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Saab-Pedroso Center for Portuguese Culture & Research

Engaging In Portuguese Culture

Founded in 2013, with generous gifts from the Saab Family Fund and Luís Pedroso, the Saab-Pedroso Center for Portuguese Culture & Research promotes the multidisciplinary study of the language, literatures and cultures of the vast and varied Portuguese speaking world comprised of over 230 million people in eight countries on four continents and its diaspora.

Upcoming Events

Spring 2017 Lecture Series

A lecture by Prof. Margarida Vale de Gato of the University of Lisbon, Wednesday, February 8, 2017, 12:30 O'Leary Library, Room 478, UMass Lowell South Campus.

Early Music Concert, March 2 at 8 p.m.

Study Abroad

Spend 4 or 8 weeks in the summer in Lisbon through the UMass program:

You can review details, costs and course information on the sign-up page. To sign-up: click “apply now”.

Distinguished Writers Series

Frank X. Gaspar, Wednesday, November 16 at 3:30 p.m. in the Aristotle Room, O'Leary Library, 3rd floor, UMass Lowell South Campus

Fall 2016 Lecture Series

  • A lecture by Prof. Diogo Ramada Curto of the New University of Lisbon, December 2 at 11 a.m. in O'Leary Library, Room 222, UMass Lowell South Campus.

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Lecture: The UMass Lowell Saab-Pedroso Center for Portuguese Culture and Research, in partnership with the College of Fine Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, and the departments of Music and World Languages and Cultures, presents a lecture, “Portuguese Fado: Two Hundred Years of a Musical Genre,” by Dr. Rui Vieira Nery, director of the Portuguese Language and Culture Program at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. The lecture will take 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.) Immediately following the lecture there will be short performance by the fadista Tania da Silva and a reception. The entire event is free and open to the public.

Past Events

Film: Os Gatos Não Têm Vertigens, presented by the Lowell National Historical Park and Downtown Lowell First Thursdays, Thursday, June 2 at 6:30 p.m.

Book Talk: José Eduardo Agualusa, April 13 at 3:30 p.m.. Read more...

April 21, 2016 - Portuguese History Panel: "The Wrath of God in Portuguese History, " April 21, 2016 at 5 p.m.

Lecture: Associate press correspondent in Rio, March 29 at 12:30 p.m. Read more...

Concert: Receita de Samba, March 24 at 8 p.m.. Read more...


US Ambassador to Portugal, the Honorable Robert A. Sherman, will give a public, free lecture on US- Portugal relations on Tuesday, February 23 at noon in Moloney Hall, University Crossing (220 Pawtucket Street). Read more. Learn more about our other News & Events.