by Steven Clements – Intensive English Program
John-Gabriel H. James, History Instructor at Hawaii Community College, has recently been awarded a Fulbright-Hays Seminar Abroad Grant to travel and study in Brazil during the summer of 2011. The Fulbright-Hays Seminar Abroad grants are competitive scholarships offered by the U.S. Department of Education on a yearly basis and are designed to provide educators and administrators at the elementary, secondary and post-secondary levels of education the opportunity to study and travel to a non-western country during the summer for a 4-6 week period. This year’s post-secondary counties for travel and study were Tunisia/Morocco and Brazil. This summer’s seminar is titled “Land of the Future or the Present? A Historical Perspective on Brazil”, and will include travel, lectures and field trips to locations within Brazil such as Bahia, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Minas Gerais, and the Federal District, Brasilia. Gabe James has a strong interest in Brazilian history and culture, especially the African diaspora in Brazil, and the comparative histories of Brazil and Hawai`i, which have been strongly shaped by sugar plantation culture. Upon his return, Gabe James will be offering presentations about his travels, and will be integrating new historical material into his world history class curriculum.