Throughout the year, we promote various aspects of the Portuguese culture through these unique and engaging programs and events.
Portuguese on your Radio: A Brief History and Panel Discussion
- 10 a.m.: Keynote address by Pedro Bicudo, former RTP (Portuguese Public Television) correspondent in Washington: “Portuguese Waves: Ethnic Radio in New England.”
- 10:45 a.m.: A facilitated panel discussion, “Portuguese-American Radio in Greater Lowell,” with hosts of programs on the air from 1970 to today. Invited Radio Announcers:
- Paulo Bettencourt
- Dimas Espínola
- Luís Melo
- Natália Melo
- Jorge Coelho Oliveira
- Filomena Simão
- Maria de Lourdes Serpa
- Noon: Launching of News from the American Dream: A History of the Portuguese-American Press by Alberto Pena Rodriguez, Tagus Press at UMass Dartmouth.
Coordinators of the Colloquium: Gregory Fitzsimons and Frank F. Sousa.
Biographer Richard Zenith in Conversation with Prof. Todd Avery
Thursday, March 24, 2022 at 11 a.m.
In-Person at Coburn Hall, Room 275, and via Zoom
Presented by the Saab Center for Portuguese Studies in partnership with the Department of English.
A critic for the New York Times has described Pessoa: A Biography as “mammoth, definitive and sublime.... an account of a life that plucks at the very borders and burdens of the notion of a self.” In conversation with Todd Avery and a live and a virtual audience, Zenith will discuss the genius and the not-so-ordinary life of Fernando Pessoa, the early-20th-century Portuguese writer who was famously many different selves, and who occupies a prominent position in the pantheon of European literary modernism.
About Richard Zenith
Richard Zenith is the preeminent translator, editor, scholar, and biographer of Fernando Pessoa.
His Fernando Pessoa & Co.: Selected Poems won a PEN Award for Poetry in Translation; Pessoa: A Biography (2021) was a New York Times Critics’ Top Books of 2021.
He has translated many Portuguese writers from Luís de Camões to the present.
About Todd Avery
Todd Avery, a professor of English at UMass Lowell, is a scholar of British modernism and of the groundbreaking biographer Lytton Strachey.
His current research explores the birth of biographical fiction in the 1920s and 1930s.
Fadocore in California: A Tale of Music and Migration
A Lecture by Prof. Kimberley DaCosta Holton, Rutgers University, Newark
Wednesday, March 16, 2022 at 5 p.m. via Zoom
This lecture explains the emergence of a new syncretic music called “Fadocore” – a mixture of the Portuguese urban ballad form “fado” with the post-war genres of goth and post-punk music. Fadocore, the haunting creation of Chris da Rosa and his “Judith and Holofernes” bandmates, emerged out of the Portuguese-American immigrant community of California’s Central Valley in the early 2000s. Fadocore’s syncretism unveils competing tensions between cultural orthodoxy and youthful rebellion. This new genre exposes the way in which Portugal’s national song, the Fado, can be twisted into postpunk registers for the purpose of finding new forms of lament.
About Kimberly DaCosta Holton
She is the author of Performing Folklore: Ranchos Folclóricos from Lisbon to Newark (Indiana UP, 2005) and co-editor with Andrea Klimt of Community, Culture and the Makings of Identity: Portuguese-Americans Along the Eastern Seaboard (Tagus Press, 2009).
Holton is the founder and director of the Ironbound Oral History Project and is currently working on a book about fado performance in the U.S.
This webinar is incorporated into Prof. Diana Gomes Simões’ course on Lusophone music and culture.
Sea, sentimento and saudade: A Poetry Reading with Millicent Borges Accardi and Frank X. Gaspar
Tuesday, February 15, 2022
Presented by the Saab Center for Portuguese Studies Distinguished Writers Series.
Eminent Portuguese-American writers Frank X Gaspar and Millicent Borges Accardi read and share insights about poetry and Luso experiences of immigration, seafaring, family ties and saudade. Borges Accardi will read from her new book, Through a Grainy Landscape, a collection inspired by contemporary Luso literature.
About Frank X. Gaspar
Frank X. Gaspar was born and raised in Provincetown, Massachusetts, the setting for his novels and inaugural book of poems. The author of five poetry collections and three novels, Gaspar’s work has received major literary awards and appeared widely in magazines and literary journals, including The New Yorker, The Nation, The Harvard Review, The American Poetry Review. He currently teaches in the Graduate Writing Program at Pacific University, Oregon.
About Millicent Borges Accardi
Millicent Borges Accardi is the author of four poetry collections. Among her awards are fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, California Arts Council, CantoMundo, Fulbright, Foundation for Contemporary Arts NYC, Creative Capacity, Fundação Luso-Americana, and Barbara Deming Foundation. She lives in the hippie-arts community of Topanga, CA, where she curates Kale Soup for the Soul and Loose Lips poetry readings.
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.