Thomas Vicino leads Dialogue of Civilizations in Brazil

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By Matt Collette | Northeastern News | May 31, 2013

There are two ways to learn about Brazil’s lan­guage, cul­ture, and gov­ern­ment. The first way is in a class­room, through lec­tures, class dis­cus­sions, home­work, and exams.

The other ways is to simply go to Brazil, the largest country in South America.

A group of North­eastern stu­dents chose the second option, arriving in Brazil in early May for one of the university’s Dia­logue of Civ­i­liza­tions pro­grams. Since then, they’ve toured the country, living in Rio de Janeiro and Belo Hor­i­zonte while studying the Por­tuguese lan­guage and Brazil’s edu­ca­tion and polit­ical systems.

“I came on this trip to see my roots and family,” said Leonard Ziviani, a second-​​year busi­ness admin­is­tra­tion stu­dent who grew up in Brazil before moving to Boston nine years ago. “But I was also looking to meet new people and make a lot of con­nec­tions for future intern­ships and co-​​ops.

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