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Saab Center for Portuguese Studies

Engaging In Portuguese Culture

Founded in 2013, with generous gift from the Saab Family Fund, the Saab Center for Portuguese Studies promotes the multidisciplinary study of the language, literature and culture of the vast and varied Portuguese speaking world comprised of over 250 million people in eight countries on four continents and its diaspora.

Looking Back, Looking Forward: Continuity and Change in Greater Boston’s Portuguese-American Community—a Colloquium

Photo side-by-side black and white and color of 2 Portuguese families. Part of Looking Back, Looking Forward: Continuity and Change in Greater Boston’s Portuguese-American Community—a Colloquium

Presented by The Saab Center for Portuguese Studies, in partnership with the Lowell National Historical Park.

  • When: Saturday, May 11, 2019 from 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • Where: Events Center, Boot Cotton Mills Museum
    115 John Street, Lowell MA
    • Parking is available at the Downes Garage on 75 John St.
  • Cost: Free

Join us for the following activities on May 11:

  • 10 a.m.: Keynote address by Prof. Robert Forrant: “Overworked, Underpaid, But Making Their Way: The Portuguese in Lowell, 1880-1980,” on the two waves of Portuguese immigration to Lowell. Learn more about the Keynote Address.
  • 11:15 a.m.: a facilitated panel discussion, “Portuguese-American Elected Officials and Public Service in Massachusetts,” with five State Senators and Representatives.
  • 1:30 p.m.: A facilitated panel discussion, “Growing Up Portuguese in Lowell as a Descendant of the Second Wave of Immigration (1958-1983).”
  • 3-3:30 p.m.: A concert by Holy Ghost Marching Band of Lowell, Boarding House Park.

This program is part of the celebrations of the Fifth Anniversary of the Saab Center for Portuguese. The program is also part of an ongoing, traveling exhibit, “From the Atlantic Islands to Lowell, Massachusetts: Continuity and Change in the Mill City’s Portuguese Community,” which will be on view during the colloquium.

More Information

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.

Gulbenkian/Saab Visiting Professor in Portuguese Studies

Dr. Graça Índias Cordeiro, professor of Urban Anthropology at ISCTE-University Institute of Lisbon, is Inaugural Gulbenkian/Saab Visiting Professor in Portuguese Studies at UMass Lowell

Graça Índias Cordeiro

Graça Índias Cordeiro, professor of Urban Anthropology at ISCTE-University Institute of Lisbon, is Inaugural Gulbenkian/Saab Visiting Professor in Portuguese Studies at UMass Lowell.

Graça Índias Cordeiro, professor of Urban Anthropology at ISCTE-University Institute of Lisbon, is the inaugural Gulbenkian/Saab Visiting Professor in Portuguese Studies in Spring Semester 2019. Prof. Cordeiro will teach “Cultures of the World: Portuguese Society Culture” in the Department of Sociology and a seminar titled The Portuguese-speaking World and Its Diaspora in Massachusetts in the Honors College. Both courses will count toward the minor in Portuguese Studies. Prof. Índias Cordeiro is director of the doctoral program in Urban Studies at ISCTE-University Institute of Lisbon and an affiliate of the Center for Research and Studies in Sociology. She is the author, editor or co-editor of eight books, and has been guest editor of eight special issues in academic journals in her field. She has published over sixty book chapters and peer-reviewed articles, and has been visiting professor at universities in the United States, Spain and Brazil. Her research focus is on social classifications, language and ethnicity, street and neighborhoods, and urban social history. In recent years she has conducted research in Boston on the Portuguese-speaking the intersection of language, ethnicity, and place in Portuguese-speaking communities, which has resulted in essays such as “An Immigrant in America, Yes, But Not an Emigrant in My Own Country! The Unbearable Weight of a Persistent Label,” in New and Old Routes of Portuguese Immigration (at press), “Neither Slum nor Élite Suburb: The Emergence of a Portuguese Colony in Cambridge, MA, in the early 20th century,” in Migration and Mill Work: Portuguese Communities in Industrial New England (at press), and “Belongings and Interactions: Negotiating Portuguese-speaking Identities in Boston,” in Portuguese Literary & Cultural Studies 26 (2014). During her tenure at UMass Lowell Prof. Indias Cordeiro will expand her research into Lowell and environs and promote student research in this region.

The University of Massachusetts Lowell is grateful to the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and Elisia and Mark Saab and family for co-sponsoring the Gulbenkian / Saab Visiting Professor in Portuguese Studies Program.

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