Maria Souza Hogan

Maria Souza Hogan

author of

Club of Stars, a Samba of Survival in the Slums of Brazil

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Maria Souza Hogan was the eleventh of fourteen children born to a mother who gave birth to her first child at age fifteen. Her family endured dire poverty throughout her childhood and adolescence. She spent her early childhood in a small Brazilian town, Castro Alves, before moving to the slums of Salvador, capital of the State of Bahia in northeastern Brazil. Maria never had running water or basic sanitation, but she nevertheless excelled in school, and was the only member of her family to attend college. In 1978, after graduating from a Brazilian university with a bachelor’s degrees in French and Portuguese, she left to study in the United States. Maria earned a Ph.D. in Hispanic Literatures and Linguistics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She lives in West Hartford, Connecticut, and teaches Spanish at Litchfield High School.



No One Left Behind

An Unexpected Educational Adventure at Machu Picchu

Deb Pitton

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Professor Deb Pitton led a group of education and healthcare students to Peru and Machu Picchu in 2010. When rain swelled the mountain rivers, flooding downstream villages, the group was trapped and struggled to remain together waiting to be evacuated.

No One Left Behind, Deb Pitton’s personal account of what was to become a legendary study abroad trip is filled with humor and honesty. She spares no detail when it comes to describing the rewards and challenges of traveling with a group of college students who are seeing (most of them for the first time) a less privileged side of life. Those revelations, which are often noticed and appreciated by Pitton as she describes an event or interaction, form one of the recurring themes of the book. Another emergent theme has to do with the power of nature and how it can disrupt one’s best laid plans; readers who remember the news stories about the Gustavus Professors and students stranded in the mountains of Peru will perhaps share my amazement as the extent of the ordeal is unveiled. Deb does a wonderful job of detailing the many ways she and her co-leader, Mary Solberg, had to improvise, consult, and make immediate—sometimes scary—decisions. Anyone considering leading a group on a study-abroad trip would do well to read No One Left Behind, but perhaps—as the title suggests—the most important idea we are left with is that we all need to look out for each other and stick together—a goal that seems particularly relevant to the times.

—Joyce Sutphen, Minnesota Poet Laureate

Deb Pitton, Machu Picchu 2010.