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.

Events - 2007

“Futures of Luso-Afro-Brazilian Studies” Lecture Series

"Pessoa the Futurist"

by Richard Zenith

The Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth is pleased to announce the third presentation in its 2007-2008 lecture series entitled "Futures of Luso-Afro-Brazilian Studies" organized by Professor Victor K. Mendes of the Department of Portuguese. Richard Zenith will give a lecture entitled "Pessoa the Futurist," on Tuesday, December 4, 2007 at 5:00 pm. The lecture will be held in the Foster Administration Building, Board of Trustees Room (parking lot 7-8).

Richard Zenith is a translator, scholar and writer based in Lisbon. His Fernando Pessoa & Co.: Selected Poems (Grove Press, 1998) won the 1999 PEN Award for Poetry in Translation, and he received the 2006 Translation Prize of the American Academy of Poets for Education by Stone: Selected Poems of João Cabral de Melo Neto (Archipelago Books, 2005). Among his most recent publications are A Little Larger Than the Entire Universe: Selected Poems of Fernando Pessoa (Penguin, 2006), The Selected Prose of Fernando Pessoa (Grove, 2001), and a new edition and translation of Pessoa's The Book of Disquiet (Penguin, 2001), based on his earlier, groundbreaking edition of this work in its original Portuguese (Assírio & Alvim, 1998). He is currently at work on The Multiple Life of Fernando Pessoa, the first biography of Pessoa to be published in English (by Norton). His own poems have appeared in The Georgia Review, Chelsea, and The Literary Review, among other magazines, and he is also the author of a collection of short stories, Terceiras Pessoas (Quasi, 2003), and of numerous essays on Pessoa, João Cabral de Melo Neto, António Lobo Antunes, theory and practice of translation, and other topics.

For more information on this and other lectures in the series "Futures of Luso-Afro-Brazilian Studies," please contact Professor Victor Mendes by email ( or the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture by telephone (508-999-9270) or email (