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 - 2008

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

"Engineering Urban Space and Architectural Culture in Twentieth-century São Paulo, Brazil"

by Renato Anelli

The Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth is pleased to announce the fourth 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. Renato Anelli will give a lecture entitled "Engineering Urban Space and Architectural Culture in Twentieth-century São Paulo, Brazil" on Tuesday, April 1, 2008 at 5:00 pm. The lecture will be held in the Liberal Arts Building, Room 397-D (parking lot 1).

The lecture will explore the development of Brazilian architecture since the construction of the capital city Brasilia (1957-1960). It focuses on the architectural production developed under the authoritarian and unpopular military dictatorship (1964-1985) and beyond it. It considers the continuity of the modern despite brutalism and post-modern inflections of the 1980s.

Renato Anelli is an architect and professor at the University of São Paulo's School of Engineering in São Carlos. Dr. Anelli currently coordinates the Architecture and Urbanism Graduate Program. He was the Secretary of Transportation, Works and Public Services (2001-2004) and a visiting researcher at Venice University's Institute of Architecture in Italy (1994, 1995 and 1998). His current research focuses on urban strategies in Brazil and the interactions between modern Brazilian and Italian architecture. Anelli's book, Rino Levi: Architecture and the City (São Paulo: Editora Romano Guerra, 2001), was awarded "Best Architectural Publication" by the Brazilian Institute of Architecture. He has also published extensively in Brazilian and European catalogues, journals and newspapers.

For more information on this and other lectures in the series "Futures of Luso-Afro-Brazilian Studies," please contact: