Spanish student presents research at national conference

April 15, 2019

Jamie Plummer at the conference. Photo courtesy of Graciela Tissera.

Jamie Plummer at the conference. Photo courtesy of Graciela Tissera.

Jamie Plummer, a psychology major and Spanish minor, completed her research in SPAN 4970 (Creative Inquiry Project: The Hispanic World through Film, Literature, and Media) offered by Dr. Graciela Tissera in the Spring 2019 semester. Jamie presented her research paper “Machismo, Poverty, and Gender Violence in City of God (2002) by Fernando Meirelles and Kátia Lund” at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research at Kennesaw State University, April 10-13, 2019. Her presentation discussed the impact of machismo, poverty, and gender violence on the lives of people portrayed in the film City of God (Cidade de Deus), directed by Meirelles and Lund (Brazil, 2002). Based on the 1997 novel of the same name written by Paulo Lins, the film portrays life in a favela in Rio de Janeiro and the realities of urban poverty. Examples of these realities include juvenile delinquency, gang violence, gender violence, drug trafficking, and power corruption. Jamie’s research explored characters, conflicts, themes, symbols, and techniques in the context of the social environment, connections among diverse groups of people, levels of education, and economic resources. Her presentation at the national conference was made possible through a travel grant awarded by the Creative Inquiry Program.

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