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.

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Visiting Endowed Chair Professor in Portuguese Studies teaches course at UMD

Dr. Bela Feldman-BiancoThe University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture announces the hire of Dr. Bela Feldman-Bianco, noted Brazilian anthropologist from the University of Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil. Professor Feldman-Bianco will teach a one-semester course on "Race, Nation, and Diaspora in Brazil (SOC 350-03). The Spring 2008 seminar—offered by the Department of Sociology/Anthropology, under the auspices of the Hélio and Amélia Pedroso/Luso-American Foundation Endowed Chair in Portuguese Studies—will explore anthropological approaches to ideas and realities of race and identity in largest and most populous country in Latin America. The once-a-week seminar will begin on Monday, January 28, 2009, 3:00-5:30 p.m.

Prof. Feldman-Bianco is the author and editor of several books on Brazil and Portugal and the director of the critically acclaimed documentary, "Saudade" (1991), on the experience of seven Portuguese-Americans in New Bedford. She is presently completing research for a book-length manuscript on the Portuguese in southeastern Massachusetts.

The Hélio and Amélia Pedroso/Luso-American Foundation Endowed Chair in Portuguese Studies, created in 2001, allows for the yearly hire of a distinguished scholar and professor, specializing in the vast and varied Portuguese-speaking world comprised of over 200 million people in eight countries on four continents.

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