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A lecture presented by The Saab Center for Portuguese Studies.
Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at 5 p.m.
O'Leary Library, South Campus, UMass Lowell
Parking in the Wilder Lot, across from 61 Wilder Street, Lowell, MA.
About Elsa Peralta
Prof. Elsa Peralta is research fellow at the Centre for Comparative Studies (CEC) at the University of Lisbon and FLAD/Michael Teague Visiting Lecturer at Brown University in Spring 2019. She has published widely on Portuguese empire and identity and is the curator of the exhibition “Return – Traces of Memory,” produced by the City of Lisbon.
For more information, call the Saab Center by phone at: 978-934-5199 or email: Natalia_Melo@uml.edu.
A lecture presented by The Saab Center for Portuguese Studies in partnership with the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
Monday, February 25, 2019 at Noon
Allen House, South Campus, UMass Lowell
This talk presents the results of the first English-language study of how Portuguese communities outside Lisbon responded to the 1755 Lisbon earthquake, along with implications for cross-community studies of community resilience.
About David Mendonça
David Mendonça is an Associate Professor in the Industrial and Systems Engineering Department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, NY.
The lecture is based on work supported by the National Science Foundation that will be published in the International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction.
Engraving of the 1755 Lisbon Earthquake, Portugal.
The 1755 Lisbon Earthquake was a cataclysmic, country-wide event that precipitated a dramatic response in Europe concerning the management of potential disasters. Within Portugal, however, and with the exception of Lisbon, the response of Portuguese communities to the event has been largely unexplored, thus creating a gap in our understanding of the event and compromising our ability to learn from it. This talk presents the first English-language analysis of the results of a country-wide survey (conducted three months after the event) on the impact and response of Portuguese communities to the event. This analysis reveals implications for the study of how communities adapt (or fail to adapt) to disasters, as well for the development of methods for empirically-grounded comparative research on community resilience.