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.


Image of a man smiling and dressed up as a clown with face paint and a big red nose.

Presented by the UMass Lowell Department of Art & Design in partnership with the UMass Lowell Saab Center for Portuguese Studies.

Free and open to the public.

Gallery Hours: By appointment Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., closed during school breaks.

Artist Talk and Reception
September 22, 2021 at 5:30 p.m.

Maskirovka is the Russian word for deception that has became known as a military strategy intended to confuse the enemy. In the project Maskirovka, a film and a series of photographs are juxtaposed and explored for their ability to question how we understand fact and fiction. The film makes use of well-known actors and the language of cinema to enact a truthful account. The pictures present unrelated, unstaged, and untitled occurrences. Maskirovka aims to posit the extent to which the reality of fiction, in images and words, may function as a surrogate for truth in times of assaulted facts.

Pedro Letria is a Portuguese artist whose work reflects upon issues of displacement and belonging.

Pedro Letria

About Pedro Letria

Pedro Letria is a Portuguese artist whose work reflects upon issues of displacement and belonging. His use of photography and text are a reflection on how image and language function alone, and, once combined, establish an alternate discourse. Pedro Letria is the author of seven books, including Mármore, from 2007, and The Club, from 2014. His work has been widely exhibited and is part of public and private collections. He holds a B.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA in Photography from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), where he was a Fulbright scholar. He has taught at Escola Superior de Arte e Design, in Caldas da Rainha, Portugal, since 2000. In 2017 he was awarded the António Quadros Prize. Letria will be the Fall 2021 Gulbenkian/ Saab Visiting Professor in Portuguese Studies at UMass Lowell.

More Information

For more information please contact the UMass Lowell Department of Art & Design by email at art@uml.edu or by phone at: 978-934-3494.

The University Gallery is accessible to all. Gallery events are free and open to the public. Parking is available in the Wilder Metered Lot, located at the intersection of Wilder Street and Bachelder Street. The entrance to the lot is located on Bachelder Street. After 4 p.m. visitors may park in any open campus lot. As of August 16, 2021, all visitors, students, faculty, and staff are required to wear face coverings in all indoor spaces.

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.

More Information

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.

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

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