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Announcements

Below you will find the latest announcements regarding the Saab Center for Portuguese Studies at UMass Lowell. If you have any questions or would like more information please contact us.

Gulbenkian/Saab Visiting Professor in Portuguese Studies for Spring Semester 2020

Rui Tavares

The Saab Center for Portuguese Studies in the College of Fine Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, in partnership with the History Department and the Honors College, is pleased to announce the appointment of noted Portuguese historian Rui Tavares as the Gulbenkian/Saab Visiting Professor in Portuguese Studies for Spring Semester 2020.

Prof. Tavares will teach two courses, on Tuesdays and Thursdays: “History of Portugal,” in the History Department, and “The ‘Enlightened’ Censor: The Paradoxes of the Eighteenth Century European Cultural Revolution as Seen from Portugal,” in the Honors College.

Prof. Tavares has published eight books on Portuguese history and politics and on the European Union. He was visiting distinguished lecturer at Brown University in fall 2018. He served as member of the European Parliament from 2009 to 2014, and is the founder of the political party Livre. He is also a leading public intellectual whose regular column appears in the influential daily newspaper Público." During his residency at UMass Lowell he will give public lectures. More information about lectures is forthcoming.

The Gulbenkian/Saab Visiting Professorship in Portuguese Studies is made possible by generous support from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and the Saab Family.

History of the Portuguese World: History of Portugal

History: America and the World
Tuesday & Thursday: 5-6:15 p.m.

This course offers a general overview of Portugal’s history, from its consolidation as a nationstate in the Middle Ages and exploration and imperial expansion in the early modern period, to the authoritarian regime of Salazar, the transition to democracy, decolonization, and full membership in the European Union.

For more information, please contact Prof. Frank F. Sousa, Director, Saab Center for Portuguese Studies, by email: frank_sousa@uml.edu or phone: 978-934-5199.

The ‘Enlightened’ Censor: The Paradoxes of the 18th Century European Cultural Revolution as Seen from Portugal

A Special Topic Seminar in Honors
Tuesday & Thursday: 2-3:15 p.m.

This course will examine the work of 18th-century Portuguese censors during the regime of the Marquis of Pombal, the renowned Portuguese leader credited with introducing Enlightenment ideals into Portuguese society and culture. As the censors permit or forbid books by Voltaire, Rousseau or Locke, and also sermons, plays and academic treatises, could the censorship of the 18th century, imbued with elements of the Enlightenment, be regarded as an “enlightened” censorship more than an anti- Enlightenment project? The answer to this question will allow us to better understand the difficult birth of modernity and pluralism and the challenges both face today.

For more information, please contact Prof. Frank F. Sousa, Director, Saab Center for Portuguese Studies, by email: frank_sousa@uml.edu or phone: 978-934-5199.

Weekly Portuguese Conversation Table

Are you a Portuguese Speaker or Learner? Do you want to practice your Portuguese in a relaxed atmosphere?

BATE-PAPO

  • When: Wednesdays from noon - 1 p.m.
    • January 29
    • February 5, 12, 19, 26
    • March 4, 18, 25
    • April 1, 8, 15, 22
  • Where: McGauvran Center, 2nd Floor
More Information

For more information please email Diana Gomes Simoes at: diana_gomessimoes@uml.edu or visit the Saab Center for Portuguese Studies, Dugan Hall 103 B.

Study Abroad in Lisbon, Portugal Summer 2020

Portugal Study Abroad poster with picture of Lisbon, Portugal as the background and this text overlayed: The Saab center for Portuguese Studies presents: 2020 UMass Lowell summer program in Lisbon, Portugal, May 31-June 13.

Travel to Lisbon, Portugal with UMass Lowell during the Summer for an Immersive Experience!

Enjoy a unique international experience in Lisbon, the largest city and capital of Portugal, one of the countries 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. Spend two weeks exploring everything Lisbon has to offer while earning 3 UMass Lowell credits.

Application Deadline: March 15, 2020.

OPEN TO ALL UNIVERSITY MAJORS.

  • May 31 - June 13, 2020
  • Special Topics: in Portuguese Studies, the required 3-credit course, can be used towards the Core Curriculum Arts & Humanities Perspective requirement, the World Ready: Portuguese Option, the Minor in Portuguese Studies
  • Financial aid may be applicable.
  • Scholarships available up to $1,500

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.

UMass Lowell 2020 Summer Program in Lisbon 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. Program undertaken in partnership with the Study in Portugal Network (SIPN).