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Saab Center for Portuguese Studies

Portuguese Studies Courses at UMass Lowell in Spring 2015

Portuguese Age of Discovery Map

Luso-American Foundation Visiting Professor Program 

The Saab Center for Portuguese Studies at UMass Lowell announces the Luso-American Foundation / College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Visiting Professor in Portuguese Studies Program, sponsored in part by Elisia Saab and Luis Pedroso. The Program will bring to UMass Lowell visiting professors in Portuguese Studies over the next three years and contribute to the development of a minor and major in Portuguese Studies.

The new program will be launched in Spring Semester 2015 with historian Ana Valdez, postdoctoral fellow at Yale University and researcher at the Centre for History at the University of Lisbon. Prof. Valdez will teach a Topics in History course in the UMass Lowell History Department, titled “The First Globalization: The Portuguese and the Age of Discovery”.

This course offers an introduction to the history of the Portuguese world since the foundation of the Kingdom of Portugal in 1143, with particular focus on the first European imperial cycle of the modern era, a period often called the “Age of Discovery.” The lectures, readings, and discussions in this course will illustrate Portugal’s history and its role in the world’s first movement of globalization: the expansion from the Iberian Peninsula into Africa, the Americas and Asia, including the arrival of the first Europeans in Japan in 1543.

Prof. Ana Valdez’s scholarship focuses on the intellectual and religious history of the Iberian world, with emphasis on the history of the Portuguese Atlantic. She has published widely on apocalyptic literature and its contributions to the development of imperial ideology in the Iberian world, including the book Historical Interpretations of the “Fifth Empire”: The Dynamics of Periodization from Daniel to António Vieira, SJ (Brill, 2011). She has taught at Brown, Columbia and Yale.

Fulbright Teaching Assistant in Portuguese

The Portuguese Program in the Department of Cultural Studies at UMass Lowell will offer three language courses in Spring Semester 2015, two in first-year and one in intermediate Portuguese:

  • Portuguese 1 and Culture 
  • Portuguese 2 and Culture
  • Portuguese 4 and Culture
Two of the language courses will be taught by Márcia Mendes, Fulbright Teaching Assistant in Portuguese for Academic Year 2014-15.

Camões Institute Lecturer to Teach Film Course

José Rodrigues, Camões Institute Lecturer at Boston College, will teach Survey of Brazilian, Portuguese, and Lusophone African Cinema. This course, in the Department of Cultural Studies, is sponsored by the Camões Institute.

More Information

For more information, please contact Prof. Frank F. Sousa, Portuguese Program Coordinator, Department of Cultural Studies, UMass Lowell, at or by phone at 978-934-5199.

UMass Lowell offers a Portuguese Studies minor, for the latest course information please consult the UMass Lowell online Undergraduate Catalog. 

To find out when these courses are available please consult the class schedules listed on the Registrar's website.