The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture / Tagus Press is a multidisciplinary international studies and outreach unit dedicated to the study of the language, literatures and cultures of the Portuguese-speaking world. Working in close partnership with the Department of Portuguese and the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives, it is the oldest of these units devoted to Portuguese at UMass Dartmouth.


UMass Dartmouth hires faculty pair for Portuguese-American studies

By Joao Ferreira, Standard-Times staff writer
May 31, 2007 6:00 AM

DARTMOUTH — UMass Dartmouth has hired a faculty director for the recently created Portuguese-American archives at the university.

Maria da Gloria de Sa, who earned a doctorate in sociology from Brown University, will begin her duties in the fall as faculty director of the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives, established in 2005.

The university also hired Christopher Larkosh to teach Portuguese-American studies. He earned a doctorate in comparative literature from the University of California at Berkeley.

He will specialize in comparative literature, cultural and ethnic studies, and translation.

The two new tenure-track faculty members have been hired as the university prepares to launch a doctoral program in Luso-Afro-Brazilian studies and theory this fall and open the archives later this year.

"The hire by the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth of two tenure-track, permanent faculty in Portuguese-American studies expresses, in the most eloquent and forceful manner, the university's commitment to this area of study and to the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives," said Frank F. Sousa, director of the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture at UMass Dartmouth.

The university is putting the finishing touches on the doctoral program, which is expected to start with five students. The program recently was approved by the UMass board of trustees and is awaiting approval by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education next month.

Later this year, the university will open the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives in the university's library.

"This development was the logical next step in the Portuguese Studies program at UMD after the creation of the summer program in Portuguese in 1994, the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture in 1996, the initiation of several publications, including the "Portuguese in Americas" book series, from 1998-2003, the establishment of the graduate program in 2004, the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-Archives Endowment in 2005, and the new and beautiful space for the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives to be opened, as part of the UMD library, in March 2008," Dr. Sousa said.