The Spring Break group and Ashley at a capoeira class, with the Rocinha favela in the background. Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian martial art that mixes combat moves with fluid dance moves. The following are some observations by OU student Ashley Dirks about her research project during the Spring 2017 semester in Rio. My Project: Education and Affirmative Action in Modern Brazil One of the joys of studying in Brazil is learning how its unique history affects contemporary issues. Brazil on the surface does not look much different from the United States….