Jacob Kasel is a second year student at Emory College, double majoring in Spanish and Portuguese and Comparative Literature. While he is originally from Seattle Washington, Jacob has also lived in Northwest Ohio, near Detroit Michigan, and Atlanta before coming to Emory. He speaks English, Spanish, and Portuguese, and has studied Russian at Emory along with Czech in his free time. Jacob’s passion for language stems from the constant presence of different cultures in his life: having a Czech mother and an American father and moving several times in his life has provided him with constant challenges to see the world through varying cultural lenses, and learning languages has proved to be one of the most fruitful ways of doing so. He is currently working on a research project involving ethnic and racial relations in Brazil, with a focus on urban São Paulo and how images of race and ethnicity are constructed in relation to that city. Along with languages, he has a deep passion for literature and philosophy (particularly that of 19th and 20th century Russia, France and Germany).