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About Us
Podcasting Team from the University of Texas at Austin
Orlando Kelm Orlando Kelm

Orlando was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada but raised in Salt Lake City, Utah (his German father never could get used to the cold weather, so he moved further south).  He earned his Ph.D. in Hispanic Linguistics at the University of California at Berkeley in 1989 and then went straight to the University of Texas at Austin, where he has been ever since.

Have you ever seen the Mormon missionaries with the white shirts and ties?  That's where Orlando got his start with Portuguese, serving in São Paulo from 1977 – 1979.  Since then he's picked up quite a bit of Spanish, and a little bit of Italian, Catalan, German, Japanese, and he's now taking a crack at some Chinese.  Those are more of a hobby, but then a little stargazing and a little guitar make for good hobbies too.

Professionally, you'll find him working a lot with business schools, focusing on language for professional purposes.

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Valdo Oliveira Valdo Oliveira

Valdo was born and raised in Feira de Santana, Bahia, Brazil.  However, he also lived for a short time São Paulo and in Portland, Oregon.  He has enjoyed travelling throughout Brazil, the United States, Canada, as well as a number of countries in South America.

He earned his BA in Liberal Arts at UEFS – The State University of Feira de Santana.  He began graduate studies in pedagogy at the State University of Bahia, but then transferred to the University of Texas at Austin, where he is working towards a Master's Degree in Hispanic Linguistics.  At UT, Valdo also serves as a Graduate Student Instructor, working in both Spanish and Portuguese.

Besides his native Portuguese, Valdo is fluent in English and Spanish, and he has picked up a bit of Italian, French, and Yoruba.  As to hobbies, Valdo enjoys travelling, singing and hanging out with family and friends.


Michelle Schreiner Lima Michelle Schreiner Lima

Michelle is Brazilian.  She was born in Limeira, a city in the interior of the State of São Paulo.  However she was raised in Americana, another city very close to Limeira.  She worked as a teacher from 1996 to 2005 at a technical high school in Americana.

In 2005 she completed her Ph.D. in History at UNICAMP (State University of Campinas), and then she came to the U.S. where her husband is working on his Ph.D. at the University of Texas at Austin.  While in Austin she has participated in a number of courses, and she plans to complete a Post-Doctorate in Literature.  She's also been working on some Internet materials development projects, under the direction of Professor Orlando R. Kelm.  All of this experience has helped her to improve her English, and her Spanish as well.

Since she studied the History of France in the 19th century during her M.A. and Ph.D programs, she's picked up a little French along the way too.  Studying, taking walks, going to the movies and restaurants, inviting friends over for dinner are what she likes to do most.


José Luis Montiel José Luis Montiel

José Luis was born in Maracaibo, Venezuela.  A beautiful but extremely hot city in the western part of Venezuela.  Attended La Universidad Central Del Zulia, Universidad de Salamanca in Spain, and also Southwestern University.

He is the fifth child of seven brothers and sisters.  He has traveled extensively throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia and considers it his favorite hobby.  He takes enjoyment in his current job as Director of the computer laboratories in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Texas at Austin.

He is considered a natural-born teacher and can be found teaching students in the classroom and interacting with them so that students receive a complete learning experience.  He is one of the pioneers of the Santander, Spain study abroad program and hopes to impart his love of travel and language on all the students that he encounters.


Vivian Flanzer Vivian Flanzer

Vivian Flanzer is the author of ClicaBrasil, a website that derives from her experience of teaching Portuguese as a Foreign Language since 1995. Vivian teaches Portuguese at the University of Texas at Austin, where she also has been coordinating its Portuguese Language Program since 2001. She holds a Master's in Anthropology from Museu Nacional of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and is currently working on a graduate degree in Foreign Language Education at UT-Austin.

Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, a cidade maravilhosa, this carioca da gema goes home whenever she can to visit her family and friends and to drink água de coco in Copacabana.


Alfredo Barros Alfredo Barros

Alfredo Barros was born in Teresinha, Pernambuco, but he was raised in Bom Conselho, also in the state of Pernambuco.  He has lived in many cities, like Rio de Janeiro, Recife, and Salvador, and when he finishes his doctorate in Music Composition at the University of Texas, he plans on returning to Brazil where he teaches music at the State University of Ceará (UECE) in Ceará, Fortaleza.  Here at UT, Alfredo also teaches Portuguese and Spanish for the Department of Spanish and Portuguese.

Alfredo is also a composer, having written in several styles, ranging from Brazilian pop to electroacoustic and even orchestral.  Here in Austin, Alfredo also plays in a band called "Seu Jacinto," which focuses on exploring Brazilian popular genres, especially those from the Northeastern part of the country.

He also enjoys working on increasing the awareness of Brazilian culture through BRAFCCO - Brazilian Folk Culture Collective, a UT student organization, of which he is one of the founders and representatives.


Michael Heidenreich Michael Heidenreich

Michael Heidenreich has been recording audio since his days in middle school when he found a four-track tape recorder at a garage sale for $20.  He used this four track for many purposes, but the biggest one was annoying his family members.  To this day, no one in his family knows for sure if this was his original goal or just an odd side effect.

He continued his audio training at the University of Texas at Austin where he found a bigger crowd to annoy with his recordings.  He has produced a number of albums for various local bands and has spent time blabbering away on local radio stations.

He lives in downtown Austin with his wife and two cats.  When he is not busy 'listening to the world' he spends his time running through it.


s.palomino s.palomino

s.palomino was born deep in the heart of San Antonio, TX – of Midwestern American parents who headed Southwest with the promise of blue skies, sunshine, and new horizons.

Palomino grew up in West Texas and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin, where he has been employed as a multimedia and technology explorer ever since.  His professional endeavors have ranged from audio production, to video editing and post-production, to computer programming, to systems mangement, to multimedia and web applications design. 

He enjoys listening to and playing music: one of several hundred thousand amateur musicologists/musicians in the Austin area.  He hopes one day to return to the worlds of audio production and multimedia design (original technical inspirations), or as the muse leads.

He lives in the Texas Hill Country with his wife and two cats.  He is inspired by hill country skies, clouds, landscapes, moving streams, and natural environments of all kinds.



Funding and production support provided by Texas Language Technology Center and Liberal Arts Instructional Technology Services – College of Liberal Arts, University of Texas at Austin.