ISSUED: 28 September 2023
MEDIA CONTACT: Cecelia Mason
SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV — Shepherd University professor Dr. Chiquita Howard-Bostic is traveling to Brazil to serve as a visiting professor at Centro Universitário Christus (Unichristus) October 1-7.
Howard-Bostic will give several lectures to bachelor’s and master’s degree students and faculty at Centro Universitário Christus and Unichristus Law School on the concepts of positive peace and social and racial justice. Students in one her Shepherd classes, Social Stratification, will attend the Brazilian lectures via Zoom and have the opportunity to engage with the Brazilian audience.
Unichristus will also host a lecture at the Ceará Bar Association, where Howard-Bostic will talk about women’s academic and political careers.
“For our academic community, your visit will be an excellent opportunity to learn and debate about these topics that are equally relevant in the United States and Brazil,” said Jan Krimphove, head of Unichristus international affairs, in a letter of invitation.
“I am excited about this trip because I have an opportunity to teach students in multiple cities in two countries simultaneously using technology, my paintings, and a social justice pedagogy,” Howard Bostic said. “International innovation makes my heart smile.”
Political science and global studies major Quinn Turner of Harpers Ferry will travel to Brazil with Howard-Bostic. Turner hopes to become a lawyer specializing in either immigration or criminal law and is excited about participating.
“I have an opportunity to learn more about another country and be involved in an international classroom,” Turner said. “I have also never been to Brazil, so I am excited to learn more about the culture. I think it will benefit me because I will learn not only about another culture but also learn from the classes and gain a different perspective.”
The academic partnership between Shepherd and Unichristus has been in place since 2019 and has included virtual collaborations and a visit to Shepherd in 2022 by Dr. Denise Almeida de Andrade, a professor at Unichristus Law School.
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