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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 230 million people in eight countries on four continents and its diaspora.

Rosa Alice Branco

Upcoming Events

Distinguished Writers Series

CANCELLED: Bilingual Poetry Reading on April 19 at 12:30 p.m. 

The Bilingual Poetry Reading with poet and philosopher Rosa Alice Branco and translator Alexis Levitin has been cancelled due to an accident suffered by Alexis Levitin that has left him unable to travel anytime soon.

Readings and conversations with Portuguese poets and philosophers Rosa Alice Branco and Alexis Levitin, Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 12:30 p.m. in O'Leary Library, Room 300A, South Campus. This event is free and open to the public.

You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view any pdf files. It can be download for free from the Adobe website.

Prof. José Miguel Sardica

Spring 2017 Lecture Series

Revolutions and Political Instability in Portugal in the 19th and 20th Centuries. A lecture by José Miguel Sardica, Ph.D. of the Catholic University of Portugal, Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 12:30 p.m. in O'Leary Library, Room 300 A, South Campus. Fee and Open to the public.

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.

Lecture: The UMass Lowell Saab Center for Portuguese Studies, in partnership with the College of Fine Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, and the departments of Music and World Languages and Cultures, presented 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. Immediately following the lecture was a short performance by the fadista Tania da Silva and a reception. The entire event was 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.

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.

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


US Ambassador to Portugal, the Honorable Robert A. Sherman, gave 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.