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USD History Professor, Author Takes the Spotlight in Brazil


In some cases, time does make things better. Ken Serbin, Ph.D, a history professor at the University of San Diego, took 20 years to write what should have been his first book, and he says it’s much better because of that.

Serbin is currently on a book tour in Brazil to promote his book “Needs of the Heart: A Social and Cultural History of Brazil’s Clergy and Seminaries.” The book was originally published in the United States two years ago, but was recently translated in Portuguese. The book has been highly accepted in Brazil, as was his first book “Secret Dialogues: Church-State Relations, Torture and Social Justice in Authoritarian Brazil.”

Serbin has received massive media attention since “Needs of the Heart:” was released in Brazil, the world’s largest Catholic country and one of the world’s largest markets for books. He’s seen as a famous author who has been featured in Brazilian newspapers, and is booked for radio and television interviews during his tour. (Full Story Inside USD)

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