery and abolition, citizenship and theater, and the cultural politics of the African diaspora. His book Slave Emancipation and Transformations in Brazilian Political Citizenship (Pittsburgh, 2016) probes the wide-ranging effects of the process on abolition on popular political practice and the racial borders of national belonging. It follows an edited volume Castilho co-organized in Brazil, Tornando-se Livre (EDUSP, 2015), and two-prize winning articles published in 2010 and 2013, respectively. Currently, he is writing a book on antislavery, race, and theater in the Atlantic world, focusing on the dramatic representations of Uncle Tom’s Cabin

Born in São Paulo, Brazil, Castilho was raised in Los Angeles, and is a product of the University of California system: BA (Berkeley), MA in Latin American Studies (UCLA), and PhD (Berkeley).

Allan Charles Dawson
Allan C. Dawson (PhD, McGill University) is Associate Professor of Anthropology. His research is concerned with issues of ethnicity and identity in West Africa and in the African Diaspora; ethnicity and globalization; identity and violence; religious innovation; chieftaincy; and traditional religious practice in the West African Sahel. Dawson also explores issues of Blackness and Afro-Brazilian identity within the context of the broader Black Atlantic world. Dawson has conducted extensive ethnographic research in Brazil, Ghana, Benin and Nigeria.

Ana Paula Höfling
Ana Paula Höfling is a dancer, capoeirista, and dance scholar whose research focuses on Afro-diasporic embodied practices and their relationships to racial and national identities. She holds a PhD in Culture and Performance Studies from UCLA, and she was an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Wesleyan University between 2012-2014. She is currently completing a book manuscript for Wesleyan University Press titled Staging Brazil: choreographies of capoeira. She is Assistant Professor of Dance Studies at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro.

Franklin W. Knight
Franklin W. Knight is Leonard and Helen R Stulman Professor Emeritus and Academy Professor at the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore where he taught for 43 years. He has published widely on the social, cultural, economic and political dimensions of Latin America and the Caribbean as well as slave systems in a global perspective. He served as president of the Latin American Studies Association between 1998 and 2000 and as president of the Historical Society, USA between 2006 and 2008. He has been honored by the Academy of Letters of Bahia, Brazil (2001); the Dominican Academy of History in the Dominican Republic (2006); the University of the West Indies (2007); The National Research Council of the National Academies (2008); the Asociación de Historiadores de América Latina y del Caribe (ADHILAC) (2011); the Cuban Academy of History (2012); and the Asociación de la Historia Económica del Caribe (AHEC) and the Institute of Jamaica (2013).

Franklin Silva Netto
Counselor Franklin Netto has been the Head of the Educational Section of the Brazilian Embassy since 2014. Prior to assuming his current position, Counselor Netto served as Head of the international office at the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation from 2013 to 2014.

Previous positions in Brazil include working at the Ministry of external Relations as Head of the Division for the Information Society and Head of the Brazilian delegations to meetings in Beijing, Lima, Quito, New Delhi, Geneva, Montevideo from 2012 to 2013. Additionally, from 2010 to 2012 he was an Advisor to the Department of the US, Canada and Interamerican Affairs.

Previous positions held abroad include Chargé d´Affaires, at the Brazilian Embassy in Ottawa in 2010. From 2007 to 2010 Counselor Franklin Netto was Deputy Consul and Chargé d’Affaires at the Brazilian Consulate General in Montevideo. He was Head of the Political, Economic and Cultural Sections and of the Trade Promotion Bureau at the Brazilian Embassy in Helsinki From 204 to 2007. Counselor Netto worked at the Brazilian Embassy in Moscow from 2002 to 2004 as Head of the Political Section. In 2001 he was at the Brazilian Consulate General in Santa Cruz de la Sierra working as Chargé d’Affaires.

Counselor Franklin Netto has a Bachellor degree in Military Science from the Agulhas Negras Military Academic and in 1999 he graduated from the Rio Branco diplomatic Academy.

Counselor Netto was born in Campinas, State of Sao Paulo and is married and has two sons.