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The Portuguese Immigrant Experience

The UMass Lowell Saab Center for Portuguese Studies, the Institute of Social Sciences at the University of Lisbon, and the Lowell National Historical Park announce “The Portuguese Immigrant Experience in Lowell Since the 1960s: A Facilitated Panel Discussion,” with five Portuguese-Americans (Maria Pombeiro, Dimas Espinola, Luis Gomes, Phil Maia, and Nomesia Iria) who immigrated to Lowell since the 1960s.

The Portuguese Immigrant Experience in Lowell Since the 1960s: A Facilitated Panel Discussion

The UMass Lowell Saab Center for Portuguese Studies, the Institute of Social Sciences at the University of Lisbon, and the Lowell National Historical Park announce “The Portuguese Immigrant Experience in Lowell Since the 1960s: A Facilitated Panel Discussion,” with five Portuguese-Americans (Maria Pombeiro, Dimas Espinola, Luis Gomes, Phil Maia, and Nomesia Iria) who immigrated to Lowell since the 1960s. The event—free and open to the public—is on Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 3 p.m. at the Boott Event Center, second floor of the Boott Cotton Mills Museum, Lowell National Historical Park, 115 John Street. Reception to follow. Parking is across the street in the Joseph Downes Parking Garage at 75 John Street.

The roundtable discussion is part of the international conference, “Migration and Millwork: Portuguese Communities in Industrial New England”, to be held at several venues in Massachusetts, including the Boott Cotton Mills Museum on December 3-4, 2017. The two-day event at the Lowell National Historical Park—free and open to the public—is organized by the Institute of Social Sciences at the University Lisbon, in partnership with the Saab Center for Portuguese Studies and the Lowell National Park. For more information about the conference, see next press release from the Saab Center or email Miguel Moniz at: Miguel.Moniz@ICS.ULisboa.pt.

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João Vale de Almeida

Flyer for Ambassador João Vale de Almeida In IN CONVERSATION WITH JARROD HAYES

Ambassador João Vale De Almeida In Conversation With Jarrod Hayes

"Prospects for the EU and Portugal in the New Global Context”

When: Friday, December 1, 2017 at Noon
Where: O’Leary Library Mezzanine, UMass Lowell South Campus

This event is free and open to the public but seating is limited.

João Vale de Almeida is a senior European Union diplomat who was appointed as EU Ambassador to the United Nations in October 2015. Ambassador Vale de Almeida previously served as the first EU Ambassador to the United States from 2010 to 2014. In Washington, he actively engaged in strengthening EU/U.S. relations and was critical to the launch of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations.

Jarrod Hayes is Associate Professor of International security at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. His scholarship focuses on the role of social orders in shaping international security and environmental practice. He has published on U.S. relations with India and China and European security practices.

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Miguel Tamen

Flyer for Miguel Tamen: 2 Cases of Portugal-Talk When: Monday, November 13, 2017 at 2 p.m.  Where: Dugan Hall, Room 104, UMass Lowell South Campus

Two Cases of Portugal-Talk

When: Monday, November 13, 2017 at 2 p.m.
Where: Dugan Hall, Room 104, UMass Lowell South Campus
Parking is available in the Wilder Lot, across from 61 Wilder Street, Lowell, MA.

This event is free and open to the public.

Talk about your own country is supposed to vary along political and ideological lines. A striking counter-example will be examined: the resemblance between the ways in which Portugal is talked about in the left-leaning Guia de Portugal (The Portugal Guidebook, 1924) and the unapologetically right-wing Livro de Leitura da Terceira Classe (The Third Grade Reader, 1951). This affinity suggests that ways in which you talk about your own country cannot merely be derived from your overt political inclinations. The lecture will be in English.

Miguel Tamen (Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, University of Minnesota, 1989) is Professor of Literary Theory at the University of Lisbon. He has held visiting appointments at Stanford University and the University of Chicago, and is currently at UMass Dartmouth. He has also been a senior fellow at the Stanford Humanities Center and the National Humanities Center. His interests include the philosophy of language, interpretation, and moral philosophy, as well as aesthetics. He is the author of nine books, among which The Matter of the Facts (Stanford UP) and Friends of Interpretable Objects (2001) and What Art Is Like, in Constant Reference to the Alice Books, both from Harvard UP. His latest book, co-authored with António M. Feijó, is on the liberal arts at the university.

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2017 Sounds of Portugal

Joana Amendoeira is one of the best-known fadistas today, with nine highly acclaimed CDs and critical recognition from the Amália Foundation, among others. Photo by Miguel Estima

Joana Amendoeira

A NIGHT OF FADO WITH JOANA AMENDOEIRA AND DUARTE

The UMass Lowell Saab Center for Portuguese Studies, in partnership with Portuguese / American Cultural Exchange (PACE), hosted “Sounds of Portugal: A Concert by Joana Amendoeira and Duarte”, at the Durgin Concert Hall, on Friday November 3, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

Joana Amendoeira is considered one of the most important singers of the “new generation” of Fado. Born in Santarém (Ribatejo), Portugal, Amendoeira won first prize at Grande Noite do Fado do Porto when she was 12 years old. She has gone on to release nine albums and garner many prizes—including “Best Fado Album 2008” from the Foundation Amalia Rodrigues—and has toured all over the world. Her latest album, “Muito Depois” (Long After), explores the deepest traditions of Fado—a music form recently recognized by UNESCO for its cultural uniqueness—through contemporary lyrics that speak to the rhythms of love and loss. This will be her first official U.S. visit.

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Duarte is a singer, musician and lyricist, who was recently featured on Public Radio International. Photo by Fernando Zarco

Duarte

Duarte is an award-winning singer-songwriter. Born in Évora, Portugal, Duarte released his third album, “Sem Dor Nem Piedade” (Without Pain or Pity), in 2015, drawing broad acclaim for its exploration of Fado’s darker subtexts paired with a steadfast belief in the Duarte’s music has been celebrated in The New York Times, the U.K.’s Guardian newspaper and on National Public Radio and Public Radio International. He has performed extensively in Europe and returns to UMass Lowell after a great performance here in 2014.

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Flyer for event: Sounds of Portugal: A night of fado with Joana Amendoeira and Duarte. Joana is one of the best-known fadistas today, with nine highly acclaimed CDs and critical recognition from the Amália Foundation, among others. This will be her first official US visit.  Duarte is a singer, musician and lyricist, who was recently featured on Public Radio International.

Joana and Duarte will be accompanied by two top-flight musicians: Pedro Amendoeira on the Portuguese guitar and Tiago Silva on the viola. Both are veterans of the fado, having played extensively within Portugal and internationally with artists such as Mariza, Maria da Fé and Camané.

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Questions?

For questions, contact the Saab Center at 978-934-5199.

Brazilian Poet Salgado Maranhão

Flyer for event: Reading & Conversations with Brazilian Poet Salgado Maranhão and Translator Alexis Levitin. Salgado Maranhão is the best known poet of his generation in Brazil. Alexis Levitin has translated forty books, including Clarice Lispector’s Soulstorm and Eugenio de Andrade’s Forbidden Words (both from New Directions).

Reading & Conversations with Brazilian Poet Salgado Maranhão and Translator Alexis Levitin

Free and open to the public! Reception to follow.

  • Wednesday, October 18 at 12:30 p.m.
    Allen House, UMass Lowell South Campus
  • Wednesday, October 18 at 5 p.m.
    Boston University School for Global Studies, 121 Bay State Rd., Boston, MA

Salgado Maranhão is the best known poet of his generation in Brazil. Just a year ago, the Union of Brazilian Writers honored him with its poetry award for his retrospective collection A cor da palavra. In 2014, he won the Brazilian PEN Club prize for his book O mapa da tribo. In 2011 he won the poetry award from the Brazilian Academy of Letters for the above mentioned A cor da palavra, and in 1999 he won the prestigious Jabuti for Mural de ventos. At this stage he has won every major literary award available in Brazil. He has also collaborated extensively with well-known Brazilian musicians and composers and his work has appeared on a number of recordings.

Here in the USA, his bilingual collection Blood of the Sun (Milkweed Editions, 2012) led to a 90 day reading tour that brought the two of us to fifty-two universities in the Eastern half of the country. His second book in the USA, Tiger Fur (White Pine Press, 2015), brought us to over twenty colleges and universities on the West Coast, the Midwest, and the Northeast in 2016.

Salgado may be of special interest as an Afro-Brazilian success story, having risen from rural impoverishment to the peak of poetic achievement in his country. We would be available for a bilingual reading and for classes in Brazilian Studies or Latin American Studies. We hope for an honorarium of $1000, plus one night’s lodging and a congenial dinner with our hosts.

Alexis Levitin has translated forty books, including Clarice Lispector’s Soulstorm and Eugenio de Andrade’s Forbidden Words (both from New Directions). Books published in 2015 include: 28 Portuguese Poets, translated with Richard Zenith, (Dedalus Press, Dublin, Ireland), Destruction in the Afternoon by Santiago Vizcaino (Dialogos Books, New Orleans), Exemplary Tales by Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen (Tagus Press), and Salgado Maranhão’s Tiger Fur. He has been awarded three Fulbrights and two National Endowment for the Arts Translation Fellowships. He has held translation residencies at the Banff International Translation Center, The European Translators Collegium in Straelen, Germany (twice), and the Rockefeller Foundation Study Center at Bellagio.

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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.