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.

US-Portugal and US-EU Relations:

A Conversation with Ambassadors Francisco Duarte Lopes and Robert A. Sherman

Presented by the Saab for Portuguese Studies, the Political Science Department and the Consulate General of Portugal in Boston.

Friday, January 26 at noon, Coburn Hall, Room 255
Free and open to the public.

Francisco Duarte Lopes alongside Robert A. Sherman.

Francisco Duarte Lopes and Robert A. Sherman.

Francisco Duarte Lopes is the Portuguese Ambassador to the United States, having formerly served in the equivalent position at the United Nations. Among the many other leadership positions held were Director-General of Foreign Policy, Director-General for European Affairs, and Diplomatic Advisor to the Prime-Minister.

Robert A. Sherman served as the U.S. ambassador to Portugal from 2014 to 2017, focusing on bilateral economic development and international security issues. From 1991 to 1993, he was the assistant attorney general of Massachusetts and chief of the state’s Consumer Protection Division. Sherman is a founding member of Greenberg Traurig’s Boston office. He teaches International Relations in our Political Science Department.

For additional information, write to Frank F. Sousa, director of the Saab Center, by email at: frank_sousa@uml.edu.

Rocha Brothers Grocery c. 1096 Image by Lowell Historical Society

Back Central Project

The Back Central Project is a comprehensive study of an historic urban neighborhood in Lowell, rich in its immigrant, social and cultural history. UMass Lowell’s Saab Center for Portuguese Studies is leading this interdisciplinary effort along with the History Department and Art & Design.