Copenhaver Scholar Dr. Paolo Fontes left impressions of Brazil on Roanoke

Dr. Paolo Fontes, a historian who specializes in the study of twentieth century Brazil, visited Roanoke this semester as a Copenhaver Scholar. Fontes studies Brazilian politics and labor and also has expertise in contemporary Brazilian history, politics and culture. He is currently focusing on the internal migration of Brazilians from the Northeast to Sao Paulo and is researching labor and memory as a part of a roundtable in the country sponsored by the International Cluster, a project that profiles the performance of exports from 163 countries.

Dr. Ivonne Wallace-Fuentes called Fontes "an engaging and dynamic teacher with two years of experience in U.S. classrooms at Princeton and Duke." During his stay at Roanoke, Dr. Fontes visited classes in the history and foreign languages departments and also worked with a Portuguese language tutorial. Wallace-Fuentes said that "Dr. Fontes introduced our students to Brazil, an area of Latin America we tend to overlook in this country due to its distance and its language, Brazilian Portuguese."

The Copenhaver Scholar-in-Residence Program was established in 1989 by an endowment from Miss Margaret Sue Copenhaver of Richmond and Mrs. Gordon Hanes of Winston-Salem, N.C. in memory of their parents, Dr. Eldridge and Margaret Greever Copenhaver. The endowment funds residencies on the Roanoke College campus of eminent scholars and artists whose special talents enrich the intellectual and cultural life of the College.


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Hannah Updike is a senior English and Spanish double major who hopes to have a career in the film or creative writing industry. She is a member of Chi Omega sorority and is involved with Order of Omega, Kathy's Kure, Relay for Life and several other philanthropic organizations on campus.