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.

The Snap Elections of January 30: What’s next for Portugal?

A Lecture By by Prof. Lívia Franco, Catholic University of Portugal

Thursday, February 3 at 5 p.m. via Zoom

Presented by the Saab Center for Portuguese Studies.

The Snap Elections of January 30: What’s next for Portugal? Online Registration

How may one read the causes and results of the recent snap elections in Portugal? In a country with one of the highest Covid-19 vaccination rates in the world, but sliding towards the tail of Europe in other areas, what are the main challenges the new government will have to face? And what impact will the newly arrived parties have on the country’s political/parliamentary dynamics? Will there be changes in Portugal's geopolitical positioning, namely in its strategic relationship with the US? We will talk about this and much more at this event. Join us!

Lívia Franco is a Professor and Senior Researcher at the Institute for Political Studies, Catholic University of Portugal (IEP-UCP) and Associate Researcher at the European Council for Foreign Relations (ECFR

Lívia Franco

About Lívia Franco

Lívia Franco is Professor and Senior Researcher at the Institute for Political Studies, Catholic University of Portugal (IEP-UCP) as well as an Associate Researcher at the European Council for Foreign Relations (ECFR)

During Fall Semester 2021, Prof. Lívia Franco was FLAD Visiting Professor at Georgetown University. Her areas of research include Contemporary International Politics, Transatlantic Relations, Portuguese Foreign Policy and European Politics. Among her publications is the book Pensando a democracia com Tocquiville (2012). She regularly serves as commentator on European and International Affairs in national and international media outlets.

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For more information, please contact contact the Saab Center by phone at 978-934-5199 or email: natalia_melo@uml.edu.

Study Abroad in Lisbon, Portugal Summer 2022

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

May 23 - June 14, 2022

Panorâmica da cidade de Lisboa, Portugal. A Panoramic of the city of Lisbon, Portugal. Image by Alexander De Leon Battista

Enjoy a unique international experience in Lisbon, the largest city and capital of Portugal (member 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. Take advantage of the rich architectural history of Romanesque and Gothic churches, a medieval castle, and UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

A street in Old town in Lisbon, Portugal with a yellow Tram in the foreground and a cathedral looming in the background and buildings on both sides. Image by © Rrrainbow / Shutterstock

Revel in a diverse music scene, with the soulful melodies of Portuguese fado, varieties of Cape Verdean and Brazilian music, cutting-edge jazz, and classical music. Take strolls through the bairros of this beautiful, safe and historic city, or get around in a first-rate public transport system.

There will be side-trips to picturesque towns, including Sintra, also a World Heritage Site.

Spend two weeks exploring everything Lisbon has to offer, while earning 3 college credits.

Open To All University Majors.

  • May 23 - June 14, 2022
  • Required UMass Lowell On-Site Course: Special Topics: in Portuguese Studies - Lisbon in Film and Culture (see below)
  • Financial aid may be applicable.
  • Scholarships available up to $1,500
Diana Gomes Simoes

Diana Gomes Simões

Special Topics in Portuguese Studies - Lisbon in Film and Culture

By Diana Gomes Simões, Ph.D.

Across the centuries, Lisbon has been a source of inspiration for writers and film directors. This course will study films (Portuguese and foreign) and cultural artifacts that tell the story of the capital city of Portugal from the Middle Ages to the present. We will discuss the city in the classroom and go out and about to explore sites that are the setting for the films under consideration. Taught in English.

Diana Gomes Simões teaches Portuguese at UMass Lowell. Her research focuses on literature and cinema. She has published on Portuguese, Brazilian, and Lusophone African literatures and cultures.

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For more Information and to apply, please contact the UMass Lowell Study Abroad office via email: studyabroad@uml.edu or contact Diana Gomes Simoes via email: Diana_GomesSimoes@uml.edu.

The 2022 UMass Lowell Summer Program in Lisbon, Portugal, 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.

Bi-weekly Portuguese Conversation Table


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

  • When: Mondays from noon - 1 p.m.
    • September 27, 2021
    • October 4, 18, 2021
    • November 1, 15, 29, 2021
  • Where: Saab Center for Portuguese Studies, O'Leary Library, 5th floor, room 528.

More Information

For more information please email Diana Gomes Simoes at: diana_gomessimoes@uml.edu or visit the Saab Center for Portuguese Studies, O'Leary Library 528.

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

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