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Saab Center for Portuguese Studies

Engaging In Portuguese Culture

Founded in 2013, with generous gift from the Saab Family Fund, the Saab Center for Portuguese Studies promotes the multidisciplinary study of the language, literature and culture of the vast and varied Portuguese speaking world comprised of over 250 million people in eight countries on four continents and its diaspora.

Study Abroad in Lisbon, Portugal Summer 2020

Portugal Study Abroad poster with picture of Lisbon, Portugal as the background and this text overlayed: The Saab center for Portuguese Studies presents: 2020 UMass Lowell summer program in Lisbon, Portugal, May 31-June 13.

Travel to Lisbon, Portugal with UMass Lowell during the Summer for an Immersive Experience!

Enjoy a unique international experience in Lisbon, the largest city and capital of Portugal, one of the countries of the European Union. Immerse yourself in this at once ancient and modern waterfront city characterized by a thrilling culture, delicious cuisine, and booming nightlife. Spend two weeks exploring everything Lisbon has to offer while earning 3 UMass Lowell credits.

Application Deadline: March 15, 2020.


  • May 31 - June 13, 2020
  • Special Topics: in Portuguese Studies, the required 3-credit course, can be used towards the Core Curriculum Arts & Humanities Perspective requirement, the World Ready: Portuguese Option, the Minor in Portuguese Studies
  • Financial aid may be applicable.
  • Scholarships available up to $1,500

More Information

For more Information and to apply, please contact the UMass Lowell Study Abroad office via email: or contact Diana Gomes Simoes via email:

UMass Lowell 2020 Summer Program in Lisbon is sponsored by the Saab Center for Portuguese Studies and the Department of World Languages and Cultures in the College of Fine Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. Program undertaken in partnership with the Study in Portugal Network (SIPN).

Seeing the Archipelago: A Student Exhibition of Photographs of the Azores Islands

Image showing rocks with water and a lighthouse with these words across it in a banner: Seeing the Archipelago: A Student Exhibition of Photographs of the Azores Islands Photo by Dan Junta

Exhibition Dates: January 20 - February 28, 2020

The Art & Design Department and the Saab Center for Portuguese Studies at UMass Lowell announce a show of selected student artworks from the Spring 2019 study abroad trip to the Azorean Islands. The works are from the Documentary Image course organized by Anna Isaak-Ross and Pavel Romaniko. The course explored Lowell’s Azorean diaspora's origins, heritage, experience and culture. The course served as a springboard for photographic exploration of three islands in archipelago. Readings, discussions, engagement with the community, and technical instruction conveyed the concepts of objectivity and the documentary image, and how to tell other people’s stories. The thirty-one photographs in this exhibition are the result of that exploration.

The exhibition is made possible by generous support from UMass Lowell’s Saab Center of Portuguese Studies, the Saab Endowment for Portuguese Studies, the College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Dean’s Office and the Art & Design Department..

Featured Artists:

Hayley Andrade, Cameron Blanchard, Morgan Clarke, Sebastian Diaz, Andrew Fournier, Chelsea Gray, Anna Isaak-Ross, Daniel Junta, Lindsey Napolitano, Julia Renaghan, Chummeng Soun

For more information, contact the Saab Center at 978-934-5199 or email Natalia Melo at:

Free and open to the public.

“All Over The Map” With Blue Thread Concert

Group photo of musical group Blue Thread:  Yaniv Yacoby, strings Cristi Catt, soprano Nikola Radan, flutes standing side by side against a wall.

Thursday, March 5, 2020 at  7 p.m.
Richard and Nancy Donahue Family Academic Arts Center
240 Central St., Lowell, MA 01854
Parking at: Early Garage, 135 Middlesex Street

The Saab Center for Portuguese Studies and Middlesex Community College, in partnership with the UMass Lowell departments of Music and World Languages and Cultures and the Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program, present a concert: “All over the Map” With Blue Thread.

All over the Map” showcases global ballads migrating through centuries and cultures featuring medieval Galician-Portuguese Love Songs, Renaissance Villancicos, and Folk Ballads from Portugal, Greece, Scandinavia and the US.

Blue Thread is:

  • Yaniv Yacoby, strings
  • Cristi Catt, soprano
  • Nikola Radan, flutes
    • With special guests:
      • Shira Kammen, vielle, and Hui Weng, guzheng

“Blue Thread revealed a vibrant and playful music that transported us to the rich and varied musical experience of medieval times without abandoning the present.” (Évora News)

Watch videos of Blue Thread via YouTube:

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Lowell Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

Weekly Portuguese Conversation Table

Are you a Portuguese Speaker or Learner? Do you want to practice your Portuguese in a relaxed atmosphere?


  • When: Wednesdays from noon - 1 p.m.
    • January 29
    • February 5, 12, 19, 26
    • March 4, 18, 25
    • April 1, 8, 15, 22
  • Where: McGauvran Center, 2nd Floor
More Information

For more information please email Diana Gomes Simoes at: or visit the Saab Center for Portuguese Studies, Dugan Hall 103 B.

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Community & Change In The Mill City's Portuguese Community Exhibit Opening

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