This course examines a range of interlocking cultural, sociopolitical, and/or environmental factors that galvanize attention in Portuguese-speaking countries. Themes might include, among others, post-colonial debates in Lusophone Africa, street children in urban Brazil, or heritage language communities in Massachusetts. Materials draw from literary and journalistic texts, as well as art, music and film. Conducted in Portuguese. Prerequisite: POR 100, POR 125 or POR 200, or the equivalent.