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.

Announcements

Endowed Chair in Portuguese Studies course at UMD

The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture announces the hire of Dr. George Monteiro, Professor Emeritus of English and Portuguese at Brown University, to teach a one-semester course on the major American poet Elizabeth Bishop and her relationship to Brazilian literature and culture. The Spring 2006 seminar—offered jointly by the departments of English and Portuguese, under the auspices of the Hélio and Amélia Pedroso/Luso-American Foundation Endowed Chair in Portuguese Studies—will explore literary and culture issues related to the years Bishop lived in Brazil. The once-a-week seminar will begin on Wednesday, February 1, 2006, 3:30-6:00 p.m.

Prof. George Monteiro is the author and editor of more than 25 books and over 600 articles on American authors such as Emily Dickinson, Henry James, Stephen Crane, Ernest Hemingway, and Elizabeth Bishop, and Portuguese authors, including Camões and Fernando Pessoa, the two most important poets of the language. In addition, he has published extensively on Portuguese-American literature and culture. Prof. Monteiro was awarded an honorary degree from UMass Dartmouth in 1993, and has collaborated in the Portuguese in the Americas Series and in the academic journal Portuguese Literary & Cultural Studies, both published by UMD Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture.

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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