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Backyards, with their grape vine arbors and favas, still define and give character to Portuguese neighborhoods, including Back Central.  The Laurencio Family, photograph in James Higgins, Lowell: A Contemporary View.  Mill Town Graphics, 1983 Photo by James Higgins

Backyards, with their grape vine arbors and favas, still define and give character to Portuguese neighborhoods, including Back Central.

Immigration from the Atlantic Islands to Lowell, Massachusetts: Continuity and Change in the Mill City’s Portuguese Community

February 20-March 30, 2018

Opening: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 5:30 p.m.
University Crossing, 2nd Floor, 220 Pawtucket Street, Lowell, MA

The University of Massachusetts Lowell Saab Center for Portuguese Studies announces the opening of a Community Exhibit on the Portuguese in Lowell, Massachusetts, titled “Immigration from the Atlantic Islands to Lowell, Massachusetts: Continuity and Change in the Mill City’s Portuguese Community,” on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. at University Crossing, 2nd Floor, 220 Pawtucket Street. The event will begin with a keynote address in Moloney Hall, “Mills Calling: Portuguese Immigrants Make a Life and Make a Living in Lowell, Massachusetts,” by Robert Forrant, Distinguished University Professor / Senior Research Fellow and lead curator of the exhibit (along with Gregory Fitzsimons). The evening will conclude with a ribbon cutting and reception. The exhibit, which will be on view at University Crossing until March 30, 2018, is sponsored in part by Enterprise Bank.

Religious parade in Lowell’s Back Central neighborhood.  Photo by Domingos Reis Photo by Domingos Reis

Religious parade in Lowell’s Back Central neighborhood.

Following up on the 2015 exhibition, “The Lure of the Spindle: The Portuguese in Early 20th-Century Lowell,” the new exhibition explores both waves of Portuguese immigration to the city: the first, from the 1890s to 1924, associated with the textile industry; and the second, from the late-1950s to the early 1980s, associated with the older manufacturing and newer high tech industries. The second wave, triggered by the Capelinhos volcanic eruption in the Azores that led to the Azorean Refugee Acts of 1958/1960, was increased considerably by the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965.

The exhibition examines how individuals and families made a living in the mills and later in the manufacturing and high-tech industries, in both instances attaining a measure of the “American Dream” that allowed for improved professional opportunities for their children. The second wave reinvigorated Portuguese language, culture, and identity in Lowell’s Portuguese neighborhood of “Back Central,” with Saint Anthony’s Parish continuing to serve as the hub for the immigrants’ spiritual needs and cultural and social activities. The Portuguese contributed to Lowell society in many ways, including by participating in civic activism that led to the Azorean Refugee Act, saved their tight-knit neighborhood from the Lowell Connector highway extension, and protested the closing of local factories.

Photo of Maria Coto and Deolinda Mello in 1963.  Photo Courtesy of Lowell Sun. Photo by Lowell Sun

Photo of Maria Coto and Deolinda Mello.

The research and curating team—comprised of Prof. Robert Forrant and UMass Lowell students Molly Mahoney and Kady Phelps, the designer Kelly Freitas, Gregory Fitzsimons, and Prof. Frank Sousa, director of the Saab Center for Portuguese Studies—made use of documentation from the Center for Lowell History, the Lowell Historical Society, the International Institute of Lowell, the American Folklife Center, Saint Anthony’s Parish, the John F. Kennedy Library, the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives at UMass Dartmouth, and other public and private collections in order to develop the exhibition.

More Information

For more information, contact the Saab Center for Portuguese Studies by calling 978-940-5199 or writing an email to natalia_melo@uml.edu.

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 POETRY Cattle of the Lord By   Rosa Alice Branco In these poems, presented in both Portuguese and English, readers find themselves in a darkly comic, sensual, and contradictory world. The author’s unorthodox—even blasphemous—religious sensibility yields something ultimately hopeful: a belief that the physical, the quotidian, and the animalistic are holy, too.

Readings & Conversations with Rosa Alice Branco and Alexis Levitin

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at 12:30 p.m.
Allen House, 2 Solomont Way, UMass Lowell South Campus, Lowell, MA

Parking is available in the Wilder Lot, across from 61 Wilder Street, Lowell , MA.

Free and open to the public!

reception & book-signing to follow.

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Rosa Alice Branco is a poet, essayist, and translator with a Ph.D. in Philosophy. She has published eleven volumes of poetry, including Cattle of the Lord, which won the prestigious 2009 Espiral Maior de Poesia Award and The World Does Not End in the Cold of Your Bones (she tells herself) (Quasi Edicões, 2010). Her most recent book is Live Concert (& etc, 2012). Her two volumes of essays are What Prevents the World from Becoming a Picture and Visual Perception in Berkeley. Volumes of her poetry have appeared in Spain, Italy. France, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Corsica, Tunisia, Brazil, Venezuela, and Francophone Canada. Her work has been anthologized in numerous countries, including Russia, Latvia, Hungary, Macedonia, Germany, and The United States.  Her work has appeared in this country in over forty literary magazines, including Absinthe, Atlanta Review, The Massachusetts Review, Mid-American Review, New England Review, Pleiades, Prairie Schooner, Words Without Borders.

Rosa Alice Branco

Rosa Alice Branco is a poet, essayist, and translator with a Ph.D. in Philosophy. She has published eleven volumes of poetry, including Cattle of the Lord, which won the prestigious 2009 Espiral Maior de Poesia Award and The World Does Not End in the Cold of Your Bones (she tells herself) (Quasi Edicões, 2010). Her most recent book is Live Concert (& etc, 2012). Her two volumes of essays are What Prevents the World from Becoming a Picture and Visual Perception in Berkeley. Volumes of her poetry have appeared in Spain, Italy. France, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Corsica, Tunisia, Brazil, Venezuela, and Francophone Canada. Her work has been anthologized in numerous countries, including Russia, Latvia, Hungary, Macedonia, Germany, and The United States. Her work has appeared in this country in over forty literary magazines, including Absinthe, Atlanta Review, The Massachusetts Review, Mid-American Review, New England Review, Pleiades, Prairie Schooner, Words Without Borders.

Lusophone Voices: Readings E Conversations with Rosa Alice Branco and Alexis Levitin. Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at 12:30 p.m.  Allen House, 2 Solomont Way, UMass Lowell South Campus, Lowell, MA  FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC RECEPTION & BOOK-SIGNING TO FOLLOW.

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Alexis Levitin

Alexis Levitin translates works from Portugal, Brazil, and Ecuador. His forty books of translation include Clarice Lispector's Soulstorm and Eugenio de Andrade's Forbidden Words, both from New Directions. In 2010, he edited Brazil: A Traveler’s Literary Companion (Whereabouts Press). More recent books include Blood of the Sun by Brazil’s Salgado Maranhão (Milkweed Editions, 2012), The Art of Patience by Portugal’s Eugenio de Andrade (Red Dragonfly Press, 2013), Tobacco Dogs by Ecuador’s Ana Minga (The Bitter Oleander Press, 2013), 28 Portuguese Poets, with Richard Zenith (Dedalus Press, Dublin, 2015), Destruction in the Afternoon by Ecuador’s Santiago Vizcaino (Dialogos Books, 2015), Exemplary Tales by Portugal’s leading woman writer, Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen (Tagus Press, September, 2015), and Tiger Fur by Brazil’s Salgado Maranhão (White Pine Press, September, 2015).

By Professor Nuno Severiano Teixeira, NOVA UNIVERSITY LISBON

NEW DATE: Friday, April 27, 2018 at Noon
Allen House, 2 Solomont Way, UMass Lowell South Campus, Lowell, MA

Parking is available in the Wilder Lot, across from 61 Wilder Street, Lowell , MA.

Free and open to the public!

Abstract

In over four decades of Portuguese democracy, European integration has always been a central point. Europeanization was a factor in the consolidation of democracy in Portugal, while democratization helped legitimize Portuguese integration into Europe after centuries at the far end of the Iberian Peninsula and a more Atlantic vocation. Nonetheless, the assumptions about the symbiotic relationship between democracy, Portugal and Europe were challenged and continue to be put into question by the recent Euro crisis. This lecture examines the historical path of Portuguese European integration and the impact of recent crises on the Portugal-Europe relationship, while arguing that there is no reasonable alternative to a profoundly European Portugal.

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Nuno Severiano Teixeira is professor of Political Studies and director of the Portuguese Institute of International Relations at NOVA University Lisbon. Currently he is Luso-American Foundation Visiting Professor in the Department of Government at Georgetown University. He has also been Visiting Scholar at the Institute for European Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the European University Institute, Florence. He has authored, edited and co-edited over fifteen books on the history of international relations and the history of European integration, security and defense studies, and military history, including A New Military History of Portugal comprised of five volumes. He served in the Portuguese Government as Director of the National Defense Institute (1996-2000), Minister of Interior (2000-2002), and Minister of Defense (2006-2009).

Nuno Severiano Teixeira

Nuno Severiano Teixeira is professor of Political Studies and director of the Portuguese Institute of International Relations at NOVA University Lisbon. Currently he is Luso-American Foundation Visiting Professor in the Department of Government at Georgetown University. He has also been Visiting Scholar at the Institute for European Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the European University Institute, Florence. He has authored, edited and co-edited over fifteen books on the history of international relations and the history of European integration, security and defense studies, and military history, including A New Military History of Portugal comprised of five volumes. He served in the Portuguese Government as Director of the National Defense Institute (1996-2000), Minister of Interior (2000-2002), and Minister of Defense (2006-2009).

Bioart Workshop In Portugal: This interdisciplinary course combines art and science at the Cultivamos Cultura in São Luís, Portugal. The intersection of Art, Biology and the Environment offer unique opportunities to visual artists. This innovative course, which is already on its fourth edition, will allow non-specialists to aquire theoretical and practical skills in the biological and environmental sciences in connection to the visual arts. It counts toward the World-Ready track in Portuguese.

Scholarships available courtesy the Saab Center for Portuguese Studies

Travel to São Luís, Portugal this Spring Break with UMass Lowell Study Abroad and Professor Ellen Wetmore!

This interdisciplinary course combines art and science at the Cultivamos Cultura in São Luís, Portugal. The intersection of Art, Biology and the Environment offer unique opportunities to visual artists. This innovative course, which is already on its fourth edition, will allow non-specialists to acquire theoretical and practical skills in the biological and environmental sciences in connection to the visual arts. It counts toward the World-Ready track in Portuguese.

There will be 2-3 days spent in Lisbon as well.

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Estimate Program Costs:

  • Confirmation deposit - $350, due by close of add/drop for spring 2018, check/money order/credit card accepted
  • Airline ticket (estimated) - $1000-1300, purchase on own AFTER professor gives the go-ahead/suggested itinerary
    • Note: students will be provided an itinerary to follow as it is recommended to fly as a group
  • Program fee balance - $1193-1650 (based on # students enrolled), due prior to travel
    • Program fee covers housing, meals in San Luis, breakfast daily in Lisbon, airport transfers, entries to sites and attractions related to course, transportation pass in Lisbon,
  • Out-of-pocket other - recommended $500 for personal spending throughout program and lunch and dinner daily in Lisbon

Scholarships:

  • The College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences will offer the "Dean's World Ready Scholarship" to all students in the college applying to this faculty-led course with travel.
  • Scholarship awards are $500-1000 and apply directly towards the Program Fee costs.
  • Completed applications are due by Feb. 1 and can be submitted to the Office of Study Abroad, University Crossing room 370 or by email: studyabroad@uml.edu
  • Application: Apply Online

Other News

Workshops for Portuguese Teachers

A Coordenação do Ensino de Português nos EUA (CEPE-EUA) em articulação com o Consulado-Geral de Portugal em Boston e com o apoio do Saab Center for Portuguese Studies da UMass Lowell, da editora LIDEL e da Escola Portuguesa de Lowell, irá organizer um workshop para professores de Português (ensino básico e secundário), no próximo dia 24 de setembro, quinta-feira, entre as 7:00pm e as 9:00pm. (ver documento anexo a este email).

Título do Workshop:
A aula perfeita não existe (?) - Ferramentas e recursos para uma aula de Português Língua Estrangeira.

Local de realização: UMass Lowell, O´Leary Library, Room 478, 61 Wilder Street, Lowell, MA 01854 (7-9p.m., parking available on Wilder Lot)*

Formador/Apresentador: Dr. Nuno Marques da editora Lidel, Edições Técnicas

Bio do formador:
O Dr. Nuno Marques é licenciado em Línguas e Literaturas Modernas - variante de Estudos Portugueses, pela Faculdade de Letras de Lisboa. Desde 2004 que tem desempenhado as funções de professor de língua portuguesa, como língua materna e como língua estrangeira, em várias escolas públicas e privadas.
Coordenou alguns projetos internacionais patrocinados pela Comissão Europeia que focaram sobretudo a integração de alunos migrantes em Portugal.
Desde 2013 que colabora com a Lidel, Edições Técnicas, Lda., uma editora líder de mercado na área do Português como língua estrangeira e na divulgação de métodos de ensino.

Resumo:
Haverá uma aula de língua perfeita? Poderá ser aplicada em outra sala de aula? Como devo fazer, como professor, para promover o conhecimento da língua? Existem recursos e ferramentas? Como posso usá-las na minha sala de aula? - Queremos aprofundar a discussão destas questões durante a apresentação.

Descrição:
Este será um workshop prático focado nas necessidades de todos os professores de língua portuguesa. Irá promover o diálogo e inspirá-los a encontrar a melhor abordagem pedagógica em contexto PLE para ser usada em sala de aula.
Vamos apresentar alguns recursos, ferramentas e metodologias em Português que os professores podem usar para diferentes níveis e idades, respeitando naturalmente a compreensão do idioma Português.
O objetivo é fornecer materiais e ferramentas mais adaptadas à realidade dos professores e certamente adicionais para o seu trabalho diário em contexto de sala de aula.

Neste worskhop os professores de Português irão poder tirar dúvidas sobre os diferentes métodos de ensino e materiais da LIDEL, bem como sobre os manuais que o Instituto Camões tem oferecido nos últimos anos às escolas portuguesas comunitárias e aproveitar para fazerem a ficha de inscrição gratuita com a editora para poderem receber as ofertas de alguns métodos de ensino e materiais.

Para se inscreverem neste worskhop gratuito poderão enviar um e-mail diretamente para: natalia_melo@uml.edu ou joao.caixinha@camoes.mne.pt ou ligarem para (617) 775-9161

Contamos com a vossa presença e participação neste workshop em língua portuguesa para Professores de Português.

Gostaríamos de agradecer ao Professor Frank de Sousa, Diretor do Centro da UMass Lowell, pela sua disponibilidade em apoiar a organização deste encontro, bem como a todas as entidades participantes.

Como sempre, muito agradecemos a vossa participação e a melhor divulgação destes eventos junto de potenciais interessados. 
  
Um abraço amigo, 
 
João Caixinha

Adjunto da Coordenação do Ensino de Português nos E.U.A.
Deputy Coordinator for the Portuguese Language Programs
and Education Affairs in the United States of America
Camões, Instituto da Cooperação e da Língua, I.P.
Ministério dos Negócios Estrangeiros
Portuguese Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Coordenação do Ensino de Português nos EUA (CEPE-EUA)
Consulado-Geral de Portugal em Boston
699 Boylston Street, 7th Floor
Boston, MA 02116, USA
Cell: (+ 1) 617-775-9161
Office number: (+ 1) 617-536-8740 ext.16
Email: joao.caixinha@camoes.mne.pt or
cepe.eua@camoes.mne.pt

Consultor/Portuguese Educational Advisor
Massachusetts Elementary & Secondary
Department of Education
Center for Curriculum & Instruction
75, Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148, USA
Tel: (+ 1) 781-338-6237
Email: jcaixinha@doe.mass.edu
Web: www.doe.mass.edu

Azorean Library from Regional Government of the Azores

LOWELL, Mass. – More than 300 books on Azorean literature, history and culture are being donated by the islands’ government to UMass Lowell, where the works will be a resource for researchers, students and the public.

Paulo Teves, director for communities abroad for the Regional Government of the Azores, presented the gift on Friday, Aug. 28 at 11 a.m. to UMass Lowell Library Director George Hart and Prof. Frank Sousa, coordinator of the Portuguese Program and director of the Saab Center for Portuguese Culture and Research at the university. 

“We’re grateful to the Azorean government for this donation, which makes an important addition to UMass Lowell’s Portuguese collection. These works help us preserve and share the rich body of scholarship on Portuguese language and culture,” Hart said.

The gift includes works by major authors and books about the history and heritage of the Azores, as well as DVDs and CDs of Azorean film and music. The new collection will strengthen UMass Lowell’s ties to the group of islands west of mainland Portugal that is the ancestral home of many immigrants who have settled in the Merrimack Valley over the past century.

Items in the collection, which are housed at O’Leary Library, will be available for loan or reference to scholars, students and members of the public with a valid library card from any area institution. For more on accessing the collection, contact Mehmed Ali, university libraries project and program coordinator, at 978-934-5467 or Mehmed_Ali@uml.edu.

The addition of the collection is a fitting complement to the exhibit “The Lure of the Spindle: The Portuguese in Early 20th Century Lowell,” which explores these immigrants’ experiences. 

UMass Lowell’s Saab Center for Portuguese Culture and Research promotes the languages, literatures and cultures of the Portuguese-speaking world, comprised of more than 230 million people, while advancing the Portuguese community and culture throughout the region.

UMass Lowell is a national research university located on a high-energy campus in the heart of a global community. The university offers its 17,500 students bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in business, education, engineering, fine arts, health, humanities, sciences and social sciences. UMass Lowell delivers high-quality educational programs, vigorous hands-on learning and personal attention from leading faculty and staff, all of which prepare graduates to be ready for work, for life and for all the world offers. www.uml.edu

Mass Humanities Grant

The University of Massachusetts Lowell Saab Center for Portuguese Culture and Research and the Center for Lowell History are pleased to announce a $5,000 grant from Mass Humanities, the state affiliate of the NEH, for the Community Exhibit “Young Portuguese Immigrants in Turn of the Century Lowell, Massachusetts.” The exhibition, prepared in partnership with the Lowell National Historical Park, will be on view at the Boott Cotton Mills Museum from the middle of April to the end of September 2015. Other partners in this project are the Tsongas Industrial History Center, the Lowell Historical Society, and the International Institute of New England, with additional documentation from the American Folklife Center and Saint Anthony’s Parish.