May 9, 2007
Dr. Gail Ament, associate professor of Spanish and chair of modern languages at Morningside College, was one of fifteen Latin American scholars from colleges and universities across the country selected to participate in the Summer Institute “Brazilian Literature and Culture: From the Baroque to Modernism” to be held June 18 - July 28, at the University of São Paulo in Campinas, Brazil.
Brazilian scholars will instruct daily sessions focusing on the language, literature, history, culture, and visual arts produced in Brazil in relation to key moments in Brazilian history, from 1654 until 1928. In addition to the daily sessions, the institute will include study tours to sites of historical and cultural significance in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, and the gold-mining state of Minas Gerais. As part of her participation in the institute, Ament will receive a stipend of $4,200 to help cover travel costs, books, and research and living expenses.
The institute is funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), an independent grant-making agency of the federal government that supports the humanities. Each year the NEH's Division of Education Programs offers teachers opportunities to study humanities topics in a variety of Summer Seminars and Institutes.
Ament has been at Morningside since 1998 and specializes in contemporary
Central and Latin American literature, culture, and politics. She received her master's degree from the University of Montana in Missoula and her doctorate from the University of Washington in Seattle. She was a Fulbright Scholar to Guatemala from 1995-1996 and previously was on the faculties at Whitworth College and Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash., before coming to Morningside.