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, Millennium bcpbank announce partnership in Portuguese Studies

milleniumUMass Chancellor Jean F. MacCormack and Millenium bcpbank President Pedro J. Belo will announce a major new partnership that will advance teaching and research related to the Portuguese culture on May 1, at 1 p.m. on the third floor of the Foster Administration Building at UMass Dartmouth.

Dr. MacCormack and Mr. Belo will be joined by members of the regional business and civic communities for the announcement.

The announcement will involve a significant investment by the bank in the university's new doctorate program in Luso-Afro-Brazilian Studies, which was recently approved by the UMass Board of Trustees and is awaiting approval by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education.

The program is the latest phase in UMass Dartmouth's achievement of international leadership in the field. The university has established the Ferreira Mendes Portuguese-American Archives, and publishes a highly regarded academic journal and book series that focus on Portuguese culture. Prof. Anna Klobucka of the Portuguese Department is also lead author of a groundbreaking textbook – Ponto de Encontro: Portuguese as a World Language – that focuses on both European and Brazilian Portuguese.

Prof. Victor Mendes, Director of Graduate Studies, adds "The brand-new PhD in Portuguese at UMass Dartmouth is groundbreaking in five different ways. In the first place, the official name of the PhD in Portuguese--PhD in Luso-Afro-Brazilian Studies and Theory--is the most up-to-date designation of any graduate program in this field in the US. Secondly, the new PhD in Portuguese is sustained by the largest number, on the national scale, of graduate faculty in the areas of humanities and social sciences who are dedicated to the study of the Portuguese-speaking world. In the third place, the PhD is the highest academic degree ever offered in Portuguese in Southeastern Massachusetts, with its long tradition (reaching back to the nineteenth century) of Portuguese, Cape-Verdean and, more recently, Brazilian immigration. Additionally, the program is developing a website and an electronic newsletter that promise to become one of the most compelling digital windows onto the Portuguese-speaking world ( And finally, the new PhD in Portuguese at UMass Dartmouth is also a product of a unique partnership between UMass Dartmouth, the Lisbon-based Luso-American Foundation, and the new partner we are celebrating today, the dynamic US-based Millennium bcpbank."

Millennium bcpbank's investment in the program is the latest in a series of community outreach activities of the bank. The bank is in the process of launching "Teach the Children to Save" initiative in 13 cities, including Fall River and New Bedford.