2022 SIPI Staff

SIPI Coordinator
Letícia Barbosa (she/her)
M.A Student in Portuguese Literature, Department of Spanish and Portuguese

What is your educational background?

Since 2019 I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Social Communication with an emphasis in Journalism from the Federal University of Pernambuco. For my final course thesis, I worked on analyzing Hollywood teen movies, as I am deeply interested in cinema studies and media studies. From 2018 to 2109, I was a research assistant for the Brazilian National Center for Science Research Program at the Joaquim Nabuco Foundation. This project was focused on the educational field and investigated the use of digital communication technologies in the work of human sciences teachers in Pernambuco’s public high schools.  Nowadays, I am a Master’s degree student in Portuguese Literature and Portuguese Teaching Assistant at the UW-Madison (2021-present) and my main academic interests are cinema, feminism, gender, and race studies.

 

How long have you been involved with SIPI?

This is my first summer joining SIPI and I am super excited about it!

 

What are you most excited for this Summer?

After a long winter, which was my first, I can’t wait to enjoy the sun by the lake with my friends.

 

Any fun facts about yourself?

For a long time I knew how to float, but not to swim. I took swimming classes for the first time when I was around 20 and I am still not sure I can swim! Also, I enjoy dancing and singing along to all the banger songs.

 

Portuguese SIPI Instructor (301)
Levi Cross
Ph.D. Student, Department of Spanish and Portuguese

What is your educational background?

As a born and raised Wisconsinite, I attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison for both my undergraduate and graduate studies. In 2018, I received a B.S. degree with majors in Portuguese and LACIS (Latin American, Caribbean, and Iberian Studies) and earned my M.A degree in Portuguese in 2020. My passion for the Portuguese language and interests in Brazilian culture began my junior year of high school while living and studying in Itabira, Minas Gerais, Brazil as a student ambassador through Rotary Youth Exchange. My appreciation for the lusophone world grew while studying abroad in Coimbra, Portugal where I spent my final semester of undergraduate studies at the Universidade de Coimbra. I am continuing my studies at UW-Madison as a Ph.D. student in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese studying contemporary Brazilian literature and culture with research interests in gender, sexuality, race, disability and trans-Atlantic studies.

 

How long have you been involved with SIPI?

I have three years of experience teaching Portuguese as the instructor of record for Portuguese 101 and 102, and also have experience as a teaching assistant for LACIS 260: Introduction to Latin America under the guidance of Professor Kathryn Sanchez. Summer 2021 was my first year involved with SIPI and I am so excited to share my experiences in the lusophone world, appreciation of Brazilian culture and love for Portuguese with the Institute as Portuguese instructor.

 

What are you most excited for this Summer?

In my free time, I enjoy travelling, cooking (and eating) new foods and spending as much time outdoors as possible. I am most excited to play beach volleyball and watch sunsets with friends at the Terrace and at the beautiful parks around Madison this summer.

 

Any fun facts about yourself?

A fun fact about me is that I spent my childhood summers in Indiana training llamas for the Indiana State Fair and still love all things involving llamas.  

 

Portuguese SIPI Instructor (302)
Jared Hendrickson
Ph.D. in Portuguese from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

What is your educational background?
I have a Master’s and Ph.D. in Portuguese from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I received B.A.s in Portuguese and Spanish with a minor in Anthropology from the University of Iowa. During my undergraduate studies, I spent a year abroad at the Universidade de Coimbra in Portugal. My research focuses on 20th and 21st century Luso-African prose, particularly Angolan short stories of the 1950s and 60s. Since 2015 I have been the chief editor of the first online edition of Português para principiantes. My other academic interests include Portuguese as an L3, comparative Romance linguistics, and in particular, the history of the Portuguese language. I currently am the sole Portuguese instructor at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa where I also teach Spanish.

How long have you been involved with SIPI?
I have been involved with SIPI since 2011, having taught during four institutes (2011, 2015, 2018, 2021) and serving as director for another two (2019, 2020).

What are you most excited for this Summer?
This summer, I am most excited to share my love of Brazilian music with the students and to touch on linguistics and dialectical variation whenever possible!

Any fun facts about yourself?
In my spare time I enjoy playing piano, accordion, ukulele, and cavaquinho (I played in a forró band in Madison for many years). I also spend lots of time taking care of my many plants and experimenting in the kitchen with fermentation projects.