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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Rui Zink named Visiting Endowed Chair Professor in Portuguese Studies

Rui ZinkJanuary 15, 2009 — Dartmouth, MA. The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Department of Portuguese, in partnership with the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture, announces the hire of Dr. Rui Zink, renowned Portuguese fiction writer, poet and professor of literature at the New University Lisbon, for Spring Semester 2009. Professor Zink will teach a one-semester graduate course on Contemporary Portuguese Prose (POR 620/720) in the Department of Portuguese, under the auspices of the Hélio and Amélia Pedroso/Luso-American Foundation Endowed Chair in Portuguese Studies. The course will examine Portuguese fiction since 1974, particularly novellas and short stories, and discussions will focus on political and socio-economic issues—in an era when Portuguese society changed dramatically—as well as literary form. This once-a-week seminar, taught in Portuguese, will begin on Thursday, January 29, 2009, 3:30-6:00 p.m.

In 2001, Rui Zink is the author of over 20 books. He wrote the e-novel Os Surfistas with the help and occasional hindrance from hundreds of readers who accepted to be co-writers. In 2005, his novel Dadiva Divina received Portugal’s prestigious Pen Club Award. Creative texts and more information about Prof. Zink are available at http://www.ruizink.com.

Established in 2001 by the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture, the Hélio and Amélia Pedroso/Luso-American Foundation Endowed Chair in Portuguese Studies 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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