Spring 2017 Lecture Series
April 27, 2017 - The Saab Center for Portuguese Studies and the History Department announce a lecture, “Revolutions and Political Instability in Portugal in the 19th and 20th Centuries”, by José Miguel Sardica, Ph.D., of the Catholic University of Portugal, on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at O’Leary Library, Room 300A, South Campus at 12:30 p.m. Parking in Wilder lot, across from 61 Wilder Street.
This lecture examines the many revolutions in 19th- and early 20th-century Portugal, advancing reasons as to why this political instability was so prevalent in this time period. The intensity of Portuguese revolutionary activity will be compared with the wider situation around Europe. Historical roots or general causes will be explored to explain the frequency of Portuguese revolutionarism, from the impact of French invasions in the early 19th century to the consolidation of power in the New State dictatorship of Salazar in the 1930s, the latter having led to the so-called Carnation Revolution of 1974 that ushered in a vibrant democratic republic.
Fall 2016 Lecture Series
December 2, 2016- The Saab Center for Portuguese Studies and the History Department hosted a lecture, “Encompassing the Globe: Views from Angola and Brazil (1580-1640),” by Prof. Diogo Ramada Curto of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa, on Friday, December 2 at 11:00 a.m. in O’Leary Library, Room 222, UMass Lowell South Campus.
September 29, 2016- Lecture: “Portuguese Fado: Two Hundred Years of a Musical Genre,” by Rui Vieira Nery, Ph.D., director of the Portuguese Language and Culture Program at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. The lecture took place Thursday, September 29 at 5 p.m. in the Perry Atrium of the Saab Emerging Technologies and Innovation Center, 39 Plymouth St. (Parking available in North Garage and Riverside Lots, with the entrance on Sparks St.)
April 21, 2016 - Portuguese History Panel: "The Wrath of God in Portuguese History, " April 21, 2016
March 29, 2016 - Lecture: Associate press correspondent in Rio, March 29, 2016
U.S. Ambassador to Portugal, the Honorable Robert A. Sherman, gave a public, free lecture on US- Portugal relations on Tuesday, Feb. 23 at noon in Moloney Hall, University Crossing (220 Pawtucket Street, Lowell). The talk was sponsored by the College of Fine Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, the Saab Center for Portuguese Studies, and the International Relations Club.
Ambassador Sherman, who hails from Boston, Massachusetts, has prioritized 21st century economic diplomacy, including bilateral investing. He led a delegation of Portuguese investors and businesses to the SelectUSA Summit in Washington and has also taken American investors to Portugal, to understand the high quality of Portuguese innovation and entrepreneurship.
Ambassador Sherman and his wife Kim Sawyer, an entrepreneur and lawyer, have launched Connect to Success, the Embassy’s flagship initiative in women’s entrepreneurship, which is composed of a corporate mentorship program, an MBA/Masters Consulting program, and free practical business workshops.
In an increasingly interdependent world, containing complex threats and challenges, the Ambassador has pursued President Obama’s agenda of “smart” leadership, looking to increase ways in which the United States and Portugal, along with other allies, can leverage their capabilities on issues of international security. In Portugal, his focus has been on strengthening engagement in areas such as maritime security in West Africa, cybersecurity, narcoterrorism and NATO.
Ambassador Sherman holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Rochester and a J.D. from Boston University School of Law. He was a founding member of the Boston office of Greenburg Traurig, a large international law firm.