What I learned this semester:

I have learned a fair amount this semester, but if we are limiting to three, first I would have to say the differences in how race is seen and categorized in Brazil compared to the United States. Before this class I had only thought about race in the context of the US and it is very eyeopening that how different it can be. Secondly, I learned about different ways that historians can discuss their research, in a book, journal article, documentary, wikipedia, and paper. Lastly I learned that in Brazil art is political. I had always thought that art can be symbolic of a social or political movement but not as direct as it is in Brazil. For example, the carnival acts that we acts that we watched in class were very direct in their concerns/protests of the the government. This direct protesting via art is not something that you would see in the US under the context of art.