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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.

A Conversation with Ambassador Domingos Fezas Vital
moderated by Associate Prof. Jarrod Hayes

Thursday, May 20, 2021 at 5 p.m.

Presented by the UMass Lowell Saab Center for Portuguese Studies, in partnership with the Department of Political Science and International Relations Club.

Conversation with Ambassador Domingos Fezas Vital Online Registration

In this conversation, Ambassador Domingos Fezas Vital will discuss his almost six years as the Portuguese Ambassador to US, the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union, accomplishments of Portugal in the EU, the future of NATO/transatlantic community in a presumed Pacific century, bi-lateral US-Portugal relations, the challenges and opportunities for the EU-Portugal in the next decade, and the role of the Portuguese in international organizations over the past two decades.

Ambassador Domingos Fezas Vital, is a career diplomat in the Portuguese Foreign Service, and has been Portugal’s Ambassador to the United States of America since 2015.

Ambassador Domingos Fezas Vital

About Domingos Fezas Vital

Ambassador Domingos Fezas Vital, a career diplomat in the Portuguese Foreign Service, has been Portugal’s Ambassador to the United States of America since 2015.

He served as Diplomatic Advisor to the last Portuguese Governor of Macau, as Portugal prepared to hand over the territory to China, in 1999.

From 2012 to 2015, he was Permanent Representative of Portugal to the European Union.

He was born in Luanda, Angola, and has a degree in social and legal sciences from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, a Law degree from the University of Coimbra, and a graduate degree in International Trade from the Free University of Brussels.

In 2019, he was the recipient of the Diplomat of the Year Award from the Confederation of Portuguese Industry, for his role in promoting economic relations between Portugal and the USA.

About Jarrod Hayes

Jarrod Hayes is an associate professor of international relations in the Department of Political Science.

Before coming to UMass Lowell he was a tenured associate professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

His primary fields of study are international security, global environmental politics, and foreign policy.

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For more information, write to Natália Melo by email: or call: 978-934-5199.

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