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Luso American Foundation Visiting Professor

The Luso-American Foundation of Lisbon, Portugal, and the Saab Center for Portuguese Studies at the University of Massachusetts Lowell hosted the Luso-American Foundation/UMass Lowell College of Fine Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Visiting Professor in Portuguese Studies Program, underwritten in by Elisia Saab.

The Visiting Professor in Portuguese Studies Program brought Portuguese scholars to UMass Lowell over the span of three academic years. The visiting professor taught in the areas of history and the social sciences and support the development of a minor and a major in Portuguese Studies.

The program launched in the spring of 2015 with Ana Valdez, Ph.D., postdoctoral fellow in History at Yale University and researcher at the Centre for History at the University of Lisbon. Prof. Valdez, author of Historical Interpretations of the “Fifth Empire: The Dynamics of Periodization from Daniel to António Vieira," SJ (Brill, 2011), taught a course in the UMass Lowell History Department, titled The First Globalization: The Portuguese and the Age of Discovery," and collaborated in various initiatives of the Saab-Pedroso Center, including the delivery of a public lecture, “Empire, Religion, and Utopia in the Early Modern Portuguese World,” in partnership with the History Department.

The University of Massachusetts Lowell is grateful to the Luso-American Foundation for its generous support of this academic initiative and looks forward to a long-term partnership in the promotion of the Saab Center for Portuguese Studies and the Portuguese Studies Program in the Department of World Languages and Cultures.

For more information, please visit the Saab Center for Portuguese Studies website or contact Prof. Frank F. Sousa, director of the Saab Center and coordinator of the Portuguese Program, Department of World Languages and Cultures, at or by phone at 978-934-5199.

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