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.


Portuguese-American literature and translation courses offered at UMD

The 15th Annual Summer Program in Portuguese has recently added two new courses taught in English. According to this year's director Christopher Larkosh, these courses were designed to address the needs of the Portuguese-American community of the South Coast region, as well as to attract other students from across the US and abroad interested in coming to this region to study the Portuguese language and related subjects in a unique bicultural environment.

“We are fortunate to be able to offer a university-level program in Portuguese in a region where the local culture has retained such an active use of the language, as well as so many of the cultural traditions,” Prof. Larkosh said.
The first new course, taught in English, is an introduction to Portuguese-American literature and culture (POR 217/ENL 200), led by UMD instructor and local New Bedford native Sergio Pedrosa.  Pedrosa promoted the course, stating that “by reading and analyzing literary works written by Portuguese-Americans, students will gain a better understanding of the Portuguese elements of the local culture.”

The second new course is POR 305, an introduction to Portuguese-English translation taught by UMD instructor Alexander Lee. Lee stresses the practical career benefits of translation skills in Portuguese: “For many in this area, Portuguese is a community language, but how many have considered the global reach of the Portuguese language as a source of potential economic development for this region?”

To make these courses more accessible, the Luso-American Development Foundation has made scholarships available, a portion of which has been set aside especially for these two new courses.

Those interested in registering for these courses can visit the program's website ( to download an application, or they can call the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture directly at (508) 999-8255.

Contact Information:
Prof. Christopher Larkosh
Dept. of Portuguese
University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth
285 Old Westport Rd.,
Dartmouth, Massachusetts 02747 USA
Tel:  1 (508) 910-6291